Lately I feel like I have really found my blogging mojo and it’s safe to say I love it. I feel like I finally know what to post, and when, I know what my strengths are and play up to these and have been working really hard on improving my weaknesses (such as my photography). In fact, I have received lots of lovely comments regarding my photos lately, which makes me think these have improved. I’ve posted content that before I would have been too nervous to post and have branched out into different areas of the blogging world, such as lifestyle and fitness. I’ve even started sharing my blog more frequently and have been participating a lot more via social media and chatting to lots of lovely new ladies and getting to know lots of new bloggers. I guess you could say I’ve found my place in the blogging community and it feels pretty darn good.
It’s made me realise that I have an absolute love for blogging; one that before was perhaps only fulfilled half heartedly. I’ll admit I was worried about what people would think about me when I first started blogging but now? Honestly, it doesn’t bother me whatsoever. I absolutely love doing it. I love interacting with likeminded people, I love filling my little space on the web with my random ramblings, I love taking photographs and I love reading and getting to know other people too.
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For today’s post I thought I would share with you the things I love most about blogging and the blogosphere. It’s typical that this adoration for blogging and everything surrounding it has come at the time when I have a dissertation to write and two other assignments to focus on! But hey ho.. It’s quite a list but I’m sure lots of you other lovely bloggers can relate to!
1. The Blogging Community – first and foremost I love how many friendships I have formed and how many genuinely lovely people I have met through the blogging community. It’s great to chat with likeminded people who share my love for all things beautiful and I really feel as though I’ve grown quite close to a lot of bloggers in the recent weeks. My friends and family get bored of my harping on about makeup and shopping every hour of the day so chatting with other bloggers via Twitter and social media is ideal. Everyone is also really lovely and friendly too. While some people talk about the negative side of the blogging community, for me it’s been nothing but positive and it’s allowed me to reach out and talk to people that I may have never crossed paths with before.
2. Seeing my confidence grow – I always remember my first blogger meet up. It was a Benefit event in Bristol (which was amazing btw) and I was absolutely terrified. It was in a really swanky bar and I made my dad come inside with me because I was too scared to go it alone. What’s more, everyone in the bar was dressed so smartly in suits and ties and my dad rocked up in a fleece and crocs! (*mortifying*) Since then I’ve been to a variety of different events and, while I do still get slightly nervous, it’s more of an exciting feeling! Before I would never have gone to anything like this alone and since then I’ve attend blog events and meet ups across Wales and even in London all by myself, which is something I would never have done two years ago. Blogging has made me so much more self-confident and now I really look forward to going to new places and trying new things.
3. Learning lifelong skills – as a wannabe journalist blogging has been invaluable and has taught me so many important skills that I know will benefit me in my chosen career path. I started blogging for enjoyment and still blog for that same reason, but I have really noticed just how much it has taught me in terms of communicating with other people, working with brands and it has tremendously improved my writing skills. While I usually write whatever I want, I do often put my journalist hat on and it’s great to see how much these skills have improved along the way!
4. Writing and Photography – I have always loved writing. When I was a little girl I used to write stories in notebooks and would write newspaper and magazine articles, and now blogging is an outlet where I can really write my socks off! It has really affirmed that love that I’ve always had, but it has also introduced me to my newfound love of photography. Now I absolutely love taking photographs and am snapping wherever I go. When my boyfriend, Dan, bought me a digital camera for my 21st little did he know that I would soon be taking it everywhere and that he would be roped into taking photographs too. I really love it and it’s something I have seen improve in the last few weeks.
5. Looking at the world differently – anyone else notice that since they started blogging they look at the world in a completely different light? Whereas before the weekends were all about going out and getting drunk with my friends, now I would much rather have a night in with my boyfriend or family, or would much rather spend the day visiting somewhere new and embracing the beautiful places that we live in. It seems that the world is coloured with an Instagram filter these days and, as soppy as it sounds, everything is so much more beautiful. Now I look for the beauty in everything and I’ve honestly realised who and what is important since I started blogging and for that I am seriously grateful.
6. Seeing my blog grow – I agree that blogging is not all about stats, and I didn’t even consider building up a following until a few months into it, but when you see your blog grow from having one follower to almost nine hundred you can’t help but get excited! It makes me so happy and grateful to know that people enjoy reading my content and it really spurs me on to be even more creative and to blog even more! It just makes me realise that blogging is great because it also enlightens those around you. Even if I am blogging about my favourite lipsticks or rambling on about the clothes I want to buy in River Island, if someone else enjoys reading it too then that’s just perfect, isn’t it?
What are your favourite things about blogging?
Lots of love,