There is a funny thing that happens to me when asked by random people about what I do for a living. I lie. I lie because I hate telling people that I’m a blogger.
Depending on my mood (or how many glasses of wine I’ve had) the lies can get rather extravagant. One time I told my airplane seat buddy (who I suspected was hitting on me despite my ring) that I study the hyperfine structure of the molybdenum atom. He didn’t talk to me anymore after that.
When I do tell someone that I blog it generally goes like this:
“I am a blogger.”
“What do you mean ‘you’re a blogger’?”
“Like, I run a website in the form of a blog.”
“What do you blog about?”
“What about weddings?”
“Nevermind. I’m actually CIA so I’m going to have to stop this conversation now.”
There’s just something about the words blog and blogger that sound so juvenile and they don’t in any way encompass what blogs are now. We are so much more than that! We are entrepreneurs. We are creatives. We work LONG hours. We are website designers, and marketers, and writers, and purveyors of all things beautiful. We have accountants. We are incorporated!
We definitely don’t fit the original definition of a blog or blogger anymore.
What got me thinking about this (aside from my husband remarking on my inability to admit to my job in social settings) is a story that not one, but many of my ‘blogger’ friends have told me.
The story is nearly identical every time: they publish a wedding that a photographer has submitted, that the photographer has signed model release forms for, a wedding that the photographer was clear with the couple about promoting through publishing…and once the post is up the couple demands to have the wedding removed because they don’t want their images splashed ‘all over the internet on some blog.’
Here’s what irks me about that: even though the traffic received by many wedding blogs rivals or exceeds that of print magazines – a lot of people still have a negative view of blogs and I’m pretty sure that these couples wouldn’t make the same request of print magazines.
I’m choosing to blame the terms blog and blogger. The only people who know how professional blogs are run, what sort of dedication, energy, devotion, and time it takes are other bloggers. It’s either time to come up with a new term for what we do or time to educate people on what we do, because we don’t just blog.
To add some sort of research component to this article (ha!), I asked a few of my blogging buddies how they felt about these terms:
Lauren of Every Last Detail: “I gave up on ‘blogger‘ a long time ago- because in reality, that’s not how we make money. I wish I got paid for pretty photos, but that’s not the case. I usually say that I own a wedding website. If they’re younger, I’ll say it’s a blog, but half the time people don’t even know what a blog is.”
Stephanie of Fab You Bliss: “I tell people I work with ‘words and pictures’…haha! Sometimes I say I’m an online editor. Most people don’t get that blogging is a job, so yeah…I hardly mention that it’s what I do. It’s just too hard to explain.”
Cris of Kiss My Tulle: “I actually hate the word. Literally, it sounds so stupid. Blooog. It always sounds like Blaaaaah to me.”
Alexandra of Heart Love Weddings: “I usually say I’m an editor of an online wedding magazine. I’ve gotten some really weird/odd/bad looks when I say blogger.”
So, what are your feelings on the term blogger? Do you embrace it or hate it? And if you’re a non-blogger – what’s your take on the b-word?