Hey everyone. That picture is me, doing what I love to do – working on blog things (that really is code for “tweeting” and “pinning”).
As a blogger, here are things that are totally accurate about me:
- I have a basic knowledge of social media
- I actually have a notebook full of blog ideas (that I haven’t actually ever used, lol right?)
- Many of my friends come from the blogging world
- I live in a weird quiet sub-world that most normal people don’t even know exists.
- Sometimes I make pocket change when people click on links I post.. like literally I’ve maybe made $.75, my blog doesn’t even pay for itself.
- There are certain things I really like to write and dialogue about, some of them which I only discovered I really liked BECAUSE OF blogging.
- I am like, REALLY GOOD at talking about contestants on MTV’s The Real World challenges.
As a blogger, however, there’s a lot of stuff that ISN’T accurate about me. There are a lot of things I AM NOT, regardless of how much I enjoy talking about them. and as bloggers, sometimes you need to just wake up and put on your #bloggerlife crewneck (do those exist? let’s get on that right now) and accept the fact that you are, plain and simple, a blogger.
You and I are not financial advisors, counselors, teachers (okay some of you are, and how you are teachers and bloggers is crazy to me), nutritionists, lawyers or doctors.
I was texting Susannah the other day about a shift in blogging that’s happened lately. Recently it’s seemed like the goal of blogging is to establish yourself as an expert in something. To some extent, you’re bound to be an expert compared to someone, and sharing what you’ve learned is helpful and encouraging.
Lately I’ve been thinking about my blog and where I’d like for it to be this time next year, and I realized that I don’t really give a crap about teaching anything to anyone. 85% of the time, I am a TERRIBLE example. You know how I’m all about debt repayment? Good news… one night I stayed up SUPER LATE and randomly got a Victoria’s Secret Credit Card. Yesterday I went in to pay off the $17 balance, and then I thought… oh I have a $10 reward plus a $10 off a lounge top plus a $15 off a purchase on my card and then fifteen minutes later I walked out with a pair of yoga leggings (because I have gone to 0 yoga classes in my life) and a pullover and a $20 gift card because I’d spent $75. Oh. and they only took cash payments, which I didn’t have. You go ahead and try to figure out that math.
I have nothing to teach you about debt repayment.
I can’t, in good faith, make posts about what you need to do to pay off debt fast or how to be a good steward with your money. I’m not a nutritionist, so while I can write about Whole 30, I can’t give you information to lose weight or cure your ailments.
All I can do – all we, as bloggers can do – is tell our stories. We can challenge people and dare them to live bigger and smarter and fuller.
You are a blogger. Be a blogger, and let the pros do their job.