What Blogging has Taught Me

Monday, 14 November 2016

What Blogging has Taught Me

I had a bit of a nostalgic moment the other day, I saw someone on Twitter reflecting on whether they should start to blog or not and it transported me back in time to when I started heythererobyn.com. I wondered if my life would be much different if I hadn't opted to create my own little corner of the internet. Then I realised just how different my life would be and which lessons I would never have learned. 


WHAT OTHERS 

THINK DOESN'T MATTER
Now I probably would have learned this one with or without my little blog, but it wasn't until I began to love what I was doing that it sunk in for me. I knew from the day I began blogging that it is unconventional and not everyone would enjoy it, but I never really thought of the negativity I might receive. I popped my blog up on my private Facebook and that's when the paranoia began "what if people laugh?" 

Well, you know what? If people laugh it's their loss because I am enjoying what I do and nothing else in the world matter. Not the negativity, not the whispers and not the laughter. I love creating content on my blog and if you don't like it then don't read it because I'm not going to stop doing what makes me happy to make up for the fact someone dislikes their life so much that the only way they can find joy is through ridiculing others. (I feel like I need the little sass emoticon here).

BEING PROUD OF 
YOURSELF IS NOT A BAD THING
I felt so passionately about this one that I wrote an entire post dedicated to the subject, read it here. When you do anything in life you get those people who will say "She thinks she's so good at a, b and c." Like damn right, I do! No, I'm kidding, but when it comes to blogging, yes I do think I am good at it, I'm not the best by a long shot, but I have been improving throughout the past two years and I'm not going to lie about how proud I am of the content I create, it wouldn't be going on the internet if I wasn't proud. 

WORK HARD AND GOOD
THINGS WILL COME YOUR WAY
Another one that I would have learned without blogging, but that blogging regurgitates to me every time I get an amazing opportunity or I meet another wonderful person. I'm not half as successful as most other bloggers, but I am so proud of how far my little blog has gotten and what I have gained through this. I work so hard on my content and my blog and sometimes it can feel like it is all for nothing, but then an opportunity comes along or I receive a message from someone who reads my blog and it all feels worth it. 

What Blogging has Taught Me

TAKING A BREAK IS 
TOTALLY OKAY THOUGH
There have been many times that I forced myself to write content when I just didn't feel it. I felt uninspired, but I forced myself to write content that wasn't quite as good as the rest. I didn't want to miss posting days, but I now realise sometimes a break is all you need to kick start the inspiration. Or if life got in the way then it is important not to spread yourself too thin and risk something going wrong or making yourself unwell from doing too much. 

KEEPING A DIARY 
CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE
I have said this many, many times and am just regurgitating another few posts, but you have no idea how much it has helped me to keep a diary. I know exactly when I am busy when things are due and when posts go live without ever having the problem of double booking myself or missing a post due to forgetting to schedule it. Keeping everything together results in my personal life not interfering with university and university not interfering with my blog schedule. 

YOU SHOULD ALWAYS
ENJOY WHAT YOU DO
There have been times when I have sat in front of my laptop and began to write a totally uninspired post and I have hated blogging, I've wanted to quit, but once I've taken a break, I get my aspirations in order and I have a good long nap, I feel stupid for thinking that. I love blogging and when I truly feel that passion inside me everything is so enjoyable and much easier. If you hate what you do, give up, however, an off day doesn't count. 

What has blogging taught you? Do you think it is important that we enjoy what we do? 

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