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Stranger: So what do you do?
Me: Well, I have a blog and I do some freelance wrting. I also work in social media.
Stranger: What does that mean?
Me: People pay me to write. And tweet. And do Facebook posts for them. To help them build their business because they know social media is important but they don’t have the time to do it themselves. Or because they want someone who knows what they’re doing to do it.
Stranger: That’s it?
Me: Uh, that’s it in a nutshell.
Stranger: People pay you for that? ::Look of disbelief::
I don’t know why, but I till feel like blogging and working in social media isn’t understood or respected. I’m speaking in general terms. If I was having the same conversation with someone who worked in advertising or marketing or any aspect of social media, the conversation would go very differently. Although bloggers don’t always get respect there, either.
But to any other person I meet? It seems like they don’t “get” blogging or social media and so they just assume I couldn’t make any money doing it.
It’s always interesting to me to hear how other people feel about this…what kind of response do you get when you explain what you do? Is it positive or negative? How can we give our family and friends a better understanding of what we do? How do we make it credible to those who don’t “get” it?