Yes, I generally blog from home. Yes, I can choose the time I give to my blog and my hours of work are entirely up to me.
However, I am beginning to resent the attitude some people have, that because I work from home and my hours are flexible, maybe, even because it is something I generally enjoy doing, then it is not a "job of work".
Who doesn't want to love and be passionate about their work and mentally stimulated and challenged on a regular basis?
Some critics, believe that my utilising google adsense and other means of earning income from my writing and some of my photographs is morally questionable. Yet I am as entitled to earn an income from my "work" as the next person. I make no apologies for commercially marketing my ideas and work contained within my blogs!
I also pay for some of the artwork I use in my blogs and am happy to reward another person for their effort and skill via such financial exchange. Equally I am grateful, to those who offer their photographs for use on my blog, simply for the joy of being published.
Then, there is the considerable number of hours absorbed by research, sometimes interviewing and networking. Without these elements, my blogging would be very limited.
As for capital investment, set up costs include: a computer, along with a device that enables maximum portabiity, wifi service, domain name and web service provider, camera suitable for taking high resolution photographs, electricity, heating, work space, transport involved in pursuing blog subjects, as well as fees for consultancy and professional development. The same or similar costs you would expect in any other business.
My time is accounted for in monetary gain when I teach, care for animals, or garden for others, so why not for blogging?
Like a writer, or artist, we bloggers generate our own stock, which is represented by the archives of our work on our sites.
The "real or bludge" job debate around blogging for an income, echoes my experience when it comes to anyone working within the Arts, unless at a very elite level. Yet to make it to that elite level, every artist has to put in years of training and experience.
Perhaps these critics of those of us who blog professionally or semi-professionally, as I do, have spent too much time using their computers as a means of leisure, pleasure and games, than as a tool of work. I'm in the business of information, entertainment, education, ideas and opinions, which I hope may be of some value to others.
Worst of all, the attitude that blogging is not "real work" reminds me that women's domestic work with children, caring for their partners and within the home has historically been denied as contributing to the gross domestic product, or having a real monetary, let alone economic value. Such ignorance irritates me, as you can likely tell!
Apparently, there are few women blogging about politics or contemporary issues in Australia. Yet a lot of men are; are they questioned as to whether commercial blogging is real work?
I just wish some of those critics of bloggers making an effort to run commercially viable blogs, would try blogging for themselves, before they decide blogging is merely a hobby, or activity of leisure!
As a dear friend recently said of such critics and dismissers of a considerable chunk of my livelihood, "maybe they could start living in the 21st century". The reality is many people are now paid or derive their income from working at home these days.
Here's to all my fellow bloggers who endeavour to make a living from their work, and to all of our fans that are kind enough to keep returning to our blogs and clicking on those advertisements that help make ends meet in our households!