I’ve been a full time blogger now for almost SEVEN years now. Wow. Back in 2009 I was working an office job where I didn’t even see the light of day. Talk about uninspired. I worked in the home decor and design industry though, so it definitely held some appeal, but dream job it was not. I had been blogging for over a year when I left my office job. Was I blogging every day? No. More like once a week. Was my blog making money? Definitely not, but I decided to forge ahead anyways. Actually, it was my husband’s suggestion! Yes, he’s super supportive, I’m a lucky girl.
I decided I’d do some freelance computer graphic and design work (which is what I got my BA in) while I ramped up my blogging efforts and just see where it went. I went from blogging once a week to blogging five days a week. It didn’t take long for my audience to grow. I went from making around $8 a month on Google Adsense to making $200+ within a couple of months. Not a bad growth rate at all 😉
When I first started the blog it was all just a creative outlet. My husband and I bought our first house in the San Francisco Bay area in 2006 and were just completely house broke. It was pretty frustrating working my day job for the Pottery Barn catalog and seeing all these beautiful rooms all day, then coming home to a bare house. I started trying to find look-a-likes and was amazed at the deals I found. The blog began because I wanted to share my finds with friends and family and the rest is history.
It’s amazing to see how much the industry has changed since I first started. People graduate college now and say they want to become a blogger. Mind blown. Being a blogger is a career choice now?! AWESOME. It’s been such an great ride. I can’t wait to see where it goes next.
You can read more about the Quitter’s Club on the Fohr Card Blog.
Pictures by Jessica at HejDoll.