Can you quit your day job in order to blog online?

Russian Federation
February 2, 2009 1:10am CST
I think it is OK to quit my job if my blog earns me equal to my salary of job. At least my current job which is a boring one and contradict to what I think. In other words, I dont want to do this job but there are necessaries and money is life. So if a blog can earn me equal of my salary, I will quit it at the first moment and start my favourite life hobby: writing. To write interesting and useful content for blog or sites is not a difficult work. I can search the net for long hours for links and read books for required information. But the problem is that we dont have 24 hours access to Internet here, in Afghanistan and it costs much either in Afghanistan or Pakistan. The second problem we have is that useful services are often not available here. Like paypal account and visa card and other money transport services. So it is my opinion that if blog writing earns good money, then the job means nothing (at least for me. and the job is so boring like the one I am doing presently).
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19 responses
• China
3 Feb 09
If i were you ,i won't quit my day job in order to blog online.Because it will be a big pressure since it becomes the only route to survive.
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@CRIVAS (1818)
• Canada
3 Feb 09
I can honestly tell you that if I could get a little more time on the computer, I would definately start blogging. I have never started a blog before and I don't know much about it so I have been trying to learn as much as I can.
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@mjanne (251)
• China
3 Feb 09
To my opinion, if it is a boring job, of course, you don't have to hesitate to quit it. And to do what you like is a happy thing. Such as you said, writing blog. But the precondition is I can earn as much as the job. Because earn enough money is necessary for our life.
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@jesbellaine (4142)
• Philippines
3 Feb 09
Hello There! Good Morning! No, I would never quit my job just for blogging. Even if I make money out of it. Until now, I can't figure out how a blogger could earn thousands of dollars as they blog it because I have a friend who really use blogging for extra money and she earns like 100 dollars a month but not thousand of dollars a month. Her blog got lots of traffic since it is really an interesting content. Also, I do not see myself spending time in front of my computer making money all day long. I still want to work for a living on where I can interact to people to make friends etc. I am starting my own blog as well and thinking of putting and giving lots of attention to it but I never thought of quitting my job for that. The only reason why I will quit my job today is for another offer from another company. Better compensation and benefits etc. Goodluck in your writing skills! Thanks for the discussion! Happy Mylotting and Have a great day! Cheers!
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@rsa101 (24983)
• Philippines
3 Feb 09
Yeah I heard many do that for aliving already. That is if you have a pretty interesting blog to do. The concept of your blog is very important for you to really get as many viewers as possible because that is the key to making lots of money from there.
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• United States
2 Feb 09
Many people don't have a tie larger then the need for money to their jobs. Many would love to quit and do something they enjoy and some of them even think that blogging is it. It is true that there are some very successful bloggers out there who have made a lot of money and continue to do so. However, the majority of bloggers don't make any money and shouldn't quit their day jobs. The question "can you" should really be "would you if you could live off of it". In which case the answer would be yes for a lot of people. However, can you should be no for most people, because it isn't likely they will actually make money on it. I don't really have to face the question. I am a stay at home mom that works hard online trying to make enough money for my family to meet ends in this ridiculous economy. I don't make a living doing what I do (at least not yet), but I do enjoy it and do make some money.
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• United States
2 Feb 09
I think its possible but you would have to put in probably twice as many hours and probably through in something like multiple survey sites to make sure you pull in the same amount of money.
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• United States
2 Feb 09
Possibly yes i will surely quit, if i am doing a job, and work for my blog. It is said that blogs earn more even more then your current jobs. So blogging is a good idea. As far as your country is concerned I suggest you to go for 50% blog income and 50% your curren tjob income. Well by this you can surely have a good income. Have a great day.
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@sid556 (30988)
• United States
2 Feb 09
I think it would be a very risky venture. I guess that I just like the security of KNOWING that my paycheck ic coming in each week. With blogging, you may do very well at times but then there are going to be those times that you have mind blocks...can't think of what to write on etc. Beyond that, my job gets me out and intermingling with people. My nature would make it very easy for me to hermatize myself which I'm not sure is a healthy thing. Also, blogging at home would require much self-discipline and no doubt more than I have. I think that after a time, I'd grow to hate it. I can only sit on this computer for just so long. If I were doing it as a means of getting by, it certainly would take much of the pleasure out of it for me.
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• India
2 Feb 09
Hi arnwart..thats an interesting question..well, i would definitely not quit my job just for blogging. The most important thing that is missing in making blogging your full time profession is "security". If you are doing good in your job in a good company, then nothing can replace that. Blogging is for maximum a side income ..definitely not the only bread earner..
