Northwest Native: Blogger Requirements (That I Don't Meet)

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Blogger Requirements (That I Don't Meet)

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.

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36 comments:

  1. YES! Yes to all of this. I was scrolling through my Instagram feed yesterday and thought "WHERE ARE ALL THE REAL PEOPLE" not that they aren't, but their feeds are businesses. Not reflections of their live's. I pretty much hit all of these points too except that I do know who Kate Middleton is and I love her to death. But in my defense I did before I was a blogger :)

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  2. Being a real blogger probably isn't all it's cracked up to be though. At least in the terms you're saying it as. I spend more time trying to get a good picture of Sophie just for myself than I do for the blog. Don't stress about the fact that you're not a "real" blogger, you're a blogger and that's the most important thing. You write for you not for anyone else. Yes it would be nice to have all of the things you said above, but remember why you're blogging :) you do it for you.

    liz @ sundays with sophie

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  3. I adore this!! I am proud to say I am NOT a real blogger either. You made many of us feel better! I don't have an insta or a FB nor do a lot of these. We are real girl, just having fun with our lil ole blogs. ;-)

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  4. I have to say - I don't like it when blogs are too "real" - in fact, one that I started reading almost 10 years ago has gone so "commercial" and perfect that I barely read it anymore!!!

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  5. Ok. I've accepted it! I'm not a 'real' blogger! Ha! Who cares? Just think of all the TIME 'real' bloggers have to designate to their blog. I don't want a ball and chain because then it won't be fun anymore. My family comes first.

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  6. OMG my blog is secret too hahaha! I have a separate personal instagram and a blog instagram (that I don't post on nearly enough). Only my husband knows I have a blog, not even my mom or siblings. I'm not at the point to tell them yet, I don't know why?! But I like keeping the social media separate because I don't share pics of my baby on my blog.

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  7. I feel you, girl. If I do an outfit linkup, I scroll past all the professional looking pictures for selfies and backyard shots that look like mine! haha And I'm always so jealous of the artsy white background pics. HOW DO THEY DO IT?! ARE THEY WIZARDS?! Don't even get me started on their top knot skills!

    For myself, I purchased my domain name to force myself to blog in the beginning! (Like putting my money where my mouth is!) And I had a DSLR already because I bought to take pictures at the 2012 AHL outdoor game! Not so glamorous :) We are all "real" bloggers, in our own ways. In the immortal words of Iggy Azalea: "First things first, I'm the realest." :D

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  8. well i'm a non-blogger blogger right there with you! :) there's a difference between a personal blog and a business blog, definitely!

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  9. I wholeheartedly agree with this!!!!!

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  10. YASSS! I feel this way ALL. THE. TIME. I just don't have the time or care enough to be a "real blogger." Whatever, I'll do what I can when I can and that's that. I thought I wanted to monetize my blog and then I found out being a "real blogger" is freaking hard and SUPER time consuming. Sorry not sorry, as a newlywed I care about my husband, and as a 24 year old I care about hanging out with friends, not posing the perfect IG picture. I think I just started a rant. Whoops. :)

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  11. Watch the Bachelor LOL!!! There's always so much talk about bachelor/bachelorette, and I'm like.."aren't those shows like three hours long?" How do they even have time to blog?!! But, for real, I love this obviously because I am not a real blogger. I have no idea what I'm doing. But it's fine and I like to talk to myself, so I keep going haha. And I love you people!

    x. Morgan

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  12. Amen! I'm not a 'real' blogger by any of the usual standards (except that I do have a fancy camera). I do live my life in the blogging closet! :)

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  13. I think your definition of a "real" blogger is actually a professional blog. Remember, a lot of bloggers full time job is to run the blog... Their income source is their blog. Then there's the rest of us the hobby blogs, who either don't make a dime from the blog or make just enough to make the blog run. It's not fair really to compare the two... I already have a full time job in a profession I love, if I spent another 40 hours a week on my blog and social media, sure, I could do all of those things that "real" bloggers do too. Don't compare yourself to others, your blog is really nice and I enjoy your voice on it. You are a real blogger, see, look at how many people commented on your blog!

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  14. so easy to jump on the comparison thing or want to follow the 'trends' but after 8 years of me doing it & still a basic 'no body' in blog world - I still do it because I enjoy it - & I give up trying to make the 'beautiful blog' that everyone seems to follow. I just try to be me. You do you :) I like 'just you' :)

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  15. It's so hard to not compare ourselves to "real" bloggers! I really wish I could do the topknot perfectly. I mean, I tried millions of times(when I had long hair) and my arms would get sooooo tired! Haha.

