What does it mean to be a blogger?
Lately I am feeling a conflict growing inside myself because I have been wondering, what blogging is really about. Is it sharing your real thoughts and life with the public? Or is it about representing what a blogger is expected to look like and use that look to promote yourself? I recognized that I have this cliché image of a successful blogger in my head and it looks pretty much like this:
A pretty girl wearing trendy white shoes, staring poetically to the floor.
This stereotypical bloggers’ Instagram feed displays pictures of:
- picturesque breakfast (mostly with avocado or pretty fruit)
- outfits (mostly the recent trends that you have seen already in 1 million different varieties)
- flowers in almost every picture
Finding a role model in the blogosphere
I am relatively new to blogging, hence I wanted to learn from someone more professional. Looking at successful bloggers’ pictures and getting inspiration from their output, I tried to fit the cliché that I had formed in my head and took pictures of flowers, food and so on. But honestly, it doesn’t feel authentic.
During the last weeks, the feeling arose in me that maybe blogging isn’t for me. Because I am not so girly and I really don’t care as much about fashion and pretty pictures than about most other things. I have a passion for the quirky, for the little contradictions in this world. For raw pictures that show something interesting instead of something that is just beautiful. My favorite animals are toads, not cute bunnies or kittens.
What I want to say with this: I generally feel misplaced in this pastel-colored and superficially pretty world of blogging. Not only do I want to create authentic content that isn’t just about pretty stuff, I also want to find more bloggers who do the same.
Obviously there are many bloggers who differ from the stereotypical image I painted, but they don’t have a name to themselves like lifestyle or fashion bloggers. No glossy tag to put on their creative output.
A name for bloggers who don’t fit the pattern
Last week, in a blogger meeting, we were discussing the possibility of finding a name that unites bloggers who don’t fit the typical blogging-genre. We came up with indie bloggers and underblog, but no satisfying term popped up. I wonder if any of you know a name or a community that represents these thoughts.
Of course I don’t think that fashion and lifestyle bloggers cannot create unique and enriching content. Quite the opposite, there are some of them who’s post appeal to me very much. Probably people have a need for the beautiful and inspiring in that way. Anyway, I just feel that I can’t and don’t want to fit into that picture.
However, I would love it, if there was a new signature style of blogging to show up without all the white and pink, without so much coffee and with more intimate and personal stories.