When we moved this month, I had to fill out paperwork for our lease agreement. One of the required fields was occupation. I sat there for a while trying to decide on how to answer that. Simply put, I’m a blogger. But there is something about that title that isn’t taken seriously yet. I wanted a title that accurately described what I do as a blogger. As a blogger, you where many hats!
Here are some titles you can use on job applications, your LinkedIn profile, or for any other occasion that requires a job title.
Blogger – “a person who keeps a web log (blog)” Short and simple. Raise your hand if you knew blog was short for web log? I think it is totally okay to use this title. You keep a blog!
Writer – “a person engaged in writing books, articles, stories, etc., especially as an occupation or profession; an author or journalist.” Your words are the main focus of your blog, the reason people come to your site. You write on a daily basis.
Author – “A person who writes a novel, poem, essay, etc.; the composer of a literary work, as distinguished from a compiler, translator, editor, or copyist” You are the composer of the blog. I feel that this is more correct than writer (if you are the sole writer for your blog) because it gives you ownership of the blog.
Editor – “A person having managerial and sometimes policy-making responsibility for the editorial part of publishing firm or of a newspaper, magazine, or other publication” I feel that editor sheds more light on just how much you do for your blog. You are the author, but you also manage every other aspect of the job!
Curator – “A person who selects content for presentation” This is one of my personal favorite job titles for bloggers. It gives your title a little freedom but still accurate describes what you do. You pick out an article topic, design images to go a along, etc. Feel free to add to it and be a “web curator” or a “content curator”.
Copywriter – “A writer of copy, especially for advertisements or publicity releases.” I used this title on my name take at the MOZ Talk a while back. I like it. Or you could always copy the Copyblogger folks and use Copyblogger as your title
Founder – “A person who founds or establishes” Go big with this job title. You did start your own online business after all! Wear it proudly.
Content Manager – “a person who has control or direction of an institution, business, etc.” I actually like all titles for bloggers that start with content. I like this part of the definition on content “substantive information or creative material”. Ad manager to the title and you’ve got a pretty accurate description of your occupation.
Brand Ambassador – “an authorized messenger or representative” for brands. This one is really popular for Twitter profiles. If you write a lot of sponsored posts, brand ambassador is a great job title.
Do you use one of these as your title? Something else? Where do you use your title (social media, linked in, resume, etc?)
*All definitions are from dictionary.com