On the 17th January 2018 my blog turned three. Three years seems like such a long time to me, yet it has gone so fast and it only feels like a year since I started my blog. Over time it has gone through a multitude of changes; name changes, themes switching about and I became unanonymous. I’m so happy with my blog at the moment, and for the past year I’ve been using it pretty consistently and watching it grow, receiving comments from you all and seeing whos following me and enjoying what I publish is so rewarding. I’ve decided that to celebrate three years (and also partially to celebrate 700 followers, which I am immensely grateful for) I’d do a post on my reasons for starting a blog and why you should start one too if you’re feeling like that’s something you want to do; I had always wanted to be able to share things with others and a blog fit that perfectly, I wouldn’t ever wish I hadn’t started blogging.
WHY DID I START BLOGGING?
I was twelve when I began blogging, which seems really young now and it was; there were very few bloggers as young as I was in the blogosphere and for a while my blog didn’t grow; 60 followers was as much as I reached in the first year of blogging. I was fine with that, because to me it seemed like a lot, especially for someone who just started blogging as a way to fill time.
In truth, I was bored. There was no monumental reason why I started blogging other than that. I didn’t feel as though I had an amazing story to share with people or that I could truly make people think about things differently, I just admired bloggers/youtubers with such a strong online influence and fancied having a go at that to stop myself from being completely bored. Blogging was something I started and began to enjoy instantly, and at first most of my posts went unnoticed, just me rambling from the WordPress app on my bus journey to school. I enjoyed it though, and blogging became something I knew I wanted to do as a long term thing (which is exactly what I’m doing now!) I never imagined my blog would gain even 100 followers, and that people would actually want to read my posts, brands would want to work with me and other bloggers want to collab with me. I say that if you’re bored and looking for something to do, blogging is the way to go.
WHY SHOULD YOU START A BLOG?
I have a list as long as my arm of reasons why starting a blog is such a great idea, but I’ll only list a few (mainly because you’d probably get bored reading twenty, but also because I have about half an hour to write this post – even after three years I’m shocking at posting on time!).
You’ll meet amazing people
I never imagined I’d make genuine friends from blogging, but almost instantly the community is so accepting and so inviting, everyone is very much lovely and the amount of lovely people I’ve met over the past three years is insane. I’ve had the opportunity to collab with some pretty wonderful bloggers and engaging with them on social media is always such a highlight in my day; at the moment, I particularly enjoy watching all the instagram stories from fellow blogging buddies because I just love seeing what people are getting up to!
You get some pretty great opportunities
I’m by no means a huge blogger, and I’m not the sort of person that gets PR trips abroad but I’ve run into so many amazing opportunities through blogging. I’ve collaborated with some wonderful brands that I’m so proud to be able to work with, such as Betty Box and Technic and while blogging for me is never about what free things I’m sent, it is really gratifying to receive them and I’m so grateful. I never ever thought I’d be able to work with brands and review things for them, and it seems so weird that I actually do this because it always seemed really unachievable for me.
Blogging is such a fun hobby
I love spending my spare time thinking up and planning blog posts, taking pictures and drafting posts; it’s something I really enjoy. While blogging can be really stressful at times, I always enjoy doing it and the love I get from the posts I publish always makes all the hard work that goes into it so worth it.
You become better at writing
Not that this is something everybody starts out with as a goal for blogging, or maybe you do, but I feel as though I’ve definitely improved in my blog writing skills over these past three years. My writing is more mature overall and I think it actually really helps me in other ways; before our English Language exams, my friends and I always joke that if it’s a blog post that we have to write in section B I’ll be able to write it well (which is not always the case!!). I really feel like blogging has widened my ability to write well and things such as persuading people or writing a cohesive email don’t seem like a struggle!
It increases your confidence
Before I started blogging I was confident, but not to the extent where I’d talk to anyone. My blog originally started out as an anonymous one, but over time I let people know of its existence and became unanonymous, and now the majority of my friends are aware of it and even some people who I’m not that close with. I was nervous to even put it out there or let anyone from my life know about it, but it wasn’t hard at all and everyone was really accepting of it. I believe that blogging makes you more social, especially over platforms such as twitter and the content you publish allows you to express your views and be more confident!
Its really rewarding
Every comment I get is always so lovely, and I always feel so lucky to have people who enjoy what I write so much. Every new follower, every like and RT on twitter and every DM I get on instagram always fills me with such happiness and makes me feel so positive. Even when I’m getting multiple comments a day, not one goes by me without a feeling of joy and I always reply to them. Seeing people enjoy something that you produce through your hard work and own enjoyment is probably one of the most rewarding things in my opinion, which is why blogging is so great.
The end of this post is here and I just want to say thank you to all of you who follow me, and even if you don’t thank you for taking the time to read this post and take a look around my blog; it means so so much. Thank you for everyone who has stuck with me through these past three years, new or old, you all mean a lot to me.