Why I Started Blogging & Why You Should Too | My Three Years Blogging Anniversary

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.

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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.

Soph xx

 

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83 Comments

  1. January 20, 2018 / 6:26 pm

    I agree, Blogging brings me so much joy! Congratulations on 3 years! 😊 x

    • Love, Soph
      Author
      January 20, 2018 / 6:31 pm

      Thank you so much!💗

  2. January 20, 2018 / 8:02 pm

    Happy 3 year anniversary and congrats on 700 followers xx

    • Love, Soph
      Author
      January 20, 2018 / 8:44 pm

      Thank you Erin!💓

  3. January 20, 2018 / 8:43 pm

    I agree that you’ll meet some amazing people!! COngrats on 700 followers, you’re doing amazing x

    • Love, Soph
      Author
      January 20, 2018 / 8:44 pm

      Thank you so much Ellie!💜💜

  4. January 20, 2018 / 8:57 pm

    Congrats on 3 years and over 700 followers xx

    • Love, Soph
      Author
      January 20, 2018 / 9:21 pm

      Thank you so much 💓

  5. January 20, 2018 / 9:00 pm

    Congrats!! 💕 That’s such a great and well-written post! I just discovered your blog and love it! ❤️

    • Love, Soph
      Author
      January 20, 2018 / 9:21 pm

      I’m really glad you love it!! Thank you for visiting!✨

  6. January 20, 2018 / 9:47 pm

    Happy blogiversary to you!!! 🙂 <3

    • Love, Soph
      Author
      January 21, 2018 / 1:54 am

      Thanks!💗

  7. January 21, 2018 / 12:52 am

    All great reasons to blog! Here’s to many more years of blogging! 🙂

    • Love, Soph
      Author
      January 21, 2018 / 1:53 am

      Thank you😊

  8. briannamarielifestyle
    January 21, 2018 / 1:48 am

    I’m so glad I started blogging! I just reached my first 100 followers:) congrats on 3 Years:)
    http://briannamarielifestyle.com

    • Love, Soph
      Author
      January 21, 2018 / 1:53 am

      Wow congrats on 100!💜

  9. January 21, 2018 / 2:49 pm

    Congratulations on your 3 years of blogging! That is amazing!! I love blogging xx

    • Love, Soph
      Author
      January 21, 2018 / 3:13 pm

      Wow thanks so much! Me too, it’s my favourite thing to do x x

  10. January 21, 2018 / 4:00 pm

    Congrats on 3 years soph! My 3 year bloggiversary is in June, but it does seem like yesterday! Your blog is amazing and I hope you go so far! Xx

    • Love, Soph
      Author
      January 21, 2018 / 4:01 pm

      Wow that’s amazing, I didn’t know you’d been blogging for so long! Thank you Eden💓

  11. January 21, 2018 / 4:09 pm

    I think of my blog as my digital diary, my kids will be able to read it and see what I was like back when I was a kid! It’s such a fun hobby and I have a great passion for it.💖 —https://emilyryannblogblog.wordpress.com/2018/01/21/why-the-90s-00s-were-and-still-are-so-much-better/

    • Love, Soph
      Author
      January 21, 2018 / 4:49 pm

      It’s so great! Thank you for commenting💜

  12. January 21, 2018 / 6:09 pm

    Oh my gosh Soph!! Congratulations on such an amazing achievement!! <3 All I can say is I'm glad you started blogging because you always make me smile!! <3 :)) x

    • Love, Soph
      Author
      January 21, 2018 / 8:56 pm

      Thank you soooo much Tabi! Love your blog too😊💗

  13. January 21, 2018 / 6:31 pm

    Congratulations on such an amazing achievement, three years is absolutely incredible! I adore your blog, good luck with the next year! Xxx

    • Love, Soph
      Author
      January 21, 2018 / 8:55 pm

      Thank you so much Mollie!😊❤️

  14. January 21, 2018 / 6:35 pm

    Omg, you’re so cute! I can’t believe that you started blogging when you were 12. We didn’t even have YouTube when I was 12, well we did, but it was nothing like it was now. Like that’s crazy to wrap my mind around that. You should be so proud of yourself! That’s a huge achievement. I started blogging a year ago, and while I’ve always wanted to, I could never picture myself starting as young as you did. Congrats xxx

    Melina | http://www.ivefoundwaldo.com

    • Love, Soph
      Author
      January 21, 2018 / 8:55 pm

      Haha thank you! I suppose I was quite mature for my age (always have been😂) but my blog has definitely grown with me and I couldn’t be happier that I started! Thanks so much for commenting😊

  15. January 21, 2018 / 6:43 pm

    Wow, I loved this post💕Well done to you! I was nervous enough at 22 to start a blog, never mind 12! Your inspiring me already to keep faith that in time my blogging will go further. All the best to you and happy 3 years xx

    • Love, Soph
      Author
      January 21, 2018 / 8:54 pm

      Thank you so much! Sometimes I regret blogging at twelve; I was mature but not to the point where I truly understood blogging and what content would make people want to read my blog, but as I’ve gotten older my blog has grown with me and I couldn’t be happier that I started! Thank you so much for your comment😊

  16. January 21, 2018 / 8:12 pm

    Congrats on three years, Soph! I’m so glad you started blogging, because of you hadn’t I never would have found you and been inspired to start for myself! Here’s to many more happy blogging years 🌼❤

    • Love, Soph
      Author
      January 21, 2018 / 8:53 pm

      I’m so glad I inspired you! This comment makes me so happy! Thank you, and here is to many many more years! 💓

  17. January 21, 2018 / 9:00 pm

    Love this post! I also started blogging three years ago. <3

    • Love, Soph
      Author
      January 21, 2018 / 9:16 pm

      I’m so glad you enjoyed! Congrats x

  18. January 22, 2018 / 12:33 pm

    Happy blogoversary!! Blogging is so much hard work, but it’s really worth it! x

    • Love, Soph
      Author
      January 22, 2018 / 12:53 pm

      Thank you!!

