If you read my post on reasons why being a lifestyle blogger sucks, you'll know I'm more geared towards a good old cuppa tea than a triple-shot double-foam low-fat whatever.
However, after seeing all the comments on the post I felt a little left out, like I wan't a proper blogger if I didn't drink coffee. There's so many blogging fads, 'rules' and bitchiness in the blogging community, it got me wondering about what is actually classed as a 'real' blogger, and how can I completely, totally and utterly debunk that status...
"You're not a real blogger if you don't post every day."
Wrong. I tried this at the beginning of February and it was killing me. I was tired all the time and constantly stressed that I hadn't written the post for the next day. Guess what? It doesn't matter. You should blog whenever you feel like it, not because you feel under pressure to do so.
"You're not a real blogger if you're not making money."
Some bloggers manage to make a tidy income from blogging, and good for them, but it doesn't mean you're not a real blogger if you don't. The aim of your blog shouldn't be to make money or get free things, you should blog because you love blogging, that's what it means to be a real blogger.
"You're not a real blogger if nobody knows who you are."
If you put your heart and soul into writing blog posts, then *duh*, you're a blogger. Just because you haven't hit the big time with your little blog doesn't mean your content is rubbish, it just means people haven't found it yet. Make them find it. Self-promotion is everything.
"You're not a real blogger if you don't have a YouTube channel."
Now I am incredibly camera shy. I hate how I look and sound in videos, so I know the one thing I will never do is become a vlogger. It just isn't me. And that's ok, I can live with that. If you feel awkward or embarrassed when making videos, then stop. Vlogging isn't a requirement by any means.
"You're not a real blogger if you don't go to blogging events."
I have yet to even be invited to a blogging event, let alone actually go. But all I can say is whatever, that doesn't make me any less of a 'real' blogger! It just means I haven't put myself 'out there' enough yet. I know that it will happen in time and if not? It's their loss.
"You're not a real blogger if you're not in your mid-twenties."
"You're not a real blogger if you don't fit in with a clique."
I'll admit it, blogging can be incredibly cliquey. Small groups of bloggers meeting up to drink wine and gossip whilst live tweeting the entire thing makes my stomach churn with anxiety, wondering why nobody wants to invite me to these things. You can be personally attacked if you don't share the same opinion as other bloggers, and some parts of the community can actually be really spiteful and childish. But I am proud to think of myself as a 'misfit' blogger and I'm happy to have some true blogging friends, not a 'clique'.
What makes you feel like you're not a 'real' blogger?
Vent below, that's what this post is here for.