Is blogging your full-time job?

So I just got off the phone with a reporter and we were discussing blogging (I know, shocking!) and the difference between people like me, who blog as part of their job, and people who are paid to blog as their full-time profession. So my questions are:

1) Where are the paid full-time bloggers? Is it obvious to you who is a “professional blogger” and who is a professional that blogs? (I’m the latter, just for clarity)

2) Who, of the full-time professional bloggers, is good at it?

3) How do you feel about blogging being a job?

I posted on blogger skills being included in job descriptions, but could there be a difference in message if your business card reads “blogger”? And how does the blogosphere respond?

Comments (11)

  1. Tom says:

    Sometimes I feel like reading blogs is my full-time job, but really I’m just putting off doing real work.

  2. DotWind says:

    I am not sure how it would be taken if I put blogger in my resume. Some more conservative companies might laugh at it. Or at least so I think.

    But as for being a "professional blogger" that would just be the same as a PR person for a company that picks what to write and what not to.

    I can see a professinal blogger become more of some that runs a network of blogs and generates enough revenue from them to do it full time. And to forget about a day job.

  3. I just heard an interview on WNYC today where they were discussing blogging, and one of the political bloggers (don’t recall who – possibly Chris Nolan – was a full timer, self employed on an advertiser supported blog.

    I actually get paid a modest part time salary for doing the blog linked on this post (the blog is content for an electronic magazine –

  4. HeatherLeigh says:

    Hmm, what about corporate bloggers? Not advertiser sponsored, but people who are paid by their company? There’s been lots of talk about people hiring bloggers, but maybe they just aren’t being hired as *bloggers*

  5. DotWind says:

    I would really doubt they are being hired only to blog. The trend right now as it seems is to get famous bloggers to talk about your company. It’s definetly good marketing but from a reader point of view it beats the unbiased-I-tell-no-BS bloggers idealogy.

  6. avi says:

    if blogging were a full-time job, it would be a job and cease to be blogging. blogging full-time is like running your own advertising agency and selling a product that is you. it just sounds cool because we don’t quite get blogging. once we do, we’ll stop oohing and aahing over it.

  7. Blogging is my job. Not so much the activity of blogging, but the industry of it. I’m writing a book on a topic, doing a radio show, I write a number of succesful blogs and I do a hell of a lot of conference speaking on it. Later this year, I’ve been asked to go on a multi-city "tour" doing a 1-man blogging bootcamp.

    To be honest, I’m not sure what I’d put on my resume. Really I’m an author/consultant, and the area happens to be blogging. But, that could switch to something else. I really enjoy being an author/consultant.

  8. HeatherLeigh says:

    Great points everyone. I don’t want to dis any full-time corporate bloggers out there, but I’ve got to agree that once you are doing only blogging, it turns into something different. Not necessarily something evil…but it steps much closer to traditional marketing. Lots of gray area in between.

  9. David says:

    I would love if blogging was my full time job. Even if it did not pay that well in the grand scheme of things (like $30k a year CDN) that’d be great.

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  11. Des Walsh says:

    Until a few months ago I was mainly a business coach. I got so into blogging and so fired up about how small businesses could benefit that I became a blogging evangelist – put it on my biz card and that in turn has generated more interest in how I can help businesses grow. Not a job, more like a calling or profession, for me.