Strange things are occurring. I may or may not be having a mid-life crisis. I’m thirty in a few months – is that even mid-life? God that’s depressing, don’t think about that. Perhaps just a crisis then. Just some kind of crisis. I’m not particularly concerned I’ve already survived a nervous breakdown and an emergency C-section.

A small crisis is nothing.

I’ve acquired a strange habit over the last few weeks. Waking around 3am to drink tea, watch history docs on the Iplayer and write. Blog write, free lance write, crappy write that gets scrapped the next day. Write, write, write. Then I get on, get ready and crack on with my normal working day. Its like some weird addiction, I feel cleansed and guilty and exhausted. I’ve never been so motivated. I’ve always been sensible, regimented – boring even. Now I’m all over the internet talking about mental breakdowns and vaginas (unrelated). I’ve awoken some kind of demon-within through this blog and now the creature is running away with me and I can’t quite catch up.

I’ve also instigated us moving house (again – oh the joys of renting) only this time voluntarily because school-choosing time is creeping up on us and where we are now, isn’t really ideal.  I don’t want to live somewhere where my husband  is putting our son in the car on his way to work and is approached by a drunk man asking him if he knows where his house is because he is so fucking drunk he can’t remember. I don’t want to live some place where people think its socially acceptable to have their domestic disputes in the street, on a Tuesday night at 3am.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve shouted at my husband whilst off my tits drunk and vomiting through my nose but at least I had the dignity to do it in my own home and not scare the neighbours.

We want to be somewhere quieter, greener, somewhere with a good pub and a good school in walking distance – that’s pretty much our criteria. I want to have a nice garden, with flowers and weird bugs and a paddling pool. I want it not to take half an hour to run a sodding bath because the water pressure is so crappy. I want terrestrial television back for fucks sake. I want to know with one hundred percent conviction that the people who live next door to us are not in fact drug dealers. Instead of just being optimistically hopeful about it all because they seem so friendly.

I want to make some changes. Changes for the future, for all of us and its all going to start here, this year, with my mid-life crisis.

This month I was offered a monthly contract for some free lance writing, off the back of this blog. Yes, off the back of this terrible blog. This blog right here with all its swearing and all its sarcasm. Its all very surreal and I am completely winging it. You see I don’t write for a living, I work in an accounts department as a Financial Controller. I like my day job, its challenging and I have no intentions of changing it and running off pretending to be Margaret Atwood. But because ten months ago I opened a Blogger account and wrote this shockingly bad post and then another and another – I now have a second source income, which might mean that one day I can pay off my credit card or even go on holiday next year. It might even mean I get offered other free lance writing work in the future.

Or it might not.

But if I had said NO, I would never find out would I?

So I said yes.

 

When The Blog Gets You A Real Life Job

49 thoughts on “When The Blog Gets You A Real Life Job

  • June 7, 2016 at 5:59 pm
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    Yes! Congratulations lovely. Along with the aforementioned emergency C-sections, I can relate! I start my brand new role as a full time content writer and social media manager on Monday, after years of accounting. I CANNOT wait. All on the back of my humble little blog. Here’s to your future success – and holidays! Lisa xx

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  • June 7, 2016 at 9:24 pm
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    Yas! Great news. I’m not surprised , you’re writing is great ; real and funny. God , I’m only two weeks into blogging and already feel it’s improving my confidence and mental health .

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  • June 8, 2016 at 6:04 pm
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    Well done you!!! Read it off your Mums!! Love it!!

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  • June 9, 2016 at 6:36 am
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    Ah great news, well done! It’s amazing isn’t it when something you start as a hobby, becomes a source of income and you realise you’re actually quite good at it (which you are!).
    PS. I turned 30 last month and spent the majority of the last year of being in my 20’s dreading it…I wrote about it ALOT. Now I’m 6 weeks in, I’m happy to confirm being 30 is fine!!! #stayclassy

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  • June 9, 2016 at 7:00 am
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    This is fantastic – congratulations honey!!!!! I’m not at all surprised – I love your writing, honest and straight to the point! So pleased for you and can’t read more of whats to come xx #stayclassy

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  • June 9, 2016 at 7:35 am
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    This is such exciting news congratulations! I really enjoy your style of writing so it’s definitely not a surprise to hear you’ve got freelance work and hopefully more to build on! #stayclassy

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  • June 9, 2016 at 8:17 am
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    OH well done you! It is massively confidence-boosting, this writing a blog thing. I am not surprised either – your writing is fab. 🙂 #stayclassy

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  • June 9, 2016 at 8:18 am
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    Eeeks, exciting news about freelance work and moving house! I can also relate to the neighbourhood and neighbours issue. We live right in the centre of town and our house is literally nose to nose with a block of flats and their balconies. Our neighbours like to play rap, full-blast. My daugher has so far asked me what a b@itch and a n£gger is. Fun times. Then we have the friendly drunks that like to congregate on the steps and shout lovely abuse. Apart from that it’s lovely :- )Exciting times ahead – enjoy and I hope you stop your typing at 3am soon! #stayclassy

