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5 reasons why I’ve fallen in love with blogging

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!

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42 Comments

  • Reply
    Imogen
    23rd April 2017 at 16:00

    Having your own space online to be creative is so nice and i’ve loved photography since school so its lovely being able to continue with that! Lovely post! xxx

    Imogen x | http://imogenchetal.blogspot.co.uk

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      LuxeStyle
      27th April 2017 at 15:34

      Thanks so much lovely! It’s so nice being able to be creative isn’t it 🙂 x

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    the Fashion Matters
    23rd April 2017 at 19:04

    I really love those aspects of blogging as well!

    The Fashion Matters– Travel & Fashion Blog

    • Reply
      LuxeStyle
      27th April 2017 at 16:03

      Yay so glad you love them too 🙂 x

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    Vanessa
    23rd April 2017 at 19:25

    I agree a 100% percent with all your reasons. I also love how blogging gives me the motivation to do something productive with my spear time.
    Great post!

    Vanessa x | http://www.springlilies.com

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      LuxeStyle
      27th April 2017 at 16:04

      Yes it’s so nice to have something fun and productive to do in our spare time, totally agree. Thanks so much for the lovely comment 🙂 x

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    Melissa
    23rd April 2017 at 21:41

    I agree! It really brings the best things in me.

    Xx, Melissa
    elephantontheroad.com

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      LuxeStyle
      27th April 2017 at 16:10

      Glad you agree lovely 🙂 x

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    Maggie
    24th April 2017 at 13:59

    I found myself nodding along to every single one of your points Jenny and I’m sure many other bloggers will too. I was terrible at Art at school and for that reason, I thought I would never be creative but I really do love my blog and the creative aspect that goes with it too. I also have a new love for photography which I never had before and you learn so much without even realising it! xx

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      LuxeStyle
      27th April 2017 at 16:11

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment 🙂 Isn’t it so nice to realise how much we enjoy being creative! I totally agree with you, I feel like I’ve learnt so much through blogging already xx

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    Jaz
    24th April 2017 at 18:19

    I only started blogging last year and it has been a whirlwind for me, I love it so much! I always thought of myself as a bit lazy pre-blogging but now I’m non-stop and I wouldn’t change it for the world. Like you, mine is a lifestyle blog as I have so many interests it’s great to share them all. It has definitely given me a focus, helped me learn new skills, develop my confidence and make new friends. Glad you love it as much as I do 🙂
    Jaz xoxo
    http://www.thelifeofasocialbutterfly.co.uk

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      LuxeStyle
      27th April 2017 at 16:19

      It’s so much fun isn’t it! Yes I’m so glad I made the change to a lifestyle blog so I can write about lots of things. I find that the more I blog, the more I love it too! Thanks so much for commenting x

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    Allie
    25th April 2017 at 00:39

    I love this post! I started my blog a few years ago but only got more dedicated to posting in the past few months so I relate so well with this post – it was a great read 🙂 I’m happy to have stumbled upon your page!

    Always,
    Allie
    https://champagnetuesdays.blogspot.com

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      LuxeStyle
      27th April 2017 at 16:28

      Oh that’s so kind of you to say – thank you! Yes I’ve only started to really work on it properly for the last few months but I’ve found that the more I do, the more engagement I get and it’s so nice to see it growing 🙂 Thanks so much for commenting x

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    Carolyn
    25th April 2017 at 05:23

    I agree with all your 5 reasons!

    http://heyprettything.com

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      LuxeStyle
      27th April 2017 at 16:28

      Yay I’m so glad everyone is agreeing 🙂 Thank you for commenting x

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    Zeynab
    25th April 2017 at 15:22

    I love blogging, it has become a major part of my life. It’s a great way to meet new people that share a similar interest and to new a whole load of skills.

