Am I Really a Blogger?

I’ve been blogging for a few years and a lot has changed in the blogging community. All good things, of course. It’s fun to see other people’s posts and how they all click but there’s some things that I don’t get and nod my head like I do. Like the person laughing at someone else’s inside jokes. 

I don’t drink wine and I go to Target every six months or almost never. What do y’all buy at Target? Last time I was there was because I wanted to buy Tsum Tsums. Am I missing a magical isle? Help! does-not-get-it

Maybe because I’m always commuting and home for like 3 hours, everything revolves around my phone. How does everyone use printables? I’ve gone paper free, not by choice and also the reason why I haven’t practiced hand lettering (also a fail, but a fail to explain another time), so the idea of using printables is foreign to me. I also see cute ones but every type of paper just gets crumpled up in my backpack, so my phone and iPad are the only way I go. If someone makes an app, I’m all on that!

I’m convinced that my Instagram will never be themed. I always change my mind about colors and seriously only post whenever I feel like posting. Also, I don’t know what’s been happening lately but now I go hours without checking it! Such a no-no. 

Also, what’s the deal with The Bachelor? I remember everyone in college was in love with it. I just can’t hop on that train.

How do people take pictures in public without feeling awkward? I kid you not, even when I’m at Disneyland taking pictures just for fun, I feel so awkward, even if I’m not in the picture and I’m taking a picture of something else.

But I definitely feel like a blogger when I have my Instagram tags on a note in my phone. Or the fact that I rediscovered that Pinterest is such a wonderful site. Or when I stick up for my fellow bloggers when people think blogging is easy. Try to configure Google Analytics and find ways to beat Facebook algorithms and then come back and tell bloggers it’s easy.

Blogging is a weird thing but it’s something I love and I enjoy interacting with other people. Am I totally doing things differently? Definitely because I’m pretty slow at catching up on things. I mean, I just got a decent blogging post schedule like a few months ago. So sometimes I don’t feel like a blogger but that’s okay. I’m still figuring out things as I go and that’s good. Maybe one day I’ll learn to DIY things because I’m far from crafty. It’s all a learning experience!

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Blogging is for everyone, so if you feel like you’re not finding your place, don’t worry about it, you got this! That’s what makes blogging fun, everyone has their own voice and own quirks.

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  • LOL this is funny and relatable. I don’t drink wine either. Target is bae. The magical aisles are: A) the $1 section right when you walk in; and B) all the aisles. But I also feel you because I spend a lot of time commuting to and from work on the train in in Washington, D.C. but I still find time for Target. Haha. I love the way printables look, but I’ll admit I’ve never printed one. Except maybe like a workout calendar once, maybe. So I guess I don’t get those either. My Instagram is all over the place, it’s not themed (I don’t think?) I just post nice pics I take. Oh I still feel awkward every time I take random pics in public, like this morning when I tried to take a picture of a sign on the train.

    ALL of that being said, sometimes I wonder if I’m a blogger too! I don’t necessarily post about my “life” really. I post encouragement for Christians who want a personal relationship with Christ. So I don’t really have the normal kinds of posts I see other blogger sharing. Then again, I guess whenever I feel the need to share a recipe or something like that- I’m more likely to share that directly on Instagram of Fracebook or something, not as a blogger, just a a person lol.

  • Haha, maybe it’s just the store near me? I’ve seen the dollar section and it’s just a bunch of kid stuff. Maybe I just don’t know how to be crafty lol
    Same here! I just post nice pictures on Instagram but there’s no theme.

    I totally feel you on that! I usually write posts that reflect my spiritual walk and sometimes I feel like it’s not a “blogger” thing. But it’s worth it because you’re being encouraging!

  • I can relate to a lot of this 🙂 I enjoy Target but I don’t end up buying a ton of stuff like it seems everyone else does, just whatever I went in there for. And when you asked what people buy there my answer was totally going to be tsum tsums. I also feel like I can’t always relate to the bloggers who actually do it as a living or are home most of the time. Like you I’m constantly on the go! So making a cup of coffee and just sitting down to blog doesn’t happen very often 😉 It’s usually on my lunch breaks or late at night when I get home.

