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Daily Diary: I Blog. Therefore I Am?

I’m going to let you in on a little secret. When strangers ask me what I do for work my typical response is to tell them that I’m a writer. It’s very vague and broad… I KNOW. There’s always a follow up question asking for at LEAST an industry reference and I usually give beauty. 9 times out of 10, it ends there. I NEVER say I own a celebrity gossip website. I NEVER say I have an event planning business and I most certainly never profess that I’m a blogger.

Why? Or should I say why NOT…

Because I never wanted to deal with the 20 minute conversation that came with the response. For many years (remember I started in 2005), people were so fascinated with the notion.

You’re a blogger? Your husband stays home with the kids? How can I jump in this game? Can you teach me? How can I make money online? Can you help me? Can you SET UP MY BLOG?

And believe me – I’ve done it a thousand times and for friends I will do it a thousand times more. But there comes a point where you don’t want to duck and hide anymore from the unwarranted impromptu consultant gigs. I mean… I’m tired of talking about the cost of servers and how to open up a Twitter account while dress shopping at TJ Maxx! There’s a time and a place for everything and it’s not in the middle of my cousin’s wedding!

But thankfully, we’ve come to a day and age where everyone knows what a blog is and… ACTUALLY everyone pretty much has their own blog. So, the questions are subsiding. Peace is returning within the chaos and I finally feel like I can come out of the shadows.

Today, was the FIRST time in about THREE years that when someone asked me what I did for a living I told them I was a blogger. And I know they didn’t register the slight pause I had before saying what I said but it was like I finally cracked through my shell and I just let it all go.

I’m a blogger.

The two second pause that my body and mind presented before the answer was long enough for me to stream a million “what ifs” in my head.

What if they want to start a blog? What if they don’t like bloggers? What if they don’t think blogging is a real profession? What if they start asking me about monetization?

But I pushed through the pause and just let it all go. This is it. This has been it for many, many, MANY years. And I’m not a betting woman (ok I am), but my guess is this is going to be my life for many years to come.

I’m a blogger.

And it felt so good. Sunshine was beaming inside me of and I felt like I just confessed my dirty little secret. I know this sounds so bizarre to my online friends and readers. Of course I’m a blogger! But in the real (non-virtual) world, I’m VERY VERY quiet about what I do to people in passing.

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Today I had the wonderful opportunity of sitting on a panel for an internal P&G event in Cincinnati. I was the only blogger and as I represented my space (I hope accurately) I felt a great pride. Not only because I was speaking to the representatives of brands I know and love but because I am a blogger and bloggers get to do great things.

So yeah… I’m a blogger.

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 (photo credit: Marie-Laure Salvado)

Not sure if this post is going to make sense to my online readers because we obviously all live in a very digital space. But the point of it all is that I was freed from something that I did to myself a long time ago. And I am one happy camper… err… blogger… err … you get what I mean. 🙂

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Vera
Vera Sweeney, mom, blogger, social media influencer and New York resident, is the founder of LadyAndTheBlog.com. She is considered one of the top female digital influencers in today’s social media space. Her lifestyle and parenting brand helps busy women stay on top of the latest trends in fashion, food, family and travel.

5 Comments

  1. I totally get it! This will probably be me in a few years, when my blog starts to really take off. I love to blog, but it really is so personal to me still. I realize I’m going to have to come out of the closet with what I’m doing one day. Ha-ha! But til then I will just keep it to myself and those close to me, in the non-virtual world.

  2. Love this post! I actually wrote a post last year called “I am a blogger.” Same feelings. Luckily, I don’t have too many people trying to pick my brain about my job, but I always get the “and you make MONEY?” question when I say I’m a blogger!

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