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  16. Hahaha, I've totally done a post like this. Yours is better though. I always feel like there are so many things a "blogger" should do and I barely do any of those things. Also I'm so with you on the outfit photos. How do they do it!? I get my teeny tiny feet and my belly sticking out in my shirt and that's all I can get. They get their lipstick, latte, top, pants, purse and shoes in the photo - like HOW? haha anyway loved this post!

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  17. Haha! Yes! I only fit in with three of these things so I'm pretty much not a real blogger either.

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  18. Hmmmm I shop at Loft and I have my own domain name.....but that is it for me on this list!!! And the only reason I own my domain name is because I am a wordpress.org blogger and well...you have to have your own hosting and domain! LOL!

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  19. YES! This post is perfect, and perfect timing for me. I am so guilty of the made-up comparisons that swirl around my head. I love your blog, and I think you qualify as a real blogger to me!!! :)

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  20. We've talked about this before, but you know I'm no "real blogger". Ha ha! And, I'm A-OK with that! Fun post!

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  21. I always thought I wasn't going to be "enough" with my blog. Would I be able to keep up with all the social media and all the things I though were necessary. They aren't. Love what you are writing about and meeting new friends and the rest will come the way it is supposed to. Great post :)

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  22. Love this :) As Bruno Mars would say, we love you just the way you are;)

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  23. I am actually kind of turned off by some of those "real" bloggers you speak of. Like, every single post is monetized/sponsored in some way & they don't even really talk about real life anymore. I've really enjoyed reading your blog over the past few months because you are genuine & a REAL person!

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  24. Hahahaha, if that's what it takes I'm definitely not a real blogger! I don't have enough bracelets to do a small arm gathering let alone an arm party! And it's been a long, long time since I've given myself a manicure *looks at hacked off nails*

    The white background was a pretty easy fix though. I bought a couple pieces of white foam board at the dollar store for $1.25 each. I've been using the same ones for months!

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  25. Yes to all of these! haha. I'm also not a "real" blogger. I don't want to put that much effort into instagram and blogging and making sure I get the perfect photo before I drink my margarita!

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  26. Amen!!!! I am totally with you on this. Comparison is the thief of happiness, but sometimes it is super harder not to compare yourself...even if it's such a little bit. Your "blogger" pic is amazing, though. Usually those things never look end up looking how I see them in my mind. I think it is important to keep it real though...that is by far the most important thing with blogging!

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  27. This is just a great post!! I'm totally not a "real" blogger and it doesn't bother me one bit. No one has the perfect life, even those whose lives look they do, don't. I always try to remember that when a bang of jealousy hits.

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  28. My blog is secret too! I was on a Google Hangout with a bunch of "bigger" bloggers and was surprised to find out how many of them have kept their blogs secret!

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  29. Yesssss to this entire list. Mattie, you're my favorite.

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  30. LOVE this! Totally not a real blogger either (secret blog, naked arms, have never watched any version of The Bachelor), but I'm OK with that :) For me, it's a hobby -- I just like playing around, making pretty pictures, writing. Cheers to not following the rules but having fun anyway!

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  31. WTF I'm not happy you didn't remember Kate Middletons last name. Can we even be friends anymore?? ;)

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  32. The Kate Middleton one cracked me up! I totally get how you feel though... sometimes it's the struggle being in the blog world and not feeling as great as everyone else. I love your blog though:) I've been so busy lately, I've hardly had time to read any blogs at all... but I have a few minutes right now and you were the first one I went to... so be encouraged!
    www.jenna-grace.com

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  33. Not only not a real blogger but you have convinced me I don't want to be! No way im changing nail polish several times a week. I shop thrift and hate reality shows. Blah! im good as I am.

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  34. I am the opposite of a real blogger in every single way you described and ya know what?! I like it that way! I can't imagine putting that much pressure on myself to have a "perfect" picture or responding to literally hundreds of comments. Also, I really dislike how many sponsored/monetized ads they have and how little they actually talk about things that are going on in their lives. I write mostly for me, and document my life, the way I'm actually living it. And if others are interested enough to read along and be friends, then yay! Great post!

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  35. hahaha! i kept my blog a secret until people found out about it via google and now my 3 best friends know. that is it, and that's how i want to keep it! all the other things, nope nope nope. Except Kate Middleton. I love me some Kate Middleton. But they are my country's royalty haha so it makes sense. In fact, she is guest starring in my post on wednesday, and i have written posts in the past about her. I'm such a loser. lol

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  36. Lol at "'Real' bloggers don't keep their blogs secret from people they know. Everyone and their mother knows that they have a blog." I still don't have the guts to put my blog link in my instagram and no one other than my Husband, Mom, and sister knows I have one yet:)
    -Krissy
    www.allthedetailsblog.com

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