I met up with someone recently, who I hadn’t seen for some time. We chatted about our children and caught up. And then we got onto the subject of work. I asked her how hers was going – to which she told me she was still where she was, and that she’d been promoted. I congratulated her. I then proceeded to tell her that I hadn’t returned to work after the birth of my twins.
“But you’re a blogger now aren’t you? I read your blog.” she said.
Awkward silence – and a bit of embarrassment on my part.
Since then, I’ve been thinking about that conversation a lot. Am I really a blogger now? I haven’t considered it as my ‘job’. More of a hobby – with benefits. But should I be introducing myself as a stay-at-home-Mum AND parenting blogger to people that ask what I do for a living nowadays?
I’m not so sure.
I have always felt a bit uncomfortable giving myself that label – of blogger – for I haven’t felt as though I have got there…yet. Not properly earned that title.
But what does it mean to ‘get there’. And who decides? And when will I know? Do you suddenly wake up one morning as a blogger?
When I started out blogging, I had NO IDEA what I was doing. I set up a WordPress.com, free blog with no research at all. Probably as a bit of escapism from my role as Mummy, and definitely to fuel a passion for writing. And once I discovered Twitter, other bloggers, other blogs and this whole, new, online world…I realised that there was far more to it than just publishing your writing. (If you want it, that is).
And so here I am – 14 months later and doing OK. I’d say. For I publish posts. Review products, days out, holidays. Am a brand ambassador. I receive money for sponsored posts. And I have secured a part-time blogging & social media management job as a result of my blog. So surely that qualifies me being able to say I am a blogger?
It’s not like other jobs though. ‘Real’ ones, where you go for a job interview, get the job, receive your contract, start on day one and then you’re an official Accountant, or a Nurse. With blogging it feels a bit different.
A hobby. That I started. That is going well. And becoming something else.
So – when can you call yourself a blogger?
Honestly? Well you’re a blogger the moment you start a blog and publish a post really aren’t you? That’s it right there. Pure and simple. The rest of the role is all down to what you want out of it, and your own personal aims and goals. Because, despite there being thousands and thousands of us, each individual person has their own reason for doing it and their own wants and needs from it.
And as for going pro; being a pro-blogger – well I guess most would say it is when you monetise your blog, i.e. you earn from it. Well again, whatever that figure may be would vary from person to person. There are the people who are delighted to earn a little extra cash here and there, right through to those earning a very decent living from it.
Blogging & me?…
Well I’m going to see where this amazing experience continues to takes me and try not to overthink it all too much. Because as long as I continue to thoroughly enjoy it, get fantastic opportunities and carry on making amazing friends from it, then that’ll do me very nicely, thank you.
Oh, and if anyone does ask me what I do for a living (from now on), then I will be telling them that I am a devoted and happy stay-at-home-Mum as well as a very proud blogger too.