I subscribe to problogger, like I imagine most bloggers do, and I came across this article this morning about full time blogging being a process. In the article it referenced (I am academic what can I say) the article from Get Rich Slowly about finding the guts to follow your dreams. Now, I am reading the E-Myth Revisted by Michael Gerber at the moment and I think he would have something to say about becoming a ‘full time blogger’. Gerber identifies three roles of the business person: The Entrepreneur (visionary), The Manager and The technician. The manager runs the business whilst the Entrepreneur focuses on it’s creative growth when the technician is performing the duties required to get the work done. A friend of mine says it this way. There is the pioneer who blazes the trail and then there’s other people who support that work by being ‘administrators’ and keeping the work going.
One of the great revelations for me in reading the E-Myth was the realisation that it’s okay to be an entrepreneur. I am totally the person who see’s the vision and knows what needs to be done and so forth. I am a very bad manager however and an even worse technician. If you are like that, then you will find management work to be boring, heart wrenching and difficult to do. Judging by experience so far and what I read in the blogosphere, full time blogging really is not an entrepreneurial pursuit. It’s another job. So what’s the difference?
Work versus Entrepreneurship
Work is routine ‘technican’ work. Blogging, even though it’s a creative pursuit is largely work. Why? There is a creative marketing element for sure. You have to write articles that attract visitors, put advertising in sidebars and in posts and so on. Blogging is a ‘technical’ skill that you become good at like most forms of writing over time. Say my dream is to be a fireman and my friends dream is to be a blogger. As a blogger he is self-employed and most people would say ‘entrepreneur’. I would say my blogger friend is just using his skill to make money the same way as a fireman does. There is no difference. Two technicians in different application fields.
Entrepreneurship is based on creativity and growth work isn’t
Now you will use your creative abilities in your job as a fireman, for example but this does not mean you are reinventing the practice of fire fighting. The fire fighter who reinvents and continually improves firefighting is the entrepreneurial fire fighter. The blogger who reinvents the job of blogging continually to find new streams of income is an entrepreneurial blogger. Why? Entrepreneurship is not simply going out on your own and making a new business. There is a pioneering element to entrepreneurship where a vision for something is put together. I meet people who I would consider to be entrepreneurial academics. These are people reinventing things and using creativity and vision to bring forth pioneering change into their lives. Clearly, blogging can be entrepreneurial but in most cases this isn’t so.
What makes me realise this is just how hard it appears to be to make a living as a blogger. Some people I have read about find it very difficult and metaphors are drawn between blogging and hand to hand combat. A case in point is the Problogger versus Shoemoney interview. Have a look at the amount of time Darren Rowse puts into blogging! That’s a full time job. Two hours of writing versus how many hours of routine, technican like work? I rest my case. Work is hard, routine and after all BORING to the entrepreneur. I therefore submit that whilst blogging can be entrepreneurial, it most cases it’s just another type of job.
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