19 July 2016

8 Great Things About Blogging

I have been blogging for around 10 months now and I have to say, I absolutely love it. It gives me the freedom to write about the things I love and the things I'm interested in, plus I get to share it will all of you!

However, recently I have noticed a lot of bloggers writing very negative posts and it has really got me down. Whilst their posts are of course totally valid and even I could relate to some of them, I just feel like it's a lot of unnecessary negativity in a world that sees too much darkness as it is. One post in particular really affected me and I couldn't find the motivation to blog all week! So I have decided enough is enough, it's time for a reminder of the great things about blogging!

1) You get to create your own space on the internet.

It's such a good feeling when you finally have the perfect blog theme, or when you look back at your recent posts and think "yaass, I created this!" Ok, so some of your content might be similar to other bloggers in your niche (this is what one blog post complained about) but as long as you didn't copy then it is yours and you should be proud of your little corner of the web! So what if there are a lot of make up reviews within the beauty blogging community or a lot of "top 10 travel essentials" in the travel blog niche? You don't have to have a completely out there idea all the time for your blog to be unique. It's different because it's yours.

2) You get to write about whatever you want

Kind of carrying on from the first point, you've created a platform for yourself where you can write about whatever you feel strongly about. Maybe that's a review of the latest make up product you bought, or maybe it's a great vegan meal you've come up with - whatever it is, you get to be completely free with it - it's your blog after all!

3) That feeling you get when people leave nice comments

There's nothing better than logging on to blogger and seeing someone leaving a comment on one of my posts, especially when you can tell they have really engaged with it. It's just awesome to know that what I have written has impacted someone enough to make them want to take time out of their day to leave a comment!

4) You reach out to people you never expected to

I have bumped into a few old friends recently who have mentioned that they have read my blog or watched my videos (I have a youtube channel too) and said it was so nice because they feel like they are catching up with me. I was also told that my younger cousin reads my blog (Hi Emma, if you're reading!) and that made me so happy because we live far apart and don't see each other very often! In fact I have had a lot of people like, comment on or just tell me that they enjoy my blog and I never expected them to be in the slightest bit interested!

5) You can get free stuff

Now this is something that for some reason seems very taboo in the blogging world. I also know that there is a lot of controversy at the moment over brands wanting bloggers to do something for nothing or do things they are not really supposed to do. I read a blog post a while ago complaining about how non bloggers just think we get free stuff all the time (we really don't) and although I totally understand this jibe, it has to be said that a lot of people get the opportunity to work with some super cool brands and receive payment or samples due to their blogs and you have to admit that is a great side to blogging.

6) You get to showcase your writing

Now I'm guessing that if you're a blogger then you probably like writing. You've just created yourself a place where you can show off your skills to potential clients or employers - that is cool!

7) You meet a whole bunch of like minded people

Since starting my blog I have met so many other bloggers, mainly through twitter, and it's awesome to support each other and have other people who understand exactly what it's like to run your own blog!

8) You have something to look back on and reminisce

One of the main reasons I started my blog was so that I could look back over my old posts and see what it was I was doing or interested in at that point in time. Kind of like a diary I guess, but I'm posting it for all to see and share with me!

I hope you enjoyed this post! If you're a blogger then I hope it has been a happy little reminder for you and given you some motivation to keep going! If you're a non blogger then thanks for reading! Maybe I have inspired you to start your own?

See you soon,

Beth x


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