I feel the need to clear the air. When I left my full-time job in April, I think the majority of people (who don’t know me super well, or don’t actively read the site) think I left my job to become a full time blogger. I get the sense this is the misconception because of the handful of times I’ve been introduced as “This is Lauren, she blogs for a living.” or some variant thereof these last six months.
I love blogging. I identify myself as a blogger and influencer, but I do not make a full-time living off the blog. That’s not to say I’m not proud of what I’ve accomplished here. I am! Incredibly so! But I don’t make a full-time person’s salary off it. At least not yet.
For a long time I considered this blog a side hustle, Just like the limited freelance writing work I used to do for clients on top of my full-time job was a side hustle. Now, they’ve both morphed into a hybrid income pie that makes my eyes cross to understand. Still, I consider myself lucky that I’ve been able to make decent money from blogging part time.
I don’t do income reports. I did, briefly, when I side hustled, mostly to track how much I was making to put toward my $8k in 90 day challenge. I did for a time reveal my net worth on a quarterly basis, but then that got REAL weird. Mostly with comments like, “Why are you freaking out about money, you can afford it. I saw your net worth update.” So I stopped doing them. Also because since I started working for myself, my net worth hasn’t been that exciting.
But I do get asked a lot “How is it you make money from blogging?” which is a great question and one I wanted to answer, and I thought I would share with you today just how much I’ve made in the last three years as a blogger.