For far too long now, I’ve called myself a “blogger.” While it’s true that I do have a blog, to me, that’s not what I am. It’s not what I need to be. I am a writer. If I wasn’t writing here, I would be writing elsewhere. It’s part of the fabric of who I am. While there are many professional bloggers out there who can be committed to their craft while calling themselves bloggers, I can’t. And from here out, I won’t.
What is a Blogger?
To me, a blogger is someone who has a hobby and puts up posts on whatever comes to mind from time to time. Before you pull out the pitch forks, this is the way my mind operates, I’m not saying it’s the definitive truth. Everything is very casual, there’s no plan of attack in place.
What is a Writer?
A writer, on the other hand, is someone who takes time to research what they are writing about, sits down and creates a draft, edits it, cuts words here and adds words there, until they have a piece of work they would be proud to show off. That is who I want to be.
I took a break from everything today and sat down by the lake while Mack was at her swimming lesson, and this was the conclusion I came to. I don’t want my writing to be a hobby, I want it to be a business. I want to stand with my shoulders back and my head held high when I tell people that writing is what I do for a living. I can already do that with my design, I have confidence and a path with that part of my life.
Have you made the shift from being a hobbyist to a business person? What changes did you make in your mindset to help you succeed?
Being the crazy believer I am in signs that you’re on the right path, this image was on the first page of results when I typed in “state of mind” looking for an image. I have no clue how this sign fits with state of mind, but it completely fits with the fact that I’m a writer, not just a blogger! Thank you, God, for the little sign that I’m starting to get the message!