Blogging is one of my favourite things to do. Why would I ever want to neglect something I enjoy doing? It doesn’t harm anyone, it is therapeutic for me, and writing is something which I will always to do.
A few moments before logging onto my laptop and writing this post, my boyfriend said to me:
“When you start your new job tomorrow, don’t stop blogging, because it’s you.”
And that was my motivation right there to write this post. I’ll always work hard in my job but I’ll also work hard for my blog as it’s what I’ve done for it to be where it is today.
I’m a person who likes to share my thoughts
I have enjoyed writing since the story writing days at primary school. As soon as I put a pen to paper, well pencil at first, I wanted to be a neat hand writer and I wanted to tell an interesting story.
Back in nursery, I enjoyed being creative with paintings of The Three Little Pigs and Biff, Chip and Kipper. I have never mastered drawing – who knows how I got a merit in my Art diploma at high school…
Book reviews were very enjoyable for me in school – books by Jacqueline Wilson like the Suitcase Kid and Double Act were my favourite. I always enjoyed writing about the personalities of characters and their feelings.
It wasn’t until this year when I began to get into reading with more depth of understanding of real life stories, and autobiographies. I particularly enjoyed The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson. The emotions that run through us when we experience a romantic gesture down to feeling lost when we lose our loved ones, perfectly places us in a world with Lennie, the main character.
I’ve always been amazed by characters. And it wasn’t until last year when I thought, why not right about my life and share my personality?
As much as films aren’t always real, nor soap operas on television, there is a sense of reality. There is often something which we can relate to in some way or another, even with its dramatic effect for our satisfaction as an audience.
With my writing, I aim to share my thoughts, my experiences, my perception on life, and most of all to convey a message that we are all human. We all live in the same world as I’ve said before, and I hope my blog is a place where you can read about a bit of everything. It focuses on everyday life with a mission to inspire at least one person with each blog post I write.
I remember when there were times when I had to write about an occasion in high school for creative writing projects. There was one significant story I wrote about – a child being brought into the world and the event was their christening. My English teacher wrote a lengthy comment on my work how I made her feel like I was there.
The truth is, I was there. And at the moments where I wasn’t, I tried my hardest to imagine how it would feel.
I was also chosen to write a speech for both my granny (when I was seven years old) and my grandad’s (when I was thirteen) funerals.
I have always been nervous at presentations throughout high school, college, and university. I never quite mastered my confidence with speaking in front of a large group of people. I’d be the person who researched, organised and wanted everyone to be punctual in order to prepare.
I enjoy reading about other people’s stories
Success stories, emotional breakthroughs, overcoming health challenges – I enjoy reading them all. Since blogging, I’ve been more intrigued to read about other people’s stories. How did they get where they are today? I wonder what hobbies they like. Blogging is a community after all so it’s great to share our journeys and grow together within that same community.
I have started to get into those chats on Twitter now (it’s about time that I started to participate in those). It’s amazing how someone who you don’t even know will give you the biggest boost from their inspirational stories and writing.
Whether it is beauty, travel, or romance – I enjoy a mixture of posts from all kinds of topics.
From reading someone’s post, it can help you how to master a good way to apply eyeshadow, to mastering how to deal with stress or hurt in your life.
Sometimes, when you’re writing a post, you think that you are writing a whole paragraph or paragraphs which sound a load of nonsense. When in fact, there’s somebody out there who can put themselves in your shoes, either because they empathise with you, or they have been there themselves. Likewise, with the person who is writing theirs, at those times when you can totally relate.
What’s more, blogging is the reason I feel the need to read more. I find it very meaningful. It helps me to broaden perceptions and travel on a horizon of different thoughts.
It is particularly motivating when somebody has the strength to write about their biggest battle that they’ve experienced and have been too frightened to share it before now.
I feel accomplished
You see a lot of, How to… posts from bloggers. The advice and tips you can receive are great but sometimes, blogging can be about doing it your own way. That’s how you make your blog your own. You don’t have to be a professional writer. There is no limit to how long your posts have to be.
Although with respect to some bloggers, they do like an adequate amount of text combined with photos. I have a photography page, nothing amazing, it simply displays different tourist attractions and travel locations that I have been too. But it wasn’t until a couple of weeks ago when I started to add photos to every other post, to add more meaning to my writing.
Though, the gift of writing, is something which is able to perfectly put you in the moment without photographs sometimes. Words can be so powerful. And as much as people say actions speak louder than words, when you can be sure that words are true, they become somewhat touching.
When I wake up and check my blog and social media notifications, it always feels good when someone has shared my work or commented. Whether it’s a fellow blogger, friend, family, or someone who I communicate with via social media, it’s a kind gesture in my eyes.
To be noticed and to stand out in today’s society can be difficult.
I’ve learnt to stand on my own two feet and to put myself out there. I wish I would have had a stronger perspective of this when I studied at university, but the main thing it that I’ve got to where I am today.
If I didn’t share my experiences and thoughts through blogging, I don’t think people would have understood my journey as much as they would have just by having a chat with them in person. I am a person who some people haven’t always seen as a deep thinker. Nor have they heard about different things I’ve seen and done.
Blogging has become a huge thing which makes me the person I am. It’s been a successful way for me to express myself.
We all start somewhere. It doesn’t matter how long it takes you to get where you want to be. Never think it makes others better than you if they’ve travelled a shorter journey.