Five things I love about blogging….When I started my first ever blog back in 2015 I didn’t have a clue what I was doing.
I wrote a few family and lifestyle posts on blogger and hit publish. I remember being so nervous about who would read them and what they would think.
Turns out I didn’t need to worry, as I had no idea about SEO or sharing on social media, and the posts kind of sunk without a trace.
That’s one of the things I love about blogging though – you do actually have to work hard (no matter what some critics might say!), in order to get your content seen.
You can write the best posts out there but if they’re not shared and promoted then they will not get seen to their full potential. (Although if you rank well on Google then that doesn’t matter so much I guess).
Blogging has become such a huge part of the contemporary publishing world. And the thing is there is so much more to blogging these days, than just the blogging itself.
There’s all the social media behind it; the Instagram uploads, tweets, shares on Facebook, YouTube….there’s so much.
Then there’s the writing of blog posts, the taking photos, editing and proofreading before you finally get to hit that lovely button ‘publish’.
With that in mind, I thought it was time to share the five things I love about blogging….
1) You are your own boss
Sounds a little extreme, but it’s true. One of the things that I love about blogging the most is that you can create exactly what you want, when you want. There is no hard and fast rule to what you do. The beauty of blogging is that it can reflect your personality, you decide what to publish, and you create your own identity with it.
Whether it’s fashion, beauty, lifestyle, parenting, food or any other number of topics available to blog about, it’s an amazing thing to be able to pick a subject and write about it. Creative freedom is a wonderful thing.
2) Blogging opens up so many opportunities
(And I’m not just talking about the brand collaborations and sponsored posts).
One of the things I love about blogging is how it has created so amazing experiences and opportunities.
I love the fact that blogging takes me to certain events, whether they are tailored for bloggers in London or more local such as a restaurant review – it’s all part of the experience of being a blogger.
And of course, it goes without saying that if you are lucky enough to be gifted a product to review then that is definitely a perk of the ‘job’.
3) You make friends IRL after making online friends
This was an aspect to blogging that I never really expected to happen, yet it’s one of the loveliest things to come out for it me. Making new friends. You have an instant connection and shared hobby, and you also have a mutual respect for each other.
Most times in the online world you can end up spending months or even years talking to people on Twitter and Instagram as well as your blog without ever getting the chance to meet them. But thanks to blogger meet ups and blogger events around the country, you can actually meet those friends for real and develop friendships.
4) Blogging makes you get snappy (in a good way)
Most bloggers these days have more than likely upped their photography game.
It’s kind of an inevitability, as good images are a bit of a requisite when it comes to producing a good quality post. And that involves investing in a decent phone or even better, a professional camera, to get those shots. I flit between my iphone 7 plus and my Canon G5X for all my blog and Instagram photos, and almost always edit afterwards in VSCO cam.
If you’d asked me a year ago whether I’d be taking photos of my feet or drinks and food, or asking me what a flatlay was, I’d have most likely giggled in your face…What a difference a year makes in the blogging world.
5) One of the thing I love about blogging the most, is the blogging community itself
Now this sometimes gets a bit of a bad rep. Bloggers are often criticised as being bitchy, self-obsessed, severely competitive and full of cliques. I’m not going to pretend or deny that there is an element of truth to some of these statements, but on the whole, I can honestly say that I have only ever had positive experiences since becoming a blogger.
We mostly stick up for each other, and support one another with our latest ventures. And when I say support, I mean real heart-felt encouragement – there is a sense of solidarity amongst the bloggers that I know and it’s honestly one of the most humbling things that I love about blogging. There’s even a magazine dedicated to bloggers which is just amazing and packed full of inspiring and supportive articles and features.
So that’s my little round-up of five things that I love about blogging – hope you enjoyed it and please let me know what you love the most about your blog and blogging in general – would love to hear from you!