Up for Discussion – You’re Just a Blogger
Recently I was having a discussion with someone and I was told that I was “just a blogger”, with the implication being that I was no one important. There was the implication that just because I write a blog that I was nothing else, and therefore there was no need to take me seriously.
Those words have haunted me, made me angry, and made me wonder, just what it is to be a blogger? Even my children tease me about it. So where do these negative connotations for being a blogger come from?
I think it is interesting that people feel this way about them, considering, I just tried to find out, that WordPress alone has over 60 million blogs, that doesn’t count all the other blogging platforms that are out there. So with millions and millions of blog, why does it have a bad reputation?
I can’t answer that question, I don’t understand it. There are some really excellent blogs out there, and I hope mine is considered one of them. I looked at magazines for my inspiration for my blog. I thought about what they were doing and could I do something similar, but something more on what I was trying to do. I thought if the magazines could make interesting reading, then why couldn’t a blog do that as well. It has grown just a bit and through doing this I’ve learned so much and I have experimented so much more. I’ve also taken so many more images with the constant need to find new ones here. This blog has been so good for me, and because of i,t and you, pushes me to keep trying more.
So back to the implications of just being a blogger. Many years someone asked me what I did, and I said “I’m just a clerk”, they said, “you aren’t just anything, you are more than that”. That has always stuck in my head and I never thought of the word “just” the same way ever again. So when this other person said to me, you’re just a blogger, well, it has really stuck with me. I don’t think I’m just a blogger, I think I am a lot more than that, I am a photographer, I am an artist, I am a mother, I’m not just one thing.
So, again, I ask that question, where do these negative attitudes towards blogs and blogging come from?
With the internet so big these days, it seems more and more people are blogging. It is becoming the way that we all communicate, the way we share information, the way we show what we have achieved. Of course, there are going to be good blogs, and bad blogs, ones you get lots of information from, ones that say nothing. They are all individual and the author determines what they will be like. Just like magazines, some are good, some not, some you like, some you don’t.
For me blogs are better than magazines, they don’t have a pitch they are trying to sell to you. They are less wordy, and in an age when time is important, that is really important. They are more up to date, in that what they person is writing about happened now, or in the last few days. Magazines can be months behind. You can give out information straight away on things.
What are you experiences when you tell people you write a blog? Has writing or maintaining a blog been a rewarding experience for you? How would you feel if someone put you into that category of just being a blogger?
Some business now.
I have started an archive section for the Weekend Wanderings and the Up for Discussion posts, you can see them in the bar across the top of the blog. I still need to add some more links to the Up for Discussion posts, but they will all be there soon.
Do you have something you would like to discuss or share here on the Up for Discussion posts? I am open to hearing what people would like to write, as long as it is understood that I reserve the write to edit, or not publish work that I think will not fit in with what this blog is about it. Would love to hear how you go about doing things, or if you want to know, or are having trouble learning something. There are so many things we could discuss here, so if you are interested in guest posting, then please send me an email, firstname.lastname@example.org
All the photos in the post today were taken at the Royal Botanical Gardens last year, somewhere I am hoping to go again soon.