I was talking to a friend recently about blogging. We’ve both been doing it for years now and we talked about how it used to be. There used to be more genuine connection, authenticity passion and fun. We used to share freely and enjoy the connection with other people who related to our spot in life. For many of us, this is still true. The passion is still there. There’s room for both.
In some ways, things have changed where blogging can be more business than anything else. Because people approached me all the time about how to blog, I started consulting. From that, I’m learning that people sometimes approach blogging in a way that’s less about sharing and more about how to reach huge numbers and make money. So where blogging may have started as a passion for some, it became this numbers game and a business. That’s not a problem. If that’s what you want. The issue comes when you’re not the success you think you should be and hate it all. Your passion is now a burden. No bueno.
It’s not a secret that I’m big on dreams and passions. Having them, chasing them, reaching them – it’s part of what fuels me. I love to see people go after what they want. I love to see people figure out what their passions are. It makes my heart smile to see people reach their dreams. As a mom, I have a special place in my heart for other moms. It’s because I know how hard it is to carve out time for yourself to finish a cup of coffee or read a book. Finding time to zoom in on our goals or pursue our passions is a struggle. Yeah, I get that.
Here’s what I also get about dreams, goals and passions. Every passion we have doesn’t have to turn into a business. It doesn’t have to be that because we’re great at singing that it has to be our career. Because we’re really good at something doesn’t mean that it has to be a money making venture. It’s completely OK to be passionate about blogging or anything else and NOT turn it into a business. Maybe you don’t want the stress that comes with the business part. Maybe creating a business out of something you are so passionate about sucks the joy right out of it. That’s never a good feeling.
Here’s the other thing. Most of us have more than one passion. I have a number of things I’m passionate about swirling around in my head at all times! It’s a good thing. The hardest part is finding time for it all. I’m really passionate about music. It’s not something that I’m going to create a business around though. The same goes for my love of all things pop culture. I can be passionate about these things and love them and indulge. Adding the pressure of building a business around them would change how I feel about them.
There’s a woman I used to work with. She can make absolutely anything. She sews clothes, bedding and jewelry. She knits and crochets anything you can imagine – even plush baby toys. I used to always be in her ear about what she could do with her talent. I just saw a business brewing for her. She wasn’t interested. I didn’t understand – at first. But making all of these beautiful things just made her happy. It is her passion. Her pay off was the happiness it brought other people when they received something she’d made. Her pay off were the tears in my eyes as I opened the blanket she’d quilted for my first born. THAT was enough for her. She didn’t want to change how she felt about her passion by making it into something that she wasn’t interested in. I had to respect that.
Whatever your passion is it doesn’t have to be your career. You can do it for yourself. Do it for the joy. What else you get from it is totally up to you. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.