BloggingAlthough blogging has been around for some time now, there are many people who still don’t consider it a real job. Some people just don’t understand what blogging entails, while others may not consider any type of at-home job a “real” job. If you are a blogger and are faced with these sorts of responses to your career, here is how you can reply to such comments.

1. Ignore Internet Trolls

Before you spend an hour typing a well thought out explanation of why blogging is in fact a real and valid career, decide if the comment is worth responding to in the first place. Unfortunately, the internet is full of trolls who enjoy leaving negative comments and picking fights. If some random user leaves a comment on your blog or social media account, engaging with them may just result in an internet battle that leaves you frustrated and wastes time you could have spent working on a project or taking some time to relax. Ignoring such comments is often the best way to deal with them.

If you find that you can’t ignore these comments, leave a short answer explaining that it is a real career, but avoid getting into a lengthy argument. Again, internet trolls are looking to upset people, and it isn’t worth the effort and emotions it takes to engage. If someone persists in harassing you, block them from your accounts so you can work in peace.

2. Explain What Blogging Is

Many people are just ignorant of what blogging includes. If someone claims that blogging isn’t a real job, then feel free to explain to them why it is. Your career is important to you, and you dedicate much of your time to it, so some angry emotions may come up during these conversations. Avoid name calling or losing your temper. If you end up ranting or screaming at a friend, they will likely respond in kind, and no productive results will come from the conversation. Instead, calmly explain that you put in just as much time as anyone working in an office (probably more), and while you set your own hours and get to work from home, what you do isn’t any less worthwhile than any other type of career. Tell them that what you do is important to you, and ask for them to be supportive. Don’t let anyone guilt you into believing that what you do isn’t a real job just because you can take a bathroom break whenever you’d like.

3. Be Professional

During your blogging career, you’ll likely come across businesses or individuals that want you to advertise a product for them, completely for free. Do not agree to this, no matter how much they try to persuade you. You know that each blog post takes time to write, to take pictures and edit them, and may even cost you money if you’re using a scheduling service. Don’t give your time away for free. If a company engages you asking you to provide your services for no charge, explain that is simply not an option. They pay for ads on social media sites, so why wouldn’t they pay you when it takes you hours of work to create a post about their product? Again, do your best to remain professional, but if they won’t budge on their stance, then just tell them that you can’t provide the service they’re asking for. If you do give away your time for free, you’ll make it harder for yourself and other bloggers to get paid in the future. If everyone agrees not to work for free, then companies won’t expect it from you again.

Guest Post By: Kate Thora is a Senior Content Specialist for Uphours, an online resource with information about businesses worldwide. Her interests include playing sports of all kind, learning about modern history and self-development.