There are days when blogging feels like a job and I just don’t want to do anything. I don’t want to write posts. I don’t want to visit cool new places. And I don’t want to spend any more time on social media. Sometimes I sit at my laptop thinking of the hundred or so items on my digital to-do list, and I just feel overwhelmed. Those days aren’t usually very productive. Blogging really is a job. It takes a lot of time to build something that anyone cares to read. And some days, I wonder if it’s all really worth it. But then, I remember the great opportunities that blogging offers me.

Last Tuesday, I was having a rough day. My web host was giving me the run-around, and I had spent all day trying to put out a digital fire. And man… it seems like these digital fires become more frequent the longer I blog. I was just sitting at the kitchen table thinking about how frustrating blogging can be. I was wallowing in all that I didn’t know, in how much I still don’t understand after months (really… YEARS) of self-education. And my mood was terrible.

Blogging: I love it more than I hate it. Isn't that the truth? Blogging is a real job, and sometimes I wonder if it's worth it. But then I remember all the things I love about blogging.

And then Annan came home and we got ready to go to a blogging event at Old Bakery Beer in Alton, IL. I didn’t want to talk to people I didn’t know, but I had already signed up for the event (and was pretty excited about attending since my grandpa worked in the building his whole life when it used to be a bakery). I remember telling Annan as we pulled into the parking lot, “I am so not in the mood for this.”

But I had so much fun. We got to try some appetizers, met some fun people, and went on a great tour of the brewery. And even though I don’t drink, it was fascinating to learn about the process, and to realize that the only organic brewery in the St. Louis region is in my hometown. How cool is that!

Afterwards, we wanted to try some real food, so we split the BLT in their main dining area. It was so good and had sweet tomato jam on it. Who even knew that was a thing? But it was delicious and made me miss summer and glorious home-grown tomatoes. (Almost there, guys!)

BLT from Old Bakery Beer in Alton, IL

When we left the event, I realized how lucky I am to have a job that pushes me outside of my comfort zone on a daily basis and allows me to have unique experiences by myself and with my hubby. Some people think that blogging for a living is some magical cure-all. But the truth is, it is a high-stress job with a constant stream of emergencies. Still, I wouldn’t trade the freedom or the excitement for anything else.

So what do you hate about your job? And why do you keep doing it anyway? Answer in the comments.

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