When I clicked the publish button on my very first blog post, I was worried about what others might think, if I would find ways to explain what I had to say clearly enough and if talking about topics such as my disability was a wise choice or not. Granted, starting a blog might not seem like a big life decision in the grand scheme of things but it’s one that’s developed to be something life-changing for me.
I feel like we’re often quick to mention the doubts and frustrations we might have in life and we don’t spend enough time praising the things that we love the most. I think we should focus so much more on the things that make us happy, aspects of our lives which bring us positivity and the things which put a smile on our face when we’re struggling.
Before I created my own blog, I was always curious as to why people dedicated hours of every day to creating new content, what the biggest attraction to blogging was and why it was becoming such a popular hobby and career in many cases for so many people. Over the past three and a half years, I’ve been able to learn these things for myself and I now completely understand why so many fall in love with blogging and all the positive aspects that comes hand-in-hand with it.
So, here are just 5 things I love about blogging and the things I plan to keep in mind the next time I might be feeling unmotivated with my content or my platforms.
I love being creative with different projects and ideas and blogging allows me to express that. I love thinking of new content ideas, ways of making topics that are personal to me interesting and unique. There aren’t any restrictions when it comes to the amount of content you can create on your blog, how you talk about a specific topic and how creative you can be and that’s one of the things I love the most about being a blogger. I sometimes find myself getting carried away with the creativity and 2000 words later, I’m left with an essay rather than a blog post but it’s all a part of the fun.
Blogging isn’t just about the writing, it also entails many other roles, those of which help me to develop new skills, things that I hope I can apply to any career I might have in the future. As an aspiring writer, I have to write everyday and blogging is the perfect motivator for that. It allows me to express that passion I have and hopefully helps to improve my writing skills. I look back at some of my older posts and I find myself cringing at some of the mistakes I made but it’s also a great way of making me realise how I can improve my writing skills. Being able to look back at my older posts and noticing how I can make my writing better makes blogging an incredibly valuable resource to have.
When I first started blogging, I didn’t expect to branch out in terms of talking to new people, I’ve always been that person who likes staying in her own little bubble but when I started following fellow bloggers, commenting on their posts and so on, I realised what an amazing community that coincides with this whole blogging game. My 15-year-old self wouldn’t believe it but it turns out that through blogging comes the amazing fortune of friendship. The blogging community is also an incredible one and I love how so many bloggers join forces to encourage, support and motivate each other, it’s amazing to be a part of.
There’s no doubt that I’ve hit quite a few brick walls in my life (sometimes quite literally – #BlindGirlProblems), but I can now use those times to my advantage, to shed light on the situations and possibly help someone else who might be in a similar situation. I love writing about topics which I would have benefited from having access to when I was younger and it’s always heart-warming when someone comments on my posts or sends me a message or an email saying that a post I’ve written has helped them in some way. I love turning a negative into a positive and blogging has given me the platform to share how I do that in my day-to-day life, it allows me to reach an audience which I never imagined I would and I can only hope that what I’ve written and what I will write in the future will help others out there. Even if it’s only one person, it makes everything worthwhile.
Expressing my passions
Writing my blog allows me to merge my love for writing with everything else I’m passionate about. From raising awareness of disability to talking about all things beauty, fashion and positivity, blogging allows me to express all those things on one platform. It also allows me to gain an insight into other things I’m interested in such as how bloggers and brands use social media to their advantage, how other people use their platforms to get their voice heard and how so many industries come together to work on amazing projects in order to make a difference. There are so many things to learn within the blogosphere and this is a huge part of what drives and motivates me to continue on my journey as a blogger. There’s something incredibly rewarding about having a hobby which merges all your greatest passions.
There are so many things that I love about being a blogger but we’d be here all day if I were to list them all. From the amazing opportunities I’ve been lucky enough to have had to the lessons I learn from other bloggers, there are so many positives to blogging and there’s an endless list of the things that I’m grateful for.
Juggling all the roles that come alongside being a blogger, studying a degree and trying to face all the other challenges that life throws my way can be challenging at times but despite that, the passion I have for what I do never fades. The work a blogger does and the time and effort all us bloggers put into our platforms should never be underestimated but neither should our passion. Even though it can be hard-work sometimes, I wouldn’t swap it for anything and after 3 and a half years, it’s now just a part of who I am and what I do. Something that started out as a small hobby has now turned into such a big part of my life and I feel extremely proud of the journey my blog has taken so far.
Now it’s your turn, if you’re a blogger, what do you love the most about it? I’d love to hear what makes blogging, or any hobby you have, special to you.