I’m a Personal Blogger

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In the blogging world, everyone has a niche, a label that tells the others in the community what you are about.  Some are Fashion Bloggers, others are Food Bloggers, and me?  I fall into what they have coined as the “Lifestyle” category.  Lifestyle is the all-encompassing term for those who simply blog about life.

I actually hate that term.  I don’t view what I do as falling into that niche.  While I do write about my LIFE, I don’t really feel that I am a “Lifestyle Blogger.”  I prefer to call myself a Personal Blogger.  I don’t just share what I ate for breakfast and why my dogs suck, I write about who I am when no one is looking and the feelings I have locked away from the world.

And that’s the thing.  The people who read my blog could be my friends.  Every reader is a confidant, a friend, a support system, and therapist all rolled into one.  Because I share such personal things, and because most Lifestyle Bloggers do, our readers feel like they know us.

As a reader of blogs, I can tell you that more than one friendship has blossomed out of this fact.  This idea that you are baring your soul for the world to see creates a sense of intimacy with your followers.  I feel like I know so many of the bloggers I follow.  And I suppose I sort of do.  I follow their lives and watch things unfold; I do my best to give comfort in times of need, and laugh with them in times of joy.  Many of them are people who I have now friended on Facebook and correspond with.

To me, calling us Lifestyle Bloggers paints some picture of me drinking Champaign and telling you how it tastes.  It reminds of me of Robin Leach reading my blog aloud in his trademark manner and telling the world how I live and how wonderful it is.  But that’s not what I’m about, it’s not what I write about, and it’s not the picture I’m trying to paint for everyone.

The Lifestyle Bloggers I follow are real people, people I could be friends with if we met at the grocery store by chance.  They have ups and downs and make mistakes and are wonderfully and beautifully human.  They are Personal Bloggers.  They are sharing intimate details of their lives with us and we grow to feel like we are their friend, not their follower.

I hate being lumped into the “Lifestyle” category.  I’m not blogging about my lifestyle.  I’m blogging about my life, who I am and who I wish I could be.  And I’m doing it while sharing deeply personal and often painful things, but also allowing myself to be laughed at because sometimes that’s just life.  I’m a Personal Blogger.

About A Girl

A Girl is a 20 something blogger who began blogging in 2008 as a means of coping with a deployment. She is a Veterinary Technician by trade and loves her work in Emergency and Critical Care. She is married to a 11 year veteran of the USMC reserves, whom she meet shortly after he returned from a deployment. They have been married for four years, have three, very bratty dogs, and are currently trying to muddle through the aftermath of a difficult deployment for both.

10 thoughts on “I’m a Personal Blogger

  1. I’ve never liked the term Lifestyle Blogger for the exact reasons you mentioned, but I love Personal Blogger! I’m totally going to use that from now on. Thanks!

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  2. Your post made me think. Haven’t really considered what kind of blogger I am. Hmmmm… Love that picture of vintage letters and envelope. And of course the quote to end all quotes. Visiting via SITSShare Saturday.
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  3. Yes, same goes for me! I’ve always thought lifestyle was such a strange category for my writing.
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  4. I know what you mean. I kind of hate term “lifestyle blogger” too. I also hate that other lifestyle bloggers or bloggers in general think they need a niche, but they don’t. Unless they want one, of course!
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  5. Oh, I love this so very much and couldn’t agree more. I hate being lumped into this category as well. Not only is in a misrepresentation of what we do (LOL @ Robin Leech) but it’s not really… saying anything. Then again, Personal Blogger feels so broad to me, too. I don’t know my niche, lol! I used to be a dating/relationship blogger, but now that I’m actually IN a relationship, I find it difficult to blog about that all the time (and also out of respect for my bf I wouldn’t want to do that).

    Anyway, it sucks to not have a category that accurately represents who we are as bloggers. I love that you have met so many wonderful people through this community–THAT is what blogging is all about.

    Stopping in from SITS Sharefest–and hope you are enjoying your weekend!
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  6. I think you should brand the term and make it a new niche. I’ve always felt out of place in the lifestyle category. While I do blog a lot of ‘lifestyle’ type things (food/crafts/fashion) my blog isn’t lifestyle, it’s me.

    So anyways all that rambling to say yes personal blogging is a thing!
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  7. I hear ya. I’m a “mom blogger” which makes me a “family life” blogger….which makes people think I’m blogging about how to make little construction paper animals out of toilet paper rolls. Bleh. I hate crafts. There should be a “whatever I feel like today” kind of category. And I meant to comment before that yes, you are right, marriage does take more than love. It takes determination on both parts, and I really hope that you and your husband are able to work this out, even if it takes a while. When my sis-in-law brought her husband to meet the family, she told Alan and me, “Don’t fight in front of Greg,” baaaaahahahaha Oh, dear sisinlaw, you are so not a military wife. Sometimes we have to go to the mats, but by golly if you keep it clean, good can come out of over-communicating! Being a military wife is a special sisterhood. I admire you for admitting things I could never admit to the world. You are a brave one.
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  8. I don’t love the term lifestyle blogger either but I DO love the Personal Blogger! We might have to try changing the blog world and use this term instead:)
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  9. Such a great post! I never really thought of it like that, but it’s so true. Although now when I write my posts I am most definitely going to proof read them in Robin Leach’s voice ;)
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