When it comes down to it, I suppose you could say I'm a professional blogger. Though I consider IFB to be more of a website than a blog these days, it's beginnings (and our whole foundation) is rooted in this platform. So, am I writer, an editor or a blogger?
I can't (yet) put my finger on exactly why, but it feels like even after all this time and all the evolution the blogging industry has gone through, there's still a bit of a stigma around the term blogger. Perhaps because people have been calling themselves writers for centuries, we're still adjusting to considering this a serious vocation.
I've grown more accustomed to telling people, “I blog about blogging” recently, but I still wonder if being labeled as a blogger (either self-imposed or otherwise) – especially when interacting with people outside the industry – effects how seriously they view me and my professional career.
At larger blogs, or, online media publications, the content producers are often given the title of editor. (Like me!) True, editors at The Cut, Fashionista, and FabSugar are probably editing content as well as producing it, but let's be real – they're bloggers too!
So what is it about the word, “blogger?” Does the general public still equate this term with basement-dwelling nerds with too much free time and too many opinions? Within the online community, we know that many bloggers are savvy professionals in a lucrative field – one that's at the front-lines of innovation in the digital space. But what about everyone else?
Does “blogger” have a different connotation than “fashion blogger?” I'm proud of what I do, and will tell anyone willing to listen that I write two fashion blogs and “blog about blogging” for a living – because I think it's amazing. However, I've been greeted with smirks and back-handed compliments in response more often than not.
What will it take for fashion bloggers, personal style bloggers and bloggers in general to be taken seriously?
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