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6 Signs You’re a Blogger

Until you start to seriously blog you probably have no idea how much time it takes or how intense and awesome the community is.

The truth is, it is an entire world of its own. Bloggers speak this secret language with words like “Webinars” “analytics” “page views” “content upgrades” “Facebook algorithms,” we see story ideas in even the most mundane aspects of everyday life, we know that this world isn’t for everyone, but if you’re lucky enough to be a part of it, it can be life changing.

Here are 6 signs you’ve dived in and are in fact a blogger.

Every room of your house has random paper and pen (not intentionally)

It’s so funny to me that I have pens in every room of the house! I find them in my bed sometimes.

It never fails I’ll spend 2 hours “working” but really just doing busy work because I’m not in a creative mood. Then I go to bed, get super comfortable and 3 of the best ideas I’ve ever had pop into my head. I always get ideas for blog posts or digital products or just details to something I felt stuck on earlier as soon as I get comfortable in bed or hop in the shower, or submerge my hands in dishwater.

I’ve gotten to the point where this happens so often I keep paper and pen by my bed so I can jot down the idea really quick without having to get up out of bed turn on a light, etc etc. because I know myself …I’ll think, “That’s a great idea, there is no way I will forget and then BAM the next morning… “I know I had an idea I was super excited about but have no idea what it was.”

People will come over and ask why I have so many pens on my coffee table or when I have so many pens in my kitchen? But it’s like, “this is my organized chaos.” If I think of something to add to my hardcopy to do list or see an error in a printout of an upcoming post, I need a pen nearby and I need it to work!

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Your phone battery is always low

Ain’t rest for the wicked? Ain’t no rest for a blogger. Social Media stops for no one! Even if I’m not paying attention to my social media or email they are constantly coming in and draining my poor phone battery. But if I’m being honest most of the time I’m participating and reciprocating in Facebook Threads.

So I am used to having to make sure no matter where I go I have a phone charger ready. I don’t even have notifications for all my social media accounts on my phone yet it is still constantly lighting up but no complaints here.

 

You stay up way too late or get up extra early

I am on the former side of this. I don’t know anyone who hates mornings more than me. I often say that my days would be better if no one talked to me before 9 a.m. On a few occasions I have woken up early to make final edits on something I owed an editor that day but normally I stay up too late working.

If you’ve read my post 8 Things Bloggers Wished Their Friend’s Knew, you may remember I have an alarm set at 10:30 each night to tell me to close my laptop and try to take a shower and do something relaxing for the next half hour before going to bed. This normally gets turned off, so I can finish “just one more thing.” Then fast forward an hour later and I‘m still working. We can sleep when we’re dead right?

 

Your phone is full of random ideas, incomplete sentences & incoherent thoughts

Similar to the random pens laying around your home you keep google docs or your phone’s memo pad ready to go.

The thing that really gives you away is that you don’t have the typical lists other people have on their phones like “Groceries” or “to-do” you have random documents named things like “Taco Puffs Post” or “Lip liner tutorial” or “5 signs you might be a blogger.”

Some of these documents may just be two words while some are 500 and half of a blog post.

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You have a number of friends you’ve never met in person

30 years ago it may have seemed suspect or strange to say you haven’t met all your friends in person, but in the blogging world that is not the case.

You start to follow other bloggers and read about their stories and find real connections with people you’ve never seen face to face. You read about their kids, how they met their spouses, their sexual assaults, their ups and downs, their wins and losses and you start to really care.

You don’t just like each other’s facebook pages but you are actually Facebook friends. You email them about possibly being roommates at an upcoming blogging convention. In the event they are offline for a few days or weeks you feel totally okay “just checking in” with a message to make sure everything is okay, because these people get you in a way non-bloggers may not and that makes them friends.

Life, before you started blogging, seems like a distant memory.

