What blogging is like for me…

I got thinking recently about what blogging could be like for others. I wanted to look at this subject head on and talk about the stereotypes some may face, and ask others to share their thoughts on the subject…

Zara

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Tell us a bit about you

Gosh, where to begin?! Well, I’m Zara! I’m a blogger who has had something of a change in direction recently, but the bulk of my material is beauty based.  I’m from Birmingham, I’m a parent to two young children and I attempt to juggle my life and family alongside working the ‘ZaraLouU’ blog page.  I also waffle… a lot.

Explain why blogging is different for you.

I think now, as I reflect on my ‘blog life’, It’s hard to find ‘where I fit’ in the blogoverse.  When I began ‘ZaraLouU’ I was coming through PND after quitting my job for my second born. This blog gave me a responsibility I thought I had lost with quitting work. However, it began primarily as a site with zero direction which then became tuned into the beauty loving side I explored as free time slowly became available (which has now long since passed again).  I then went on to work with the Kiki Blah-Blah blogzine which was a fabulous experience, further solidifying my name in the beauty blogging field.  It’s only since Christmas that I felt it wasn’t a direction that was working for me and I’ve since left the role somewhat.  So now I’m exploring new avenues and showing more of ‘me’ within the ‘ZaraLouUniverse’ alongside some other fantastic writers on the page.  So I suppose the answer would be – with indecisiveness and a multifaceted personality or lifestyle as it were, It’s hard to tune into one thing when it isn’t really what I desire.  Yet the advice for bloggers is always ‘fit yourself into a box’.

No boxes please!

How has it made blogging harder?

I’d say it’s harder to write now.  With my beauty reviews I would write about a physical product, so, essentially my content would be there ready and waiting in how the product worked, smelt, performed, you catch my drift.  Now? Writing about my feelings and emotions is harder than I imagined.  Gladly I have a way with describing things to somewhat make it easier for the reader to visualise what I’m aiming to say, it does however, mean that I can be sat for a good few days trying to think of how to get my point across somewhat perfectly, rather than dashing it down and facing the possibility of having it misconstrued.  I find it also hard to pull away from what I’m known for, but since the last few posts with the change, I’ve found the support massively responsive and positive – and I can’t thank the blogging community enough for championing me through that.

There’s so much placed on having to be an ‘expert’ at something, when all I yearn really is to be the Jerry Seinfeld of the blogging world.  Doing it for me, because, life is a story within itself!

 

Zara’s details:

Blog: http://www.zaralouu.wordpress.com

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/_zaralouu

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/zaralouu


 

Hannah

Hannah

Tell us a bit about you

Hey! I’m Hannah, I’ve been around on planet earth for 21 years, and recently, I’ve become a natural sciences graduate. But that isn’t all there is to me. Predominately, I am an ocean advocate, writing about why we need to protect these intricate ecosystems and providing you with simple ways you can help through eco-friendly living and citizen science activism.

Along with my writing, I’m a Sea Champion in the South-East of England for the Marine Conservation Society. I’ve volunteered near and far in the name of ocean advocacy, from conserving sea turtles in Cape Verde to researching great whites in South Africa. In September I will be embarking on my next chapter, studying for a masters degree at the University of York.

Explain why blogging is different for you

Aside from the fairly unique blogging niche of marine biodiversity and eco-friendly living, in a world where many amazing bloggers focus on beauty and lifestyle, like many of us, I have had my battles to fight.

During my undergraduate degree I suffered from crippling anxiety and depression – some days I couldn’t get out of bed for the life of me, others I’d have a panic attack just walking through the library, feeling my heart pound inside my chest.

On the surface I’d say I seem like a confident person – usually the first one to answer questions, not afraid to be outspoken and always taking risks in aid of future goals. But inside, social anxiety takes hold.

Overanalysing every minute detail is easily one of my largest faults. From the mannerism by which a friend tells me some information, to something as simplistic as how many ‘xs’ they put at the end of a text –  almost everything can make me doubt how people feel about me. Often this used to spiral into days of worry, dread and anguish, where I frequently pushed away the ones I loved the most.

With time, my anxiety and depression have become easier to handle, and nowadays they don’t impact upon my career choices at all. Personality-wise I am incredibly determined, and I won’t let my personal issues come into conflict with long-term career goals.

It’s weird to think that blogging became an outlet for me to become a version more true to myself than the person I was portraying in real life.

How has it made blogging harder?

