Blogging, for some it’s a hobby & for others it’s a full time job. Look at Perez Hilton, who started his blog as a nobody for fun & years later turned into a household name making thousands of dollars from advertising, events & what he writes. For me, I love blogging as a way of communicating with others, giving my opinion on a variety of different topics, events & reviews. I know that I will never be a huge household name or make mega bucks blogging but after nearly 8 years of blogging and running ANANYAH, I have slowly started making money. That money is an added bonus to my full time career working in IT & always good to know that the “pocket money” I make can be used for a good purpose. Turning this site from a hugely personal blog that it initially was for the first 6 years into more a semi-personal lifestyle blog for me, was the best thing I could have done. I have had the ability to reach out to a wider audience, focus on a lot of topics that mean something to me & still retain the old visitors I have always had. A plus side? It can be seen as my own little business. I am part of a network of bloggers who do a lot of product reviews & PR companies directly contact me to review a variety of products. I don’t review all that I am emailed about, I still like to keep that personal feel to my blog, review a product that I would actually use or go out and buy. For me, if I do make money from blogging, it’s an added bonus being paid for something I love. The money I receive? It is put into a separate bank account & used for something that everyone needs.

I’m 29 years old. A little scary thinking that next year I will be turning 30. I never save money, when my salary comes into my bank account, I use & abuse it month to month. My mom always shouts at me for the amount of money that I waste, she always tells me to save money incase I need it in the future for something or emergencies. Therefore, starting to slowly earn money from blogging has enabled me to start saving & thinking of my future. Something that would have freaked the hell out of me a few years ago. I hate growing up! Never mind the nightmare of turning the big 3-0.

I recently started a new job with a huge worldwide IT company who gave me the ability to start growing up. By default, you are given private health care & a private personal pension. I had never really thought of a self invested personal pension before I started my new job. However, I remember reading a news article in the Guardian which stated “young people now value living for today, appear to spend a higher proportion of their income than other age groups, and are often in their thirties before they start thinking about contributing to a pension”. So true. However, my parents & grandparents always said that you are never too young to start a pension. Fact. I now pay 6% of my monthly salary towards a pension. Maybe a year or two down the line, I’ll up it a few percent.

With the economy the way it is being able to financially secure your future is one of the best things you can ever do. In your late 20’s & early 30’s, it’s pretty much time to grow up and stop being reckless. Life is unpredictable, you could lose your job tomorrow, a family member could die & your source of income dwindle. God I sound boring but it is something my family instilled in me & now, I finally have the chance to do it. So should you.

Do you have a pension? How old were you when you started paying into it? Or are you adamant you’ll never pay into one? Do you see the point? Let me know!


  1. By default our jobs in Kuwait have built-in pension plans :s But way to go babes! So happy to see you growing up yay 😛

  2. it is the same here in Dubai.. by default they take from the salary for the pension..

    I never save, but I always think of it..

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