I first started “blogging” in 2012 at college, but it wasn’t like this. I had a blog where I published my creative writing. My short stories, poems and a couple of rambles. I then started blogging occasionally before I started at university and I hate to admit it but I simply fell out of love with it. My uni work took over my life, my anxiety began and I just didn’t have the time.
I picked it up again in my second year but I certainly didn’t stick to any schedule. I posted sporadically and that’s probably not the best thing to do when you’re passionate about something. But I now work in a digital marketing job where I get to write blog posts for clients and the company I work for in my day-to-day life and I suddenly realised that I should be paying more attention to my own blog.
I LOVE writing. It’s my passion and one of the only things I’m actually good at. Blogging is a great way for people to read your thoughts and a great way to express yourself but there are also a certain set of skills that you teach yourself when you blog.
Here are just a few…
So if you’re anything like me, you’ll have a day where your writer’s block is non-existent and you’ll smash out 4 or 5 blog posts a day. You then have to schedule these, schedule social posts. For some posts, you have to make the time to take photos for your blog posts or find people to interview.
Blogging is time-consuming but it’s a good thing if you’re passionate about it because it helps you juggle tasks better in other aspects of life. For example, at work or doing chores at home. I found it overwhelming in the beginning but I always feel great when I’ve scheduled a few posts and taken some new photos!
I’ve definitely become more outgoing since I started blogging. There are so many friendly bloggers on Twitter who are more than easy to communicate with. Even when I was barely blogging, I was welcomed into blogger chats with open arms.
I find it much easier to do small tasks now like make phone calls or reach out to people when I need help. I was always the student at parent’s evening who “had to put their hand up more” and if I went back to school now, I wouldn’t feel shy asking any questions!
I’m definitely still an introvert but blogging has made me so much more confident. Especially when I receive positive comments on my blog! That fills me with confidence and eggs me on to do even better with my next post.
Every time I write a new blog post, I always take a deep breath before I click the schedule or publish button. Some posts I write are incredibly raw and from the heart and I know more than anyone how many nasty people there are out there and it’s probably just my anxious mind but I always think about what others will say when I publish a new post.
It sounds so ridiculous because I always get such lovely feedback on my personal posts but something still makes me feel like I’m taking a risk by publishing it out to the world! I think blogging does make you a risk-taker but it also makes you think before you speak and before you make any big decisions!