Blogging has been a huge part of my life these past seven years. It has enabled me to forge a career that I love, has enabled me to make some lifelong friends and has come a long way from when I first started, sitting in our little cottage at my desk wondering what to do. Since then, so much has happened. The blog has seen the birth of two kids, an engagement, a whole new career.
I love blogging for so many reasons but here are just a few:
You can make a living from it
Not everyone will want to and that’s fine. Some may do it full time, some may do it part time but the opportunity to make a living from doing something you love is there. Whether you rely solely on your blog, your social media or freelance on the side – something that has become possible because of blogging, the fact that you can make a living from it still blows my mind.
You can make awesome connections
I’ve made so many awesome friends and some great connections with people I’ve worked with, thanks to blogging. I’ve made connections I never thought possible and all through this tiny little thing I put on the internet one day. How cool is that?
There are so many different types of blog out there
You will never be bored. If you have an interest, there is bound to be a blog out there for it and perhaps even a whole community based around it. Whether you are interested in a general life blog, you’re a woman looking for fashion and beauty, you’re looking for a business blog with all the up to date news, a blog to give you advice or perhaps even to teach you a new skill, there’s bound to be one out there for you.
I am quite an avid reader of a wide range of blogs. I read parenting blogs, lifestyle blogs, beauty and fashion blogs, tech blogs, business blogs – the list is endless. I may not always do their tutorials or things like that – I read craft blogs but am the least crafty person I know – but I appreciate good posts and skills and like to read about them. Don’t you?
You can enhance your skills
I always wanted to write for a living but lost my way a little back when I was a teen. I’m now doing my dream job and find that I am building upon my skills each and every day. I also used to know basic html back in the day thanks to good old Myspace but as I blog for longer and longer and work on my site, I have taught myself more and more. I am by no means a html whizz but can fix certain things myself quickly now without having to get someone else to do it. Whilst I still wouldn’t call my pictures perfect and I am by no means a photographer, especially like some of the amazing bloggers around, I have also vastly improved in seven years through practice and newer equipment. I would never have built up on my photography skills without blogging so I have that to thank.
It gives you something to do
Whether you blog for fun or you do it for a living, the fact remains that should there ever be a time when you’re bored and want something to do, you can turn to your blog and write about literally anything. After all, it is your space to say what you want, do what you want. Want to talk about your favourite TV shows? Do it. Want to get your feelings out onto the page? Then do it, you don’t need any permission from anyone to do it – just do it if it is what you want to do.
These are just a few of the things I love blogging for – there is so many other things I could list too. What things do you love blogging for, if you’re a blogger? If you aren’t a blogger, what is it that you love about blogs? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below – what does blogging mean to you?