7 Tell-Tale Signs you’re a Blogger
Last year I took my first leap into the blogosphere and since then I haven’t looked back. Blogging can’t be summed up in just one word. It’s addictive, fun, hard work, creates a sense of belonging. For some it’s their full-time job, for others it’s their favourite hobby. No matter what your niche is, we all share common traits and can spot a fellow blogger from a mile away!
1. Taking my camera everywhere
Whether I’m going out to eat in a restaurant, or a day’s shopping trip – the camera’s with me, just in case I see something I think will be blog worthy! I have taken my camera places and not even snapped a single photograph; I still don’t consider it a waste of time.
2. Taking pictures of food
Yes, I know you are hungry, but no you can’t eat it yet. I need to take at least 100 pictures first, all at different angles, and I will probably end up only using 2 – 4 images. Restaurants are probably the worst though, other customers looking over at you, fixing the plate, checking the angle and snapping away before even trying a single bite.
3. Stationery overload
I’ve always loved stationery, but since blogging it’s become an addiction! I now carry more pens and notebooks in my bag than makeup… just in case I get an idea. I prefer writing ideas down rather than typing them in my phone, I tend to remember what I write…old school!
4. Talking down the lens
Periscope is a new app which I’ve really taken to. I’ve only done a couple but I enjoyed them and seeing people join in and give hearts is really nice. What isn’t so fun is people looking at you and thinking you are talking to yourself! Vloggers, I’m sure, can relate!
5. You don’t blog for freebies
Blogging is the most enjoyable hobby I’ve ever had. I love writing and sharing the things I love. While it’s absolutely lovely to sample new products, that’s not the reason to blog. I will only blog about products I’ve received if I think it’s something my readers would be interested in and I’ve liked the product. Sometimes I think non-bloggers don’t realise the work that’s gone into testing samples, either (more on that in no 6).
6. Blogging takes a lot of time and effort
When I first started, I didn’t realise how much blogging takes up your time. From recipe testing, to spending weeks trying out new products. It really does take time and effort. I think I can speak for a lot of food bloggers and say we are perfectionists. I’ve created recipes and haven’t blogged them because I didn’t think they were good enough/I can make it better, yet my main tester (Neil) will say it’s perfectly fine! So one recipe post could be weeks in the making or days…it all depends! But really, that’s all part of the fun of blogging!
7. Bloggers are socially awkward
Okay, I can really only speak for myself (and what I’ve read from other bloggers). I’ve always found it difficult to connect with people in real life and can at times be overwhelmed with social anxiety. Connecting with like-minded people online and making friends is a much more comfortable situation. You already have things in common you can talk about, you’re in your own home and aren’t under any pressure to respond immediately. Blogging has helped me with this struggle – I have forced myself to go to events and say hello – something I wouldn’t have dreamed of doing before blogging. Even doing my first periscope was a massive deal to me.
Can you relate? I’d love hear your thoughts in the comments!