Growing up, I kept myself to myself. I lost friends. I felt lonely. I didn’t really have anyone to talk to.
When I discovered the blogging community, I felt at home. Strangers were liking my content. People were asking about my life. I was making friendships with people who had similar interests. The blogging community accepted me for me.
I’ve never been a stereotypical blogger. I don’t have a niche. I don’t attend events. I’ve only just started working with brands.
There’s beauty in being different
My journey has always been unique to me. I haven’t followed the crowd. Whilst some bloggers are looking for floral backgrounds or visiting hot spots in the capital, I’m out and about just being me. There’s beauty in being different.
I’ve never been one to buy products for posts. I’ve only ever really spoken about things as and when they happen in my life or when they’re relevant in my life. Whilst I was scared to do my own thing, people accepted this. I always say that you should blog for you, but as your blog grows, you begin to truly follow this. I didn’t at first. I was blogging for others. I was creating content people wanted.
The creative freedom
But, when I did learn that being yourself is the most important thing in blogging, I let myself be free. My mind felt at ease. I started to be creative with telling my story.
This week, I’m running a series, full of collaborative posts. The idea behind the collaborations were based on things I learned throughout my blogging journey, and things I’ve thought about recently.
(You can read the first post here)
When I think about something or experience it, blogging gives me an opportunity to share it. Blogging provides us with a space online to share who we are. I’ve always struggled to accept who I am, but blogging has made a significant impact in me loving who I am.
The personal development
Every picture in today’s blog post features a smile. Blogging has given me loads of opportunities. I’ve gained the confidence to deliver talks at conferences and universities. I’ve learned to open up about my past. I’ve teamed up with charities and individuals around the world.
Each day, we learn. We might learn how to engage our audience one day, and the next, we could be learning how to communicate with brands.
The 4 years (well, almost) of running a blog, I’ve completely changed. If you met me in 2014, I was quite a quiet person. I kept myself to myself. 4 years on, and I talk way too much, crack a joke daily about my lack of hair, and am always looking at ways to use my voice for good.
The limit is what we set it
I thought a month would be enough and I’d be bored of blogging. The fact I’m still blogging after 4 years shows the impact blogging has had on me. The limit is what we set it. It’s meant to be broken. Limits are meant to be pushed.
Is it just me or does blogging push you to better your content and to always improve? At times, I disagree with this, but at the same time, I respond best whilst stressed. Pushing your content helps me to stay unique. I’m constantly thinking of new ideas and thinking how would it fit into the blog.
The blog is me
The more I write, the more you all get to know me. My favourite part of blogging is writing about who I am, how I feel and my thoughts. My blog was set up originally to help others, but in the end, it’s helped me discover who I am too. That’s why I love blogging.
Why do you love blogging? I’d love to know.