Technically, I am a blogger. Having a blog and writing posts labels me as a blogger, right? It's the same as people saying that if you run, you're a runner. It's hard for me to think of myself as a real runner because the farthest I've ever run is 6.2 miles--and that was only once. It's also hard for me to think of myself as a real blogger because let's face it--there are things that fancy, established bloggers do that I don't.
This is the most blogger-esque picture I've ever taken. I still can't believe that I thought to take this, that it actually ended up turning out how I had envisioned in my head, and that I found the perfect filter for it. It's perfect for a blogger's Instagram. The problem is, my Instagram is my personal Instagram and only Michael and my mom know about the blog.
'Real' bloggers don't keep their blogs secret from people they know. Everyone and their mother knows that they have a blog.
'Real' bloggers always have a manicure. Sometimes they change their polish color multiples times in one week.
'Real' bloggers pair those manicures with stacks of bracelets--'arm parties', if you will.
'Real' bloggers own fancy cameras that cost as much as a month of rent (but it's okay, they probably paid for it with income from their blog).
'Real' bloggers utilize all forms of social media for their blog at least once a day.
'Real' bloggers watch at least one of the following: The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, Bachelor Pad, Bachelor in Paradise.
'Real' bloggers shop at J. Crew and Loft.
'Real' bloggers always always always have a perfectly white background for their Instagram shots of random inanimate objects.
'Real' bloggers can somehow make these inanimate objects look extremely artsy. Who would've thought a picture of an open laptop next to a bracelet could be artsy? Or at least one picture of coffee a week could somehow look artsy every time?
'Real' bloggers can somehow take overhead outfit shots and manage to get more in it than their top and their shoes. (Seriously, I can never get my legs in the picture. How do they do it?!)
'Real' bloggers have mastered the super cute 'look-I-didn't-even-try' topknot. I would never post a picture of myself with my hair in a bun because I'd probably look bald or like a man or something.
'Real' bloggers say the number one thing you should do in life is purchase a domain name. (Although I can think of three pretty major bloggers off the top of my head who have blogspot URL's.)
'Real' bloggers love the royal family, especially Kate Middleton. I, on the other hand, had to Google 'Kate Middleton' because I wasn't 100% positive that was her last name.
Obviously, we are all 'real' bloggers as long as we are writing posts. And I'm not hating on any bloggers, or myself for that matter. There are plenty of things on this list that I wish I did or wish I could do, but there are others that I'm content without.
It's hard out here for a blogger, because the comparison game is all too real sometimes. (Honestly, it's not just bloggers either.) Sometimes I'll get that twinge of jealousy or sadness when I see the perfect Instagrams of other bloggers, or I'm reading one of their posts and they mention their ten thousand views per day. I have to remind myself that I created this blog for fun and a creative outlet, and as a bonus I've made quite a few friends on the way.
Linking up with Amanda for Thinking Out Loud Thursday!