  19. January 23, 2018 / 6:12 pm

    I’ve finally found someone who started blogging due to boredom! Everyone elses reason to blog is always fascinating and I never can relate because I only started it because I was simply bored. Happy blogvirsary Soph!💖🎉🎉

    • Love, Soph
      Author
      January 23, 2018 / 7:48 pm

      Oh my gosh, i totally get where you’re coming from! Everyone is always starting for some huge reason and thats awesome but being bored was literally my ONLY reason!! I’m so glad I did though. Thank you so much Najida xx

  20. January 23, 2018 / 6:20 pm

    Congratulations on 3 years lovely, that’s great. I loved this post X

    • Love, Soph
      Author
      January 23, 2018 / 7:48 pm

      Thank you so much Mia, I’m really glad you enjoyed!♥

  21. January 25, 2018 / 7:11 pm

    Oh my GOSH YES!!! My confidence has increased massively like I can express myself more. I’ve met so many wonderful people here, including yourself! You inspire me because you are so friendly, ready to talk to anyone and you write in such a down-to-earth way. Congrats on 3 years!!!! I’m so proud of you and I know you will continue to do fantastic things with this blog and with your life in general.

    Love from Elm xx

    • Love, Soph
      Author
      January 25, 2018 / 9:38 pm

      Thank you sooooo much Elm!! Confidence is such a great thing to have from blogging, I’m really grateful that it’s improved! You’re so kind and lovely! Thank you so so much✨❤️

      • January 30, 2018 / 4:52 pm

        <3 xx

  22. January 30, 2018 / 11:57 am

    Happy Blogiversary!😍😘 Congrats Lovely! ❤️❤️

    • Love, Soph
      Author
      January 30, 2018 / 12:08 pm

      Thank you😊❤️❤️

  23. February 2, 2018 / 11:40 am

    Congratulations on your three years blogging .That is something

  24. February 13, 2018 / 11:00 am

    Congratulations on your three years of blogging and 700 followers! 💖

    • Love, Soph
      Author
      February 13, 2018 / 11:24 am

      Thank you so much!😊

  25. kerumburg
    February 13, 2018 / 11:52 pm

    Wow, this is so incredible, thank you for all of your hard work, you’re such an inspiration 💕💕

    • Love, Soph
      Author
      February 14, 2018 / 11:47 am

      Thank you!💜💜

  26. February 14, 2018 / 4:38 pm

    Heyyy thanxxx I started blogging tooo and would love if you check them out 🙂 Thankyou
    please do follow up.

    • Love, Soph
      Author
      February 14, 2018 / 8:54 pm

      I sure will! X

  27. February 15, 2018 / 12:33 pm

    I can totally relate to the part where you started blogging because you were bored. I just started blogging last week and it was out of boredom. Thanks for this post

    • Love, Soph
      Author
      February 15, 2018 / 12:34 pm

      I think it’s a great way to start because it becomes a true hobby! I hope you enjoy blogging!

  28. February 15, 2018 / 8:23 pm

    I love this had my blog a couple of years but only just got back into it, but im loving it!

    • Love, Soph
      Author
      February 15, 2018 / 8:38 pm

      That’s so great!

  29. February 23, 2018 / 12:56 am

    Hi Soph, I’m Cam!
    I agree with all of these reasons as to why I personally decided to start writing I feel like it almost becomes therapeutic in some aspects … and the release of energy into a post is honestly one of the most accomplished feeling I have ever gotten! Continue to write from the heart it will definitely keep growing you.
    <3
    cam

    • Love, Soph
      Author
      February 24, 2018 / 9:34 am

      Thanks for your lovely comment Cam!

  30. March 3, 2018 / 2:11 pm

    Congratulations!!!!!!!!

    • Love, Soph
      Author
      March 3, 2018 / 5:20 pm

      Thank you!😊

  31. March 23, 2018 / 12:52 am

    Soph, great blog! I just started and you have some great tips. Will you please help me get more followers?!

    • Love, Soph
      Author
      March 23, 2018 / 6:40 am

      Thanks! I’ll take a look at your blog 😊

  32. August 2, 2018 / 3:36 pm

    Congrats on hitting 3 years! I honestly can’t believe you’ve been doing it for so long! I’ve been blogging for about a year and a half, and while time’s definitely flown by, I feel like so much has changed in that time period. I have had blogging friends that have disappeared, and people that I’ve made amazing bonds with during that time period. I love blogging so much, and I honestly don’t know what I would do if I didn’t blog. Can’t wait to see what you do within this next year (well actually 4 months til you hit 4 years!) xxx

    melina | http://www.melinaelisa.com

    • Love, Soph
      Author
      August 6, 2018 / 2:07 pm

      Thank you so much! It’s weird how close I am to being at this for 4 years – it definitely doesn’t feel that long! Blogging journeys go by super quick! x

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