The Journey of the Fool…
There’s a new moon in Aries tonight and it marks the start of the new astrological year. I briefly mentioned it in my post White Fang beanie of complex energies and the start of an astrological new year, (you can read that here).
April 1st is also commonly known for it’s playful nature as April fools day, a day where we celebrate practical jokes.
In tarot the fool card is a vagabond, at the beginning of his journey. He must walk along the path of the moon, through the mountains until he reaches the end of his journey as the hermit holding the lantern, on top of the mountain.
The Fool symbolises new beginnings, having faith in the future, being inexperienced, not knowing what to expect, having beginner’s luck, improvisation and believing in the universe- I felt like this was fitting.
I’ve been blogging for 16 months now and I still feel like that dizzying fool at the beginning of his quest searching for something I haven’t figured out yet.
I must admit, by now I thought I’d be further than this. I still feel a little stuck and well new to this, even though I’m not.
I have to keep reminding myself that I am not the fool any longer and that I have developed so many skills over these last 16 months from both blogging and life. Has it been challenging? Yes, remarkably!
Did I think it would go this far? Absolutely not. I’m still stunned that I’m doing this full time- it was something that I dreamed about doing for so long.
But, it was difficult and as much as I love blogging I don’t want to sugar coat it. There are certainly easier businesses or side hustles to start!
There’s also the start of the astronomically soaring Gas and Electricity prices in the UK- which unfortunately is not a joke. Set to start on the same day- Something everyone is dreading I’m sure.
It’s also scary for small businesses like me, like “huh? How am I gonna afford this?” And feels like a slap in the face- sorry, couldn’t resist, who saw that one coming?
I get the feeling that this will be the toughest year yet for me and my little blog, but who knows what is on the horizon? A crystal ball sounds alluring at this stage… or perhaps not. Sometimes ignorance is bliss.
Anyway, I thought I’d sum up things that I’ve learned about blogging full time. Just the bad and the ugly for now… Maybe I’ll start the astrological new year with something a bit more positive, like 20 amazing things about blogging, but for now, like an Aries, here’s what I don’t like.
Partly, to remind myself I’m not longer the fool, and more of a lonely hermit.
Secondly, because I want to make it abundantly clear that going for your dreams often requires making sacrifices. It’s not easy and it’s not all daisies and rainbows, you know?
The Dark Side of Blogging Full Time
1. Starting a business is lonely
2. If you let stress get to you, you fail
3. Everyone will think you’re nuts, “why not just get a job?”
4. You become fair game for people to fire insults at
5. Pinterest pins will give you comfort
6. If you neglect your personal relationships, they will fall apart
7. You drink soo much coffee
8. Social media is hella addictive and it becomes your new social life
9. You realise who your friends are
10. You have to happy – all of the time, especially on social media
11. If you’re inconsistent you loose followers and stats, which becomes gruelling and tiresome
12. People think you’re narcissistic
13. You have to be good at meeting deadlines
14. People will try and take advantage of your newbie-ness… “Hey, could you just add this link in here for free?’ “We don’t offer payments but we’d love you to write this for us.”
15. The better you get at blogging the lonelier it gets
16. Your perfectionism will reach new heights, think waking up at 4am wondering if you used the correct hashtags on Twitter
17. Life is just as relentless, except you still have to run a business at the same time. Did you think life would get easier while you’re busier? No way.
18. If you take a break you don’t get paid
19. You start to wish you weren’t a writer, it has to be one of the most difficult, unpredictable and turbulent careers – partly because it makes good writing material. I mean most writers who are famous are so because they’re dead.
20. You have to make sacrifices like giving up your nice reliable job, selling things to pay the bills- like that antique you never look at or cutting down on things you enjoy, such as food or heating.
There’s a lot of good stuff about blogging, but I rarely see anyone write about the bad stuff. Of course, I missed the most annoying thing off this list which is that nobody understands what you do for a living, ever– and you have to explain it to people at least once a day.
It’s also very difficult to keep the stamina going as it requires a lot of patience, persistence and determination. I’ve already briefly covered this in my post blogging isn’t a real job, but I thought I’d share it anyway because it’s so relevant.
As Aries season gets fiery and feisty, a great practice for the start of the new astrological year is to set fire manifestations. This involves visualisation whilst lighting candles and looking into the flames.
Meditation and practicing mantras or positive affirmations is always good too. As the fire of Aries gets intense learn to use that fire productively. As Will Smith pointed out the devil always comes for you at your greatest hour, so channel that fire into something good.
Sure blogging has it’s downsides- but so does everything else. Thankfully, I can stand the bad and love the good. I still thought they were worth pointing out though.
Funnily enough I’ve just been nominated as blogger of the month by Get Blogged so I must be doing something right. I guess that’s a positive way to start this new year of complex energies.
Many cosmic blessings for the fiery new astrological year…
Thanks for reading,