Despite making this blog back in the summer of ’14, I only began blogging in October 2015. Dusting off the cobwebs and flexing my fingers, I set to work turning my little corner of space on the internet somewhere where I could call home. Somewhere I would be proud to invite people into. My blog still has a long way to go, and I’m still a youngling in blogging terms, but in just a few short months, blogging has done more for me than I could ever have imaged, and here are just five of them.
1.It gave me something to be proud of
Up until I started taking my blog seriously, I didn’t really have much in my day to day life that made me feel accomplished or proud. With the exception, of when I got to teach my beautiful special needs children. I was just living my day to day life with a job I sometimes liked, but sometimes really dislike, never really feeling like I had accomplished anything. Now, thanks to blogging, I wake up with something to look forward to. I look forward to every view and every comment. You guys seriously make my day. I look at my blog and know that it’s all a result of my hard work, and for the first time in a while, I feel like I’ve succeeded.
2. Networking has helped me show that pride
Before blogging, there was no way on this earth you would find me networking. I felt like a fraud, like people would laugh at the content I was trying to get out there. When you compare your own work to the greats, it’s sometimes hard to find the courage to turn away and just do your own thing. Blogging helped me do that. I still feel a little embarrassed sometimes, especially when it’s in person, something I still need to get the hang of, but I’m getting there. So thank you twitter and social media, thank you for being kind and giving me the courage to keep on networking.
3. I’ve met some amazing people
I was always a little nervous about talking to other bloggers. I had no idea how to go about it. Do you just go to their twitter and be all ‘Hey..I like blogging too…’ I had no idea about blogger etiquette. Would blogging be competitive? Would people hoard their secrets like dragons hoard gold, keeping all their shiny tips and tricks to themselves? I needn’t have worried though. I discovered very early on thanks to the amazingly kind Tegan and Amy, that the blogging community is a friendly and open one. A community I am proud to be apart of, a community I can thank for having put me in the path of some amazing people, you know who you are.
4. I’ve gained new skills.
I have always been useless with technology, and probably always will be. When It came to laptops and pc’s I’ve always just stuck to the basics. As you can imagine, when it came to moving domains I was petrified. My boyfriend helped me at the start, but with us living separately, it was up to me to get it done. And I did it. I still can’t belive to this day that I, the most technology repelling human on the planet, manage to move domains. Since then, my confidence has grown and thanks to my new found self belief and many amazing articles and kind bloggers, I have accomplished and learned so much in the last few months, and I can’t wait to learn more.
5.It’s helped me realise my dream
Every since I was a little girl, I used to spend my days writing away. Poems, romances, daring adventures, you name it. It was a love I could never quite, a love that I was sadly pulled away from somewhere along the line. Maybe it was during my exams, when writing became stressful. Or maybe it was when I went to university, or maybe it was moving to Japan to work. I hadn’t realised how much I had mourned the loss of such a love, until blogging reunited us. It made me see that the only career in the world that could ever bring me happiness is writing. Be it with my blog, articles, or novels, I want to spend my days typing or scribbling in front of a huge window with a nice warm cup of tea beside me, and my head full to the brim with ideas.
I’m still new at blogging, with my views not always reaching 100 a day, and while that sometimes gets me down, I’m still proud of myself. Out of sheer determination I’ve managed to turn my old, bland husk of a blog into something I am truly proud of. It’s a place where I can feel safe and I hope that you, my readers do too. Thank you for supporting me this far! I’m excited to see what 2016 will bring!
I hope you enjoyed this post and that you all have a wonderful day.