    Zeynab
    http://www.thebeautyload.blogspot.co.uk

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      LuxeStyle
      27th April 2017 at 16:45

      It’s so nice to get to chat to so many new people and to learn new skills isn’t it 🙂 Thanks for commenting x

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    kate
    25th April 2017 at 16:56

    Love this. Blogging has definitely helped me learn some new skills that I otherwise wouldnt have, and its also made me realise my passion for writing!
    Kate x
    themakeupartistschoice.com

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      LuxeStyle
      27th April 2017 at 16:45

      Thanks so much lovely 🙂 Same here, I’m enjoying writing posts so much! x

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    Carrie
    26th April 2017 at 06:04

    Wooow those pics are amazing. I wanna be there right now
    http://carrieslifestyle.com

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      LuxeStyle
      27th April 2017 at 16:48

      Thank you! They were such fab places to visit x

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    Gabrielle
    26th April 2017 at 19:40

    All of your points are so true, especially how you take photos you may otherwise have forgotten to take! The blogging community is (for the most part) so supportive and lovely, it’s a great community to be a part of – totally agree! 🙂

    aglassofice.com
    x

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      LuxeStyle
      27th April 2017 at 16:55

      Thanks so much lovely! I’m so glad I’ve got all of these photos. I feel so glad to have found such friendly and supportive people in the community 🙂 x

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    Inklocita
    27th April 2017 at 17:05

    so true! we’ll make sure that we take good photos for the blog haha

    -M.
    http://www.inklocita.com/2017/04/one-day-trip-to-shirakawa-go.html

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      LuxeStyle
      30th April 2017 at 10:53

      It’s definitely a good idea to have good photos for your blog 🙂 x

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    Esther
    27th April 2017 at 20:35

    Thank you for sharing your journey.
    It is always so fantastic to read how a blog and a personality is developing.
    I am learning new things every day and enjoy it so much.
    Love, Esther
    https://lifestyle-tale.com

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      LuxeStyle
      30th April 2017 at 10:56

      Yes I found I’m learning so much all the time too! It’s exciting isn’t it! Thanks so much for commenting x

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    Steph
    28th April 2017 at 15:20

    I agree with the blogging community reason! Thanks to this blogging platform, I have countless of friends who I can depend on and have become people that, without trepidation, I would call my friends.

    I’m also looking forward to being able to peruse my life and writings later on in life. I’m eager to see how my writing style changes!

    Steph
    http://www.socialspying.com

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      LuxeStyle
      30th April 2017 at 11:06

      That’s so fab that you’ve made such great friends through blogging 🙂 I’ve been so pleasantly surprised at how many lovely bloggers there are x

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    Natasha
    28th April 2017 at 15:40

    Thank you for a very enjoyable read. I also love engaging through Twitter, it works very well and it’s super easy to get involved. In fact that’s how I came across this post 😊

    Natasha
    http://thechattybride.blogspot.co.uk

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      LuxeStyle
      30th April 2017 at 11:13

      Thank you so much for a lovely comment 🙂 I seem to get so many people finding me through Twitter, which is fab! I’ve found so many great blogs myself on there too x

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    dominica
    28th April 2017 at 15:41

    The first reason !! I swear I never even thought of that lol so true id be photoless. Thank you so much for sharing this with us! Dominica from London, http://www.dominicas.uk xXx

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      LuxeStyle
      30th April 2017 at 11:14

      Haha I would have nowhere near so many photos! I’m so glad I’ve got so many amazing memories recorded 🙂 Thank you for a lovely comment x

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    the Fashion Matters
    29th April 2017 at 16:09

    I love your first reason and I’m probably the same with that 🙂

    The Fashion Matters– Travel & Fashion Blog

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      LuxeStyle
      30th April 2017 at 11:19

      Thank you 🙂 So nice to have so many photos of fab memories x

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    Www.linux.org
    16th May 2017 at 22:52

    I could not refrain from commenting. Perectly written!

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    Dealman
    4th June 2017 at 16:56

    Very interesting post. I agree with all your 5 reasons. Enjoy weekend.

    Dealman- https://dealmanreviews.wordpress.com

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      LuxeStyle
      20th June 2017 at 12:21

      Thank you so much! Thanks for commenting x

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    Ella
    5th June 2017 at 11:50

    I think it’s great to focus on the positives about blogging! It’s definitely taught me a lot of skills and I take way more photos than I would otherwise!

    Ella xx

    http://www.ellaryder.com

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      LuxeStyle
      20th June 2017 at 12:22

      Yes I’ve got so many photos I otherwise wouldn’t have had, which I love 🙂 Thanks so much for commenting x

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