Have you ever wondered what the “next step” is for your blog?
Have you felt like you were supposed to take it to the next level by doing any of the following:
- growing your social media presence strategically to get more followers?
- blogging for a store or blog tour?
- monetizing your brand?
- starting a pattern line or online store?
- start teaching classes?
- pattern test for the cool kids?
Look, I’ve tried or considered all of the options above… and I’m here to say: They aren’t the only measures of success.
If you want to go pro, do it! How amazing. I’m so grateful for all the indie entrepreneurs that make my sewing possible. And if you need to income to offset the cost of your time or materials, then earn that income, because you deserve it.
But if you don’t get joy from those things, it’s also ok just to stay as you are. Be proud of your small blog, your community of online friends, and the joy you get from your hobby. YOU DON’T HAVE TO MAKE YOUR HOBBY A BUSINESS.
Personally, I prefer to have a full-time career that I love, which takes all my creativity and passion from Monday to Friday. On the weekend, I want my hobby to be fun! I want it to be spontaneous and relaxing. And sure, I enjoy the odd bit of easy pattern testing, or the fun of earning fabric in return for blogging for someone… but the moment those are all I have time for, then I lose my sewjo and fall into a funk.
So, here’s my point: Follow your bliss. Do what you love. Let your sewing be a hobby or a business, but don’t be influenced by fear of missing out or the desire to “keep up” with other sewists. Same goes for what you sew, or how much you sew – life is not a competition!
So I’m going to leave you with a bit of Kid President, and challenge you to think about how you make the world more awesome, just as you are:
Do you ever feel pressure to grow your hobby or make your blog “bigger”? Do you find that inspiring or oppressive? I’d love to know how you feel – and of course, you could totally disagree with me, and that would be fun too. I love discussion!