How Blogging Has Changed Me

Friday, 2 September 2016

How Blogging Has Changed Me

If you had met me two years ago as opposed to meeting me now, you would probably met a totally different person, maybe you'd prefer that version, maybe you'd prefer this version, but in many ways I have completely changed. I grew up, I learned and I grew as a person, but for me I also have something else that can take credit for a bunch of these changes: blogging. 

I have been blogging for two years this month, September 14th marks the second anniversary of the creation of heythererobyn.com, however, I only began taking blogging seriously in June of 2016, because I fell in love with blogging. Even though I've only been taking my blog seriously for just over a year, I have been learning, growing and evolving both as a blogger and as a person since the day I opened up Blogger and created my little piece of the internet. 

IT'S TAUGHT
ME TO BE ORGANISED...
I've always been a pretty organised person, but blogging taught me the power of organisation. I've always been someone that had the fall back of being "naturally smart", I was able to sail easily through school without marking dates in my diary, I could hear about an asssessment a few days before it was due in and write it up with no problems. Blogging is totally different, it's a different ball game and you have to be on the ball, constantly creating content, new, exciting, unique content, scheduling posts, scheduling promotional social media posts, you have to constantly be one step ahead of your blog. 

IT TAUGHT ME 
NOT TO BELIEVE EVERYTHING ONLINE...
I'm not saying before blogging I was oblivious to the world of lying, but when you scroll down Instagram seeing people on holiday, seeing their perfect lives, perfectly toned bodies and flawless makeup, it can definitely effect your self esteem and outlook on your own life. Since I began blogging I have become one of those girls that only share the very best of me online, I may overshare a little on Twitter, but my blog and my Instagram are places where I only share what I think looks and feels perfect to me. I've learned that reguarly people only share what they feel will look good and that tends to be those "inspo" pictures. 

IT'S TAUGHT
ME TO BE OUTGOING...
When I was young I was always super shy, I liked to hide in the background and I hated talking to new people, going to college changed this, but blogging has furthered this. Going to blogging events it can be overwhelming to be surrounded by so many different people, but when you realise you all have the same passions and interests it becomes to easy to mingle. From talking to bloggers I have never met to talking to PRs I have never met, I now feel comfortable talking to absolute strangers and saying the first "hello!"

IT'S TAUGHT ME 
HTML...
This is a lie, I technically learned through Tumblr, but blogging has furthered my interest in learning the skill and being able to code. I love going into my HTML and playing around, changing things and learning what different codes do and how they make up the website. I actually learned that much HTML on Blogger that I decided to write up two posts telling others how to do it; click here and here to read them

How Blogging Has Changed Me
IT'S TAUGHT ME 
WITH HARD WORK COMES GREAT REWARD...
I am not in blogging for the "freebies", I love to write and blog and share my thoughts and feelings on the internet, but they are definitely a perk of the job. i have had some incredible opportunites since I began blogging from laser hair removal to £100 giftcards and chances to meet friends. Blogging takes a lot of hard work, but it is totally worth it, not just for the opportunities and "freebies", but everytime you get a comment or a new follower and you realise "wait... someone actually likes what I am doing?!" it's one of the most amazing feelings in the world, it makes the long nights, sore eyes and pins and needles worth it. 

IT'S TAUGHT ME
WHAT OTHER PEOPLE THINK MEANS NOTHING...
At the beginning of this year I took the jump and I shared my blog on my private Facebook page, I shared it with everyone I went to school with, everyone I knew from my hometown and everyone I went to college with. My heart was racing at a thousand miles per hour, but since that time I've shared it again numerous times, I am no longer worried. I don't care what others think of me blogging or of my blog, I love to blog and I love my blog and that is all that matters. What Sally says of Susie says more of Sally than it does of Susie afterall. 

IT'S TAUGHT ME
TO BE PROUD OF MYSELF...
Before now I would hide my head anytime anyone complimented me for doing something, but now I can proudly say that I have a blog, I have a steady readership and yes I am not a popular blogger persay, but I am proud of myself for what I have achieved and how good my blog is going and I don't feel like it is a bad thing to be happy for myself. I mean I may be modest when it comes to compliments, but I can totally raise my hand and say yes, I am proud of my little part of the internet and that's not a bad thing. 

IT'S TAUGHT ME
IT'S NOT BAD TO LOVE MAKEUP...
I have always worried that my love for beauty, fashion, makeup and my particiaption in consumerism would make people think I am dumb or an airhead. Elle Woods showed me you could be smart and still love all things makeup and fashion, but it still seems to be a stigma in society for a girl or guy to enjoy beauty or fashion, but whatever, I love it and I no longer care what others think of me. Read my post all about how my love for fashion and beauty doesn't indicate a lack of intelligence here

How Blogging Has Changed Me

What have you leanred from blogging? Do you think blogging has changed you? 

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