I complain a lot about working in a corporate environment (can you really blame me?), but I’m not opposed to working, per se. I actually really enjoy doing things and learning. You could even argue that I must REALLY enjoy working, because even after an eight hour day, I still find some time to keep this blog updated on a regular basis. So, if I really didn’t enjoy working, why in the world am I blogging?
I started blogging in February 2012 and ABSOLUTELY love doing it! It’s extremely rewarding and I especially enjoy being able to connect with other like-minded individuals. It’s so fun interacting with other bloggers and readers, whether it’s through commenting, or e-mails. I’ve even talked to a few readers on the phone, and met some in person (thanks Brian for lunch the other day!).
What makes blogging so much better than corporate work? In the end, they both require a lot of time and effort…
You Make the Rules
As founder, president, and CEO of this blog, I get to call all the shots! For someone who doesn’t get to wield such power in my everyday work life, I gotta say, it’s a pretty cool feeling!
I basically answer to no one (except you readers). I get to blog about the things that I want to talk about, and I can scrap any posts that I don’t think are good enough for release. If I feel like putting together a string of real estate posts because I’ve got the itch, I’m free to do so. If I would rather steer the direction of articles towards early financial independence for awhile, I can do that as well.
This keeps things fresh and fun. Not only for myself, but also for anyone reading this blog (I hope). Unlike my day-to-day job, I don’t have to become a specialized monkey. I’m free to think outside the box and dabble with different forms of written expression.
You Set Your Own Hours
If I start writing a blog entry and I begin to feel tired, or if the words aren’t flowing just right, I can stop at anytime and take a break. I can go pour myself a cup of coffee, and take it easy for awhile. If things really aren’t working out, I can even say, “I’m just not feeling it today. I’m going to go out for a hike in nature, instead. I’ll try blogging again tomorrow.”
I absolutely wouldn’t be able to get away with anything close to that at the corporate office. No, as far as they’re concerned, they own me from 9 to 5, M-F! They won’t ever stop to consider that all the soul-crushing, mundane routines they are putting me through might actually be making me a far LESS productive employee.
Just because I’m at the office 40 hours a week does NOT mean that I’m actually mentally “all there” the entire time. If my morale goes, I can guarantee you that I’m just going to be going through the motions… The only thing that will keep me going are thoughts of that next paycheck…
You Don’t Have to Deal with Corporate BS
This blog is a one man operation. There’s pros and cons (grammar mistakes and typos, I apologize) to that, definitely. But one huge PLUS is that this allows for the blog to operate as efficiently as possible. Unlike at my workplace, I don’t have to worry about corporate politics contaminating this blog.
There’s no HR to deal with… No forced training programs and ethics courses that I have to make readers (or myself) sit through. I don’t have to go through ten rounds of approvals before releasing a blog post. I don’t have to screen each article to make sure it conforms to any compliance standards either.
I don’t have to worry about workplace etiquette. I can even blog in my pajamas if I want to… No one would ever know. 🙂
You Build Your Own Network
Everyone has that co-worker on their team that they just can’t stand. You know, that person who always rubs you the wrong way and does everything they can to make your life more difficult. But it seems like no matter what, that person ALWAYS somehow manages to keep getting assigned to the same projects as you… So, you have no choice but to work with them! Who really needs that added stress in their lives?
As a blogger, I’m free to network and connect with whoever I choose to. I don’t have to follow another blogger if I don’t actually enjoy reading their material. And I don’t have to respond to, or comment back to anyone who I feel is not worth my time of day. Luckily, blogging so far has been an overwhelmingly positive experience, and I have only gotten a few inflammatory e-mails/comments.
I would encourage readers to continue to connect and e-mail me as I love hearing from all of you. I appreciate all the support and continued encouragement. 🙂
It’s wonderfully liberating to be able to build a network comprised of people I actually like and respect. At work, unfortunately, often times you have very little control over who becomes a part of your circle…
You Reap What You Sow
As a blogger, your success or failure is within your complete control. Unlike at work, all your hard work CAN pay off. If you bust your ass and work harder than anyone else to build up your blog, you get to reap all the rewards of your labor. There are no middlemen to get in the way, or fat cat corporate executives to steal your thunder!
So, the possibilities are truly endless. You can reach as high and as far as you want to go. Limitless possibilities and no glass ceilings! What more could you ask for?
At work, I could invent the next breakthrough tomorrow, something even more revolutionary than the transistor, and I would be lucky to see a 4% pay raise on my next annual performance review. Why? Because my boss and his boss and his boss would be the ones capturing the spotlight… It’s sad but that’s the way it works in the corporate world. Everyone is out to get theirs… Who cares about the person who actually did the inventing?
The more I blog, the more I realize how unfit I am to still be working in a corporate environment. Hopefully, for not much longer. 🙂
Are you a blogger? What do you enjoy most about it? How does blogging compare to your 9-5 life?