4 Reasons I’m Happy I Started a Blog: One Year Later

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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.

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?

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xo,
Andrea

  • Congrats again on making it through your first year of blogging! I am so happy you found many rewards from your experience being a blogger. I agree with you the making friends aspect and having a space to be creative a some of best things that come out of blogging! I wish the best on this platform this year (and years to come)! Cheers to you & your blog!!

    ~Crissy
    http://www.whimsicalfawn.com

    • Thank you so much!!! (currently going through a bunch of blog comments, because it appears my replies have not been publishing recently!) You are one of the people I am so grateful to have connected with through blogging and Twitter! Good luck to you this coming year as well! 🙂

  • Shevy Bee

    Congrats 🎈 on your 1 year anniversary. I share the same reasons in why I started a blog. Keeps me grounded in my free time.

    http://www.travelbeautyblog.com

    • Thank you for reading! I love your planner in your last post, so cute! I cannot live without my agenda 🙂