I am home from the 2014 ProBlogger Conference. I am in my own bed. And I know I am a blogger. Which probably sounds a bit silly. I have a blog and have been to a blogging conference two years in a row. You’d think that I know I am a blogger! It seems that I have had an identity crisis about being a blogger and didn’t even know about it.
But what I hadn’t thought about is how much of a blogger I am. In his opening keynote, Darren (Mr ProBlogger) was talking about blogging and how it’s the thing he has stuck with the most. Brainwave.
Blogging is one of the things that I’ve stuck with longest too. Never noticed/thought about that before!! #pbevent
— 26 Years & Counting (@26YearsCounting) August 28, 2014
I really hadn’t realised this! I may have only had this blog since February 2012, but I’ve been writing online in one way or another (fan fics, “hand”-coded html freebie websites) since around 2003. I don’t even know how I found blogging. It’s just what I came across and have been doing ever since.
I am also happy being a personal blogger. I don’t have a niche. I doubt I will ever have a niche. Sometimes I am an “influencer”. Sometimes I am a follower. I’ve always been this way. I am an introvert in that I recharge alone, but I’m pretty happy to meet new people. I don’t like small talk with people, but I love it when I’m into a topic of conversation that both people love (or love/hate, if it’s a debate). I am a walking contradiction. And I’m happy that way. Since I am a personal blogger, my blog will also be a walking contradiction. And that’s cool with me.
As you can see from the photo above, we had niche stickers for our conference lanyards this year. I grabbed personal blogger first thing. Then I went back the next day and stuck super blogger on. There’s no definition of any of these. I think I’m super and therefore the super blogger sticker applied. If they have the same stickers next year, I would encourage more people to grab a super blogger sticker, because all of the bloggers I have ever met are super people and should recognise that about themselves.
I should close this post out before it becomes a love letter to blogging. I’m going to take the advice that was given at the conference:
So What Is My Next Step?
My eBook. The one I started writing and then got sick and stopped writing! It needs writing, editing and prettying up (technical term, guys) but it will happen and well before the end of this year, too.
After that, I really need to get my shit together. There are so many little things I want to improve/do/grow and most of that can be achieved if I plan ahead a little with writing.
Do you ever struggle with your identity as a blogger? What will you be doing next?
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