A blog does not a blogger make.
A few weeks back MarketingProfs' Ann Handley found herself blog-less (tech upgrades were keeping her blog and she at a remove). Still managing to post she published a piece over at Logic + Emotion asking "can one still be a blogger, sans a blog?" While the question may have intended to be existential in nature, I've been more focused on the down-to-earth, literal implication as of late.
When you first launch a blog, you're so singularly focused on getting the darn thing locked and loaded that, sure, you're a "blogger". But not really. It's not until you start participating in other blogs--and the overall conversation--that you really matriculate to blogger.
Sure, I feel like I'm contributing through my posts and helping give voice to others through my interview series. But when do I feel most like a blogger? When I click the comment button on other sites.
I query many clients, colleagues and friends on why they're not joining the conversation. Their answers are varied, but the tie that binds all their excuses is daunt: daunted by a new medium, daunted by time pressures and daunted by launching and maintaining their own blogsite. When I explain they needn't launch their own blogs, just get involved in others blogs, a sigh of relief overcomes them. A barrier is broken. And often enough, a new blogger is born.
So yes, Ann, you can definitely be a blogger (verb) without a blog (noun). Given the choice, I'd prefer to see more bloggers than blogs. While you were blog-less for a bit, I appreciate the inspiration -- thanks Ann! (psst: her post is in two places, the original post here and another with many more blog-less comments here).