Everyone, these days, seems to be a blogger. If you are smart enough to figure out how to set one up, it seems society deems you qualified to become one. But in this sea of everyone and their brother having a blog, I find it hard to find voices I care about hearing, and even harder to determine what qualifies you to make the jump from “hobby blogger” to a “real” blogger. It can’t just be money, because on the Internet you don’t need to be an expert or meet certain qualifications to earn money when it comes to ads; you just need eyeballs looking at your page, and hopefully clicking on the ad. Sounds like a conflict of interest when it comes to influencing people to create better, more thoughtful content, rather than what just earns a commission. If everyone speaks like an expert, then no one is truly an expert. So what really makes an expert? Is time enough? Do you become an expert beauty or fashion blogger just by writing a blog for 7 years and can now quit your day job if you wanted to? I would say no. Expert of how to get people to click on links and view ads, maybe. Perhaps even an expert on copyrighting, which goes hand in hand with link clicking. But expert on your topic? Not automatically. In an effort to better myself, my view of myself, this blog, and my view of this blog, I am diving into what qualifications I should have for my evolving vision for Girl Got Glitter. I want to lose the term “blogger” and referring to my website as covering “you know, girly stuff.” I think I owe it to myself to not have my only qualification being a woman.
The difference between being a writer and a blogger isn’t just about authority, or how you get paid. Or should it not matter what term you use? I am not sure. I know for me, and my circle of peers, the term “blogger” is associated with someone who just writes about something for a hobby, and trying to be a “professional blogger” is a weird mind set to have, when the term “writer” feels like a term for someone who is serious about what they do. It is someone who doesn’t just sit down, write a shallow article, add a few commission links and pictures, and done. A “writer,” on the other hand, writes and thinks about more than just themselves. Their articles consider how an idea interacts with other concepts, and choices, and does research to support positions. Even if the term doesn’t matter to others, I know I need a new term in order to change my own mind set.
But I digress from my discussion of qualifications. What do I bring to the table that makes a difference, and carves a path for what I might be developing an expertise for? I have 10+ years if performing arts training/experience, a studio art bachelors, and a Juris Doctor. With this trio I feel like I have the recipe for thoughtful/deep dive writing and research, cross discipline connection appreciation, creative thinking aesthetically and for solutions, and the ability to curate/edit. What do I hope this translates to for Girl Got Glitter?
- Internet and life curation, and whatever that leads to
- Editing your wardrobe and life
- A deeper appreciation for writing about purchasing options by knowing what else is out there and how they compare. This also would include detailed justification for comparisons and not just “oh I just like this one better” (though occasionally that could be an honest answer when there really is no particular reason for a preference, but who knows)
- Consideration of how deeper issues, like women’s issues, affect other aspects of our life’s, instead of a discussion of that topic in isolation, since life is not compartmentalized
- And a general thread of integrity, discipline, and creative interest
And I should probably brush up on my writing skills so these philosophical pieces are less stream of consciousness, and arrive at a real concussion. The Girl Got Glitter evolution is still a work in progress.