Last week, Betsy posted a thought provoking questionnaire on blogging. The first question asked whether or not you identified as a blogger and what it meant to you. Right off the bat, I wanted to say yes, I am a blogger. But then I gave it some thought. Am I really a blogger or do I just blog? To some this is one and the same, but I’m going to make a case that they’re different (and that you really aren’t just a blogger).
I am not a blogger. I am a web designer who blogs. There is a difference. My blog is a vehicle for me to connect with others and share my knowledge. Just like how I use Twitter. Do I call myself a Twitter-er? No, of course not.
So while I am simply a web designer who blogs, what if you really do blog for a living? Would you then call yourself a blogger? Maybe you would, but in my opinion, you still aren’t.
“What?! Allyssa, you’re crazy. I am a blogger and that’s that!”
Okay, well hear me out. If you consider yourself a blogger, what do you blog about?
Do you share recipes with the world?
Teach people how to decorate a home?
Do you blog about social media and how to leverage it to grow a business?
Are these people bloggers or are they a chef? An interior designer? A social media consultant?
I personally would consider them the latter. Even if they blog daily, they’re still using their blog as a method for sharing their knowledge and thoughts. The term blogger isn’t an identity in and of itself. You’re something more than the tool you use to connect with the world.
Now if you identify as a blogger, don’t think I hate you and think you’re wrong. I can definitely see how one might identify as one. In fact, up until I did Betsy’s questionnaire I would have called myself one too.
The change came when I realized that blogging wasn’t exclusive. I believe you’re always going to be something more than a blogger. To say you’re a blogger is doing yourself a disservice. You are so much more than that! Your blog is a tool that you use to connect with others. Odds are you’re not going to say your passion is blogging (and if it is, then you my friend are probably a blogging expert). Instead your passion is more likely the topic you blog about. Think about it. Would you blog daily on a topic you couldn’t care less about?
And that’s why I don’t identify as a blogger. I am a web designer who happens to blog.
So the next time you’re about to get business cards printed with the job description of blogger, think again. Give yourself credit. You have talents that deserve the proper recognition. You are not a blogger. You use blogging to share your passion with the world. There’s a difference.
Question time! Do you identify as a blogger? Why or why not?
PS: Check out Betsy’s latest blog post where she sums up the info she received from the questionnaire.