I Gave Up My $2k/month Blog Income (& don’t regret it!)

I gave up being an influencer. I gave up the dream that every blogger seems to be chasing nowadays. I gave up an additional $2k monthly income.

And I don’t regret it one bit.

You’re probably wondering – did I get a raise that I could forgo $2,000? Did I get a sugar daddy? Did I win the lottery?

No to all that and yes, an extra $2k per month on top of my salary would be nice but not worth how I had to obtain it.


A little back story. I’ve been blogging for over a decade. If you’re 13 years old, I was probably blogging before you were even born.

Blogging, to me, was an outlet. A stress reliever and a memory keeper. I treat blogging as if it’s my diary. I will share with you my deepest and darkest fears; my embarrassing moments; my fights with my then and/or now boyfriend; my failures and my successes; I will share everything. Honestly, it’s probably one of my oldest hobbies and I don’t ever see myself giving up.

But, I’m stuck in my old ways. I love and miss the blogging era of 2009. Nowadays, every blogger seems to want to make money. Every blog is a lifestyle blog that more or less gives the same bullshit advice on morning or night routines; on skincare; on starting a blog; on studying.

It felt like personal blogging was dying and no longer a niche. It feels as if you were a personal blogger, you won’t be “successful” in the blogosphere. You’re old and outdated. Now is the time to recycle the same 10 tips to make your life easier and try to get some money out of that.

So, I did exactly that.


A few years ago, I rebranded into a “lifestyle” blog. For the first time in decades, I’ve created a blog that didn’t have my name. I felt like if I attached my name, you know it’s a personal blog – hence, Coffee with Claire.

I did everything a lifestyle blog did. I posted reviews on products, services and business. I spammed my posts on Twitter and Facebook groups to generate views.

I even had personal photoshoots! I stopped using stock photos. I took the time to edit my photos.

I had a planner filled with ideas that I think readers would like. Ideas about relationships; fitness; finances; blogging; etc.

In a short time, I started to get PR inquiries and sponsorships. My ads were generating some decent income because of the traffic.

I started writing reviews and sponsored posts because, hell, I was being paid for it and it was based on topics that were targeted to my readers.

For a year, my blog was netting me $1,600 – $2,000 every month that I withdrew to my bank account.


When I received the notification from my web host that I’m set to renew my plans, I decided to hit no and cancel the blog. I took off my PR page and contact details and deleted my blog’s email. I decided to let my blog slowly die off.

I’m not another entitled Millennial. It’s not like I’m saying I gave up an income because I didn’t want to work anymore.

I just hated how I felt about my blog. It didn’t feel like it was mine anymore. Near the end of the blog, I felt like I was a sellout, writing for brands just to have an income.

I had friends always asking me how the blog is going and I hated that. They thought it was cool that I managed to earn money from my blog but I felt like the fact that they did know I earned money, I always had to upkeep my blog to make sure it was generating a monthly income.

I also went on vacation last year for two weeks and during those two weeks, my blog crossed my mind several times. I was growing anxious with the PR emails and tried to keep up with the demands of posting from the companies.

Ultimately, the biggest reason why I decided to quit being a paid blogger was the fact that I no longer enjoyed my favourite hobby.

After work, I would go home and review my blog stuff. By the time I was done working with the brands, I barely had time for my own work. I’d want to update my theme and can’t bring myself to do so because I hated looking at my own blog for so long.

It wasn’t tiring per se, but it was tiring emotionally to drain my creativity and my passion for my favourite hobby that didn’t give me that happiness and relaxation that it once gave.

Yes, the extra money was nice but I hated how it controlled my life and how it ruined my hobby.


Now? I’ve rebranded back to a personal blog with a few lifestyle posts here and there. I’m much happier knowing I can leave my blog alone for two weeks and have no one drilling my ass for an update. I’m happier because I’m back in the 2009 era of blogging where my stalkers can envy my eventful life. Where I can share my thoughts and have feedback from others outside my friends group. I have a place I can rant freely with no worries what others will think or say – because let’s be real… if I don’t like your comment, I’m going to delete it πŸ˜›

I deleted my PR page and no longer sign up for any campaigns. I have a healthier balance of life, work and blogging.

More importantly, I’m happy and love my blog again. I found my love and passion for blogging again and it gives me immense happiness to hit the publish button.

It’s not to say that I hate paid bloggers or that it’s not possible to have a healthy balance between paid and unpaid posts but I just overall want to avoid any paid posts. It’s just not my thing because at the end of the day, I turn to blogging if I’m stressed, bored, unhappy, or my brain is running too wild.

Money Diary of a 25-year-old HR Admin in Melbourne | Dec. 16th-22nd, 2018

Doing a new segment called Money Dairy that logs my spending on a weekly basis (excluding rent, subscriptions (eg. Netflix, Spotify, gym and Scribd) and debt payments). I love looking at how my peers spends because it makes me less guilty of my habits, but it’s only fair that I contribute my weekly spending habits as well. Be sure to check out my other money diary entries over here!


