I feel like I say this a lot, but I owe so much to blogging. When I started my blog in February 2015, it was a way of posting photos of my recent trip to Brighton with my boyfriend and doing something creative to document my time in London, as I was struggling with the idea of living on my own away from home at the time. Now, it’s turned into something more- it’s my passion.
I didn’t expect to fall in love with blogging the way I did. It took a while to find out what I loved writing about, and to be honest I never thought that it would be beauty and lifestyle related. I didn’t even realise that there was a growing industry of ‘lifestyle bloggers’ and that I would become one of them in the next 2 years. The notion that I would spend hours on my computer for any other reason than binge-watching Netflix shows was completely alien to me.
I hadn’t expected to make it to the end of the year, especially with uni work swamping me. I soon learnt to balance my time and find subjects that seemed to write themselves. I have learnt so much about time management, organisation, forward planning and scheduling that I constantly have lists of potential blog posts for months in advance now. I have definitely learnt to be a lot more positive in what I’m doing and ignore any negativity, because I know that the positive feedback whenever I publish a new post is 100% worth it for me.
Blogging has taught me to embrace this passion of mine, something that hasn’t been actively encouraged and suggested to me by parents or family- it’s something that I have pursued myself and that’s taken time to convince others it’s worth my efforts. In a way I’m glad I struggle to make people see why I stress out about photos or getting the wording on a post just right- it only motivates me more to prove the nay-sayers wrong.
I definitely owe a lot to blogging and my work on social media in general. I have more goals and aspirations now than I ever did before. It’s weird because I have always wanted to accomplish so much, but this is all on my terms, from my own hard work. I am fighting off my anxiety by pushing myself to go out there and create content, and in a way that is the greatest gift that blogging has given me- a way to suppress my anxiety and create something amazing instead. When I look back on my early blog posts which were so tentative and see how far I’ve come now, I’m so sure that this is what I want to pursue. I have always loved writing and know that I will only get better at the photography side in time with more and more practise- I mean just look at my first ‘foodie’ post… it’s all over the place!
Blogging has taught me that it’s okay to be passionate about something that not everyone else understands and to just stay focused on achieving my goals. It’ll all pay off in the end!
What has blogging taught you so far?