I’m A Blogger But I’m Not…

People nowadays has their own idea of what a blogger is. Sometimes they’re right, but most of the time, they’re really wrong. Like for instance, when I tell them that I blog, they suddenly become excited like it equates to being a celebrity online. And I’m really far from that. Here are some other things that they think about me as a blogger:

A FASHION BLOGGER

It seems like the bloggers that they only know are the ones who blog about style, who publish OOTD’s in every post, and who would mention where they got their clothes, bags, and shoes from. I have may have blogged about fashion once or twice but I’m not a fashion blogger. I don’t really belong in any niche cos I just blog about whatever I want to blog about.

FAMOUS

I don’t know why some of them always have this impression. All I did was sign up on a blogging platform, take photos, write about things and ta da! I’m a blogger, or should I rather say, a girl who blogs.  And I’m certainly not famous or a celebrity or whatever. I just have my own space on the internet.

BRAGGING

When bloggers post about hauls, where they went, gadgets or anything, I’m pretty sure they don’t brag about it. Some readers actually want to know these  and we often like to write about them too. If I post about a gadget, it doesn’t mean I’m showing it off. It means that I’m reviewing it so that other people can see the features before they can buy it. And since it’s a personal blog, we would blog about our life and would often mention the things we buy but it doesn’t mean that we brag.

EARNING

Most people think that I earn from blogging but I’m not. Well, you can though but it depends on how much traffic you have or how influential you are. Sometimes I get to receive products for me to review or a sponsored posts or two, but that’s about it and it only happens occasionally. It would be cool if I can earn through this though but it’s not consistent.

POSTING  EVERYTHING

I remembered someone asked me about an occasion I went to because she hasn’t seen me posting about it online. I don’t always post about what’s been happening in my real life. If I don’t document it, it doesn’t mean that it didn’t happen. My blog is just a fraction of my life. Not everything has to go online.


Those are some of the things that I can think of. Do you have anything to add?

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  • Reply
    Salvé Dalmacio
    February 18, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    THE FIRST ONE — YEEEEESSS!!! It’s kinda disconcerting to know that when people hear the word/occupation ‘blogger’, they are automated to think about those who post outfit photos in their respective social media accounts and make “certain kinds of poses”. I just wish people would do their research and know that being a blogger is not being limited to only one kind of niche!

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      Alissa
      February 19, 2016 at 9:39 am

      I know..Seems like the bloggers they know are Liz Uy or other fashion bloggers. And they expect you to always wear nice clothes haha. I think that’s funny when you think of it.

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    Dice
    February 19, 2016 at 12:41 am

    When someone asks me what I do, I say I blog. I barely say I’m a blogger because I know the title doesn’t fit me. I remember one time someone asked me what I blog about, I couldn’t answer. It would sound vain if I say “about my life”.
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      Alissa
      February 19, 2016 at 10:00 am

      Me too. Only a few people knows I blog cuz I don’t know. I feel uncomfortable when I talk about it to someone who knows nothing about it. I would prefer I blog instead of blogger too. People often misinterpret that word.

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    Johanna L Davey ?
    February 19, 2016 at 1:44 am

    Awesome posts like usual Alissa ☺ they’ve been getting me hooked!! Lol!

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      Alissa
      February 19, 2016 at 10:01 am

      Aww thanks Jo!

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    Jae
    February 19, 2016 at 3:41 am

    If I ever drop back to my pre-wedding weight and form, I might turn into a low-key fashion blogger. Hahaha! Kidding aside, I think no one is entitled to tell you what and what not to blog, but as a blogger, who also happens to be considered a social media influencer, you are responsible for whatever you write about or disclose in the public domain. It’s just one of the many pros and cons of being blogger, really.
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      Alissa
      February 24, 2016 at 2:02 pm

      Yeah, I agree. There’s just some people that labels bloggers as one thing. Haha, but same if only I was my size before I wouldn’t hesitate posting some OOTD’s. But I’m not into fashion anyways. I love my kind of blog cuz I post just whatever I want 🙂

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    Michelle
    February 19, 2016 at 6:15 am

    Agreed with this post so much. I know that I talk about my life, only because I use my blog as an outlet for myself, but it is only one fraction of the things that I go through. I think you should follow your heart and do what you want on your blog.
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    Louise Ramos
    February 19, 2016 at 11:06 am

    This post is so real. Pag blogger, fashown na agad?! Haha. I know I’m most of the time dressed up–because I want to look presentable. It’s for myself and just that. But when you say you’re a blogger, people most often think you’re a stuck up wannabe sharing every bit of you life online. Sometimes, I wish when I say I blog, a screen pops up beside me like in sci-fi movies showing my page–kind of explaining itself so I don’t have to–that I do it for the art, I do it because it’s my form of release.
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      Alissa
      February 24, 2016 at 2:12 pm

      I know! haha that’s why I don’t tell people I know that I blog. Well, others know but only a few of them. I just blog cuz I like writing and it’s therapeutic for me.

