Having started my blog back in 2014, it seems time has literally flown by. I started this blog back near the end of my third year at university, so it's pretty scary that we're now in 2017.
It wasn't until the end of 2015 that I started to take my blog seriously, uploading a blog every day. This of course was a major commitment to take on and one that I've struggled sometimes to maintain. But it's brought with it so many perks which I wanted to share with you.
A platform to share
Writing a blog is for me like having an online diary. I don't record every moment and event on my blog but if I wanted to know what I got up to during the month of January 2016, I could click a few times and find the answer. I've noticed that my memory really isn't as switched on as it used to be so having this platform where I can record key events is a great thing. I think it's a platform that's accessible to not only readers who don't know me personally but to my friends and family, who I sometimes don't manage to stay in touch with as often as I can.
I'd be lying if I said I didn't enjoy receiving freebies. Brand collaborations are definitely a major perk when running a blog. I've had the absolute pleasure of working with some brilliant brands and it was crazy to get free products so early on in the blogging game. I've been to live events, received a variety of products from high tech fitness gear to the newest beauty products. This year I want to continue churning out great content and working with brands that I feel are useful and engaging to you, my readers.
Connecting with more people
This is sort of an add on from the brand collaborations. With the blogging world in general, the community of bloggers are very supportive. We help each other because we know what being a blogger entails. Not everyone knows how much time goes into blogging. I spend a lot of my free time brainstorming ideas, taking photos and editing them, writing blog posts and scheduling them. It's sometimes a very tiring and trying lifestyle and I'm still trying to figure out the balance between digital life and real life. However, what makes it bearable is the significant support of other bloggers who are just in the same boat.
You become more organised
I would say I was organised to an extent before I started blogging...NOT. I was at university, denying that I was about to enter the real world and having no clue as to what I was going to do with this degree I was soon going to get. Blogging has definitely helped organise me into a more productive person. Nearly three years down the line, I'm still not quite out of that uni life phase but I'm getting there. Tasks such as scheduling blog posts, promoting and knowing what I'll be posting over the next week or two has certainly helped me become a semi-pro at organising.
I love the advice blog posts and the personal elements that I include in some of my posts. I find these to probably be the most rewarding because of the response I get from them. Helping others is certainly a trait that's in me and I've always tried to be that person that someone can approach, for help or advice whether they know me well or not. My blog is just an extra platform to help and give advice that perhaps the reader was looking for but didn't know where to find it. It's extremely satisfying and a very proud moment when a reader thanks you for helping them.
What do you love about bloggers? Let me know in the comments below.
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