Every blogger needs to read Big Magic! Especially now when so many bloggers are making 6 figures a month from their blogs! It’s easy to feel like that’s the path that we all should be taking. I felt that way. Why should I blog if I’m not making money from it? If that’s what everyone else is doing, then shouldn’t I be doing that too?
But then I read Big Magic. And Elizabeth Gilbert’s line – “I’ve always felt like this was so cruel to your work – to demand a regular paycheck from it.”
I felt like a huge weight had been lifted off of me! There’s nothing wrong with making money from your blog. And there’s also nothing wrong with not making money from your blog. It’s not a waste of time after all! It was like “Yay! I have permission to just be creative with my blog! For fun!”
Another line I loved on the same topic, – “I was always willing to work hard so that my creativity could play lightly.” It made me look at my job in a whole new light. My job is what enables me to pursue my creative endeavors. I try to remind myself of this when my job is getting me down.
The whole chapter is basically Elizabeth telling everyone that it’s ok if you need to have a job while pursuing your creative dreams. And that chapter gave me the permission I needed to stop thinking about monetizing my blog, when it wasn’t something I was truly interested in, just something that I thought I should be interested in.
Don’t get me wrong, I would love to be paid to write. But not here. Not at The Geeky Shopaholic. This is for fun! This is for my own creativity and growth!
“You might earn a living with your pursuits or you might not, but you can recognize that this is not really the point. And at the end of your days, you can thank creativity for having blessed you with a charmed, interesting, passionate existence.”
“Your life is short and rare and amazing and miraculous, and you want to do really interesting things and make really interesting things while you’re still here. I know that’s what you want for yourself, because that’s what I want for myself, too.
It’s what we all want.”
Another important lesson I learned from Big Magic was this –“You don’t need anybody’s permission to live a creative life.” Wanting to be creative is just part of being human! And for me, and many of you, that means blogging.
There’s so many people who make fun of bloggers or claim that bloggers aren’t real writers. But so what?! We don’t need their permission to do something that we love! Besides according to Elizabeth Gilbert, we’re entitled to it!
“Creative entitlement simply means believing that you are allowed to be here, and that – merely by being here – you are allowed to have a voice and vision of your own.”
Can you see why I believe that all bloggers should read this book?!
If you want to turn your blog into a business, or you don’t, pick up Big Magic. It will give you the encouragement that you need to chase your dreams! And reaffirm the path that you’re taking towards your dreams.
It’s truly an uplifting read! And there’s so many great lessons to be learned from reading Big Magic. These two were the most important ones for me.
What about you? Have you read Big Magic? What lesson did you take away from it? Any favorite quotes? Let me know in the comments!