a person who has an excessive interest in or admiration of themselves.“narcissists who think the world revolves around them”
I’m going to jump right in and say yes, all bloggers are very likely to be narcissists. Now let me defend myself.
Narcissist is a funny term. I’ve only ever heard it used to be derogatory, yet I don’t think it should be.
You only have to spend 5 minutes on Twitter to see people talking about their ‘online presence’ and being #SorryNotSorry that they took a digital detox, as though we should have missed them on our timelines?
Head to Instagram and you’ll see selfie after selfie (yeah the makeup might be different in each one, but you’re literally pulling the same pouty face in all of them), alongside Instagram stories of people sipping cocktails and watching Netflix. Now I can’t be the only one who enjoys taking my own photos and videos more than I enjoy looking at other people’s? And that’s coming from a seriously nosey person like me.
It doesn’t take a genius to see that bloggers just love talking about themselves. And why not? I don’t want to get too existential here but we’re only on this planet for a finite time so why would we not spend our time writing about and being completely absorbed by ourselves?
I know this isn’t unique to bloggers because everyone who has grown up in the digital age is so obsessed with sharing the mundanities of daily life, but are we worse for it?
Don’t worry, I’m well aware I’m not immune from these narcissistic tendencies. I particularly noticed it the other day when I popped over to my Instagram account to make sure my oh-so-important Instagram theme looked alright and saw that my last few photos were just pictures of coffees. Now I love coffee and it looks pretty in pictures but I’ve literally been taking photos of coffee. Not even me drinking a coffee. Just photos of cups. Seriously, does it get more humdrum than yet? And yet people are liking my photos?
So is there anything wrong with being a narcissist if you blog about yourself and people enjoy it? I don’t think so.
Narcissist shouldn’t be a dirty word, regardless of its origins. The most important thing in your life is you, so why not make a big song and dance about yourself?
Because you’re fabulous. It’s only natural you’d want to share that with others, right?