I used to love software and computer technologies when I was a rookie in the industry. That faded pretty quickly in hardly around 2 years of working and I was ready to accept work as work and look somewhere else for something interesting. At times, I would imagine turning pro in photography and work full time with that. But overtime, I did start feeling that it may not be the best thing to do and abandoned the idea, and let photogrpahy remain a hobby for fun. I came across this interesting article today in photo.net that describes what happened to someone who turned his hobby into profession.
"My Dad was a very serious amateur that after winning several photo contests and becoming a teacher and a very respected member of the YMCA photoclub in Buenos Aires, turned into a pro for a big publishing company. He used to cover F-1, Rally and other car races as well as architecture, art and interior design for two different magazines published by that Company. After becoming a pro, he slowly abandoned the “hobby side” of photography as he stopped participating in the photoclub and the photo contests. Photography really became a job for him and I suppose he stopped enjoying it the way he used to when he started as a young avid amateur carrying a Yashica D everywhere. He eventually abandoned the profession to follow a much less lucrative academic career"