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    Janine
    February 19, 2016 at 11:44 am

    I ranted about this as well a long time ago because I hated how people are close-minded when you tell them you’re a blogger. That bragging thing is what I’m really mad about. Raaaawr. Hahaha

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      Alissa
      February 24, 2016 at 2:18 pm

      Lol I know! They just don’t get it.

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    Jhecel
    February 19, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    I have to admit I always answered, “I blog”, whenever people asked me what I do especially if I have just met them. The ones who knew that I blog thought that I am earning from it. Honestly, what they do not know is that blogging keeps me sane while I look for a job.

    There is always a consequence in everything that we do either we stand firm or falter from it.
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      Alissa
      February 24, 2016 at 2:21 pm

      I wish I do earn from it but it’s really just what I wanna do.

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    Shayne
    February 19, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    Here’s to niche-less blogging! I think it’s good that there is a good number of bloggers out there who really don’t fit any mold. Most of my favorite blogs really don’t have a niche or have a good balance of topics. We can do whatever we want with our space!
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      Alissa
      February 24, 2016 at 2:23 pm

      Exactly! I think blogs like ours have more readable content to it rather than just a blog full of makeup or fashion. I love reading other people’s adventures and life where I might relate to it.

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    Richel V.
    February 19, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    I don’t actively tell people that I blog since the first thing that pops into their head is “fashion” and I’m so far that since I don’t even like posting photos of myself, haha. I agree with all the points you’ve tackled, Alissa. Another thing I’ll add is “pa-famous”. Like, there are people out there that think “bloggers” are just out for attention even if we only really blog for ourselves. When they think that we are only “pacool” and “pasikat”. And this adds up with the bragging one you’ve pointed out. It’s annoying. Haha.
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      Salvé Dalmacio
      February 19, 2016 at 8:15 pm

      I agree with you, Richel. That term “pa-famous” makes me cringe all the time. Like, hello?! We blog to express ourselves fully.

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      Alissa
      February 24, 2016 at 2:43 pm

      Haha that’s why I don’t really share my blog on Facebook cuz they might think that I want to be famous cuz I’m a “blogger” I hate that. Ugh.

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        Yshy
        March 9, 2016 at 1:40 pm

        These are the people who really don’t know that the blog that we do has been around long before “fashion blogging” exploded in 2011 or somewhere in that timeline. Haha!

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    Phem
    February 19, 2016 at 10:08 pm

    Ahhhh! The bragging part though. I guess that is what separates posting things on your blog and posting things on Facebook/other social media sites. I mean, it’s brag culture out there on Facebook. And that is what I miss most in blogging – meeting people who genuinely wants to share their experience and not just to brag about it. There’s really a difference and I guess you’d only jnow the difference if you’re a blogger yourself. Goodread Lis! – Phem

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      Alissa
      February 24, 2016 at 2:31 pm

      Thanks Phem! Nice seeing you here 🙂 Yeah that’s why I rarely post stuff on my facebook but really we should if we want to and not care about what other people thinks.

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    Alyssa
    February 19, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    Cebu has a different view about bloggers though. They think of it negatively. Idk why. Or maybe it’s just what I’m used to hearing. I actually drafted a post about the bragging thing but was too hesitant to have it published ’cause people might say I’m being defensive lang. Soooo narrow-minded… People these days

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      Alissa
      February 24, 2016 at 2:45 pm

      Omg I hate when that happens. It’s great that Cebu has a lot of blogger opportunities there. Here in Iloilo, only few blogs here.

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    Noor Unnahar
    February 20, 2016 at 5:41 am

    I don’t post about everything, too. Some things are too personal to share and should not be shared (like family events), but it definitely doesn’t mean they didn’t happen. YIKES!

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    Corinne
    February 20, 2016 at 5:57 am

    I actually have the impression that most bloggers seem to be a beauty blogger than fashion blogger! I guess it depends where they live though, I know there are a lot of european fashion bloggers!

