To all the non-bloggers out there… this is for you:
“Though blogging is more mainstream now and businesses, the media, marketing and P.R. people and so many others are realizing there’s value to what we do, there are still folks who view us as slackers and don’t quite get the appeal.”
That’s right, you tell ‘em GIRL!
I was just thinking about this today so I turned to Uncle Google. Turns out, it wasn’t as easy as I had expected to find an article about this - thankfully there was one. Can I even term myself as a blogger, since I rarely blog these days. I’m more like an ex. Well let’s see how I match up to this list…
1. Why the laptop is the first thing turned on in the morning and last thing off at night - No and yes. I usually wake up just in time for a shower and a quick breakfast, and I’m off. But for the past few months, if I have a spare 20 minutes or so in the morning, I do turn on my laptop… to watch an episode of How I Met Your Mother while I eat. (I’m always really behind in the tv series world, but I’m catching up now) And at night, I usually Skype just before I sleep so yes for the second part of the statement.
2. Why places without WiFi aren’t an option for vacation and places with free WiFi always take precedence even if the place is a dump - So not true. I’ve been to tons of places where I rarely have access to the internet. However I am a tad guilty of that these days, ever since I got my first smartphone at the start of the year - WiFi would be handy.
3. Why we’re always checking our email and status updates - Guilty… but does that count as a side effect of being a blogger? I thought that’s just me being a Facebook addict. Interesting… that makes sense now.
4. Why we lose track of time - That is true, most of the time (eh heh). When you’re blogging, time flies. Or when you open up an article or video… one article/video leads to another article/video.
5. Why conferences are so important - Uhh… I’m not at that age yet where I go to conferences. Do uni lectures count?
6. foursquare - I do have an account but I don’t use it. I must admit that I do do something similar though (haha doodoo), like updating photos and locations of where you’re at. But after I’ve read quite a few articles about the danger of it, I have been put off. Plus I haven’t had my smartphone for that long, which is required in this process, so it doesn’t really count.
7. Why everything is fodder - So true, more so for the past few years. There are always moments in a situation or a conversation or sometimes even at work, that I would go “interesting… I should totally blog about that!” Then I would write it down somewhere to make sure I don’t forget that precious blogging material. Creative people… oh I like the sound of that.
8. Why we take pictures of our dinner - OMG I do that, not just during dinner either! My friends say it’s just an Asian thing. True, but I use to take them so I can upload them on Facebook or my blog, so that is a blogger’s thing. Cool.
9. Why we sometimes appreciate a virtual community more than a real life community - When I first read this statement, I was like uh nyooooo face to face convos and real friends FTW. We’re not some weird alien species, but yes, unless you’re a blogger, you just won’t get the point in what we do. I use to go “wth” at my friend who stays up late editing and uploading pictures. I get it now… I’m one of them.
10. Why blogging [is] so addicting - Once you’re a blogger, there are just things that you need to blog about and actually enjoy doing it. It’s therapeutic to us.
Finally all I want to say is…
[to bloggers] I’m home!
[to non-bloggers] Stop judging or just keep it to yourself.