There is something wrong with this title, what it is? Some people may think it sums up bloggers perfectly. However it’s the word “just”. “Just” is a word that I’m trying to remove when I say “I’m just a blogger” or “I’m just a parenting blogger”. Oops there I go again. Bad me. I don’t know why I say it, but I do, and I guess that a lot of us say it too.
What we need to remember is that blogging can be rewarding even if it is a hobby, in fact it can be more than just rewarding, or be just as money making compared to any other job. So I guess that what I need to do, and I think I can speak for many other bloggers out there, is that I need to stop saying “I’m just a blogger”.
It’s not like we go around saying “I’m just a Project Manager” or “I’m just a Managing Director”. We’re proud of those roles that we’ve achieved, and we want to shout about them, and we definitely do not include the word “just” in those sentences. So why should the same apply to blogging. For some of us it’s our job, or it’s making enough income to support our family, or it allows us to travel, or provides free stuff. Whatever the reasons that we are doing it, we need to embrace blogging.
There are so many things that blogging can bring:
- Friendship. Since I started this blog 18 months ago, I’ve made so many friends. Some that I would call really good friends, and some who it’s nice to catch up when you bump into each other at events.
- Income. Blogging can bring in a serious income, some bloggers earn a six figure salary from blogging. I’ve a long way to go before we get to that stage, but it’s nice to be able to contribute some cash to the household from writing or sponsorship.
- Working with brands. Some bloggers dream of this, to be on a brands books. Or to work with brands on adhoc campaign or product launches. One of the things I love is being able to work with brands which leads me onto….
- Free stuff. I’ve lost count of how much free stuff I have received, our door bell is constantly ringing. The postman must wonder why I get so many parcels. Over the last 18 months we have received some really nice stuff that both my daughter and our family have really benefitted from.
- Holidays. It can bring holidays, although we have yet to have one (we did have a trip to Bluestone planned but sadly had to cancel). If you’re in the right niche, or a travel blogger, you will get holidays or have to pitch for trips away.
- Events. For me I love this part of blogging. It is being able to go to blogging events, learn something new, how I can improve my blog, and meet other bloggers. I love these events, although they can be nerve-wracking at first, they are somehow part of being a blogger.
There are so many reasons why it’s brilliant to be a blogger. I think that the feeling of “I’m just a blogger” stems from the fact that it is often a hobby, or secondary to our main job, or something that we feel we need to hide away, almost feeling like it’s an embarrassment. I know that I felt that way when I first started telling people.
In reality blogging brings so much, so I’m going to embrace this blogging thing and remove the word “just” when I tell people I’m a blogger. If you’re interested you’ll get my business card.
So here goes…..
If anyone hears me saying “I’m just a blogger” that’ll be £1 in the blogging swear box.
P.S A big thanks to Sunita for making me realise at the last Lucky Things Meet Up that I need to remove the word “just”.