Bloggers Are Professionals And Should Be Treated That Way

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If you are a blogger, you know that bloggers are often not taken seriously. Many people think that it’s OK to use the term “Mommy Blogger.” Well, let me educate you. 99.9% of bloggers that I personally know, do not appreciate being called a Mommy Blogger. Women spend a lot of time and money building up a blog, while educating others on topics of their choice. And by the way, there are men, such as Adam Sommer, of Visit Fly Over Country, that have embraced blogging and are very good at it.

For those of us in the blogging industry, we consider ourselves to be professionals and wish to be treated with respect. As a blogger that writes about travel and living in Iowa with my family; I have always despised it when someone labeled me a Mommy Blogger. I learned to roll with the punches, as it seemed trivial. But you know what? It’s really a slap in the face to women that blog and have built some really nice, reputable businesses with their blogs. And yes, that is what happened to me.

Bloggers need to step up their game a little bit when it comes to professionalism. When we present ourselves as professionals, others will be less likely to use the term Mommy Blogger. If you are running around with a baby on your hip while meeting with a brand representative, let’s just say; it’s not doing bloggers a favor. This welcomes the term that I cannot stand. If you happen to be meeting with a brand representative of baby supplies, it would probably fly. But, in all reality, professionalism matters.

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Bloggy Conference 2013: Photo By Brad Crooks of www.trippingtheglobe.com

The first thing a blogger needs to do is get out of bed in the morning and get dressed! When you dress the part, your productivity level will rise. For some reason, many folks think that bloggers spend all day hanging out in their pajamas while writing away. Well, for successful bloggers, that is simply not the case. The bloggers that are going places are out networking, meeting people face to face, and working on new strategies to move their blogs forward.

Let me introduce you to two young Moms that blog. Debbie shares her passion for food and fitness at Debbie’s Midwestern Kitchen, while Val of Corn, Beans, Pigs, and Kids focuses on all things related to agriculture. They do a wonderful job of incorporating their families into their blogs and I do know they hear the term “Mommy Blogger” on an occasional basis. We need to change that, as these are two great examples of bloggers that are writing great material and inspiring others! Can we call these bloggers business professionals?

If we all, as bloggers, start treating ourselves as professionals others will see us as professionals. If you are a blogger, what do you call yourself? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic, because bloggers are the ones in the trenches and growing businesses with their blogs.

 

 

12 thoughts on “Bloggers Are Professionals And Should Be Treated That Way

  1. Monica Jertson Cateron March 13, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    LOVED this article !!! Yes, bloggers of all different levels of expertise are out there and every one of them deserves respect. They serve an audience…….. not all the same but they do !!

    • admin March 13, 2014 at 3:18 pm

      That’s what I love about blogging, there is space for everyone.

  2. Jody Thompson March 15, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    Fabulous article. There’s all kinds of bloggers out there— and like you said– there is room for everyone!
    Cheers, Jody

    • admin March 15, 2014 at 11:34 pm

      Thank You!

  3. Lisa Trudell March 16, 2014 at 3:26 am

    Thanks for this article. You are right, there are so many bloggers out there with different styles, niches, views, and makeup. In my case, we are a married couple that works on blog together. When I present myself to others, I usually do use the term travel blogger at this point.

    • admin March 16, 2014 at 4:18 pm

      If travel blogger works for you, by all means refer to yourself that way, as it seems to be working for you.

  4. Adam Sommer March 16, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    Thanks for the mention!

    Totally agree too…many folks do not understand blogging or the amount of work that goes into it. For me, it is a lot of relationship building with CVBs, lots of writing (2 800-100 word posts every week), and lots of traveling (to get that content). It also took 8+ months before I ever got comped anything – so it also takes $ upfront to get going. I talk to so many friends that want to start a blog just to get free stuff….I have to convince them its more like a job, that just having a blog doesn’t mean free stuff.

    Anyway, great post!

    • admin March 16, 2014 at 4:17 pm

      You are spot on! Happy to mention you, as you are honest and “get” that it takes through dedication and hard work.

  5. Connie Reed March 16, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    I agree, too, that blogging is darned hard work. Mose people don’t realize what goes into research, networking, marketing, technical, and of course, writing. I love it, so it doesn’t feel like work, but I spend more time on it than I did on my full time job.

    When I was checking on an upcoming blogging conference. I saw the statement on the conference site that it is “an extension of the Bloggy Moms community,” leading me to believe it was geared toward moms who blog, possibly covering topics like conflicts between family and work, etc. I’m glad you clarified; I’m looking forward to the September conference and all that it offers.

    • admin March 16, 2014 at 7:50 pm

      Bloggy Conference is definitely one where you can grow your business! Hope to meet you in September.

  6. Dominique-Midwest Guest March 18, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    I’m glad to see a lot more diversity these days when it comes to bloggers and how others view them. When I started 5+ years ago as a writer publishing a blog primarily about Midwestern travel, it was a pretty lonely space. I wasn’t a parent, I wasn’t blogging about backpacking or exotic travel, and I always considered myself a writer first an foremost. The blog is a platform I use to distribute and showcase my writing, and I remember calling it a sort of online writing portfolio at one point. I primarily identify myself as a writer and Web publisher at t his point. It’s still tough at points to continue to field requests for free “content” or free placement for what amounts to ads on my blog from folks who don’t get it…but I’ve remained true to my original idea of developing the blog as part of my professional business…and I’m so glad to see a lot more folks (especially in my niche) doing the same things and helping each other succeed. 🙂

    • admin March 18, 2014 at 4:36 pm

      Yes, the people and resources are so much more than five years ago, isn’t it wonderful? I love the connections and working with people along the way. For me, it’s all about the people and the smiles. Kudos to you for being true to yourself!

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