Am I a blogger?
I have no blog schedule. I don’t take pictures at places everyone seems to visit. I don’t have a little blogger pack. Does this mean I’m not a blogger?
On a daily basis, whilst scrolling through Twitter, I see someone living up to the blogger hype and apologising for not getting a blog post out, being online that day or for sharing something they did, that people believe they should have shared.
First, you’re allowed to have a life outside of blogging.
Second, you don’t need to apologise for it!
I’m in the midst of a slight rebrand/relaunch (read this post for more details) and when the decision was made to spice things up a little on the blog, I also decided to stop saying ‘sorry’ and to just do my own thing.
Isn’t this important in blogging? To do the things you love and in ways you want to do them. No-one can take your individuality away from you, but yourself!
What is this ‘blogging’ thing?
How do you describe what blogging is to your friends and family? How do non-bloggers see and understand blogging?
Blogging is different for all of us. For me, it’s a way for me to open up, share my feelings and let my thoughts out. Blogging is a form of therapy for me. I can open up and feel better for it. Blogging is my way to understand what’s happening/happened in my life and the influence it’s had on me, those around me, and also you…my readers.
Do you feel the same? Would you describe blogging this way?
Maybe you would, maybe you wouldn’t. I guarantee though, you’ll talk about blogging YOUR WAY. We all have different reasons for starting our blog. We all want different things out of blogging.
Some of us prefer photography. Some of us are writers. Does either make us more of a blogger? Doing things your way is a preference. Having a preference makes you different. Being different doesn’t mean you’re not a blogger.
Being different is what makes blogging so special.
You’re your own BLOGGER!
You might have started your blog to help others, similar to me, but not exactly in the same way. We all have different stories. We all have different things to share. No-one is the same. No story is the same. We all had different journey’s to get to the starting point. Our finishing line will be different. The experiences will be different between the two.
What’s my ‘niche’?
Am I a mental health blogger? Am I a fashion blogger? Travel? Lifestyle?
I’m a ‘ME’ blogger. I don’t have a niche. I don’t fit into a category. I don’t tick a box. I talk about everything. My focus is me, my story, the things I love, my thoughts and experiences.
The term ‘niche’ is damaging. We don’t need to feel like we don’t fit in because of the term and as a result, feel like we’re not a blogger because we don’t fit a ‘niche’.
Who decided on this? Who decided on you need to do this or that in blogging to be accepted? To be a blogger? What relevance does the term ‘niche’ have?
Why can’t we just blog for us? Blog about the things we love. We need to stop focusing on what others are doing and just do us. Create a blog for us. Create content for us.
We’re all bloggers. We blog in our own way. We create content in our own way. We communicate in our own way. Don’t take that away from someone because their content isn’t your content.
Bloggers are allowed to have an opinion. They’re allowed to be themselves. They’re allowed to do their own thing.
THERE IS NO RIGHT OR WRONG WAY TO BLOG!!
So am I a blogger?
What are your thoughts on the subject?
I am a blogger. I just decide not to attend events, and do the ‘stereotypical’ blogger things. That doesn’t change the fact I’m a blogger. I’m just blogging in ways I want to blog.
Images shot by Tajinder Kaur