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  • June 9, 2016 at 9:40 am
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    Congratulations, that’s brilliant! I can relate to living in a bad neighbourhood. My upstairs neighbours were drug dealers and the landlord wouldn’t do anything about it. Fortunately the smell was so strong that the police had had loads of reports about it. Same with the disputes in the street although they can occasionally be quite amusing. Aha x
    #stayclassy

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  • June 9, 2016 at 9:46 am
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    that is fantastic and you should seriously listen when we tell you that your blog is awesome and this is so well deserved!!!! We just moved home 6 weeks ago and I have to say that it is hugely important getting the area right. We downsized house space to be here but it is a fab neighbourhood and so worth it! #stayclassy

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  • June 9, 2016 at 9:50 am
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    ah fantastic! that is brilliant! well done! and I am sure you will get that garden with bugs and all 🙂 #stayclassy

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  • June 9, 2016 at 9:57 am
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    BRAVO Sarah! This is wonderful news! I am secretly, no, openly, living vicariously through you as you take this writer’s journey. Do keep us posted. I love your sardonic wit, your humor and your style. Have at it and make us all proud! #stayclassy
    And, TY for hosting too!

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  • June 9, 2016 at 10:43 am
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    Fantastic! Well done! I must admit I do love your writing style – it’s a refreshing change from all the nicey nicey posts that honestly can get on my nerves sometimes! #StayClassy

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  • June 9, 2016 at 10:45 am
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    Wonderful news, and no surprise at all , you are amazing!! Sounds like there is a lot to look forward to, exciting times ahead for sure! #stayclassy

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  • June 9, 2016 at 11:49 am
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    Well done you! Living the blogging dream. Now, where does one find such work?! 🙂 #stayclassy

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  • June 9, 2016 at 12:07 pm
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    This is amazing – well done! I’ve also found starting my blog has re-awoken my love of writing. I just can’t get enough. It’s also left me rather less enthusiastic about my ‘real job’ but you’ve given me hope that maybe one day I can make some sort of living from writing. #stayclassy

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  • June 9, 2016 at 12:27 pm
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    Loved this post! I’m new to blogging but it’s already working wonders in my life, I think i may have got my sense of humour back and the kids think I’m funnier!!???! Super congrats on your freelance work, that is lush and a testament to you and your abilities as a writer (as well as a financial controller) #awesomebloggers #stayclassy

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  • June 9, 2016 at 1:06 pm
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    Oh my God this is so funny. And you have given me the confidence to post my poem about my vagina-thanks. “Off my tits vomitting through my nose” hahahaha brilliant. 🙂

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  • June 9, 2016 at 1:28 pm
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    Aw congratulations! That’s fantastic news – not such a little blog after all 😉 Hope you have lots of success in the future and thanks for hosting #stayclassy

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  • June 9, 2016 at 5:20 pm
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    This is like reading my life! Er, except the part about being “picked up” in the blog world and offered a regular feature. Congratulations, that’s so exciting, you have a great writing style 🙂

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  • June 9, 2016 at 5:38 pm
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    fab news!! It’s perfectly acceptable to want more, we all do, and doing it and getting it is huge, well done! And we all wanted to move when school choosing was thrust upon us ( unless we were just clever enough to think about that in the first instance lol ) #stayclassy

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  • June 9, 2016 at 7:46 pm
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    This was a very inspiring read. Thank You. I loved when you said “If I had said no, I would never find out would I?So I said yes.” I finally posted my first ever blog post today, after a lot of procrastinating. my initial anxiety has been taken over by a bubble of excitement for what lies ahead. I must admit, I am still trying to figure out the functions of how to layout my blog and generally navigate it. Will get there in the end 😀 xx
    #stayclassy

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  • June 9, 2016 at 7:53 pm
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    That’s fantastic, well done! Oh and we’ve been there with the dodgy neighbours – we once had a brothel next door, though luckily that was pre-kids! #StayClassy

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  • June 9, 2016 at 8:02 pm
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    Congrats on the freelance job! It’s great if you can make some money out of your hobby. I wrote a newspaper column briefly and I remember thinking, “I can’t believe someone is going to pay me for this.” Funnily enough, I got that job off the back of an old blog I used to run. #stayclassy

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  • June 9, 2016 at 11:07 pm
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    Ah congrats, this is brilliant!! This time last year, with school choosing creeping up, we too were living next to the ‘friendly’ drug dealers amidst random 3am domestics (which I sometimes kind of enjoyed!) Sixty-odd house viewings later & I thought we’d never move. But then it all happened. Now I love our new house & Archie starts at the lovely local school in September. Hang on in there…everything has a way of working out for the best!x

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  • June 10, 2016 at 7:08 am
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    Congratulations. Best of luck with it. And even more good wishes in finding somewhere new to live. We did the house hunting for a family home while I was pregnant and it was a long and exhausting process but all worth it now we have more than one room to live in and space for a table and chairs. #StayClassy

