I don’t think blogging is easy at all. It’s definitely easy to get started, but it’s hard to keep it going. I mean… who would want to start something and never finish it? You have to be addicted to blogging and you have to love it. It should be the first thing you want to do in the morning. I can’tstress that enough.
What else does it take? It takes patience. It takes consistency. You have to be willing to post even when you don’t feel like it. Producing content after content should become a full time job. And you probably won’t see the results until later on. It’s all for the price of blogging.
If you think it’s an easy way to make money, you’re wrong. People make it sound easy, however, behind the scenes, they’ve had their blog for years. No, it’s not easy. Is it worth it? Yes, it is.
I am SO stressed!!! Guys, let me take a moment and explain to you all of the things that I have to do… I have a recital to plan with about 16 students, a handful of students to prepare for musicianship exams, about 40+ lessons to teach each week, going to my own viola and piano lessons, taking care of my puppy, taking care of myself and dieting, studying for the GRE, preparing my personal statement, managing my blog, and managing my expenses. That’s what is inside my mind every single week. And it gets worse…
I’m not sleeping at night. I know, it sounds horrible already, but being sleep deprived is another facet to stress. I only get about 2-4 hours of sleep each night and that is not enough to keep me going throughout the day. I actually need a TON of energy to be efficient. It’s like I have to be at 100% every single day. I don’t know if I’m going to eventually fall asleep and have a good night sleep. However, as of right now, I really wish I can take a nap.
I really think that I have to reconsider what my priorities are and let many things go. I’m currently using Google Calendar and HabitBull to keep me on track. If you also feel stressed, I suggest taking a break from whatever it is. Stress ruins your body and limits your overall happiness. I’m only beginning to learn how to manage my stress, but today was a bad day. I only slept for about 3 hours and I woke up not feeling tired at all.
I never thought that I would become a full-time teacher because I was only planning on doing it part-time. However, when I needed more income, it was pretty easy to see that I would need more students to teach. At first, I was just happy to reach 20 students. I never expected anything more, but the pressure of moving out on my own forced me to reconsider that plan. There was no point in not going full-time. When you live out on your own, you need all the income that you can get. And I knew that there were tons of things that I would have to spend my money on. We bought a plunger and we now buy tons of groceries. All of this seems really stressful and it definitely was.
I can’t tell you how stressful it is to now have 34 students. I mean… I was so content with teaching 7 students for 1-2 years. I didn’t gain anymore and I was okay with that. However, I work full days now. And that might seem scary to some people, but that is nothing to be afraid of. When I wake up in the morning to my 12 hour work day, I don’t think that it would be stressful. I just teach one lesson at a time. Believe it or not, the days go by really fast. And the income is pretty good too.
How do I manage 34 students? I’m not sure how to answer this. I would say that I’m a strict teacher. I expect A LOT from my students, so there is a high level of expectation that I’m looking from them. They also know how to be off task. And I’ve learned that that is completely okay. Honestly, I give them my full attention when I’m teaching. I know teachers that will eat or do something else while their student is playing the C major scale. I don’t do that. Therefore, I know that I can give my 100% for each lesson. And they really appreciate this. Overall, it takes a lot of work. But if you want to make it work, it suddenly becomes very easy.
Best of wishes!
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