Often, when you introduce yourself as a blogger, the reaction is odd, if not weird. More often than not, you might not even be pursuing blogging as a practical career or something you seek financial growth through but the first question most of us come across is one version of “How much do you earn?” This post is about similar questions or things people say when you tell them you blog.
9. So, you write about mobile phones?
Well that would be true if all dancers had the same style or all painters painted same paintings or actors only acted in movies or music could only be of one type but unfortunately, it is not. So, no, I do not write about mobile phones and though tech blogging is popular, it’s not all that there is to blogging.
8. Anyone can blog these days, what do you do?
Well, I’m anyone. That’d be my best guess. But I do try to create content from time to time and frame whatever happens in my life in small packets of 600 to 1000 words and I try my best to keep up a good frequency of posts. Not to mention taking care of social media channels despite their interaction being on the lowest. Oh, let’s not forget handling the bit I know about SEO and Google. In the meantime, I also try to educate others about blogging and how it could be good for them. However, I’m anyone is still the best answer in my opinion.
7. So, you write about your life on the internet. Don’t you feel weird?
I do, as much as people using social media with public accounts sharing literally everything they do, say, think or eat. If I could say it differently, no, I don’t. You do the same. Everyone does the same. I just try to make it readable.
6. Wow, you must be famous then. What’s the name of your blog?
No. I’m not. Sorry. Not everyone is Arnab Ray. I try my best to become famous as a blogger though. The Polymath, if it matters.
5. Is it a website or a blog?
Blogs are websites. Website is a general term and for the love of God, if you ask me to differentiate between them again I’ll kill you.
4. You’re going to blog about this, aren’t you?
That is a valid concern. Unless, wait a second, I already did. Sorry.
3. What do you get out of it?
Satisfaction and other long-term benefits such as a constant observant nature and always trying to find the interesting among a world full of vague. I also somewhat improved my writing skills through sheer practice of writing and reading other blogs but I’m just going to smile at your question because I’m busy wondering how to incorporate this one in a blog post.
2. Can you advertise my website/work/product?
Short answer, no. Long answer, nope.
1. You must make big bucks then. How much do you earn?
No, I don’t. I have a personal blog which I maintain for myself. I do like that some people read it regularly and that I find readers in friends and family and anyone else I meet. I earn and I will earn through other channels and while I do have an ad-banner displayed on the blog, I don’t earn anything. Not a penny. I do this for myself. It’s like reading or cooking or painting or gardening. I do it because I like doing it and that is a constant for me. So, I blog. That is all.
So, these are the nine things I’ve heard the most since I started back in 2011. Have you ever heard something along these lines? Did I miss any? Let me know in the comments!