It’s funny to me how so often, people don’t comprehend the term “blogger”. In fact, many people aren’t really aware of the actual definition of the word of or what it entails. People are often thus confusing the terms ‘Instagrammer’ and ‘blogger’ in my opinion, in a way that is annoying to those of us who do the blogging part. Continue reading below to understand the difference.
According to The Free Dictionary’s encyclopedia, instagrammers are individuals, entertainers and commercial enterprises who use Instagram as a social networking venue. They post images about their area of interest, invite comments and enable people to “follow” them similar to Twitter. An ironic way to put it, according to the Urban Dictionary is the following: “Instagrammer simply means a person who gets on Instagram. Better used for a person who gets on often or is obsessive over insta”.
For example, Lemar from Tame the beast is an example of an Instagrammer since he hasn’t got a blog yet on his male grooming website, whereas Tom of Life Coach Spotter – a resource center to learn about life coaching – would be referred to as a blogger since his website contains an active blog.
According to Dictionary.com, a blog is a website containing a writer’s or group of writers’ own experiences, observations, opinions, etc., and often having images and links to other websites. Based on this definition, an Instagrammer, for instance, is not a blogger unless he or she also owns a website in which images and content is uploaded continuously.
Why is this relevant? Because while Instagrammers often don’t need to have educational or professional skills to do what they do, bloggers do. Not anyone and everyone has the minimum level of skills needed to start his or her own blog and pour good quality content into it on a continuous basis. On the other hand, any person can take nice pictures and post them on social media.
To put it in a nutshell, there is a reason why some bloggers, such as myself, prefer the term ‘writer’. If you are getting your guest posts published on Huffington Post, you don’t want to be referred to the same as someone who spends a lot on fashion and posts nice pictures of their wardrobe on social media.
Rana Tarakji is an entrepreneur and a freelance writer.