Thursday, 5 May 2016
How Blogging Has Changed My Life
The other day I was met with many a LinkedIn message congratulating me on my anniversary. Not going to lie I was a little confused by it, but quickly turned around after I realised it was referring to this little site. I don’t really ‘celebrate’ my blog birthdays and don’t get me wrong, I’m not ‘dissing’ those that do, I just don’t get round to it.
I’m by no means a big blogger. I’ve never once considered going full-time yet have a lot of respect for those who do. When I started blogging, I had no idea the magnitude of the blogging community or what it would turn into today. In some ways I’m glad, as it may have scared me off but I’m so happy I’ve been part of the blogosphere - I know lots of people hate that term, but I’m gonna use it. I realise this may also sound like my blog resignation but I promise it isn’t. I say that like I’m Richard Branson announcing he’s stepping down from Virgin (seriously Branson, don’t ever do it). I’ve considered a few times stopping blogging, but I think that was at a point where I didn’t have my life in balance.
As I’ve droned on before, balancing blogging with everything else going on in your life is tough, if like me, you’re a perfectionist. I’ve wrote some tips on how I try and overcome this here. When I first started, I’m not going to lie, the quality wasn’t there. Sure the quantity was but it also began to take over my life. My weekends and weeknights were dominated by photographing, emailing, writing, editing - you name it, I did it. And whilst I did enjoy it, looking back on the way I balanced it back then, it was more of a chore than an enjoyment.
I started this site to write. I never started it to make money or score free things, which sadly is why a lot of people get into it. Sure, it’s nice to receive the odd gift and to work with brands that you’d never normally get access to but that’s not why I got into it and I can happily say it’s still not why I’m in it.
Blogging has changed my life. I’m not talking in the grand schemes like some. I don’t have a yacht or a private driver. I don’t command tens of thousands of pounds for a post or get whisked away on a blogger trip. The ways that blogging has changed my life are free, because the best things are right?
Before I blogged I had nowhere to express myself. I couldn’t write lengthy posts like this on my Bebo bio or my Facebook status. I could have kept a journal but not only would that have been long-winded, as a Journalism student, I knew I had to get myself ‘out there.’ Studying for my degree and maintaining this site has I think, improved my writing, knowing how many eyeballs are on this content. I don’t want to put out any old garbage into the world wide web. I treat this site like my job. I research, I write, I re-write, I edit and I watch the stats to see how the post goes down.
It’s changed my life by giving me new-found confidence. Whether that’s travelling across the country for a conference or waking into an event knowing absolutely no-one, the old me would have run a mile, yet it’s second nature to me now. Through that confidence blogging has connected me with great people and great opportunities. Whilst the blogging community is absolutely huge, the people I’ve met along the way have been so open, kind and fun to be around. And whilst I love my friends, having blogging pals around is something else as they just ‘get it.’
So whilst I do sometimes go on about the downsides of blogging (because not everything’s a bed of roses), the point I’m getting at is yeah, it’s one anniversary I’m happy to have achieved. It’s been a fun ride, and one that I hope continues. Hopefully for those who have followed me through this site, you’ve enjoyed it too.