Thursday, 30 October 2014
Stereotyping bloggers and why can't we all get along like we used to in middle school. I wish I could bake a cake filled with rainbows and smiles and everyone would eat and be happy little workers - five awesome points for those of you who got the quote.
Over the past few months it's become apparent to me that I no longer enjoy each and every blogger twitter chat out there because a lot of them - by no fault of one blogger alone, here I'm talking about the wonderful group mentality - dictate what a blogger should be like. Which I found incredibly helpful a little over a year ago when I was just starting out. but now? Picture a blogger in your head - just an 'ideal' blogger. Got it? Okay. More than likely they're female, wearing a pastel coat, fedora, monochrome printed clothes with flawlessly done makeup and hair sitting on some cute little Kensington replica esque steps. Is any of that ringing a bell?
Well, I'm sat here thinking, what if I don't want to be that blogger? I like being different. But I feel like the stereotype of what a blogger should be extends far beyond that to the 'ideal' number of weekly posts, how to take the 'perfect' photo - white background and flower heads anyone? - the number of words per post, the extent to which you use social media, how many PR agencies you have on your roster and how many sponsored posts you get in a year... and if you are that blogger then you know what? That's fine with me because I'm a blogger too, but I'm not a stereotype and I'm going to go about things the way I want to go about them because that's how new things are created.
I believe that we can all live in a world where easy and every blog differs in even just one tiny aspect that makes them, makes you different from the next. And I don't feel like people understand that - so what if you review the same product as the blog next door? Whether that's your taste in shoes - no high heels for me - or budget buying, embrace that because that's what makes you different, that's your own little niche and I feel like people are getting so set on becoming one in a million other blogs when really that's what makes them so great in the first place as there is never, ever, going to be another blogger like you and you should embrace that.