Do you know a blog is technically (rather, properly) regarded as a book? Congratulate yourself, sister! You are an author because you have a blog.
An author of several books within one cover, perhaps. Because you can set out to explore and showcase several topics or subjects, then several pages clarifying these subjects to your anticipant audience.
As soon as you think of your blog (or whatever blog you might do, that you might need to do, since you’ve now at last seen it as a means to establish authority for yourself) as a book, you take it more seriously. I do. You should.
What you are taking more seriously is blogging. A kind of publishing. Blogging is what you do with and on your blog. But you’re not a blogger. You shouldn’t be.
“But Look All These People Calling Themselves “Blogger!””
Sure, if you just lightly scan the web you’ll find several more intelligent and influential people, people you might want to follow, with the “blogger” tag or title. Don’t imitate them. In this one case, they’re wrong! Or I say so. I’ll explain.
Blogging is what you do with and on your blog. But you’re not a blogger. Tweet this
Really, just be what you are (a painter) which blog (as a tech medium) helps you to publish to the world. Know that the problem here is with the vagueness of the tag “blogger.” Then see why you must not be one.
The title “blogger” is too vague to merit attention.Tweet this
A Key but Short Story of One Blogger
True, these days bloggers are taken seriously. Like the celebrity ones with a lot of following on Twitter. But on this particular event, Tonye (not her real name) was not.
A trained and skilled photojournalist, she was. But, like every normal millennial, she’d taken to blog. Great choice, wouldn’t you say? She did blog her way to some modest stardom. More recognition than she would have had she not blogged. Fame came. And with it several big invites. But,…
She was always “blogger” first, for all she did. Then photojournalist, if ever. Then journalist later.
The day came when she had a chance to be live on what she called “my hippest day ever, ever!” A few key journalists (including one by the tag of photo-) her level of caliber, even below, were among those invited. Checked. Admitted.
It was the first ever democratic presidential media chat in the country! All TV and radio stations would broadcast it live. The whole world would be watching. For 2 solid hours! A female, she’d be seated direct right to Mr. President. Girl!
I’ll leave your guess to go. Perhaps from the following 7 reasons you shouldn’t ever regard or let anyone call you blogger, you’ll see why Tonye’s “hippest day ever, ever” got postponed. You with me?
7 Reasons You’re Not a Blogger
Reason #1: Blog is a means to an end, not the end
Think of the story of yours you want the world to hear, to impact people, even to change you. The Internet dawned, WordPress followed, and you see you don’t need permission to be heard from. Not anymore. Just hit publish.
It’s obvious, isn’t it? Blogging is not that story. As Reason #2 will show, you’re blogging as a means to publish that story. Tagging yourself “blogger” diminishes your purpose.
Reason #2: Your purpose is bigger than your means
You want (your paintings) (and writing about them) to press your worldview on as large an audience as possible, to have people agree with you, and to gather some bids and sales.
Great, paint your purpose with your blog!
And earn some business, too.
So you see how bigger than your blog your purpose is? You’re not merely “blogging,” echoing “hot news,” celebrity gossips, and whatnot. You are affecting the world! And earning decent, too.
Reason #3: You’re not transactional, but transformational with your blog
Those who call themselves “bloggers” tend largely to be driven by commercial reasons. Now, recall Reason #2 above. You be driven, not by the need to earn, but to transform humanity, a community, even just yourself will do.
Reason #4: You’re not a “booker” because you do books
This reason is where the usage gives me a headache. All the time. It looks like the need to be too specific (maybe, simplistic) evolved the tag “blogger.”
She blogs, right? So she’s a blogger. Period.
But if you have a book published you’re an author, no? Not a “booker”?
But a blog and a book are essentially the same! Only difference being the delivery system. Why, aren’t electronic books even selling more these days? And will continue so?
When your books (print, audio, and/or e) do come out, you remain an author, as you are, not a “booker.” Never a blogger! Make sense?
Reason #5: You sell “something,” not “blog”
Among many reasons people have to start a blog is to sell their skills. Really, to have a platform where they can easily earn from “selling” merchandise.
And, basically, everything is merchandise. Including blogs. Maybe then Blogger is a blogger. WordPress is a blogger. Squarespace is a blogger. Typepad. Medium. But you?
You’re not starting blogging to sell blogs. So you’re not a blogger.
Reason #6: You will blog cooperatively, not competitively
Those who proudly wear the laurel “blogger” each want to be #1. #1 marketing blogger or blog. #1 fitness blog. #1 photography blog. You get the idea.
Or they each want to be in the top ten. Just be in the Top 10.
This great medium of cooperation for them has become competitive sport. Then the one can’t freely recommend the other or share “views” or “lend” readers with the other. Scarcity mindset kicks in. And is fostered.
But, if your focus is your “art,” which it is, then why you blog and your anticipant audience, who can be shared, no qualms, are a way to cooperate with everyone.
Reason #7: You want to be known for something.
Bloggers tend to be generic, looking for gratification wherever they can find some, never settling for anything. But you want to stand for something, to be known for something, like your painting, Lenaata.
This may be the biggest reason you’re not a blogger. Stand for and be known for and be remembered for something!
I’ll Let Those Do
You see my point?
Let’s visit Tonye again. Briefly.
It might seem elitist or strange but the president or his handlers just didn’t think “bloggers” could be taken seriously. They selected journalists and media execs.
Tonye was a only blogger. But you? Be invited.
P.S. Tonye now regards herself and is recognized in the country as a “senior media practitioner.”
Let’s discuss this essay on Twitter #IAmNotABlogger