    Corinne x
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    Renee Alexis
    February 20, 2016 at 8:24 am

    This is so on point!

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    Reg Rodriguez
    February 20, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    Great post! Especially agree with the last point. My blog is a part of me but it’s not my entirety. There’s more to me than my blog. The same is true with other bloggers, just because they blog about a certain topic doesn’t mean they’re 1-dimensional. And just coz we don’t fall under a specific niche doesn’t make us “lesser bloggers” as a lot of blogger tips are implying. We MAKE our niche. Ha! Nag-rant?! :)) But seriously though, people are boxing the term “blogger” when they shouldn’t. 😉

    x Reg

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    Mikyu Maglasang
    February 20, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    On point! Although I actually don’t tell people now that I’m a blogger (‘coz I don’t get to update my blog regularly anymore anyway), I still can relate to this. I wish people would stop stereotyping. :))
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    Areeba
    February 21, 2016 at 3:20 am

    Hahah I totally get it!!! Whenever I tell someone I have a blog, the first thing they ask is HOW MUCH DO YOU EARN? like calm down I earn usually nothing.
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    Joe Anne
    February 21, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    On point! I just found your blog and I love it. and omg we’re actually living in the same city. I’ve been blogging for quite some time now and I actually just started to share it with others and like open it to public and I can’t help but think if there are more bloggers in the city of love. As what I’ve seen, I think I can learn a lot from you and hopefully I could meet you someday. 🙂

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      Alissa
      February 26, 2016 at 2:52 pm

      Hi Joe Anne! Nice meeting you here 🙂 I don’t know any Ilonggo bloggers either, well, at least not a lot. I wish Iloilo has more blogging opportunities
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    Ollyvia Laura
    February 21, 2016 at 11:36 pm

    whoaah i can really relate this situation with yours <3 you are so inspiring love all your posts, you've got a new fan here 🙂 hello :))

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      Alissa
      February 23, 2016 at 9:27 pm

      Aww thanks Ollyvia! I really like your name 🙂

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    Miel Laquindanum
    February 22, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    This is so freaking true!!! I also hate it when people put “bloggers” in a certain box nowadays. They have no idea this is our safe zone. Great post A!

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      Alissa
      February 23, 2016 at 8:59 pm

      Thanks Miel! Blogging is therapeutic for me and I hate it when other people can’t understand things about being a blogger.

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    Irene
    February 23, 2016 at 12:23 am

    So on point huhu ??

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    Lou
    February 23, 2016 at 9:57 pm

    So on point! I sometimes don’t understand people as to how they see bloggers as it is, those who only posts fashion related stuff, or ootds. Nothing’s wrong with it naman but however the worst part is seeing photos of people on my facebook feed na kahit naka outfit ng maganda lang tapos may white wall or ano ba yan, blogger na agad ?? Hahaha sige push. But yeah, love this post Alissa.
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      Alissa
      February 26, 2016 at 2:55 pm

      Thanks Lou! haha yeah, I actually saw one on facbook where they call the girl “blogger” and the girl is trying to defend herself that she’s not. Lol, what’s wrong with having a blog anyway? People are weird.

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    Mei
    February 24, 2016 at 2:12 am

    I haven’t encountered any of these, because I’ve always been on secretive with my blog haha only a few friends know about my blog and though they have asked about earning from it, I wasn’t bothered too much haha But I agree that these are the few o the first impressions whn they hear “blogger”.
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      Alissa
      February 26, 2016 at 3:11 pm

      I don’t tell people that I blog too. Only my close friends know for the reason that some people don’t get it and my blog is a little personal so it’s kind of uncomfortable for me.

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    Rej
    February 25, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    YUSSS!!! Huhu. A lot of people actually ask me “O bakit wala kang OOTD na posts?” or something that implies why I’m not like other fashion bloggers. I actually relate to everything that you wrote here. Anyway, I’d rather be happy and contented with my blog than to be so famous and be bashed for every little thing I do.
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    Kai
    February 26, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    Everything here are so accurate. 🙂

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    Bea
    March 15, 2016 at 10:33 am

    There are also people in IG who consider themselves as bloggers with just their ootds and artsy shots but they don’t even have a blog! It’s sad, I don’t know why. 🙁
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      Augustin Ra
      December 7, 2016 at 4:29 pm

      I know! Nakakaloka. I hate it when people also drop comments like ‘blogger’ on someone’s OOTD or artsy shots and I’d check their profiles but they don’t have a blog. 🙁
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