Just to start, I have nothing against anyone especially to the blogging industry we have today and some well-known bloggers. Honestly, I admire them; I have few blogger crushes like Camie, Vern & Verniece, Ida Anduyan, etc. and I know what they are doing; to be online influencers and to create contents on their blogs and other social media accounts about their life and the company they were working for. That is how blogging works for them. But somehow, since the blogging industry is quite growing – knowing some celebrities who are now entering this once small industry – people are now having the mentality that blogging is for well-off lifestyles only; beauty, aesthetics, money, travel, and of course all of these were free (especially if you are being sponsored by certain business or company). We are now slowly getting rid of the real meaning of blogging to the word itself, because of the life we see on these bloggers/advertisers/influencers. We are now slowly taking the word “blogger” as a huge something, when in fact, it is just a term.
Let me just define the term blog and blogger. I searched for the meaning of them and Google gave me this: “A blog is a frequently updated online personal journal or diary. It is a place to express yourself to the world. A place to share your thoughts and your passions.” and “A blogger is a person who keeps a Web log (blog) or publishes an online diary.” To make it simple, we – everyone who uses Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, WordPress, Blogger, and anything that is available online to share our thoughts and life to – are called bloggers.
So why am I telling all of these? Because I am so tired of hearing other people teasing me about being a blogger. I am blogging since 2008; from Multiply to Tumblr to WordPress. I also use Twitter as my microblogging platform. When I post on Facebook, I share my thoughts, which is also a blogging. Am I earning money from blogging? Not yet as of now, because it is the blogger’s choice to monetize her blog or work; by putting ads on her website or by being sponsored by business and companies. I blog because I want to express myself and put it on a website, other people blogs because they are earning from it. So basically, there are two types of blogger – one that is just doing it for her personal life and one that is doing it as her business.
“Naks, blogger.” “Wow blogger.” “Legit blogger.” “Blogger pose.”
What is wrong with blogging? What is wrong with being a blogger? What is wrong with having her own website or blog site wherein she can express her thoughts, share her life, and just be real? Nothing. We just took the words “blogging” and “blogger” too fabulous for normal people to use or to be. We thought that being a blogger means we need to be so ~cool~ or full of aesthetics and stuff, that we need to have thousands of followers and readers – which is also good because it means that there are people who are noticing your work, but it does not have to be the basis of your purpose as to why you are blogging. Being a blogger is being outspoken and creative enough to write out your thoughts and whatnot. A blogger does not have to follow the trend of today’s definition of blogging/blogger; she can do whatever she wants on her blog; she can express herself without the fear of losing readers or followers.
Can we just end the wrong mentality about blogging? Can we just support each other to blog more instead? Again, I have nothing against anyone or anything. I am just venting out what has been in my head right now. And this is how to blog.