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• Philippines
2 Feb 09
I can't quit on my day job because I see no reason to quit in order to blog online. I would like to do blogging as a sideline whenever I have time to go online or when it is my day-off. At least that's the way I'm earning on both jobs as long as I know my time management on them.
@dropofrain (1168)
• India
2 Feb 09
I can not think of quitting my job for the sake on online blog. I think it is very risky to quit your job in his tough times. I really dont think you can rise to the ladder of success without doing an online job.
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• United Kingdom
2 Feb 09
It sounds like you are facing quite a few difficulties in your part of the world. I too love to write but I think that it is very difficult to have a regular income from blogging. There are lots of sites that you can write for if you love writing. To mention a few, there's Associated Content, Helium and Triond. I am a member of these three sites and they quite reputable. Anyway, the more that you write the better you will become. Welcome to My Lot by the way, you have found a wonderful site. Andrew
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@jworkman (38)
• Sweden
2 Feb 09
No you should not quit your day job to blog, unless you plan on doing this move well ahead of time. You shouldn't just quit and go into professional blogging (like I did) unless you have two year's worth of you salary in the bank, or if there is another steady bread-winner in the household (as was my case). There are very, very few professional blogs that will pay even half of your bills. These highly-coveted of blogging jobs are also not necessarily what you may want to be writing about. They are usually business blogs, promoting a company or service an overview of an entire industry's day-to-day news. The big advantage of professional blogging is that you get not only a byline, which helps build up your portfolio, but that they offer a lot of other writing opportunities for freelancers who do want to quit their day job.
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@ibraurt (20)
• Germany
2 Feb 09
I would think twice before quitting my day job just for blogging. To earn from blogging consistently takes years of marketing and promoting. It is really not just a matter of sitting down and tapping away at the keyboard. Even sites that are designed for bloggers to earn such as payperpost and blogsvertise have requirements for blogs to be at least a few months old and well maintained to be approved.
• United States
4 Feb 09
Absolutely you should quit your day job to blog, but only if you happen to have a day job that does not pay; if you happen to be nearing the age of 75; and if your eyes and your wrists are up to the task. What we once called personal web pages, we now call blogs. I suppose the difference is that blogs is about what the personal web pages amounted to was just writing randomly each day on subjects you felt strongly about. Or maybe you just wanted to rave and rant. Why we believe there are others out there not blogging that will want to read ours is a big self-decepiton we put on ourselves. It is far easier than learning the truth, that mostly no one wants to hear what we have to say unless it is truly important to them. Basically, what you must realize that all writing must be enclosed in the greater squigglys and variations on that. It can get complicated but only if you let it. Yet, as I said, blogging today can be done without all the worry and the time consuming necessity of learning html.
@trahnes (20)
• Germany
4 Feb 09
The Internet has introduced many options for freelance writers. One of these options, blogging, has quickly become an outlet for aspiring writers to have their work viewed by millions. With such a wonderful opportunity, many writers believe that they can quit whatever job they have now and devote themselves to their passion. What they do not realize is that holding the title of freelance writer does not provide the financial stability to support the type of lifestyle they have now. Online part-time and contract jobs are incapable of providing health plans, 401k's and other benefits that true "brick and mortar" jobs do. While it is beneficial to make a little extra income on the side, freelance writing, and blog writing for that matter, should never be considered as a means for financial stability. Writing, like all other forms of art, should be done for the betterment of the artist and those who read it.
@natwitt (20)
4 Feb 09
For those who make money, they just may have decided out of experience that one should quit their job to be an all day blogger yet those who do not know much about blogging or has not done as well may have said that they disagree. It seems to be a personal experience call which shall answer this best. And for those who have a lack of knowledge about blogging, perhaps taking up the new hobby of blogging may work before any rash decisions are met. Think before you take that first step and in time you may find that there is a time to quit a job and a time to keep a job as well as a time to decide whether or not blogging is working for you.
@kaselard (20)
• Luxembourg
4 Feb 09
Making money off of blogging takes a lot of time and a lot of patience. If and when you start making money writing a blog, you shouldn't quit your day job. Writing a blog does in fact give you money but not immediately. Even when you do get paid for blogging, you still shouldn't quit your day job. Instead, keep your job and blog at the same time. Blogging does make good money as a secondary source of income but won't be enough to supplement your living expenses. In general, you do not want to quit anything to be a blogger fulltime. Even bloggers have to make other sources of income. I haven't heard of anybody that makes a sustainable source of income thorugh blogging alone. Of course blogging will net you extra cash and a bunch of doors in the future, but it's not worth quitting your day job over. It's more of a hobby or a way to vent and let your opinions out in words and get paid for it.