I’ve just been interviewed by a journalist about blogging. Some of the questions she posed really got me thinking. Why do we blog? I don’t do it to improve my self worth, self promote or to become an authority on anything. I do it pure and simply because I like writing. For me it is like writing a journal entry. A quiet moment in the day, just me, my laptop and occasionally a glass of wine. Initially it was also to help me feel connected with both of my homes here in the US and back in the UK, but now it’s also to stay connected with the many fabulous new friends I have met through blogging.
The virtual blogging world is non judgmental. It is full of camaraderie and support – maybe because we are all wearing our hearts on our sleeves, we can each relate to the vulnerability of exposing snippets of our lives on the internet? I am no longer surprised by how many like minded, strong, intelligent women I meet via blogging. Our time with our laptops allows us to unload at the end of the day and then chat with each other about the joys and successes or the trials and tribulations we’ve experienced.
Of course there are many bloggers who are now professional/career bloggers. Many are Moms who have had a career change or find that people value their opinion and advice. I personally would never want to claim to be an authority on parenting, running, what to wear or anything else I write about – but I do enjoy sharing my opinions (my siblings will concur). A recent article identified 7 categories of bloggers and I probably align closest with the ‘opinionated’.
She was particularly interested in differences between ‘mommy’ bloggers here in the US versus the UK. Having thought about it I think there are more similarities than differences. Our virtual blogging world is of course global. Checking my visits today I have had views from Brazil to Oman and from Spain to Malaysia – amazing.
I think some of the similarities of blogging in different geographies include:
– There are both sophisticated mom bloggers who have turned it into a profession, and amateur bloggers who are in it just for fun
– Many moms who have had their kids, regardless of location, or whether they work or stay home, are looking for another outlet – I find blogging is the perfect ‘me time’
– Blogging is a way of connecting with people between getting the kids off to school – often done while enjoying a glass of wine after the kids have gone to bed. It’s certainly more fun than watching t.v.!
– Thanks to Facebook and Twitter women everywhere are becoming more comfortable with sharing information thus pushing the boundaries of what would have been acceptable
– Women relate to ‘real’ women – not models and women on reality shows
– There are moms around the world who, like me, have established blogs as personal journals for motivation or goal setting (e.g. running)
– Many brands that people follow or are loyal to – for me for example Boden, AllSaints and Tory Burch, are available globally
– Mommy blogger networks and recognition or awards for bloggers exist globally e.g. Mom Summit, and Marie Claire blogger awards
I did start to wonder, hypothetically, if there is something culturally different between a UK blogger and a US blogger. I definitely see more bloggers like myself, taking photographs in front of the mirror, coming out of the UK. Are we thicker skinned? Does our self deprecating humor allow us to shrug off negative comments? Are we less worried about looking perfect? What do you think – is there a difference?
One thing I know for sure these days, after 4 months of blogging, is that even though they say everyone has a book in them, I’m convinced everyone has a blog in them.