If You’re a Blogger then You’re Just a Show Off

Someone once told me: “I don’t have a blog because I’m not a show off”.

Quite a statement….so by default if you blog you’re a definitive show off.

Could this be a blogger hater? ๐Ÿง

Not sure she really understood what blogging was tbh. I know some people think it’s just posting things on social media in vain – they’re so off track.

Showing off? Maybe for some people – depends on your motivation, surely, as with all things!

Why do people blog – well lots of reasons, there is no ‘one’ reason for a start.

Sharing your own experiences can be a lovely way of re-living them and connecting with other interested readers in the process, exchanging thoughts and opinions on a shared topic of interest and potentially helping or inspiring another reader. That’s not showing off.

I’m often inspired, amused, informed and entertained by other people’s blogs (and on rare occasions, even my own ๐Ÿ˜). I’ve learned a lot from the tips and insights bloggers share about all manner of things…and life!

If a blog is full of nothing but selfies and no other point or content, perhaps you could be forgiven for labelling it as mere self promotion and not much else, but honestly, how often do you come across blogs like that. They’re certainly not the rule.

I actually think it’s quite hard to show off on a blog (or any other platform) these days because so many people are posting similar things – the same travel destinations, the same fashion styles, the same popular talking points/topics, books, photographs….you name it. The nice thing is that there’s a lot to explore, and enough for most of us to find bloggers we enjoy reading and interacting with.

Sharing doesn’t necessarily equate with showing off – especially in this day and age where sharing online has become as much the norm as a quick gossip in the office kitchen.

Anyway, we shall blog on, regardless.

๐Ÿ˜Š Have a great week

87 thoughts on “If You’re a Blogger then You’re Just a Show Off

  1. seekingdivineperspective

    It doesn’t hurt to check your motives on occasion, but what that person says sounds a lot like sour grapes to me. Perhaps the truth is, they don’t blog because they have nothing to say, or they lack the ability to express themselves, or they don’t have the discipline to write. So rather than appreciate those who can, they put them down. I should say, “ignore them,” but obviously they hit a nerve – look at the response to this post!

  2. loujen haxm'Yor

    I look at blogging as a sort of National Geographic magazine (as a kid I mostly looked at the really cool pictures.) But today I find that there are bloggers from everywhere in the world who Share Similar Genres of interests– my favorites being poetry and quotes, photography and art. Many of these same followers Help to Enhance my own ideas with respect to my writing and artwork, as well as Sharing where they live– especially when not necessarily in the famous big cities. It’s nice to know about different places and methods of creativity. Have a wonderful day, Cherryl.
    Art

    1. Cherryl

      Happy New Year to you too, may it be a healthy and cheerful oneโœจ All is well thank you, and thanks for stopping by. Keeping up with blog posts can be an impossible task, especially if you follow a high number of blogs, I’m guilty as charged more often than not. WordPress ‘Lists’ can be helpful though – to categorise different bloggers for easier reference. Yes, FB and IG are a different things altogether…can’t really compare them to blogging, blogging is in a league of its own lol๐Ÿ˜Š.

  3. batik kusumasari

    Not all bloggers writing things for “showing off”. Even though it is one of a platform for social media, blog is not an Instagram. Some people want to create art, like poems, some ppl create a diary, journey of their life, music lyrics, etc. Sharing and caring our creativity with other people doesn’t mean “showing off”. If it brings positivity to the world. Why not?

  4. Maryanne

    I don’t know why people are so hard on writers. They call us narcissists when we write, but at the same token they will worship musicians who promote their work.
    It makes no sense and I can’t figure it out. But keep writing. It’s something you’ll never regret. Writing a blog is a beautiful way of self-expression (and can even lead to work as a writer!) It’s also a great diary, to remember what you’ve done and to see how far you’ve come. It’s also a way to expose yourself to other writers.
    I’ve been blogging on WordPress since 2012 and it’s one of the safer places on the internet. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Cherryl

      It’s weird isn’t it, that people we are close to are not (at least not openly) curious to see what we are sharing and using it as a way to appreciate our interests and maybe even learn a bit more about us. That irrational dismissal or willful ‘ignoring’ says a lot.

      Thank goodness for like minded people and the blogging community – I’m glad to know you too Rebecca, thanks for connecting on this ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’ซ I’m sure many other bloggers feel the same.

  5. glendabjack

    I like writing and I wish I had more time to do it.

