A few times recently I have seen the phrase “proper blogging” or “proper blogger”. The way it’s being used, by in large, is to describe a blogger who has gone full time with their blog.
It bothers me that this phrase is being used. If I only blog part-time as a hobby, does this not make me a “proper blogger”? I put a lot of energy into this space on t’web, and as such, I would call myself a proper one.
I haven’t made a salary from this blog (not even close), but it’s something I put a significant amount of time into. From brainstorming ideas (on my commute to my full-time job, I might add), through to trying to hone my photography skills, blogging is a passion of mine, and it doesn’t make me any less of a blogger by not being my “job”.
I am immensely proud of those in the community that have been able to turn their blog into their career. I’m not convinced it’s really a path I’d ever want to take, but I can tell it does take hard graft to get there. I do however think that there shouldn’t be any snobbery in the way bloggers talk about going full time.
My plea in this post really is for full-timers to be a little more tactical in how they talk about blogging. By all means, be proud of making your hobby your career, but don’t look down on us smaller bloggers. Remember, you were just like us once.
What do you think of the phrase “proper blogging”? Have you ever seen it used, do you think it’s right? Let me know in the comments!