Are you judged as a blogger?

Are you judged as a blogger?

Blogger friends – have you had the “look”. The one your friends give you when you say that you blog? The look that says, “Oh bless her.”; “Wow, that’s gunna be crap.” and, “She’s one of them!” all in one go? I tried to replicate it to put a photo up, but I looked like I was slightly delusional, so I decided against it!

You’re either reading this because you are a blogger, or are intrigued about the life of a blogger. There is a definite perception and sometimes judgement cast upon bloggers, especially the parenting or “mummy” kind. But why?!

I’ve been blogging now for about 9 months and I love it more and more every day. But I’m still embarrassed to tell people about my hobby. If people mention they have read a post, I always feel a bit shy; however, if I find myself in a situation where I’m talking about blogging I feel even more self conscious. I’ve had a variation of responses, some positive, the majority negative. It’s almost like, as a blogger, you are perceived as an embarrassing “try-hard” that will never succeed. The other common misconception is that you either do it for the free stuff or you get paid loads to blog.

I can tell you now, neither of those statements are true.

I don’t get a wage, and I definitely do not get free stuff, when it takes you hours to write a post to review an item you can’t really say the item was “free” can you?

All other bloggers would agree with this – you can’t live off your blog unless it is amazingly successful. Even then, it’s known that the only way to live off blogging is to do freelance writing for other websites.

Why are bloggers seen as “lesser beings”? We are writing for a hobby, because we enjoy being creative. It is no different from people that do crafts for creativity.

Fellow bloggers, how do your friends and family react when you tell them about your blog?

 

 

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5 Comments

  1. March 23, 2016 / 1:43 pm

    Great post! Apart from the odd roll of the eyes, my friends and family have always been supportive of the fact that I blog, but the same hasn’t always been true of colleagues. Last year, I was in a well-paid but miserable job which I quit to become poorer but happier as a freelancer/semi-pro blogger.

    A few people thought I was stupid for leaving and sneered when I told them that I’d be using my blog as the main source of income for my family (there are five of us and I’m the only earner). It was immensely satisfying to respond by telling them I was off to Berlin with Coca-Cola the week after I left! For the record, I don’t usually get offered such big opportunities and generally make just enough to pay the bills every month, but I think it proved a point!

    I’ve made so many great friends out of blogging and it’s enabled me to spend more time with my family, and I don’t think anyone can knock that. 🙂

    • March 23, 2016 / 2:26 pm

      Haha! I bet the look on their faces was priceless when you told them you were working with Coca-Cola in Berlin!

      I’ve made so many great friends as well, like you said, you can’t knock that. xx

  2. June 28, 2016 / 2:31 pm

    I don’t really tell everyone – just close friends and family as it’s definitely more of a hobby than a job. To be honest most of the people I do tell don’t even read it! I do enjoy it though x

  3. August 4, 2016 / 9:17 pm

    I’ve kept my blog a big secret from my ‘real life’ contacts (only my hubby knows that actual URL). But when I told my parents that I blogged, they more just asked ‘why?’. They seemed to think it was a waste of time so I tried to explain it and then they concluded that I was being a bit self-centred blogging about what we get up to as a family.

    That’s not how I feel about blogging at all – I have found reading other people’s stories so encouraging (especially when you feel like you’re the only person going through XYZ and then someone else blogs about it and you feel so relieved that you’re not alone). I want to be able to help other people like that. Also, as you say, it’s an opportunity to be creative and it’s a hobby. Are other hobbies deemed to be pointless? Not usually.

    I love blogging and even if it makes no sense to any of the people I know in the real world, I love it and I’m going to keep at it!
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  4. December 16, 2016 / 11:23 am

    Just about everyone is impressed I find the time to blog. Now most of my colleagues at work know I blog and just about all have been supportive.

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