I think of before I started AllTheThingsIDo.com and I watched even more television than I do now. I’m a huge sports fan and realized I’ve hardly watched any Spurs games this year from start to finish, I used to watch every single game and now that I work days and nights it seems like such a time commitment. Don’t get me wrong, I always enjoy watching the games but I have no idea how I had the time before.

I’m not saying I’ll blog forever but in the foreseeable future, I can’t image not doing this because I’m so in love with it.

So tell me what are some traits or habits you notice from bloggers? How did you know it was more than just a hobby for you?

64 comments

  1. Candy

    You totally described my work area. Husband is like , we have take pictures of this before we eat right.

  2. Angela Tolsma

    oh gosh you made some great points! I have so many amazing friends because of blogging! I love the direction you went with this post. Also it’s 1pm and my phone batter is at 35%

  3. Dia

    Lol its so bad I can never keep it charged past 50% for long

  4. Becki S

    Yes! This made me laugh and shake my head especially about the phone battery and the life before blogging. The Sparkle Life has definitely given me a whole group of new friends!

  5. Ryan Macayden

    Mine is at 9% and dropping. Of course, I think these 6 items fit most writers in general.

  6. Leslie

    Haha, im guilty of all of these things. I also keep a little notepad in my purse and by my bedside, just incase I get an idea. I love blogging, I think its so much fun. I love meeting other bloggers too, after all. We already have something in common. Hah.

  7. Dia

    Haha I do too in case I’m sitting somewhere it’s nice to have paper and pen lol I totally a gree they just get it

  8. Dia

    It is such a great life even if your phone is always dying and you don’t sleep enough lol

  9. Dia

    It’s great having friends all over the world 🙂

  10. Dia

    Haha on no! For me when I write like now online content like novels or poetry I like it old school pen to paper.

  11. Lucy

    My phone does always need charged!! And I have ideas written everywhere too!

  12. Logan

    I love this! It’s so true. Every time I have any sort of idea, I write them down in my notes on my phone and half the time I have no clue how to begin to decipher them. haha

  13. Kusum

    I am going yes, yes, yes and yes as I read this post, brilliant! LOL @organized chaos, phone battery and ideas popping up one after another at all odd times, all very true!
    xx, Kusum | http://www.sveeteskapes.com

  14. Dia

    I am a huge believer of organized chaos

  15. Dia

    Yes sometimes it’s rambling lol but when it clicks it’s like “Such a great idea”

  16. Dia

    I don’t know how I kill batteries so quickly

  17. Angie Scheie

    Yes to all of this! As I type I just got the low battery warning on my phone too lol. It must be love, right?!

  18. Dia

    You have to love it to keep doing it lol

  19. Erin @ A Welder's Wife

    All of these signs are so true! My battery on my phone is always too tired to work. It seems like I’m always encouraging it to come back to life with it’s “IV”! haha! Great post!

  20. Candy

    My phone battery is always low. Don’t think my phone is ever shut off.

  21. leah herring

    Yes, Yes, Yes! Couldn’t agree with this list more!

  22. brittany

    The battery is always low yes!!!!!!!!!!!!! Paper everywhere! Haha I love this!

  23. Bethany

    Omg you covered it perfectly. My phone is about to die right now!!

  24. Crystal // Dreams, etc.

    This is so true! I stay up way too late, my phone is always filled with thoughts or starts of blog posts and my phone battery is always low. The paper and pen thing is totally true too, but that always comes with the territory of writing fiction, so that was true even before I started blogging. 🙂 Great post!

  25. Mary Bacher

    Great post. I loved the point about your phone battery always being low. You’re definitely not the only one 😉

  26. Alexis

    Definitely loved this blog post. I can especially relate to the random sentences that I have stored in my phone. A million incomplete sentences that only I can understand. Also, my battery stay low too. Awesome post! (:

    Alexis | http://www.themindfulmotivation.wordpress.com

  27. GiGi Eats

    Well you just described me to a T…

    My phone’s battery = ALWAYS DYING…. This is why my fiance got me one of those battery powered cases LOL!

