I’ve made no secret that I’m a little bit shy about my blog. I suppose a big part of that, is that I just haven’t quite come to terms with my position as a blogger. Even though I’m passionate about my blog, my message and my readers, I still feel a bit weirded out by the whole thing.
I’m just never sure about how it will be received when I explain in a really awkward and around the houses way to people that I like to write, on a website, about parenting and stuff. Trying my best to avoid the words ‘I’m a blogger’. And, even to the exclusive few I have mentioned my blog to, the handful with whom I have given my actual url is even more elite. I’d just prefer to imagine no one ever reads my ramblings.
‘Write like no one’s reading’
I’ve been to events where I still cringe at the word under my name on my badge: Blogger. Maybe it’s just too darn close to the word ‘Blagger’. Which, contrary to some people’s opinions, couldn’t be further from the truth. Bloggers work their socks off for any hard earned rewards, and often just for the love of what they do. I am somewhat in awe of the bloggers who circulate their posts on their personal social media, and shout loud and proud about their work.
Here’s a big one for me. I have made friends online. We used to mock people for that when I was growing up. Online friends were for people who had no social skills, or agoraphobia. Train spotter types or sexual weirdos. Not normal folk, like you and I, who struggle to keep up with our vast quantities of real life friends we have accumulated over the years? I guess times have changed. Or I have changed. Maybe both; Or maybe I was just plain wrong.
It’s possible that it’s the British culture of being reserved, which goes against the grain. Some may feel that blogging is incredibly self indulgent, which I can kind of see. But, once you’re inside the vacuum of the blogging world, the reality becomes clear – most aren’t in this for fame or fortune, or for a glam celebrity life, or even for air time. These are creative people who love to write. People who are comedians. People who want to make a living that works around their family. People who can teach us about photography, social media or many incredible talents. Or just people who want others to feel part of their team. Consider a blogger as a cutting edge journalist, writer, marketeer or columnists – all of which are extremely credible titles are they not?
And what about bloggers as people? Total weirdos? Well, having met a fair few now, I can pretty much say they are as normal as you, or me. Cracking gal’s (and guys) who I would totally hang with all the time in real life if I could. (Oh, and who the hell wants to be normal? What the hell is normal anyway?).
No, blogging isn’t weird, people. Blogging is an opportunity – for me, for you. Blogging is here, and it’s here to stay. It’s the way of the world right now; and it’s the future.
Maybe it’s time I felt less weird about my blog, what it has achieved, and start engaging a new found emotion: pride.