What is a Pro Blogger - Setting the Record Straight
For a long time now I’ve resented the term “Pro” Blogger … i.e. a short-form for the word “Professional”.
There are it seems hordes of so-called probloggers out there, some who even use the term in their blog titles. Disclaimer: please note that I’m not singling out anyone in particular and any similarity to someone you might know is purely coincidental.
By now most of you know of my infamous rants about the so-called “pro” bloggers who seem to have no problem attracting
sheep followers like flies on the proverbial poop. After all, there is no shortage of people who are looking for a guru to preach the great American Dream to riches, fame and fortune.
Some have even artificially fabricated an elite status for themselves by trying to convince you that you are somehow inferior if you publish your blog on Blogger and not Wordpress. While others have borrowed hard-sell techniques from their late-night TV Infomercial counterparts.
BUT wait … there’s more!
What is a “Professional” blogger — really?
According to the dictionary “professional” means someone who is:
- Engaged in a professional occupation;
- Occupations that require knowledge in a field or learning typically acquired through education or training pertinent to the specialized field, as distinguished from general education;
- Master — an authority qualified to teach apprentices.
I suppose I could be called a “professional” blogger because I have a attained a certain level of expertise in blogging. Whereas many of my … ahem, esteemed colleagues mostly recycle information off the net, aggressively pursue making money and exaggerate income levels to attain readers.
Obviously, according to the definition above there are a lot of allegedly “pro” bloggers out there who are grossly perverting the term “professional“. As you can see it’s not only about making money from blogging by paraphrasing other people’s work or if you should happen to publish on Wordpress.
It’s all complete poppycock … rubbish … nonsense.
In plain and simple terms it means exactly what it says — a “professional” blogger is someone who is an expert in blogging.
So today I am setting the record straight and will henceforth call them “money bloggers“, or “snob bloggers“, or perhaps more appropriately “greedy
buggers, er bloggers“. You get my meaning.
Is that harsh? I don’t think so. I’m just being honest. After all, I didn’t make the definition, so don’t shoot the messenger.
What do you think?
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