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Am I A "Blogger" Yet?

. Tuesday, 14 August 2018 .
When I first started YouTube, and even now to a certain extent, I struggled with how to explain it to people. Do I say I'm a "YouTuber"? Or perhaps say that I create content on YouTube, or simply that I make YouTube videos? I was nervous that by describing myself as a "YouTuber" I would open myself up to criticism - after all I only have a small audience. I didn't want people to think I was 'bigging myself up' to be something I'm not. I have the same issue with my blog; this is a lot newer than my YouTube channel, I have less of a following here and I don't upload content as regularly. Thus if I struggle to call myself a YouTuber, it's fairly obvious that i'd struggle even more with the concept of being a "blogger."
I know some people have the attitude of 'you have a blog and thus you are a blogger', and whilst I would never criticise someone else's decision to refer to themselves as a blogger or not, i'm speaking more about self-identification. I started my blog in September 2017 and for me I wasn't a "blogger" just because I had shared one blog post. I've spoken before on my blog about setting goals, and personally my goals are never numbers based. So I don't think it has anything to do with how many followers you have or posts you've shared as to whether or not you are a blogger. As with YouTube, there are many bloggers with smaller audiences that I follow more regularly and value their opinions more so than bloggers with larger audiences.
I have the word "Blogger" in my twitter bio, which I guess you could say is me referring to myself as a blogger. But I have that there more for other people to identify what it is I do within the online space. If I were to meet someone in person I certainly wouldn't say I was blogger while introducing myself or explaining what I do. I think part of my unease around referring to myself as a 'blogger' comes from the association between bloggers and earning an income. I think it is incredible that people have managed to turn what started out as a hobby and a passion into a business that earns them some form of income. Thus i'm almost nervous to refer to myself as a blogger in case someone were to ask me if I make money from it, because I don't. I remember both the first time I received Adsense money from YouTube and my first paid sponsorship as a vlogger and the excitement because I finally felt like a 'YouTuber.' Therefore I wonder whether it would take something like that to come from my blog in order for me to feel comfortable with the title of blogger.

I think my biggest fear about calling myself a blogger, is actually other bloggers! I tend to find that consumers of blogs are, for the most part incredibly lovely people, (you're always going to get a few nasty comments). But within the blogging community I see far more bad behaviour coming from other bloggers. I have always stood by the quote "empowered women empower women." So this attitude that some people seem to have of bringing others down just baffles me. I tend to find that the vast majority of my support comes from non-bloggers as opposed to bloggers. Which really frustrates me because I go out of my way to support people in everything they do, encourage them to reach their goals and celebrate with them when they do. Their success is not my failure. By calling myself a blogger I feel like i'm inviting myself into a community that isn't at times the most welcoming, which can be a pretty scary thing to do.

I'm curious, whether you're a viewer or a blogger yourself, at what point do you consider someone a "blogger?" And is that different from when you considered yourself one?


Photos: Sophie Ann Photography

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Shoes: Primark
Watch: Michael Kors
When I first started YouTube, and even now to a certain extent, I struggled with how to explain it to people. Do I say I'm a "YouTuber"? Or perhaps say that I create content on YouTube, or simply that I make YouTube videos? I was nervous that by describing myself as a "YouTuber" I would open myself up to criticism - after all I only have a small audience. I didn't want people to think I was 'bigging myself up' to be something I'm not. I have the same issue with my blog; this is a lot newer than my YouTube channel, I have less of a following here and I don't upload content as regularly. Thus if I struggle to call myself a YouTuber, it's fairly obvious that i'd struggle even more with the concept of being a "blogger."
I know some people have the attitude of 'you have a blog and thus you are a blogger', and whilst I would never criticise someone else's decision to refer to themselves as a blogger or not, i'm speaking more about self-identification. I started my blog in September 2017 and for me I wasn't a "blogger" just because I had shared one blog post. I've spoken before on my blog about setting goals, and personally my goals are never numbers based. So I don't think it has anything to do with how many followers you have or posts you've shared as to whether or not you are a blogger. As with YouTube, there are many bloggers with smaller audiences that I follow more regularly and value their opinions more so than bloggers with larger audiences.
I have the word "Blogger" in my twitter bio, which I guess you could say is me referring to myself as a blogger. But I have that there more for other people to identify what it is I do within the online space. If I were to meet someone in person I certainly wouldn't say I was blogger while introducing myself or explaining what I do. I think part of my unease around referring to myself as a 'blogger' comes from the association between bloggers and earning an income. I think it is incredible that people have managed to turn what started out as a hobby and a passion into a business that earns them some form of income. Thus i'm almost nervous to refer to myself as a blogger in case someone were to ask me if I make money from it, because I don't. I remember both the first time I received Adsense money from YouTube and my first paid sponsorship as a vlogger and the excitement because I finally felt like a 'YouTuber.' Therefore I wonder whether it would take something like that to come from my blog in order for me to feel comfortable with the title of blogger.

I think my biggest fear about calling myself a blogger, is actually other bloggers! I tend to find that consumers of blogs are, for the most part incredibly lovely people, (you're always going to get a few nasty comments). But within the blogging community I see far more bad behaviour coming from other bloggers. I have always stood by the quote "empowered women empower women." So this attitude that some people seem to have of bringing others down just baffles me. I tend to find that the vast majority of my support comes from non-bloggers as opposed to bloggers. Which really frustrates me because I go out of my way to support people in everything they do, encourage them to reach their goals and celebrate with them when they do. Their success is not my failure. By calling myself a blogger I feel like i'm inviting myself into a community that isn't at times the most welcoming, which can be a pretty scary thing to do.

I'm curious, whether you're a viewer or a blogger yourself, at what point do you consider someone a "blogger?" And is that different from when you considered yourself one?


Photos: Sophie Ann Photography

Dress: ASOS
Shoes: Primark
Watch: Michael Kors

2 comments

  1. Personally I think people that feel confident about calling themselves a blogger should be allowed to call themselves one if they wish. It doesn't necessarily mean that they're claiming they're a big blogger and have lots of readers, just that they've shared their thoughts online. I loved this post it was so interesting. I'm all for empowering other readers too, I just have never understood why people leave nasty comments on other people's work. I think you're doing a great job here being a blogger ;) Keep up the great work xxx

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    1. Oh 100% - i'm all for people calling themselves whatever they feel comfortable with. But I just found it so interesting that I struggled to call myself a blogger, despite my own attitude of not really caring how other people described themselves. Unfortunately the blogger world seems to be a very cliquey one, which makes it even more intimidating as a newbie, but hopefully that's slowly changing! Thank you for your comment! ๐Ÿ’•

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