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How My Blog Went From a Hobby to a Job

As I mentioned yesterday, there are several topics to not discuss in polite company: money, politics, and your stance on wood finishes. Since I have already, at various points, touched on the other two, why not go three for three and talk about finances?

I’ve held a job, self-employed or otherwise, since I was sixteen. I have been an amusement park ride-operator, a handy(wo)man, a telephone surveyor, a face painter, a babysitter, a record store clerk, a muralist, a bookseller, a web designer, a stationer, and a blogger. Most of those overlapped. For instance, I worked at the bookstore while also face painting for the village events in Oak Park, the combination of which somehow led to my being awarded Employee of the Year for Downtown Oak Park! I didn’t even know that was a possibility, but I gave a brief, awkward acceptance speech at the end of a TIF meeting, and was presented with a plaque. (It used to hang in our apartment bathroom, because that’s a pretty funny thing to see when you visit the loo.)

I’m sure you can tell from my résumé of odd jobs (literally) that I have been raking it in!

Brandon and I were married in 2004. I started my stationery shop in 2005, and I began offering web design in 2006. Making it Lovely began in 2007, and I had intended for it to be a complement to the shop and design business, but mostly just a fun place to chronicle what we were doing as we moved into our first house together. Over time, the blog became successful, and I was able to earn some advertising revenue. Each year, the balance of our finances changed a little (2008 took a hit from doing the National Stationery Show — ouch), but Brandon’s job was always the anchor.

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He and I had dreamed of the day he would be able to quit. Steadily, each year, we grew a little closer. Then, in January 2012, we were pushed over the cliff when he lost his job. We weren’t ready to make that leap, and we scrambled for a while. Slowly though, I began to find my footing with the blog and its potential to support us, and in September 2012, I wrote about our decision for Brandon to stay home and watch the kids while I worked full-time on the blog.

Though our income is now fully funded by Making it Lovely, I have tried to diversify the sources as much as possible. Keep reading for a breakdown of how this blog supported us in 2012.
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Now We Are Six

The blog, that is. Here’s a look at what I’ve shared over the last six years here on Making it Lovely.

2007

Making it Lovely: 2007

2008

Making it Lovely: 2008

2009

Making it Lovely: 2009

2010

Making it Lovely: 2010

2011

Making it Lovely: 2011

2012

Making it Lovely: 2012

Thank you all for following along, whether you’re brand new here or have been reading since the beginning. I’m fortunate to have such lovely readers — truly.

Let’s Hear It

Making it Lovely is now six years old. (Wow!) To celebrate, I’m turning a little introspective. I’ve put together a condensed timeline with all that has happened and been documented on Making it Lovely over the last six years. There will be a post about what I’ve learned, and I’ll also be sharing a post about how my blog went from a part-time hobby to a full-time job that supports my family of four.

Today though, I have a favor to ask of you. My last reader survey was in 2010, and I’m sure much has changed since then. I would like to know what you love, or don’t love, about Making it Lovely, and I’d appreciate your honest feedback. Would you please take my 2013 reader survey? I’ll share a summary of the results next week, for the curious.

Please take Making it Lovely's 2013 Reader Survey

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