Believe me when I say it took me ages to gather all my courage to start blogging. I pondered again and again why I should start a blog, to justify to myself and to convince myself that blogging is going to be good for me. So here I’d like to share with you my thoughts on why I finally started my blog.
1. I miss writing
I wanted a creative outlet where I could create, write and share content that I thought like-minded people may find valuable. I find myself having all these creative juices and not sure what to do with them, sometimes it makes me frustrated that no one around me understands this feeling. I realise I need a channel to express myself, not just visually but in writing. I certainly miss writing, I always loved writing stories when I was in school, I was quite good at it actually and just miss those times when I could just write and create stories. So, I wanted to get back to it and what better way to start than blogging? I strongly believe that blogging will make me a better writer and creative. I like to quote Stan Lee: “To me, writing is fun. It doesn’t matter what you’re writing, as long as you can tell a story.”
2. Blogging as a way to express myself
I received a Christmas present from my husband on Mindfulness and Meditation by former monk Andy Puddicombe, reading that made me realize the amount of thoughts I have in my mind every day. What’s more, according to Andy those are only thoughts that I am aware of but there are also thoughts that you are not aware of on a daily basis. With so many thoughts in my head, blogging and sharing some of my thoughts on this slow living and creative journey is a great way to express myself. True enough, I have been feeling less burdened in my mind. I feel that I am slowly becoming a better thinker.
3. Keeping a visual diary and memories
Blogging is like journaling, I will be able to look back on what I’ve done, blogged about, reading back comments and simply bringing back memories (I can imagine my older self, scrolling through the blog and smiling). For example, a blog post on a slow travel trip. By reading it again and looking through the wonderful pictures it will bring back all the lovely memories and I can be reminded of the fun times. Besides, it can also help in terms of planning if I want to go back to the same place for another trip. I don’t normally do journaling so blogging is definitely my way of e-journaling as I like to call it. Plus, being able to look back and see how I’ve grown and learned over the years is worth it.
4. Networking with like-minded people
When I first started joining creative challenges on Instagram, I wasn’t aware of how supportive the creative community was and how many like-minded people are out there. I connected with so many of them, it’s like they just get what I was saying. None of my close friends are bloggers, none of my close friends understood the way I took photographs. The more I read blogs, listen to creative podcasts, the more I find more like-minded creatives. I feel a sense of relief – I no longer feel I am out of place, no longer feel that I am weird, no longer feel like “this is not for me”. As an introvert, this idea of blogging appeals to me because I am able to write, and engage people in a way without the control of algorithms. I can create my own content that will always be there, I can share it with people that share the same passion and hobby more holistically.
5. It could lead to somewhere exciting
I’ve watched my favourite bloggers, how their lives have changed because they decided to start a blog. They are so successful that they can call it their full time job. Of course, they started early, and they are reaping the rewards now. Is it too late for me and any of us in what is perceived to be a saturated market? That is a tough question to answer. One thing for sure, it is not guaranteed to be a success but at least there is a small possibility. It is only by starting, you are forging a path to endless possibilities. Even if this blog remains just a blog, it for me is an accomplishment that I’ve achieved already. For one, because I started something I wanted, and it has provided me with creative freedom.
So, will you start a blog soon? If you’ve already started, what are your positives? Let me know in the comments below. Till then, have a lovely day! x
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