Okay, I’ll say it. I’m not a true blogger. I’m not one of those bloggers you see across the internet who has their life together, with expensive clothes and a cool job and interesting stories. You won’t see my perfect graphics on Pinterest, linking to the three blogs posted every week. I don’t know how to ‘brand’ my blog, and I have not made a single penny in the five years I’ve been writing.
Why is it so important to be a carbon copy when it comes to blogging?
I find myself struggling to stand out in the blogging world. Maybe it’s because I want to write about anything and everything, whether it’s my new car or the concert I attended last week. I don’t like only focusing on one topic. When I do get an idea of what to write, it becomes difficult because it’s the same blog post written a thousand times by a thousand other bloggers. How do I stand out when my words are practically the same?
The definition of a blogger has dramatically changed over the years. The word used to refer to a person who regularly writes material for an online website. It’s that simple. Now a ‘blogger’ means you are a web designer, writer, social media guru, entrepeneur, photographer, and influencer all wrapped up together. When did we decide this is what a blogger was supposed to be? I see so many blogs posted by others about the “steps to become a successful blogger” or “how to make money in your first month.” And this frustrates me, because the main reason why I started this website was to just write. That’s all.
That’s what a “true blogger” is in my mind. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have a niche or only know how to use Twitter. You’re a blogger if you write and enjoy writing. I don’t care that I haven’t become rich from blogging (though it would be nice). If you want to make money, don’t just turn to blogging because you know others earn a lot. You have to do something you’re passionate about.
I’m deeply, undeniably in love with writing. It’s what I do best, and what I’m proud of. If I never make any money from this blog, then so what? I’m myself here, and I’m happy. If that’s you, then you’re a true blogger. Anyone can be a blogger, but I think the only way you’ll stand out is by being yourself.