I have been thinking a lot about being a "blogger". I have assumed this label because I have a website I come to and write my feelings when I want to, post recipes every great once in awhile, upload DIY's when I have time and remember to take pictures of it.
I will tell you though, that in "blog world" It is often hard to keep up. You can't read a "How to be a better blogger" without seeing advise about being more active on social media platforms, or having pinnable images on your posts. As a blogger, you are encouraged to participate in sponsorship opportunities to grow your blog and your readership and the number of twitter followers you have.
As you start out as a blogger, none of that really makes sense to you, but you do it anyway because the big bloggers told you to. You create a twitter even though you have no idea how you're going to fit anything into 150 characters. You shell out your hard earned cash to other bloggers in hopes that their readers will want to win a $50.00 Target gift card and click over to be your friend.
At this point you have gained a pretty good momentum and maybe you have had a company or two reach out to you to use your blog as a marketing tool for their business and are willing to give you some free stuff, and lets face it, we like free stuff. So we agree to use our sacred space on the internet that we started for our own reasons as a platform for companies to promote themselves based on the readers that have come along and decided to stay.
After you write that post for xyz company and hit publish you are unsure how you feel about it and I think this is a defining moment for you and your blog. It is where you have to choose what you want to use your voice for.
Are you the person that wants to capitoloize on the eagerness of those businesses to use your trusted voice to spread the word in exchange for product or even money, or do you prefer the softer approach to blogging where you don't tweet about toilet paper and fruit smoothies.
Now please oh please don't read this as if I am bashing on ther bloggers that do collaborate with businesses and other bloggers. I actually have a few close friends that are wicked successful at it and I think that it is incredible that our voice on the internet can be used to generate income for our families, but I just wanted to write this out to remind those of you that don't want to take that route with your blog that it is OK, and it doesn't make you any less of a "blogger" because of it. You can have 1 follower or 1 million followers and still be a blogger.
I really wanted to claim my identity in blog land. As of late I felt like an unsure teenager wandering around the campus of Blog U. I wasnt sure how I wanted to establish myself, I still may not be sure, but I have learned that most things can be figured out if I just sit down and type about it for a little while.
I have decided that it is OK if I don't tweet every day (read: ever)
It is OK if I don't reply to every single comment.
It is OK if I don't post every day, or even every week. I get to decide what to use my blog for and that is a freedom that I am thankful for. I get to have this electronic place I can come to and write whatever I want and hit publish for a couple or hundreds, or dare I say, thousands of people to read.
I am tired of feeling bad that I don't blog as much as I "should".
I get busy and things take precident over this space and that is ok.
I will use it as I see fit.
Sometimes that means every day for a month, and sometimes that means not at all for a month.
So there. That's my soap box and now I'm jumping down. This was stricktly for my benefit to get out my thoughts on this, but I feel like a large amount of my audiance will resonate with this, so yay. :)