Yes. Because I’ve been writing every day since I knew how to. I write my feelings, I write my thoughts, I will occasionally try to write stories until I realize I’m just writing about an experience I’ve had, just renaming the cast. I enjoy writing. But no, I am not a published writer.
I’m a blogger, too, because I post this shit on the internet every day and have been doing it since I was 15. My audience isn’t huge, but that doesn’t change the fact that I blog.
I call myself a cook because I do it every day and I enjoy it. I think I’m good at it. I’d never call myself a chef because I don’t work in a professional kitchen, but I am definitely a cook.
I am these things because I do these things and they are what make me feel good.
The point I’m trying to make is not every title needs to be backed up by a profession. Most people disagree with me because I’ve seen a lot of shitty comments thrown across the web, people telling other people what they’re not. You’re not a writer, you’re not a cook, you’re not a photographer - but who the fuck gave them any authority? If it’s something you enjoy, if it’s your creative outlet, who the fuck are they to take away the title?
People that do these activities professionally are offended when the title is used to describe someone with a hobby. No one ever realizes that the only difference between the two is payment for services.
No one said you had to be good at something to give you a title. You can be a shitty cook, a shitty writer, a shitty painter, sculptor, entertainer - but you’re still a cook, a writer, a painter, sculptor, an entertainer. You do it for you, you don’t do it for them.