Being a student and working a part-time job alongside my blogging commitments was very difficult – particularly during final exams. My content creation dwindled, answering emails took weeks sometimes and some days I wondered to myself “what is the point in all of this?”. Twin that with my anxiety, depression and frequent mood swings and we had ourselves a calamity waiting to happen. And it did.

Since late spring, I have been using meditation apps and taking time out for myself regularly. I highly recommend meditation as a way of managing anxiety and calming your thoughts. Once I tackled my emotions and took responsibility for how I was feeling, I instantly felt like a weight had been lifted. Consequently, my blog has become far more productive and I am able to grasp every opportunity that comes my way with both hands.

When speaking with regards to mental health struggles, I can only speak for myself. Everyone experiences symptoms differently and they impact upon each individuals’ life in their own unique way. It is so important that we listen to people when they are struggling, or in the middle of a breakdown, or reaching out for help – whatever the case maybe.

As difficult as it may seem, understanding what you don’t hear them say, but what you see in their behaviour with your own eyes, is also imperative.

Has your friend been quiet more than normal recently? Does your work colleague engage in frequent mood swings, seemingly not influenced by external factors? Or has your partner been cancelling on plans frequently?

Be as empathetic and understanding as you can, always.

 

Hannah’s details:

Website: https://hannahrudd.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hannahandthesea/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/hannahsrudd


 

Ross

Ross

Tell us a bit about you

My name is Ross, I’m 25 years old and I’m from Cornwall… land of the pasties!!

I have a medical condition called Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA Type ll) which requires me to use an electric wheelchair 24/7.

I like to describe myself as a part-time blogger and a full-time LEGEND. As you can tell I’m also extremely modest haha. Having a sense of humour is incredibly important to me and despite life’s difficulties, I’m always up for a new challenge!

If I had to describe my blog, I’d say it was a little bit of everything. Being a wheelchair user myself, I decided to name my site “A Life on Wheels”. It basically does what it says on the tin. I love the fact I can document my life via this platform, by sharing personal stories and reviewing disability access along the way.

Explain why blogging is different for you

I have always had a passion to work within the media, whether that be in front of the camera or behind the scenes.

Having a physical disability does not make blogging any different for me. It’s so easy to blame your disability if you’re not achieving the success you had hoped for.

I very much believe that you get out of life what you put in. I agree that there aren’t many disabled personalities in today’s mainstream media. I’m dreaming big, but I do hope to make that leap one day! One of my favourite quotes is: “If you can’t stand up, stand out!”

How has it made blogging harder?

The hardest part about blogging is creating content that is different from others. We are all our own worst enemies when comes to comparing ourselves to others, I’m guilty of it myself.

As I am still fairly new to the world of blogging, I try not to put too much pressure on myself with targets and deadlines. At the end of the day, I wouldn’t be doing this if I didn’t enjoy it. I may only be 1 year deep, but my blog is a personal journey and something that I am very proud of.

I’d just like to say a massive thank you to John for giving me the opportunity to share my story on his platform today. I’ve been following John’s site for a while now and his content always makes for a brilliant read!

If you’d like to follow my journey, my social links can be found below:

Blog: www.alifeonwheels.co.uk

Twitter: @rosslannon

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alifeonwheels

 

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21 thoughts on “What blogging is like for me…

  1. Thank you so much for featuring me John! It was fabulous to read what Hannah and Ross had to say too!
    Blogging is such a different journey for everyone, and it’s this which what makes me love the blogging community even more. Being individual and bringing our own little herbs and spices to the mix!
    X

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  2. Thank you for allowing me to participate in this John! It was so wonderful and heart-warming to hear Zara and Ross’ stories. Everyone has different factors influencing their blogging journey and it was lovely to share my story with you and your readers. Like Zara said, being individual is what makes this community so diverse and a great place to be x

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  3. It’s really interesting to read about other bloggers perspectives – especially those who are very different from each other and from me. Thanks for sharing this John!

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  4. Blogging is different for everyone. Everyone is different and we all blog for different reasons. It is important to show their personalities through our blogs so each blog feels differently. The hard blog about blogging I think is coming up with ideas at times. My main overall niche is “Musical Theatre”, but everyone once in a while sneak something else once in a while. Each blog is different since we different the world differently.

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      1. Everyone is the blogging world is different. The reason why my blog mainly focuses on musical theatre is because I am a musical theatre fanatic, but to allow followers to know that is more to me that that, I blog about other things every once in a while

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