Don't Call me a Blogger

I've been reflecting a lot on language lately. And, the above question came to me this Tuesday morning around 6 am, fresh out of bed, pre-gym, pre-meditation, pre-everything. 

Why do we call ourselves bloggers and not writers? What's the psychology behind that?
Blame it on grad school. I'm questioning everything these days. 
Why do we call ourselves bloggers and not writers? What's the psychology behind that?
The better question is probably, is their a distinction between a blogger and a writer and if so, what is it + where does it come from? 
I think there is.

I am not a blogger. I am a writer who has a blog. A writer who WRITES on a blog. My blog is the medium. The writing is the action. Therefore, I'm a writer. However, every person with a blog isn't a writer. Every person with a blog isn't a writer. 

In today's oversaturated blogging market, it can be hard to separate the wheat from the chaff, the cream from the milk, quality from quantity. Some people with blogs are simply bloggers.  And then there are writers with blogs. People who pour their heart out onto pages of the internet and share their opinion on the issues, how they're dealing with that rough breakup, or their innermost thoughts and observations about the world around them. Those are the writers. Those are the people who are in it for more than the money, social media fame, or career climbing. They're in it to write - no matter who reads, who engages, and definitely no matter how many likes or retweets they get. 

Don't get me wrong. Being paid for your passions is the wave. But I'm not interested in your social media highlight reel. I want to see who you really are. I want to know what you really think. I want to know how you got through that shitty year and if the sun actually does come out tomorrow. I want to read articles and think pieces that not only show that the writer has thought about the subject, but that probe me to think about XYZ celebrity, political moment, or article of clothing in a manner that I might not have before. I want to explore more of the world through your work. 

And I think that is what writers with blogs do. We leave it all on the page. Publish the piece that leaves us feeling vulnerable and maybe even afraid because we know that someone out there might need to read it. Click tweet to share our story with the world because we know that if we don't tell it, no one else will. Agonize over what phrase sounds right or what title truly speaks to what we did here, what we left here for people to engage with for all of eternity. 

This is not to say that we won't write listicles or put out content that isn't dripped in our souls every now and then. (Hello, it happens here on The Reign XY. It's also not to say that type of content isn't valuable or useful in it's own right). Because I mean, bearing if not our soul, at least our thoughts and feelings, consistently for the internet is not an easy feat. Sometimes it means alienating family members, writing about past/present/future lovers and exposing pieces of ourself that we ourselves didn't even know existed. Pieces we probably would have rather kept hidden. 

It is wearing our heart on our sleeve - or our screens. It is joy, sorrow, stress, and life all wrapped up into one. It is working and writing to move the needle, progress the conversation, propel society forward. It is not just a hobby. It is how we exist in the world. It is writing because we can't not write. Writing because it keeps us sane. Writing because it is how we process. Writing because all we know is words strung together on pages that somehow, someway help us make sense of it all.

So, please don't call me a blogger. For, 

every writer can be a blogger. 
but, every blogger can't be a writer. 

which are you?

every writer can be a blogger. but, every blogger can’t be a writer.
Gabrielle Hickmon3 Comments