A few days ago, I was listening to a fellow blogger buddy of mine share a story about how she was expressing her love for a particular furniture design. She is a fan girl of this brand and happened to share her adoration of this on her FB page. In conversations about this brand, someone retorted to her, “well, you’re JUST a blogger, so what do you know about fashion or design.”
Little did they know, this “Blogger” that they were so quick to dismiss is a PR professional, runs a network of bloggers, and fashions quite a few events- all in ADDITION TO being a blogger.
Which had me thinking…
I have heard this dismissal before, had it directed to me before and I have witnessed the tug of war of industry experts trying to understand the influence of such a “blogger.”
This irks the crap out of me to no avail…
You see, I take offense to this for a multitude of reasons…
I am a blogger, but I am way more than this. I am a blogger who leverages her blog to share the years of experience, education, and passion to affect change as her platform. Yes, I am a daughter, sister, auntie, and friend; I am more than a JUST.
I am a business woman. An LLC. I sit on an MBA in Marketing. Dedicated to the plus size consumer. If you email me, you will see the MBA in my signature. I am currently debating a Doctorate in Business as we speak. I worked in various roles of retail for over 11 years BEFORE I started blogging. I have held various roles in sales, management, and merchandising.
Also, I teach. In college. In the fashion marketing department. Second semester this fall too! I am sooo hyped about this.
When I talk to brands, consult, or engage them I bring my years in retail, my knowledge of the industry, my passion to affect change to my partnerships. I take this seriously and personally. However I can use whatever I have to show a brand or motivate others, this is what I blog for.
I never thought I would be able to make my passion my hustle- I had no clue. I did however notice with my background that there was something here and I went with the flow. A way to make folks listen and pay attention. Especially over the past five years in my blogging life, we have seen a change and shift in the plus size community– thanks to the advent of social media.
And this is just me. There are far many other bloggers who leverage their past experiences, educations, and passions to affect change, run businesses, help others, motivate others, and inspire others. To dismiss a blogger, who adjusted to the changing times and found an outlet or platform is absurd. NOT when there is sooo much more to them, NOT when there is so much more to YOU.