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My Problogger Lifestyle: David Peralty

I have had a few people ask me what it is like to be a professional blogger, at least after they get the answer to what being a professional blogger means. I tell them I write content for websites, and they understand that much better.
The first thing you have to understand, for my situation anyways, is that it is definetly not the celebrity lifestyle that some people think it is. Blogging is hard work, time consuming and sometimes blogs can be very slow growing. It is definetly the type of job you do for the passion, and not the money or fringe benefits.
That being said, I do make enough to pay most of my bills, my fiance takes on the rest. The fringe benefits for me have been great, as the Bloggy Network has been able to help me get some technology I never would have been able to afford otherwise. The lack of benefits has been a problem in the past, and probably will be again, but my fiance has been able to have me on hers before, and hopefully again soon. I sometimes wish there was a blog network that was so big that it could afford to get corporate benefit programs for their around the world bloggers.
Without my fiance, I would have had to pay hundreds of dollars to get one of my wisdom teeth extracted, not to mention the cleanings and fillings I needed last year to get my dental health back to a reasonable, and pain free level.
The greatest thing about blogging for me has been the variable schedule. I work from home, and if I start at eight in the morning or noon, it makes no real difference, as long as the work gets done, and done correctly. Some people when they hear that are ready to say “sign me up” but even being able to work from home is not all sunshine and happiness. Sometimes I’d kill for a real office, as distractions are everywhere in the home.
Another problem when working from home is finding a way to stop the inevitable work and life balance problems. When does work end and your non-work life begin? Sure you could hold office hours at home, but if it gets disturbed in any way, how do you make up for it? It can become a stress in itself.
Blogging has been a positive experience for me, but I have been luckier than most in that I have been able to work for some of the best in the industry. Think twice before joining the problogger lifestyle.