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  • June 10, 2016 at 9:02 am
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    Eeeep congratulations! Your writing is wonderful so it’s well deserved! You always make me laugh. I sometimes go through phases like that – less so since having a baby as I think my body doesn’t want me to waste sleep time but I would often find myself waking up when embarking on something new or going through big emotional things. I usually wrote, too (though this was before I even thought about blogging) and I’d think it was the best thing I’d ever written…then read it after some sleep and realise it was mostly crap! Good luck with moving too. #StayClassy

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  • June 10, 2016 at 11:35 am
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    Well done you! I love experimenting with all types of writing and am probably pretty rubbish at most of them but that doesn’t seem to matter anymore! As a scientist I’ve done all the academic sort of writing stuff, I’ve written non-fiction books, tried my hand at copy-writing and even tried a children’s book – which didn’t get published of course! My latest writing adventure is my blog and so far it’s the one that I’ve enjoyed most. I love reading yours! Good luck with your job 🙂 #stayclassy

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  • June 10, 2016 at 10:46 am
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    Wow, huge congrats on the freelance work! What an amazing achievement!!
    I really hope you find your perfect house and it and it lands a great school place too. I feel very lucky that my son attends the same school that I did and so I didn’t have any stress with getting a school place, but I know it can be a brutal world as I have friends who have moved hours away to get a school place!!!

    Found your blog via #weekendblogshare and have subscribed as by just a few posts you have me laughing and saying “thank god i’m not the only mum that thinks that!!” x x x

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  • June 10, 2016 at 1:06 pm
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    Congratulations on the freelance writing gigs and good luck on finding a new home! Stopping by from the Weekend Blog Share!

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  • June 10, 2016 at 5:14 pm
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    Go you! That’s brilliant and you should be proud of yourself. I get your desires for where you live- it sounds a little, erm, fruity (?) at the moment?! Good luck

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  • June 11, 2016 at 9:17 am
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    Yay, well done! I’d love to move house to somewhere with a garden but its just too much effort (& expense)! Good luck in your pursuit – I really admire your drive!
    Laura 🙂
    #StayClassy

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  • June 11, 2016 at 1:52 pm
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    congratulations, and good luck with the move. I hope you find a place where you can be comfortable #stayclassy

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  • June 11, 2016 at 4:04 pm
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    I can completely relate to this. I am past 30 now and can assure you the pain subsides and it is not that bad! We also did the same, moved to the country to find bugs and have a paddling pool and though initially it was very stressful once you get over the other side, it is so worth the effort. I too have started posting things on my blog that I would not have even considered saying out loud before, it is inspiring to read your blog and realise it is not just me that has felt this way. Thank you for sharing.
    #stay classy

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  • June 11, 2016 at 8:52 pm
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    Well done! It’s great to be motivated and to witness other peoples motivation. All the best! #stayclassy

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  • June 11, 2016 at 9:09 pm
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    Glad to hear your hard work at 3am is paying off (: If you can send some of that motivation my way, that’d be great! Seriously though, congratulations-it’s really no surprise, your style of writing is fantastic! <3 #StayClassy

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  • June 12, 2016 at 8:03 am
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    Oh wow! This is me! We moved to the countryside last October from a built up housing estate with horrible people horrible kids and a million cars up and down the road. Now we live in peace and quiet with lovely neighbours whouse don’t bother us. My dream is to Freelan blog and write and I’be just started my blog http://www.overheavenshill.wordpress.com to get me started on a new career. I love my job as a librarian but I’m trying to find the balance in life. So far step one of moving house has been a huge success! I wrote a post about why I hate the concrete city and why moving was the best choice for us. You can definitely do it! Keep focused, moving house is just so horrible and one of the hardest things (I also had an emergency c section a year and half before we moved)

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  • June 12, 2016 at 8:45 am
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    This just shows that the universe works in strange ways! I understand what you say about things running away with you though, I’m only 2 months into this whole blog life and loving it!

    You go girl! Embrace life & writing! Good luck with the move too! (ps. We had all the exact same house move criteria but the water pressure aspect is still naff!! But, in the grand scheme of things I’d take pap water pressure anyday!)

    🌸

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  • June 12, 2016 at 11:40 am
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    Good for you. Everything comes to us for a reason. Enjoy your writing (; #stayclassy x

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  • June 15, 2016 at 8:41 pm
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    Well done! Would love to get a job doing some writing! & t is always nice to be sure the neighbours aren’t drug dealers. Not certain about ours! #stayclassy

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  • June 16, 2016 at 7:01 am
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    That is awesome! I’m so happy for you. For what it’s worth I think your posts are BRILL – not crap. ; ) I’m always smiling and reading every word anticipating the next, how do you do it?! side note: I love the swearing, it adds to the charm. Thanks for being an amazing co-host! I’m sorry you have to deal with my crazy, scattered brain and numerous emails ranting about random ideas ; ) #StayClassyMama.

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