You might have noticed that I’ve been sharing some quite personal stories about myself recently – My time on the contraceptive pill, A letter to my future self, etc – so I figured it was time to tell you all why I decided to start a blog.
Since I was about 10 years old I have written about anything and everything. From a diary to terrible short stories – all I’ve known is how to write. Writing gives me the opportunity to express myself and show people who I really am. That’s why it made sense to me to start a blog. Now, I’d be telling fibs if I said I wasn’t inspired by other famous bloggers such as: Tanya Burr, Zoella and others. I’d even considered starting a Youtube channel (might still happen yet) because these people made me see it as such a profession full of hope and dreams coming true.
My blogging reality…
I’ve been blogging on and off for four years now and let me tell you – my life is far from as glamorous as theirs and truthfully, I’m ok with that. I do get a little jealous of their lavish holiday’s but that’s it because I realised I didn’t start a blog because I wanted to be rich and famous. Hell no! I started a blog because writing had played such a huge and influential part in my life and I wanted to give it life in a way that I never had before. I’d been quite terrified at first to share my personal life with strangers, but now it feels normal. The blogging community have welcomed me in ways I didn’t expect. If I’m honest, I thought I’d never be a part of the community. I thought you had to be an amazing writer and have all these famous friends. If that was the case then I had no chance.
But I have been proven wrong. I’ve made myself become more involved with the community and spoken to some really lovely bloggers. The help I’ve gained from blogger support pages on social media has been insightful and made me realise we’re all in this together. Go ahead, get all High School Musical on me because I was singing it in my head too! I feel a part of something bigger than just me and my little blog now. If you’re not involved in any facebook groups or twitter chats then get involved right now! It’ll make your blogging life so much easier and you won’t feel as alone in the blogosphere.
So why do I blog?
This blog gives me a space to be myself without worrying about others judgement. I know that sounds a little bizarre because anybody who reads these posts is judging them – I’m aware of that. But I’m not concerned by that. I’m writing because it’s therapeutic for me to unleash all my thoughts onto ‘paper’ – electronic or otherwise. I feel like sharing my personal experiences with all of you has helped me connect with myself again. A part of myself had been lost for a while and the only way to get it back was to write. ‘A letter to my future self’ put my present life into perspective for me, it reminded me of who I am and hope to be. I’d really recommend everyone to write a blog post along those lines because you really feel relief once you’re finished.
I understand why people are worried about making themselves vulnerable – it’s not easy and it can feel like you’ve lost some sort of control. But you haven’t. To have even put yourself out there by blogging/vlogging, you’ve got to be pretty confident and strong. There’s plenty of people online these days who will tear someone down bit by bit. But by showing everyone who are, you’re already showing that mean comments will mean nothing. As a blogger you have to brace yourself for such backlash – it might happen and it might not depending on the topics you choose to write about. But never give up on something you believe in or love purely because an online troll told you to. A blog is a place to be yourself in whatever form of post you choose to publish.
The truth about the demise of ‘My Veggie Diary’
Nothing feels quite as good to me as blogging does. So missing out on writing a post upsets me somewhat, but life has to get in the way sometimes. I don’t get paid to do this and like I said, I’m not here for the money. Letting people down is not something I like to do whether it’s at work, my friends or blog related. I would like to apologise for not continuing with ‘My Veggie Diary‘ because I did enjoy writing it. The only problem is I didn’t have the energy to write every single day and I needed it for those blog posts to be successful. Plus, I didn’t have time to take pictures of everything I was doing or eating so the posts looked quite boring. And the last thing I want to do is bore anyone! Update: I’m still a vegetarian.
Finally, I’d like to say I’m not an amazing writer. I know by reading this you might think ‘she has a right ticket on herself’, but trust me, I don’t. The reason I wrote this was to inspire more people to write and show that it’s ok not to be amazing at something. If you love what you do, keep doing it and you will get better at it. You never know where it might take you.
Blogging isn’t easy at times but getting wrapped up in visitor/view numbers is somewhat pointless. Yes you want people to read what you’re writing, but not getting 1000 views a day isn’t the end of the world – I promise. Sometimes, I barely get 14 views a day but I still appreciate every single person that visits my blog. It means a lot to me to think anyone would want to read what I write.
If you think blogging is something you’d like to try out then go for it. I’m here for any new starter that needs advice or help with any part of blogging. Drop me a comment if you’d like to ask any questions about my blogging experience or need any advice with yours.
Until next time,