Sunday, December 16th
11am – Kicked off the nice Sunday with some Starbies… $11.80
12pm – Went to my beloved Target for a better pillow and some workout clothes… $19.00
12:30pm – My shitty Skullcandy headphones broke so I had to buy a replacement from JB-HiFi. I decided to go with Sony this time… $30.74
1pm – Since we were in the city, we decided to stop by Sushi Hub for lunch… $15.40

Monday, December 17th
1pm – Hit the wall at work and went for a cup of coffee from a fancy shop… $4
6:30pm – Grabbed some groceries for tonight’s dinner from Woolsworth… $24.47

Tuesday, December 18th
9am – Was craving that delicious Vanilla Latte from Cotton Mills Coffee so I skipped the usual 7-11… $5.50

Wednesday, December 19th
8am – I forgot my banana for breakfast so I purchased a slice of banana bread with my coffee at 7-11… $3
6:30pm – Got too lazy to go food shopping and cook so we ordered Yori Yori Sushi from Uber Eats… $36.48

Thursday, December 20th
9am – I don’t know why, but my dumb ass decided to skip 7-11 today and went for a fancy latte again… $6

Friday, December 21st
3:00pm – I got off work early so I decided to stop by TK Maxx (the Aussie version to Winners/Ross/Marshall’s) to browse around without being rushed. I ended up picking a pack of seamless undies and lavender essential oil… $18.95
4pm – Of course, the mall I was at had a Starbies… $5.50
6pm – I promised Dan that I’ll cook dinner so I dropped by Woolsworth again to grab some groceries… $29.76

Saturday, December 22nd
Hallelujah, I did NOT spend a dime today!


Total for the week? $210.60!

Not bad, compared to last week’s, eh? It’s the week before the holidays so I was downtown a bit more, and it was an odd week that I craved Vanilla lattes so much!

Lessons from this week? Do not buy Skullcandy in-ear headphones… and maybe plan my groceries a bit better so I’m not constantly heading to the groceries stores.

For those who are wondering, I’m not including my monthly rent, bills, subscriptions, and student loan repayments. I don’t know why, maybe I should?

Money Diary of a 25-year-old HR Admin in Melbourne | Dec. 8th-15th, 2018

After reading a few money diaries out there, I thought I’d give this thing a shot! I love discussing finances and seeing how my peers live. I also think seeing things outside of my statement could put my spending habits in a different perspective.


Saturday, Dec 8th
2pm – For lunch, we went to a nearby McDonald’s… $18
5pm – I read a few articles that eczema cream helps with KP so I went out to grab a baby eczema cream from The Chemist Warehouse… $20
6pm – After dinner, I treated Dan and myself to Starbucks… $10.60
6:30pm – A little mishap while on the train and accidentally loaded up my card with another transit pass and top-up money… $175

Sunday, Dec 9th
9:30am – I went into the city and purchased a Christmas gift from Perfect Position for my work family back at home… $19.96
4pm – Was hitting a wall and went to 7-11 across the street for an iced coffee… $2

Monday, Dec 10th
11am – Finally decided to gather the courage up and get laser hair removal after getting fed up with shaving my armpits on a daily basis in this hot country. The clinic was having a Christmas sale of $9 per session for armpits if you prepay for 10 sessions. I also ended up getting their aftercare system as well… $180.67
12pm – Hit the wall again and grabbed a cup of coffee at 7-11… $1
12:30pm – Tomorrow is my first day of work so I went to Woolsworth to buy some grocery for my lunch meal prep… $34.57

Tuesday, Dec 11th
8am – Grabbed a cup of coffee from 7-11 to start the day… $1

Wednesday, Dec 12th
8am – Grabbed a cup of coffee from 7-11 to start the day… $1
12:38pm – Went to get a coffee and a snack with a colleague… $7.30
7pm – We went to the Summer Night Market and withdrew some money for the cash-only event… $28 ($25 spending limit w/ $3 ATM withdraw fee)

Thursday, Dec 13th
8am – Grabbed a coffee and a loaf of banana bread from 7-11… $3
5pm – I read a few blog posts about a caffeine shampoo that promotes healthier hair and hair growth. I’m self-conscious of my hair at the moment so I’m willing to try anything and picked up the shampoo from The Chemist Warehouse… $14.99
5:15pm – Grabbed some dinner at Sushi Hub… $6.60
5:15pm – Also grabbed some dessert for Dan and me from Uncle Tetsu… $11.30

Friday, Dec 14th
8am – Grabbed a coffee from 7-11… $1
1pm – Forgot my lunch so I had to buy lunch… $15

Saturday, Dec 15th
12pm – I believe this run’s groceries at Woolsworth included next week’s lunches as well as some snacks and dinner… $68.85


Total for the week? $619.84

So… obviously, this isn’t great, haha. I did splurge a bit with the services and got caught up with some of reviews for the products. I was a bit annoyed that I messed up with my transit pass but whatever – it’s all good because I would’ve had to purchase it down the line anyways.

In hindsight, I also didn’t need to buy the aftercare laser treatment kit from my clinic as well but oh wells, haha… I’ll use it throughout my entire sessions anyways.