How Writers Make Their Money
One thing that continually bugs me is the attitude around success. You have to make x amount at y job and you must spend all hours of the week doing it. That is the most unattractive life I can imagine.
(On a related note, I guess I really need to buy this book by Emilie Wapnick, who I totally fangirled over at ProBlogger the other year, and even moreso when she emailed me for permission to use a photo of her I had taken and how I’d sooo love to ask her to be on my podcast one day when I’m not sick and actually have the energy to start a podcast.)
I want to talk to people who write and do other things. Or create and do other things. Just so long as we’re not perpetuating the “we are all only our jobs”. Am I getting judgey here? Yes and no. My sole income right now is my day job. I don’t judge your choice, maybe it’s that I judge the lack of discussion around interests, hobbies and income? I’m honestly still trying to work out where I stand on a lot of things and I’m already getting the sense that the first season of Side Gig Life will ask a lot more questions than it answers. But that’s also true for a lot of my blog posts, so what’s new? 🙂
I listen to podcasts of a few US based digital nomads and there seems to be (what I’m calling for lack of a better phrase) a cultural fear of people who step outside of the college-big full time job; relationship-house-kids course. I’m not saying that the fear doesn’t happen anywhere else, but it seems to be really common in the US. I wonder if Australia’s backpacking year is common enough that even if you don’t personally do it, no one is surprised to hear of someone doing it.
I also want to talk about it on the podcast from a blogging perspective. The full time, 6 figure blogger (and don’t even get me started on the 6 figure myth as a topic!) seems to still be held up as the main marker of success. But what if you don’t want that in the slightest? I don’t want that. I had the chance to take my blogging “further” when I was working part time and you know what? I get more blogging work done when working full time. It’s just what works for me.
I expect I will be working full time even when I publish my book Fuck Should (psst, you can sign up here to make sure you don’t miss the launch of it). Of course, I still need to work out in what order and priority I will be doing all of these things, but that’s something that can wait until I’ve recovered from surgery.
Anyway, these are all topics that I’m looking forward to exploring in the future, and I get excited when I see mainstream media also talking about them in some way.
How do you feel about the image vs reality of writers (or any creative)?