- Monday, 1 December 2014 -
The Benefits of Blogging
Hello you lovely lot! Christmas playlists at the ready and whip out those decorations, it's December! As the days creep closer to Christmas, it feels like my jovial spirit is fraught with the looming presence of university deadlines (or DREADlines as they should be more accurately described). With the weeks leading up to Christmas being laced with mince pies and gingerbread lattes galore, there also seems to be a considerable intake of red bull and black coffee consumed - I say as I twitch ferociously at the keyboard.
Even though my blog takes second priority to my life, it acts as a prominent form of escapism when things are getting a little too hectic to handle. The blogging world warmly welcomed me with open arms, sharing my experiences, voicing thoughts, making memories and completely immersing me in their community. Growing up I struggled to discover my niche, whilst all of my friends were either musical prodigies or sports stars I often felt completely redundant in my talents. Blogging has helped me discover MYSELF, and that's but only one of its advantages...
1/ It's a beneficial hobby to have: To document ones thoughts and experiences in a regular entry format, shows an outstanding amount of commitment and creativity. Keeping a blog displays devotion, dedication and let's face it, is a pretty intriguing hobby to have outside the usual spectrum of sports, drama, art, music etc. People prick up their ears upon hearing you have a blog; it's a definite topic of interest and I've honestly lost count over the amount of times where an interviewer of a potential job or a lecturer has praised me for this pastime.
2/ I've acquired new skills: Blogging is so much more than embracing your inner child with his/her first diary. If you had have asked me this time last year to explain Google Analytics or demonstrate my photo editing skills or even simply inquired about my twitter followers I would have stared blankly into space (before running away from you, never to return). You would think that attempting to maintain a blog alongside university or work would be a distracting and unproductive prospect, right? When in reality, I've never felt more organised or impassioned before in my entire life.
3/ The opportunities are endless: This is probably the point where you'd expect me to boast about the glorious perks that come with being a blogger, namely the PR samples and attention you suddenly receive from agencies. Yes, it's flattering to be acknowledged and asked to review a particular product or attend a certain event but the sense of achievement you receive transcends those materialistic offers. As a designer, it really makes me smile to see fellow creatives follow me and recognise my work, and because of this exposure I've been gaining so many great clients wanting me to work with them.
4/ It's a boost of confidence: I get the greatest thrill upon discovering a new comment under my latest blogpost or whenever I've gained a new follower I can feel myself start to smile over the notion of having made a new friend. The feeling is intoxicating and it definitely spurs you on to achieve bigger and better things. Not to mention the support that envelopes you from the blogging community itself; any problem, worry or woe doesn't have to be fought alone as you always have your fellow bloggers to turn to. After all, we're all here with a unified passion, why wouldn't we have each others backs?
5/ My forever friends: It may sound extremely soppy and yes, I wouldn't blame you if you reached for your sick buckets now, but blogging has bestowed me with some amazing friends. Perhaps its our similar interests that has connected us or maybe it's merely the fact that we never seem to stop socialising on Twitter that has grown our bond strong, whatever the reason, bloggers are kindred spirits and I'm always so massively overwhelmed by the amount of support I experience. Be you a big blogger who has just released their recent first novel or a small, shuddering new blogger, doe eyed and excited, be sure that whatever pathway you pave on this journey, we will be here for you 100%.