Blogger (n): A new(ish) and strange breed of human being who writes things on the internet for all the world to read. Var: coupon blogger, giveaway blogger, craft blogger, recipe blogger, mommy blogger, business blogger, social media blogger, personal blogger, fitness blogger…
Many people ask many questions when I tell them I’m a blogger. Some questions are welcome:
“What do you write about?”
“How long have you been blogging?”
“Where do you get your ideas?”
What other blogs do you like to read?
“How did you get started?”
Some, not so much:
“Is that a real job?”
“Social media is a waste of time.”
“Are you a real writer?”
“Isn’t blogging just a fad?”
“I have no time for the internet.”
and my favorite:
“How much money do you make?”
Come on, do I ask YOU how much money YOU make?
Just because my writing is on the internet, it doesn’t make it any less valuable, readable, or interesting (or not – that’s a matter of opinion). I’m a die-hard book reader – no Kindle for me – however there are plenty of fascinating things to read on the internet. But you already know that. You’re reading my blog right now, aren’t you?
So here’s the truth. Making money as a blogger is difficult, and requires a lot of networking and connecting – which is where the social media thing comes in. If you want to succeed as a blogger – whether for money, fame, or sheer entertainment- then you have to be involved in social media. Bloggers not only need to be writers, they need to be able to sell themselves, manage the technical aspect of their blogs, and create connections through the aforementioned social media (Twitter, Google+, Linked In, Facebook, Pinterest, etc, etc). Blogging is like sitting in the middle of a crowded restaurant talking to yourself – no one can hear you, and they might think you’re nuts. The world wide web is a crowded place, and bloggers have to do whatever they can to make themselves stand out. So the next time you wonder why your blogger friends spends so much time on the internet, it’s because that is, indeed where they work.