There was a time last year when I was about to take my blog offline, shut it down – once and for all. Because I wondered, why bother blogging? But I didn’t, and here’s why…
The thing that often holds me back is the fact that publishing content on a regular basis always puts you in a place of vulnerability and judgement. But after a little pondering on why I started this thing in the first place and the where it has taken me. Only then I realised just how much writing and blogging have had an impact on my life and where it is today.
It has formed the basis of my career, has allowed me to connect with amazing people, given me a place to voice my opinion and helped me gain confidence along the way.
So at the risk of sounding melodramatic, here are the areas that have been positively affected by my written word. There might be a few reasons why you might consider blogging too and just where I want to take the blog from here on out:
Blogging can get you work
Before I started blogging, I didn’t even know I was good (maybe great if I’m feeling confident) at writing.
But something struck when I started publishing my experiences of my Australian travels. The words flowed easily and soon compliments and positive responses filled my inbox, pushing me to go on. Whether it’s writing motivational letters or giving people a little glimpse of the real me, blogging has ultimately led me to my current job position today. Which is writing and creating content to educate women about their body and menstrual cycle at a company I am very passionate about.
Putting yourself out there allows you to connect with others
When you put your thoughts out there, it leaves room for connection with like-minded people. This is the number one reason why I blog.
Before giving up on my personal blog I decided to hit the keyboard once more – feeling a little vulnerable about how my whole experience had been. I not only got to connect with like-minded, strong and career driven women – they happen to be my closest bunch of friends here now.
A written piece that resonates with others can make the world of a difference, and for every positive comment and like I get – my heart flutters.
A blog is a place to write, so your voice can be heard
It’s amazing how getting thoughts down on paper can clarify things having a somewhat therapeutic effect. So no matter where, be it a blog, a piece of paper or a bullet journal I highly recommend downloading thoughts on a regular basis paper – in saying that I should take more of my own advice.
And having a public space to share those thoughts gives you a voice. A dialogue to initiate conversation, provoke thoughts and discussions. Even if I haven’t had many comments online, there is nothing better than a friend or acquaintance launching into a topic you’re more than happy to talk about because they read one of your blog posts the other day.
It’s a comfort zone crusher
Living in a world with endless blogs and content, you can get caught up in thinking you need the perfect post with the perfect picture. I certainly do.
But time has taught me that perfect is a destination that not I, nor anyone else, will ever be able to reach. We’re constantly evolving and growing and imperfections are a part of this process. Which is why I have pledged (please someone hold me actually accountable for it too) share more, to get out of this perfect mind frame.
It’s a way to step out of your comfort zone, keep pushing for growth and gain more confidence.
Where will blogging lead me?
Edited 14.April.2019 – blogging has become more of a rare occasion, instead I’ve turned to podcast, the blog for your ear. Listen to the Quarter Life Living podcast here.
A big thanks goes out to the lovely ladies over at frei im format, who have done amazing work on the redesign of my blog. I met Charleen at the DNX Digital Nomad Conference, which although I’m not a Digital Nomad right now it was a life-changing event filled with wonderful inspirational people and positive vibes. Working together has been an absolute gem and if you need designers be sure to give these wonderful ladies a shout.