    Iโ€™m in my 5th year of blogging. I have a travel blog and I started mainly to curate and memorialize my travel adventures in a more organized manner.

    I love revisiting my blog posts and if I inspire someone in the process then great. Certainly 2020 did a number on a lot of travel bloggers who had monetized their platform before that. Thatโ€™s when you know who is true to their โ€œpassionโ€. I stuck with it and became a tourist where I live.

    Another thing was that I was tired of seeing a certain type of traveler on social media. It could make you feel if youโ€™re not glamorous and young you shouldnโ€™t be sharing your experiences. I want to show that no matter your age, race, gender, relationship status you shouldnโ€™t exclude yourself. Sharing is loving ๐Ÿฅฐ

    1. Cherryl

      Hi Glenda, I’m glad 2020 didn’t throw you off your passion or turn you away from blogging, you’ve adapted instead. ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ‘ I think the more diverse and unique examples of travel we see on platforms the better, it can certainly get a bit monotone seeing and hearing the same predictable formats again and again – the ‘official’ travel guide books and sites do that well enough already ๐Ÿ˜

      I’m grateful that people (including bloggers) are not afraid to showcase and share online otherwise I’d have missed out on a lot of inspiration, laughs and useful info, it’s all very much welcome.

      Keep sharing and have lots of lovely local adventures this year ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ’ซ

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  7. William Connors

    I started my blog, because we had taken many trips with our daughter when she was very young and she couldn’t remember much of what we did. Then I thought some people might be interested in traveling to the same places and get some information, especially about traveling with a young child. I had often met people who wished they could travel, but said they could not do it because they had kids, so I wanted to show that is was possible. And then I reestablished contact with an old friend, since she had found my blog by chance. Finally, I enjoy looking at old and new photos and reminiscing about past endeavors. Show off? To whom? Few people read or care about my blogs; they are more for me, friends, family and anyone else interested.

  8. Leela Gopinath

    Well, let me tell you Cherryl, though no one has told me so in as many words, there are a few people who think its show off. I noticed it when I started blogging. But just like in all other social media platforms, you have people of different kinds. There are people who read the blogs and pretend not to read them too!!….what goes on in their minds is difficult to understand….So just let them be….good luck to everyone who thinks bloggers are showoffs…
    I have found it a great way to express myself and most of all keep my vocabulary and English skills from rusting….especially when you are retired from your profession . The follower counts do not matter….I do it for myself and that’s it!!!

    1. Cherryl

      Thanks Leela, you make some great points and I agree “There are people who read the blogs and pretend not to read them too!!โ€ฆ.what goes on in their minds is difficult to understand” they’re like phantom followers who don’t want you to know they watch your content online….weird and creepy. I know a few that do that because they’ve let little coincidental clues slip during conversation.

      Like you I do it for me and if it amuses or helps even one reader in some way then that’s all the better ๐Ÿค— Lol, some accounts I’ve seen with sky high follower counts are not particularly interesting to me so I’m not really influenced much on that basis.๐Ÿ˜Š

  9. Kym Gordon Moore

    Cherryl, I want to say “for real?” ๐Ÿค” Yep, I think that particular individual who made this comment either just didn’t get it or they simply did not do their research into the amount of work that goes into this channel of social media communication. Like you, I have learned so much from so many people, whether I am connected to them or not.

    Your narrative is spot on and if you’re showing off ๐Ÿ˜œ I’d say go for it, because I certainly am! LOL ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜‚ Big hugs and smooches girlfriend! Keep doing what you’re doing! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

  10. KEVIN FOODIE

    The title of this blog sounds like a controversial statement, but may hold some truth. Blogging is alot of work. “Show off” can be both a negative and positive term depending on how it’s context.

    As you said it’s hard for bloggers to showoff nowadays because the community is pretty much blogging on the same wavelength. However, I observe that some bloggers believe that they are better than others because they have more visitors or followers.

  11. Kate Duff

    I blog because I enjoy writing so much and following other writers and poets. I have never even thought about a blog as a means for โ€œshowing offโ€ because I found it so difficult to share my writing when I first began and gradually grew with confidence. I can honestly say my blog has changed my life. I donโ€™t think people who donโ€™t blog can really comment on people who do because they have no idea what itโ€™s like. Blogging is more like a conversation with like minded people – and no one would partake in a conversation for very long with a show off ๐Ÿ˜Š

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