Starting a blog has been one of the best decisions I think I’ve made. I wanted to start one for a long time, but didn’t know where on earth to start and whether or not I should take the plunge. I wanted to share with you 5 reasons why I love blogging.
Now it can be very time consuming. There is so much involved behind the scenes and so many things to learn and improve upon, but it’s such good fun and it can be so rewarding. If you’ve been thinking about starting a blog, hopefully this post might help convince you to start. If you’ve been blogging for some time, let me know if you love these aspects of it too!
Reason 1: Having photos I otherwise would never have had
I’ve always loved taking photos. Photographs are such a good way to capture memories, provide reminders of fun times and document events and celebrations.
Luckily, I had already started blogging when we went on our small road trip around France last year. Because I had my blog in mind when we were travelling around, I made sure I took plenty of photos to document where we went and where we visited etc. I’m pretty sure that if I didn’t have a blog, I would have nowhere near as many photos of our trip. Many of the sights we saw and places we visited would be long forgotten about in a few years.
I don’t know about anyone else, but I personally find that in addition to visual memories, photos also help to serve as a reminder of feelings, emotions and the experiences felt at the time. I remember feeling such a sense of awe inside the Orleans cathedral, which I never would have been reminded of without the photos I took of the building.
Whenever I look at the photos I took of the Pierrefonds chateau as we were walking up the hill towards it, I’m reminded of how incredibly impressive and domineering it was from that angle.
How sad to think these incredible experiences may have otherwise been forgotten about.
Reason 2: Having a creative outlet
I never used to think of myself as a particularly creative person. I studied Art and Design at school and really didn’t enjoy it. It was one of those subjects I took as a GCSE even though I didn’t like it, because I was good at it. Maybe because I didn’t enjoy it, I presumed I wasn’t creative.
I’ve been realising for the last few years that I’ve wanted to be creative in some way, but I wasn’t sure how. I designed and made all of our wedding stationery and that was fun. Maybe it made me crave being creative even more.
Starting a blog was something I debated for a long time. I just wasn’t sure what to write about, how to get started and so on. When I did finally make a start, writing about the work we’ve done to our home, I found myself really enjoying being able to write and design my own space on the internet. It felt really exciting to be able to make something exactly how I wanted it to be.
Changing to a lifestyle blog, where I can write about other additional passions, has been even more exciting. To be able to write whatever you like about subjects you love in your own space is so incredibly freeing somehow. There is no one telling you how you need to write, what you need to write about and what photos you can use. Of course, if you’re writing a sponsored post or working in some other way with a brand, there may be restrictions etc, but the bottom line is that it is still completely your own blog, and you can say no to anything you don’t want to do.
How fun to have something that is totally yours out there for everyone to see.
Reason 3: Being part of the blogging community
Through running this blog, I’ve had the pleasure of chatting to so many lovely people. I’ve personally found that Twitter is a great place to engage in conversations with other bloggers. There are several bloggers I’ve begun chatting to on there who are super helpful, friendly and supportive. It’s fun to get to know people with similar interests to you who support and encourage you.
In addition, I’ve seen so many bloggers make real life friends through this community. How wonderful that something can bring complete strangers together to become close friends on such a frequent basis.
Whilst you do occasionally hear about some negativity and drama going on in this community, I’ve felt very lucky to so far have had such positive experiences. There are so many genuinely nice people.
It’s such an amazing feeling when you receive lovely comments on blog posts and when someone retweets your posts, or features you on their blog. For someone to go out of their way to tell you they really like what you’re doing is so rewarding. Being able to support other people in the blogging industry and receiving support back is such a wonderful experience.
Reason 4: Learning new skills
Creating a blog from scratch and constantly hoping to improve it means I’ve learnt so many things. It can be daunting at first to try to do things you don’t know much or anything about, but it’s so rewarding and exciting to feel like you’re learning so much.
I’ve got to grips (slightly!) with coding, which is something I would otherwise never have looked into. I personally feel that being able to code and manage the more technical sides of running a website is something that is going to become more necessary in the future, so learning about it now can only be a good thing. Although I will admit here that I do rely on Dan a great deal to help me out with this!
SEO is very important when blogging and something that I’ve been able to learn so much about. I’m in no way a pro at it and I have so much more to learn, but to begin to understand something that I really didn’t know much about has been so interesting.
As I previously mentioned, I have always loved photography. The need for high quality images on my blog has persuaded me to spend time learning how to edit photos to make them the best they can be. I don’t tend to edit my photos much at all, but I’ve learnt that just altering things slightly, especially the brightness, can turn a good photo into an amazing one.
As someone who loves printing photos off to display in our home, knowing how to edit well means I can have much improved images not only on my blog, but also in my home.
Reason 5: Finding new blogs and sources of inspiration
I remember the days before I started my own blog, when I would search for blogs to read. Somehow, I always struggled to find ones I really wanted to follow.
Since becoming a part of the community, I’ve found it so much easier to find blogs that I really enjoy reading. When you connect with other bloggers on Twitter and Instagram, you start finding so many great posts being promoted and blogs you hadn’t heard of before.
I now have so many blogs that I regularly read and engage with that I otherwise would probably never have found. This, in turn means that I get so much more inspiration. There are so many posts I’ve read that have inspired me in some way, whether it’s trying out a new way of decorating, editing my photos differently or lifestyle advice. You can honestly learn so much from reading blogs and get so much inspiration from them.
So there are my 5 reasons why I’ve fallen in love with blogging. It’s been such an amazing experience and I’m so glad I started!