    And I get up and/or go to bed way to early/late because I just need to get on the computer and ATTEND TO BUSINESS! ha ha!!!

  28. Roxy

    This is so spot on! I’ve only been blogging for four months and it has basically consumed my life (in a good way). I now keep a notebook, full box of pens, charger, AND my ipad in my purse at all times….and it goes without saying that there is an iphone charger in there too! lol

    xo,
    Roxy

  29. Julie

    All of these are on point. Plus my own madness – I have to clean out my purse every week from random post it notes, paper, even napkins that have words splattered all over them. Writer problems!

  30. Sue Purdy

    This is hilariously true. As I read through the list, I’m like “Check….check…..check” Lol.

  31. jessica lynn

    haha yes to all of these, except for the first one, but only because of the second reason (I put all of blog notes on my phone, which just makes that battery drain even faster)!

  32. Dia

    Haha I have the paper for backup but I totally feel you!

  33. Dia

    Awe life of a blogger haha

  34. Dia

    I love posted notes!

  35. Dia

    Roxy sounds like you are prepared! Way to go. You’re doing amazing keep it up

  36. Dia

    It’s so hard sometimes Gigi so many distractions lol I logged on to make sure tomorrow’s post was ready and was like “oooh 16 comments! I need to read and respond lol”

  37. Dia

    I always think about how people find leftover writers from people who have passed on and turn them into a book… my book would be called “Maybe she was insane….Chapter 1: Rose shaped food. Chapter 2: Guy on the bus that one time in the yellow shirt…etc” haha

  38. Dia

    I’m glad to know I’m not the only member of the blogging tribe with these issues lol

  39. Dia

    I understand that Crystal. I have stories and chapters written and put in boxes of books I need to finish

  40. Dia

    I adore my virtual friends

  41. Dia

    Haha I am considering getting a spare battery to carry with me

  42. Dia

    I was so proud of myself on President’s day I sat down and made folders for everything…lets see how long that lasts lol

  43. Dia

    You have to keep track, you never know which one will be that great idea that changes your whole blog.

  44. Dia

    Thanks Leah I hope you enjoyed it 🙂

  45. Dia

    I’ve gotten into the habit of letting it die at least once a day…I heard letting it go full on dead is actual good for the battery…or I’m making it worse lol

  46. Dia

    Haha it’s like a nightmare episode of a medical show or a bad horror movie lol LOVE THAT Erin

  47. Bree Hogan

    Yup definitely a blogger, I can identify with all of the points you have raised! What was my life like before blogging? I really have no idea what I did with my time….!

  48. Amber Starr @ Love, Laugh, Live Well

    This made me laugh at so many different points as it is too true! I hope to be able to actually start turning all theses scribbles and thoughts on paper into more posts as I find a new normal with having two kiddos in the house.

  49. Allison Jones

    This is all SO true. I feel like you literally wrote this post about me LOL. My phone’s notes section is packed with notes, random ideas, and blog post drafts.

    LiveLifeWell,
    Allison

  50. Suzi Whitford

    How funny! I can relate so well to this. <3 I have an entire wall in my house dedicated to my blog. I call it my Blog Vision Board – so hubby is okay with it.

  51. Dia

    I love that. I have a nook for my office but I rarely actually use it.

  52. Dia

    Haha you definitely aren’t alone.

  53. Dia

    Sometimes they do end up turning into great posts months later lol

  54. Dia

    Haha I think I slept more and probably drank more lol

  55. Dia

    I’m sure it’s chaotic genius.

  56. Dia

    My non-blogger friends will be like “It seems like your blogger is really taking off” and my response is normally. “It is. I’m always so sleepy” lol

  57. Cherie @ Modern Yet Nostalgic

    Totally relate to the keeping pen and paper/phone being full of notes. I didn’t write my ideas down in the beginning and forgot a lot of them. Now I scribble stuff down and various times.

  58. Dia

    Yes! I am the same way because I always have ideas at the most random times.

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