Why I LOVE Blogging So Much!

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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?

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Roadmap2Retire
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You’ve hit all the points right, FIFighter. I completely agree with you one each of those points on the joys of blogging. Ive been blogging for less than a year and already find it so rewarding….makes me wonder why I didnt start earlier!

Thanks for sharing. Best wishes

Michelle
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I love blogging and self-employments so much more than my previous day job. The list could go on and on about why it is better.

Done by Forty
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I do enjoy blogging, but feel like it has some of the aspects of work life, too. We keep a work schedule of sorts, complete with deadlines and tasks of to-dos. It’s certainly more enjoyable that work, but every once in a while, it’s kind of a grind…

No Nonsense Landlord
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Great points! I have a one-man show too. It is good and bad.

It’s great, as I have no trouble getting business expenses approved by upper management.

The downside is my employee never listen to my commands. (but I do know when they try to pull a fast one on me…)

PC
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FIF, you’re a great writer. I enjoy reading your articles, always so positive and aspiring. I don’t really comment on other ppl’s blog, but it’s cool to see what others are up to in their own financial path. I only blog to keep me in check with my stock portfolio and the little tidbits on money issues, little blip on the radar.

theFIREstarter
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I’m loving it so far as well FI!
My only bugbear is that I am not getting enough time to tend to my blog as I’d like… death to the day job!

Dave @ The New York Budget
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As far as the inflammatory comments go, I was actually expecting to get blasted by far more people when I started blogging. Perhaps if my readership was higher I would, but I have been impressed with the positive and constructive feedback the PF community provides.

The other part of blogging that I really like is the creation part. I alone am creating a repository of thoughts, strategies, and musings that comes together to make my blog and (as long as I back everything up correctly) I will have that forever!

Dividend Mantra
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FI,

Great rundown here.

I really enjoy blogging. I love writing, inspiring, creating, tracking, learning, educating, and communicating with other like-mined people. I’ve grown so much via my blog. It’s provided numerous tremendous benefits that aren’t necessarily tangible, but provide real value to my life.

And I’m just glad that I can occasionally give back!

Best wishes.

Marvin
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You hit the nail on the head brother. Blogging is so rewarding if you do it right. The best thing I’ve acquired from blogging is an awesome network of friends and highly knowledgeable individuals. In fact, I would have never gotten so motivated to look into real estate investing if I hadn’t run across your blog.

The First Million is the Hardest
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Amen! There have been times I’ve worked for 8+ hours on blog related things and not even noticed the time pass by. That NEVER happens at my desk job! Writing and networking with other bloggers is just so much more rewarding than I ever thought it would be when I started out.

JC @ Passive-Income-Pursuit
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I’m so glad that I finally started blogging myself. The biggest benefit is that it’s an outlet and place to network with other people. In my everyday life, like I’m sure with most people, finances/investing is a pretty much dead discussion topic. So it’s hard to bounce thoughts/ideas off other people when you can’t even get the discussion moving in that direction. Sometimes I have to crack the whip when my employee starts slacking on the blog and starts reading something called a “blog” on the “internet”.

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