AT WHAT POINT DO YOU CALL YOURSELF A BLOGGER?
I was blogging for well over a year before I felt comfortable calling myself a Blogger.
When I first started blogging I wasn’t aware you could make a living from it, so it was really a hobby. Playing Football Manager is another hobby of mine, I never once thought of telling anyone I was a Football Manager.
Then I learned quickly that blogging was a good way to collaborate with brands and get ‘free’ products. I say ‘free’ but you obviously have to offer something in return, a blog review, your time and a decent level of exposure for the brand.
So now I had a blog and it was more than a hobby, it actually gave me something back. Still, I wasn’t comfortable responding to the question ‘What do you do?’ with ‘I’m a blogger’.
I didn’t have a job at the time I started my blog, I was the main carer for our kids whilst Donetta, my wife, went out to work. Blogging came about because I was looking for others dads in a similar situation to find there were hardly any! I wanted to put myself out there so the next David having a look around for dads online had me.
The blog escalated, I learned a few things and together the blog and I developed nicely. Then money started being waved under my nose. I could write some stuff on the internet and get paid for it, all whilst doing the dishes, changing nappies and cooking tea. Yes please.
I earned a few quid here and there and had all of a sudden been blogging for a whole year! Still, I answered the earlier question with ‘I’m a stay-at-home dad’. A term I now don’t like as I did anything but stay at home!
I remember going for my hair cut once and being asked ‘No work today then?’ I explained I was the stay-at-home parent so didn’t actually go to a place of employment. I remember it being an awkward conversation as being a dad at home wasn’t even as common 2 and a half years ago as it is now. The rise of the Insta Dads is changing the perception of stay-at-home dads rapidly.
I thought to myself, I’ve written a few articles now that I’m quite proud of, I’m earning a few quid and feel like I’ve got a decent handle on this whole blogging thing, maybe I should just refer to myself as a blogger.
I’ve put this question out on social media this week to see when others felt comfortable calling themselves a blogger and I’ve had an array of different points of view. Some have said from day one, if you have a blog then you’re a blogger, others have said from the moment they started getting paid.
Many people have said they don’t bother as it sparks awkward conversations, people assuming blogging isn’t a viable career and is just a hobby, a hobby to get free products at best. Many say that people just simply don’t know what the word blogging even is so they don’t bother using the term.
In my experience, calling myself a blogger to family, friends and people in public that have engaged in conversation with me, I’ve never had a negative reaction. I’ve had questions from people looking to learn what blogging entails but in all honesty I found calling myself a stay-at-home dad more awkward than I have a blogger.
Saying I was a stay-at-home parent caused a couple of surprised faces and a few remarks of how sending the wife to work so I can stay at home must be ‘the life’. ‘I’m a blogger’ has only ever been met with interest, intrigue and questions that give me the opportunity to promote the importance and excellent work bloggers do.
From the responses of my question ‘At what point do you call yourself a blogger?’ on social media, it’s clear that blogging as an industry, as a viable career option, is still in it’s infancy. Some people are happy to brand themselves a blogger from day one after writing their first couple of sentences, others wait until they’ve achieved a certain level of monetary success via their blog. It’s safe to say there is no right answer, or even a more common answer.
Having spent some time thinking about this, sharing my personal experience on when I decided to shout from the rooftops I’M A BLOGGER! and discussing it across social media, it has left me with one further question…
If you write a single blog post and call yourself a blogger (Of which you are most definitely entitled to do) is that hindering the acceptance of blogging as a legitimate career option as it’s still seen that anyone and everyone can knock up a blog? Does this have an effect on bloggers who are full-time and earning their entire living via their blogs?
Should there be bloggers and pro-bloggers?
Does it even matter?
I’d love to hear your thoughts, thank you for reading,
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