SO, WHEN DO YOU GET TO CALL YOURSELF A PRO BLOGGER?

So, when do you get to call yourself a pro blogger?

I’ve been thinking about writing this post for a while but have always stopped mid paragraph as in all honesty I was scared of the reaction. One thing going to Britmums has shown me is that I need to be more confident in myself & in my blog, so here goes…

So when do you get to call yourself a Pro Blogger? For me, this means when you are earning enough money for YOU. It doesn’t matter how much you get paid compared to someone else, if they earn more than you. You don’t have to be making thousands, bloody hell, you don’t have to be making hundreds. If blogging pays your bills then it’s your job.

One person may need to earn £1000 per week in order to cover their living costs, their mortgage, their bills. Someone else may only need to earn £250 per week to cover theirs. Would someone working part time in the ‘real world’ have less of a job than someone doing the same job full time? No, they would just earn less.

I think it’s the word ‘pro’ that puts me off calling myself a Pro Blogger, it feels like I’m calling myself an expert, or better than other bloggers but blogging pays my bills. If I’m completely honest, when I calculate how many hours I put into my business decorating a cake for a customer versus blogging, then I actually earn more per hour blogging. So does this make me a Pro Blogger, yes I think it does. I just have to start believing in myself more, if I believe I am a Pro Blogger then I am.

Do you agree or do you think only ‘big bloggers’ can be pro’s? I’d love to know what you think.

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23 Comments

  1. August 24, 2015 / 7:47 am

    I agree. I think it’s when you earn enough money for you rather than any comparison to anyone else. In any profession there’s always going to be the stars that earn more than everyone else and blogging is no exception.
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  2. August 24, 2015 / 11:41 am

    Peraonally, I don’t see “Pro” as “expert” I see it as “profession”. Maybe I’m weird though! I think that once you need to declare any blog earnings as an income, you’re a pro blogger. In my mind, having to do this makes it a profession. Perhaps not your main income, but an income nonetheless. X

  3. August 24, 2015 / 11:43 am

    Nothing to be nervous about Toni.

    I agree the term pro can lead to people thinking you are saying you are an expert and better than others.

    Those that know you will know this isn’t the case.

    My definition of pro would be someone who is paid to do something.

    If you are being paid to blog you are a pro.

    Keep it up.
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  4. August 24, 2015 / 11:43 am

    I always thought that to be a professional at something (as opposed to an amateur) simply meant you got paid for what you produce. I can’t understand why some bloggers are so precious about this. I think people confuse being a professional with professionalism and the two aren’t necessarily the same.
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    • August 24, 2015 / 3:25 pm

      You’re so right. I think this is why I’ve been nervous to call myself a pro. I earn money from my blog & I’m self employed therefore I’m a pro blogger but I guess I’m nervous of other bloggers thinking I’m not ‘big’ enough to call myself a pro
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  5. August 24, 2015 / 3:09 pm

    I think its the word ‘pro’ that throws it. I would say when you start getting payment that would make you a professional blogger, rather than a hobby blogger. However the word pro sounds a bit ilke you mean expert.
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  6. August 24, 2015 / 4:40 pm

    This is such a good post and totally right. As long as you can comfortably survive off your blog you can say you’re a professional. x
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  7. August 24, 2015 / 5:24 pm

    I totally agree with you! 🙂
    It doesn’t matter how much you earn in the end..
    And just out of subject – it’s my first time here on your blog and I really like the layout the the photography 🙂

    Love,
    Andra
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  8. August 24, 2015 / 8:04 pm

    Absolutely not! In my opinion, anyone who does the following – publishes sponsored/collaborative posts, has good traffic and good stats, and as you say, can earn a ‘living’ from it, is a ‘pro’. To me, being a pro suggests that you know what you’re doing and are an expert in your field. 🙂
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  9. August 24, 2015 / 8:37 pm

    Hi Toni, firstly how did I not see you at Britmums?!? Secondly I think this is a completely valid point and I agree. I am not entirely comfortable with the term pro-blogger as it may imply to some that if you don’t deem yourself to be then you are somehow amateur or not as professional-which is really not the case at all.

    For me I decided to ‘go pro’ when I was making as much money from my blog as I did when I was working full-time. However some months are better than others and I have to subsidise with freelance writing work. So I guess I would rather say I am a writer who blogs.

    Great post x
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  10. August 24, 2015 / 9:33 pm

    I can’t stand the phrase Pro Blogger and will never call myself that – I’m a blogger and that’s enough for me BUT I completely agree with your point and it’s just the same that we shouldn’t compare ourselves to others in anything blogging related, just keep doing what we’re doing x
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  11. August 27, 2015 / 7:59 am

    As with any profession, if you are being paid to do it, then you are a professional at it. I believe its the same for bloggers. If it’s your job and brings in your income every month, then you are a professional blogger, because you have made it your profession. Simple as that.
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  12. August 27, 2015 / 8:52 am

    Haha! I don’t think I’ll be calling myself a ‘pro-blogger’ anytime soon! I have been blogging 3 years this November and I’m still learning!!

    Although I’m earning money from my blog, there are still SO many things I don’t know about the art of blogging. Someone on Twitter called me a ‘blogging queen’ when I followed them a couple of weeks ago — I felt a bit embarrassed to be honest. I think I need a few more years under my belt before I would call myself a pro. Great post Toni 🙂 #BrillBlogPosts

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  13. September 12, 2015 / 4:21 pm

    Putting “professional” at the beginning of any title usually means “they do this for a living.” It distinguishes the amateurs and hobbyists from the professionals – those people who have expertise in their field and can do what they do for a living.

    I don’t think it matters how much money some earns per se, but I do think it matters whether it’s your job or not whether you can call yourself a professional anything. If you’re a young blogger who lives at home, your costs are going to be significantly lower than say, someone who owns their own house. I wouldn’t call that a professional job.
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  14. September 13, 2015 / 7:55 am

    I agrees with what you said Toni – i interpret pro blogger as someone who s making a living out of their blog. How much that actually means, depends on he figure they need to earn!

    For example, I am earning a little money from my blog but until I start earning a regular amount that makes a decent impact on my monthly income, I don’t consider myself a pro blogger.

    It looks like we all interpret it differently 🙂 x
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  15. August 18, 2016 / 6:04 pm

    It’s an interesting post. I was told I was a pro blogger when I didn’t feel I was. I guess if you earn money then you do the job as a profession rather than a hobby so everyone is a pro that earns cash. It can be interpreted differently.
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  16. August 18, 2016 / 8:19 pm

    I think everybody interprets it differently but for me it means that you are able to live from your blog, it’s your profession and not a hobby.

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