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BLOGGING STIGMA: WHY I GET EMBARRASSED WHEN I TELL PEOPLE I RUN A BLOG

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I was on the phone with my best friend last night and we were joking about what’s known as ‘blogging stigma’. If you also have a blog, then I’m sure you’ve run into it at some point or another. From the snide comment claiming that ‘all you do is post pretty pictures,’ to journalists telling you that ‘you’re not a proper writer’. Yes, both of these scenarios have happened to me more times than I care to admit and they always made me really embarrassed about having a blog!

My friend tells me that he now just tells people ‘my friend is an online travel writer‘. It just avoids those awkward looks when people are like, ‘so she writes about her feelings online?‘ To be honest, ‘online travel writer‘ sounds exactly like blogging, right? Right? Apart from people don’t laugh when you tell them that you’re an online travel writer…

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Blogging Stigma? Is it even a real thing?

I try not to talk too much about my blog in person, as I still feel really embarrassed about it! Wait, let me rephrase that: I feel really embarrassed about people’s reactions to me telling them that I run a blog.

You see, having a blog is not the issue. When someone asks you what you do in your free time and you answer ‘I run a travel and culture blog,’ nine times out of ten they’ll just laugh in your face. I mean, I get it (kind of). Twenty years ago, blogging didn’t even exist. It’s hard to imagine how people can be making a career out of something so new and that couldn’t exist without the internet!

To be honest, most of the time I don’t even feel up to defending my blogging hobby. I don’t laugh at people who collect stamps (does anyone even use the postal service anymore?) or people who collect Troll Dolls (dolls are still really scary, though). Each to their own and blogging is becoming more and more ‘accepted’.

However, there are definitely times when I stop feeling really embarrassed and start feeling really stressed (those are the times when I don’t have time to feel embarrassed, ha). It usually happens when I’ve broken something around here and need advice on how to fix it from my boyfriend (hi!). Or when yet another person has stolen my content and I’m mid-meltdown because it’s damaging the blog and I need to call my Mum for moral support (lol).

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What’s next?

When I started writing on this little corner of the internet, a year and a half ago, I had no idea how long I’d keep writing. Maybe a month, probably a year at most. But then, I kind of became obsessed with writing posts and getting better at taking photos. And that’s not to mention connecting with other bloggers, some of whom have become really good friends. Maybe the sad truth is that I’m a little bit proud of what I’ve managed to teach myself about SEO or how to use a camera. I know, cringe.

However, this blog is the one thing I’ve managed to stick to, without extended breaks. It’s the one job I know I’d do for free, even if I had to take on other work to fund this little hobby. I’m off to see a careers advisor at my university in a couple of weeks. After all, it’s my final year and I’m expected to get a ‘grown-up’ job in the very foreseeable/ near future. Will I tell the careers advisor that I run this blog? Will I be worried about the ‘blogging stigma?’ I’m not sure…

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13 Comments

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    Vanda - The Yogi Wanderer
    5th March 2017 at 10:03 pm

    I totally get this. Although I don’t hide I have a travel blog, since it’s all over my social media channels, I also almost never bring it up when I’m with family and friends. And when my work colleagues ask what I did on my day off, I just say I spent the day on the couch, instead of explaining I was writing and editing photos the whole day. Most people don’t understand why you’d spend so much time and energy blogging, especially when you are just starting and have a small following. And to be honest I also like blogging to be my (not so) secret project.

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    Karlie
    2nd March 2017 at 2:19 pm

    It’s interesting. I guess sometimes when talking to people I feel embarrassed because it’s putting myself out there and I wouldn’t want people I know to necessarily zero in on it. But, a few weeks ago I was at a party that had someone who was considered a well-known blogger in my area at it and she was really encouraging. She was really open with the fact she blogged and even had business cards for it! She was a super go-getter and pretty amazing.

    http://thetatteredpassport.wordpress.com

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    Ariane - My Blonde Bubble
    1st March 2017 at 11:40 am

    Last week I had the most awkward moment ever, when someone I go to uni with starting reading aloud my last blogpost (which was btw quite personal for me) in the cafeteria while making fun of it, so I totally relate to what you say: sometimes I just don’t say anything about having a blog because I know what the reactions may be, so I rather keep it to myself… but that’s a shame and shouldn’t be the case!

    I love your blog btw 🙂

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    Noelle
    1st March 2017 at 8:21 am

    I feel awkward too, especially since I have a day job on top of blogging. But I’ve felt people close to me have really have embraced it and been supportive of my writing!

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    nancy
    28th February 2017 at 1:45 pm

    Well let me tell you that in the past I got a job because of my blog. I applied for an editorial internship for an architectural magazine and that’s what my blog was and still is about so I put it in my cv and covering letter and that’s what we talked about during my interview 🙂
    What you do it’s great and takes loooooads of time so be proud of it!
    Nancy

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      Sophie Nadeau
      28th February 2017 at 6:19 pm

      Thanks for sharing your story. 🙂 That’s amazing that you got the internship through the blog and congratulations! I agree that blogging takes sooooo much time, but it’s definitely worth it!

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    Sea of Wanderlust
    27th February 2017 at 10:54 pm

    I don’t tell people that I have a blog, I get embarrassed when I know I shouldn’t.
    Oh well. Great read x

    Kelsey x

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      Sophie Nadeau
      28th February 2017 at 6:17 pm

      Yeah, you definitely should though as your site is beautiful! It’s easy to get embarrassed, though…

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    Tanja (the Red phone box travels)
    27th February 2017 at 1:00 pm

    I didn’t even tell all my friends that I blog:(

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      Sophie Nadeau
      28th February 2017 at 6:16 pm

      Yeah, I’ve not told some of mine that I do either. :/ However, it’s now on my personal page as ‘where I work’ so not trying to hide it, just not making a point of telling people.

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    Rohan Gupta
    27th February 2017 at 5:34 am

    Ha ha it happened with me too, on regular basics I received mail that you should do this, do that, blah, blah initially it embarrasses me but now I learn how to handle those people.

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    the adventurer
    27th February 2017 at 2:32 am

    I couldn’t agree more, I find it hard to share that I blog on the side because so many people don’t understand the blogging world. Thanks for sharing your experience =o)

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      Sophie Nadeau
      28th February 2017 at 6:14 pm

      Ah, I’m sorry to hear that. I definitely agree that a lot of people (who don’t blog) don’t understand the blogging world even though it’s great! I’ve made so many friends who are also bloggers, and some of them have become my closest friends aha!

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