Why I love blogging

Well firstly I need to say that when I first decided to write my blog, I knew nothing about it at all.  I didn’t even realise that ‘normal’ people could write a blog! I thought it was something that proper websites just had as a sideline.  I googled “how do you start a blog” and found out that anyone can write a blog through WordPress and it looked quite straight forward to open an account, so that is what I did.   I started my blog about six months ago and now I want to reflect on the things I have found I really love about it.  I wanted to share these things with you and perhaps you might be able to relate to what I’m talking about.

Well the main reason for starting my blog was because I was attempting dry January.  I thought doing dry January was going to be a bit tough for me and whoever else might be doing  it, so I kind of thought it would be therapeutic to talk about it – to write about it.  I thought it would be good for me to write down my reasons for doing it and I also thought it would be a resource for others trying to achieve that too – if anyone else ever happened to come across my blog that is.

So, back then (lol that makes it sound like something that happened a hundred years ago doesn’t it? Sorry!) I conquered dry January and decided to continue with dry February, dry March etc.  I wrote about my alcohol free journey at the start but. do you know what? I wrote a couple of other things, I wrote a couple of poems and a short story and I thought “I can do this!” I never ever would have thought I would be able to.

You see I have never believed I had a creative bone in my body.  When I was at school I shied away from creative subjects and instead chose to focus on subjects like Maths, History, Chemisty and Physics. I didn’t think I was any good at creative writing – I was never told I was,  I thought I was dreadful at art so didn’t like it and received no encouragement at school to be creative whatsoever.  Perhaps that’s because I was fairly quiet, I don’t know.  Anyway now I feel so differently and after writing on my blog – I LOVE WRITING! Whether I genuinely am any good at it remains to be seen, but I enjoy it and it gives me pleasure.  I am also really interested in pretty things now, I love looking at art and I love trying to create beautiful photos (our new camera has helped on that front.)

So here I am! We are half way through June and I am massively enjoying writing my blog now and I’m still alcohol free! I feel a lot more confident and a lot happier at the moment and I wonder if this is also to do with writing my blog, well I’m absolutely sure this is responsible for my new found confidence.

So what else am I enjoying about blogging?  Well, for sure, I need to tell you that one of the best things about writing a blog is the other bloggers!  I have come across so many wonderful, supportive, kind bloggers since starting mine.  I’ve been quite surprised actually at how many ther bloggers there are out there.  I didn’t know anything whatsoever about bloggers or blogging when I started. Now I have come to realise that there truly are so many lovely people out there and (pretty much) all of the ones I have had the fortune to talk to via social media, are so so lovely.   Everyone is so supportive and it’s not like a massive competition for popularity, people seem genuinely pleased if you write something you are proud of. They will like and comment on your writing and even retweet things for you if you put  things on Twitter,  Of course it works both ways I like to retweet people’s posts when I see them appear on Twitter because it’s a nice thing to do and hey it only takes a second.

Amongst the people I have interacted with, I think of some of them as friends, although we have never met and are probably unlikely to do so. I love reading other people’s blogs and when I read something that I enjoy or that I can relate to I like to make a comment, or at the very least – a like.  Sometimes I am guilty of just reading and then not getting round to commenting, partly because of the time aspect I think.  But I do try.  It’s a nice thing to do for people and I know how happy it makes me feel when I get likes or comments on the posts I have written.  It’s nice to give others that happy feeling and it’s nice for people to know that others appreciate their writing.  It does take quite a long time to write a post and there’s nothing worse that feeling like it must have been worthless.  Sorry total overuse of the word ‘nice’ there!

That brings me on to time.  Well I must say this is probably not a great thing but I’ve found myself staying up far later than I should because I’m looking on social media or on the WordPress reader or thinking about posts I could write about.  Some people will probably think this is a bit sad.  Obviously I have a life outside blogging too but I think that’s why I have the late nights etc because I’m trying to fit everything in!  Working full time and not having time during the working day to do anything on my phone or iPad means most of it is done in the evening.  Factor in having a home, family and pets and you’ll understand!

I feel like I need to carry a notebook round with me as I so often think “brilliant idea for a post…” while I’m out and about so I either need to remember my thought train or ask Siri to write me a note.  With this there needs to be a balance though. Sometimes I think something is a good idea but then I’ll start writing and think “Nah…” what seems a good idea is actually going to be really boring! Hence so far why I haven’t written a post about my everyday life, not yet anyway…

I love the fact that I might write something that could make a difference to someone else’s life.  I love the fact that in some small way I might be able to help people and I love the fact that someone somewhere is reading what I have written.  Everyone who takes the time to read even one of my posts, is special to me.  That, dear reader, is you,  so thank you ❤️

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Hi, thanks for reading. I'm Fiona, I live in Surrey, England. I like trying to make our home and garden look pretty. I love flowers, cooking, cats, dogs and pretty things. In my head I can run marathons but realistically I can only run a tap. I like nice people and try to make the most out of life and be positive as much as I can 😊 I also think I look better as a cat 🙀

34 thoughts on “Why I love blogging

  1. Lovely post Fiona,
    I only started my blog in November and I’m never really sure who reads it or why they would but I get so much enjoyment for myself just using it as an outlet. Nice to hear someone else benefiting from spending time doing something they enjoy. xx

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  2. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog, Fiona. And I’m inspired by your sobriety. I think many education systems have the detrimental effect on creativity that you describe. I’m glad you are rediscovering yours. It’s been there all along!

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  3. I love this and, I know we’ve only just started talking recently and have never met, but I definitely consider you a friend. I’m so glad I’ve joined you on your journey! I think you’re wonderful and love reading your posts 🙂 x

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  4. I love learning more about why people started their blogs and your “why” really shone through in this post. Thanks so much for sharing, Jill (stilljill.com) x

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  5. I love your posts, your tweets and your pics on Insta. Although we haven’t met (and may not ever meet IRL) internet friends – by which I mean my fellow bloggers – are such a lovely supportive bunch of people and I know exactly what you mean about a creative outlet. I’m so glad I’ve met you and I look forward to reading more of your posts in the future! x

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

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  6. Such an amazing, read! Congratulations on your sobriety! I love blogging, it’s such an amazing outlet. An outlet that I never. ever had before I started my own blog.

    “I love the fact that I might write something that could make a difference to someone else’s life.”

    That is such an beautiful way to look at it!

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  7. When you read someone’s blog and love the way they write!
    I am glad you are more confident and a lot happier since starting this blog. I have to say I feel the same and I am also guilty for staying up later and later – I feel like a teenager all over again!

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    1. Thank you! I do feel I’ve changed since starting my blog, in a good way, maybe it’s the constant evolving we all do as we learn new things that make us, I don’t know. I am so pleased you feel the same way! I agree with feeling like a teenager staying up late, I must make an effort to to bed a little bit earlier, at least on a couple of nights a week! 😀

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  8. Y’know, I have been blogging on and off for the best part of five years now and I still have no idea what I am doing. I just write because I want to and about whatever I feel like.

    Blogging is such a good creative outlet, even for non-creative people. Let your fingers go ham on the keyboard and hope for the best, that’s my motto, haha!

    Kirstiekinsblogs

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  9. Kudo’s to you on being ‘dry’ for so many months, I find it really, really admirable 🙂 I’m really happy that you have found a community and have found your love for blogging, it’s helping me in the direction of being happy I’ve decided to give it a go!

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