  • I can relate to so much of this as well! I don’t drink wine and am never home blogging… usually I’m on the go or traveling! I do miss Target though…it’s one of the side effects of living overseas.

  • Exactly! Like I usually just get what I went for. Haha, that’s the only place I can find tsum tsums around me that’s not online. That’s a really good point! Sometimes I wish I can stay home, but that’s not going to happen anytime soon. Yes, that’s exactly how I can write! You get me lol

  • Aahhh! You’ve written exactly what I’ve been thinking over the last few weeks. I don’t believe you have to fit into a mold to be a real blogger. We all are unique and have something important to add to the conversation, no matter how often we blog, whether we are addicted to Target or if our Instagrams are on fleek. Thanks for sharing!

  • Haha I like this. I’m still figuring out how to get my voice through on my blog, and I like your lighthearted take on all the trends and stuff 🙂

  • Allie Bigoness

    I totally agree with the Instagram theme thing. I can’t do it! I like posting photos about my blog and life, also if I think of a really cool photo idea I want to post it regardless if it’s brighter than my other photos.

  • Totally relatable! HAHA having a well-honed Instagram is next to impossible. I don’t know how people do it! Sometimes I like having that “faded” look on photos, and sometimes that “sharp color” image looks phenomenal – I can never stick with a theme! Love this post!

  • Love this post. One thing I can assure is that I am not a blogger. I am Gema who writes and blogs. But using the title “blogger” just doesn’t apply. Why? Because we are not what we do. We are who God has called and created us to be. You are a wonderful daughter of a king who happens to be very talented in expressing her words through writing. You don’t need to stick to anything scheduled or any algoriths. Keep doing you.

  • Heeheehee. I LOVE this!!! I can totally relate and sometimes I just don’t think I’m a real blogger either. 😉

  • Haha if that’s what you’re going by then I’m not a real blogger either! I have never been to Target or watched the batchelor (though I am from the UK!) my instagram is mainly pictures of my kids and the theme changes daily!

  • Same here! Aww, they should start making Targets all around the world!

  • Exactly! I feel like so many don’t fit into the “perfect” blogger mold and that’s okay! We’re all making it work and doing what makes us happy!

  • Haha, I’m glad you enjoyed it! I’m still on the process so don’t sweat it about finding your voice!

  • Haha same here! I can take a picture and really like it and it just doesn’t fit with the rest, but I’d rather post them anyway!

  • Yes! I”m impressed with those who can keep the color constant! I find it so hard lol

  • Love that! I feel like we sometimes get so caught up on the title!

  • Haha, the blogging molds are so weird! All we can do is keep being us!

  • Haha, you’re definitely not missing much with the Bachelor. I’d rather see life pictures like that than something super curated all the time!

  • There are so many different genres of blogging–I know my blog is pretty different from a lot of the blogs I read, just because I mostly read blogs by Americans and I live on the other side of the world. I think that’s what makes blogging cool actually, that each life is so different individually!

  • Hahah! I love this all! In fact, I agree with most all of them! Taking pictures in public gets easier over time! I just kind of stopped caring! haha. If people ask about it, I tell them that blogging is my job and I am just working and everyone has thought that was so cool (like seriously, people love it if you are a professional photographer/ blogger and even if it is your hobby, you are a professional!). If someone ever doesn’t think that is cool, I’ll just be like well I am working here at Disney and making great memories and capturing pictures forever in time – I’m sorry for your loss 😉 hahah!

  • Love this! I wonder the same thing about people taking pictures out in public. I guess it just gets easier with time as you get more comfortable with it. I think I mostly crack up because my husband is always making funny faces or something when I’m trying to do pictures-haha.

  • Lynne

    This is so true! There are so many blogging genres and everyone needs to find and embrace their voice. 🙂