Why Do I Have to Justify my Hobby?

The first thing people always say when they find my Instagram is: ‘oh, so you’re a blogger’. I mean it’s not a difficult deduction, they’re no Sherlock Holmes, it literally says I am a blogger on my Instagram profile and there’s a link to – you guessed it – my blog. I used to be very secretive when it came to my blog, there were no photos of my face, and my name barely featured. Switch to now and my domain is my name, and I put my face on my blog as much as possible and yet, as soon as someone asks if I’m a blogger, I get that feeling of dread in my stomach, because I feel I have to justify my hobby.

Why I justify my hobby

When I started my blog in 2012 as MissCosmeticBlogger it was because I loved YouTube but was nowhere near confident enough to film videos. This lack of confidence was due to 12 year old me being nervous about people I knew finding it and making fun of me. If I had started then, who knows where I would be now; life could be completely different, maybe I would be a fully fledged beauty guru. I know people are probably thinking I should have just ignored what other people thought and done what I wanted to, but at 12 people’s opinions of you are a lot more difficult to ignore. (I’m very close to starting YT now, I haven’t due to time rather than people in this instance though.) I started a blog instead of YouTube as it meant I would put less of myself online and could somewhat monitor what people I knew would see.

The blog name was carefully chosen so I barely needed to use my own, and I didn’t tell anyone, not even my closest friends for the first year or so. I took part in a school club called Young Enterprise in year 9, I was around 14, and we created an app which needed promotion to be successful. I had my own website, with a decent amount of traffic so I added a link to the app. When my counterparts in Young Enterprise checked the traffic the app was receiving my blog was the highest referral – but instead of thanking me for this free promotion to an audience that would never have heard of ‘Narwars’ (our app,) there were a few sniggers and jokes about blogging. I took the link down, not out of spite, but out of self consciousness for my corner of the internet.  

I’m in no way saying that I should have received some sort of trophy or congratulations for adding a link, it’s not a difficult thing to do, in fact I didn’t want anything at all. I was trying to help in the only way I could, using my blog with decent traffic to hopefully steer some of my readers that way. I just really wasn’t expecting the judgement I received. Again, I was younger and nowadays I wouldn’t think twice about someone sniggering about my blog because it’s brought me so many opportunities that I wouldn’t have had otherwise, but back then it really affected me.

Fast forward to now and that self consciousness is still visible. Blogging when I was younger was very much a new hobby, especially for someone my age, whereas now it is almost mainstream. Now I don’t care if you find my blog, Google my name and it should come up on the first couple of pages. I do however care if you are judgemental about my blog, because this is my safe place to write what I want. 

Something I want to stop doing now though is justifying my hobby to people, it’s a knee jerk reaction to explain my hobby – but I shouldn’t have to. I also play hockey alongside writing my blog, but you will never find me trying to explain why I enjoy it to you, because sport is classified as an acceptable hobby in society. I’m going to try and tell people that I am a blogger without the ‘oh I get sent things,’ and ‘I write about makeup, lifestyle and anything else that takes my fancy.’ I shouldn’t have to sell you a hobby YOU are not involved in, unless you are wanting to take it up yourself – but even then, you should want to do it because you have a passion, not for the free stuff. 

If you’re reading this, you’re most likely a blogger or how else would you find a post like this!? On the off chance you’re not a blogger, I hope you take away from this that blogging is indeed a real hobby and can even turn into a job. Either way I’d love to know your thoughts on the situation – should I have to justify my hobby. 

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16 Comments

  1. October 17, 2018 / 12:41 pm

    Thanks for sharing this I blog as a hobby and share all the same feelings as you. It’s actually a very intellectual and useful hobby so we should be shouting it from the rooftops! Your blog is beautiful. Melis x

    • Beth
      Author
      October 18, 2018 / 10:32 pm

      Thank you! We should certainly shout about it more xx

  2. October 17, 2018 / 3:22 pm

    I completely understand where you’re coming from with this! As bloggers we shouldn’t have to justify why we love our hobbies just because it’s a ‘unique’ idea to some people! Loved this post 🙂

    • Beth
      Author
      October 18, 2018 / 10:33 pm

      Blogging is such a relevant hobby, it brings you so many skills; the sooner people realise the better!xx

  3. October 17, 2018 / 8:38 pm

    I love this post. its how i feel too. i want to reach non loggers as best as i can but it can be hard. If someone asks me i tell them to go and find other bloggers and get thier own opinion. but its a hobby so why should people care right?

    • Beth
      Author
      October 18, 2018 / 10:34 pm

      Completely right, it’s your hobby and you shouldn’t have to explain it!xx

  4. October 18, 2018 / 9:42 am

    There’s a definitely a lot of judgement from people in ‘real life’ who don’t understand the blogging world. x

    • Beth
      Author
      October 18, 2018 / 10:38 pm

      I wish people would learn more about blogging before they comment x

  5. October 18, 2018 / 5:03 pm

    I can relate to everything you just said completely. I also started my blog in 2012 and also because I really enjoyed watching beauty gurus on YouTube but was too shy to even think about making YouTube videos myself. Only my family knows about my blog and although I don’t want to hide it if someone finds about it I also don’t want to share it with people that I know as I can already imagine their faces. I don’t want to justify myself to anyone so not talking about my blog is for now the best solution. x

    Antonia || Sweet Passions

    • Beth
      Author
      October 18, 2018 / 11:21 pm

      It’s such a strange thing to want to hide your hobby without hiding it but I know exactly what you mean!xx

  6. October 19, 2018 / 4:46 pm

    I do blogging as a hobby so know the feeling xx

    • Beth
      Author
      October 23, 2018 / 10:58 pm

      It’s a strange one isn’t it x

  7. October 20, 2018 / 7:54 am

    love this! i mainly blog as a hobby and at first i was always worried that people wouldn’t understand what on earth i was doing, haha, thinking i wanted to be the next Zoella or something, but i just don’t care what people think anymore!

    sarah x // http://www.sarahjanelamb.co.uk

    • Beth
      Author
      October 23, 2018 / 10:58 pm

      It’s so nice when you get to that stage of not caring anymore!xx

  8. October 23, 2018 / 8:33 pm

    Yes girl! I always feel awkward saying about a blogger but I’m being more open about talking about it.

    • Beth
      Author
      October 23, 2018 / 10:59 pm

      It’s awkward but I love blogging so people just need to get over it..!xx

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