Blogging = Being a Hermit

I haven’t been at this whole blogging thing for that long – only since December 2013 – but already I can see how much work it truly is to run a blog. There is a lot more to it that just writing down your thoughts. You have to do behind the scenes work, social networking, networking with other bloggers, blog promotion, responding to comments, commenting on other blogs, etc, etc. You get the idea – it’s a lot of work!

Just recently I launched my online freelancing side hustle and so far it’s going great. I’m loving getting to work with some very successful bloggers, like Cat and Michelle, and I’ve learned a lot! But starting my online side hustle in addition to my other commitments has been a challenge at times and blogging has turned me into a bit of hermit.

Ok, I’m not that bad, and while I’m not fully ok with being a hermit, it does have its financial benefits.

Now, now, don’t go feeling sorry for me. I don’t feel sorry for me, after all, I’m the one who chose to pursue my side hustle (which also happens to be my passion), and I’m the one with the debts to clear.

Here are some more financial benefits of being a hermit:

  • You save on socializing costs and eating out: Most people don’t enjoy eating out on their own, so if you’re a hermit you most likely don’t eat out all that often or do other socializing.
  • You can avoid being exposed to germs. If you aren’t around people you are less likely to pick up colds and other sicknesses, cutting down on your medical expenses.
  • You save on clothing and personal care costs: True hermits won’t have to buy new “dress” clothes as often because they’ll hardly use them. Plus, pajamas and yoga pants tend to be cheaper than “dress” or professional clothes, and more comfortable. Haircuts and other personal care things will also be a rarity, saving a hermit even more money.
  • People don’t expect you to attend events. You will save on hostess gifts, baby shower gifts, etc, because people will eventually stop inviting you to these kinds of events if you don’t attend. Plus, it’s great for your budget.
  • You can avoid temptations. If you are a hermit, you avoid shopping malls and Walmart like the plague. This means there are fewer opportunities for you to be tempted to spend money on things you don’t truly need.
  • You can avoid the Joneses. If you aren’t around people, you won’t feel the need to compete by acquiring the “latest and greatest” of everything.
  • You save time by avoiding all the things mentioned above and we all know that time is money.

If those aren’t enough reasons to convince you to become a full-on hermit, I don’t know what will!

But seriously, there are some advantages to staying home and not being a social butterfly during all of your free time. I’m not saying I don’t ever go out, but I do appreciate my alone time too, especially now that I have work to do (and I’m best at getting it done when I’m not distracted by other people).

Has blogging turned you into a hermit?

About Kayla

Kayla is a mid-20s single girl living in the Midwest, USA. She is focused on paying off her consumer and student loans, while simplifying her life and closet. You can join her on her journey at ShoeaholicNoMore or follow her on Twitter.


  1. Haha I guess it totally helps when you dont want to get invited to so many parties so we could save on gifts. Its been hard to say no… but I have been trying. I also feel being left out of things – blame social media… that can be for another blog post =)

    I am glad you are making money from all this though… great job!

  2. I love love love being a hermit. I feel so much more accomplished when I am at home or at the coffee shop (a girl’s gotta get out) getting things done. And then when I do see my friends it is even better because I can appreciate the time we have together.

    • That’s a great point – if you are extremely productive when alone, then you have nothing to stress about getting done while hanging out with family or friends.

  3. I was kind of already a hermit, so blogging fit perfectly haha. Started with a little one at home, and couldn’t afford a sitter. Plus the hubs worked most weekend nights. So going out didn’t happen all that often anyways. The downside to that is that we spend a lot more when we do go out now though because we feel so deprived.

    • Well not going out often is generally a good thing, but if you spend a lot when you do go out that could be a problem. Feeling deprived is never fun or a good thing for your financial situation or your mental health. Perhaps you and your hubby can find a bit more balance? Don’t think I’m criticising, I need to find my own balance as well.

      • Yeah with kids and his job and my job and his school I don’t know. We’re working to have more balance eventually, but probably not for a few years. And our spending sprees are relative. I’m a fanatic over not spending. So I freak when a date costs more than $20. 😉

        • Then yes, I would say you are doing just fine 🙂 $20 for a date night for two is not awful at all (in my opinion). You are right, it’s all relative.

  4. I think I must say that I’m a hermit. I prefer to stay here at home and enjoy reading blogs. My friends usually invited me to go out, or to go shopping but I always declined their invitations.

    • I can’t say that I totally relate to that, I don’t mind hanging out with my friends when they ask, but I do occasionally decline because I have work to do or I don’t want to spend money.

  5. I’ve been managing my business from home for over 2 years so I can safely say I’m a hermit at this point lol but it has so many advantages as you listed. I still make an effort to go outside once each day, even if it’s for just a couple of minutes to get some fresh air. Other than that, my home is truly my sanctuary!

    • I can see how working from home would make you more hermit-like. If I worked from home I’d probably be inside my house all the time too. 🙂

  6. My FT gig takes A LOT out of me so I’m always thrilled to go home to “quiet” time most days. Even in that quiet time, I find that I can still be pretty productive. So being a “hermit” has been quite a productive choice for me!

    • I feel pretty tired in the evenings after my FT job and working out – both mentally (from work) and physically (from working out) – but knowing that I can work on my side hustle on couch in my PJs always gets me motivated to keep going 🙂

  7. I’m a mix between a hermit and someone who’s always working! When I’m not working I have things to do at home like laundry…DIY renos…or I’m playing hockey. It really has saved me on gas money though by not driving to social events.

    • I know what you mean – I’m not the kind of “hermit” that sits at home and does nothing. Usually I choose to stay home from social events so I can keep working – either on my side hustle, housework, or home improvement projects. There’s always plenty to do without having to “go out”.

  8. It’s absolutely turned me into a hermit. Between my blog, my freelancing, and my job, the little time I have leftover I just spend with my wife. Who needs friends? 🙂

  9. Haha-yes, in a way! I still have to find balance because I want to be sure not to ignore my hubby, but blogging can steal me away for hours. I feel like I’m never caught up!

    • I struggle to find balance sometimes, but it’s getting better. Sometimes when I’m on a roll, I just can’t shut my brain off from thinking of long lists of post ideas and when I’m in writing mode – watch out! I don’t stop for anything because that’s when the best posts come about. 🙂

  10. As a natural hermit I thought blogging would be an extension of my natural self.

    How wrong was I.

    The blogging community gives back what you put into it. Social media, article commenting and sharing – it really does pay off.

    • Oh yes, I didn’t mean that I don’t interact with my fellow bloggers, because I do A LOT. I just mean blogging has made me so much busier and I don’t leave the house as much in the evenings and on the weekends to do things with people IRL. But you are right, you truly get out of it what you put into it with blogging. 🙂

  11. I think even if I was a full-time blogger and a hermit, I’d still have a ton of clothes, although having had a baby, I was in casual clothes almost 100% of the time and too tired / frazzled to dress REALLY nicely to go out.. (silk shirts + baby = disaster).

    • I’m not a full-time blogger, but if I were I’d totally just wear yoga pants everyday (except when meeting with others at an event or somthing). 🙂

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