Today is my 1st blog anniversary! One year ago, I published my first two blog posts: Looking Back on 2015 and January 2016 Goals. I cannot believe it has only been one year since then. I know people usually say time flies, but that feels like a lifetime ago! In honour of my first “bloggiversary,” today I will be sharing 4 reasons I’m happy I started a blog.
1. Making blogger friends
I joined several Twitter chats over the past year, and I have met some amazing women through them! It is so much fun having a support network of other women in the blogging community. Whether it’s chatting about life or funny moments or encouraging each other, I have found such value in connecting with people I otherwise never would have interacted with.
2. Having a space to be creative
I am a journalist, and I write all day every day for a living. I love it because I love writing, and I love telling stories, but sometimes I miss writing for fun. Starting this blog has given me the space to write about whatever I want, and I think that has been really good for me. It has also forced me to think about photography in a more creative way, which has been really interesting. I am nowhere near where I want to be with my photography yet (oh how I wish to create dreamy flatlays!), but I am learning slowly, and I’m looking forward to seeing how I improve.
3. It is a stress-reliever
For the most part, blogging helps take my mind off other things and is a great stress-reliever/distraction. From coming up with ideas to writing the posts to hitting publish, I find the whole process very calming. It’s almost like immersing myself in a different world, where anything goes, and I love it!
4. It is a challenge
Blogging has taught me so many new skills, and it seems there is always something new to learn. All the technical bits can be frustrating for me, but when I do learn something, it is so satisfying! This year I really hope to up my game in the look of my blog. Currently I am using a free WordPress theme, but I really want to figure out how to customize it a lot more (or get one of those gorgeous pre-made ones I hear about!) and fine tune my esthetic. If anyone has skills in making blogs look fab, send your tips my way!
Do you have a blog? Why did you start? What keeps you going?