This is a question I get asked a lot. Why did I start blogging in the first place? Why would I ever share such personal details about my life?
Well, it’s definitely not for everyone. I have days I don’t feel like writing, sharing, marketing, etc. However, I have found that the good far outweighs the bad. I have seen myself grow more in the past year than I ever have before and I owe a lot of that to my blog.
Blogging is my creative outlet
I need to have a way to creatively express myself. I have always loved writing, photography and storytelling. My blog is a space where I can say what I want about the experiences in life that inspire me. I enjoy being able to share my stories with the world. I hope that I inspire someone out there to travel or to try something new.
If you are looking for a creative writing outlet and you feel comfortable with others reading your work, I encourage you to start your own blog. You don’t need to market your blog and you don’t need to monetize it. You have permission to create a free blog simply for the fun of it.
Blogging pushes me to explore more
I’ve lived in Colorado my entire life and I have seen more local attractions this year than I had in my 25 years prior. I am now a strong advocate for being a tourist in my own state.
While I may not have the funds to travel the world on the regular, I have the ability to see my own backyard through a tourist’s eyes. I have a new perspective on Colorado and appreciate every small town and hole-in-the-wall restaurant we have to offer.
Travel blogs are great. They push you to see the tourist traps, the hidden gems and the new attractions. They encourage you to go further, to take one more step into the unknown. I was always the, “just take a photo from my car window” girl. Now, I get out and explore. Not only so I have content for my blog, but also to see more of the world.
Blogging helps my career
I am a Marketing Specialist at a healthcare company. I write copy, design marketing materials and coordinate events. I also write a bi-monthly healthcare e-newsletter that has put my writing and SEO skills to the test. What I learn at work is helping my blog, and what I discover with my blog is helping me at work.
Even if you aren’t in the marketing/communications field, writing for a blog can help you with time management. No one is holding me to these strict deadlines or pushing me to research a topic. I push to stay ahead of schedule and to produce high quality content. Even if my blog ultimately amounts to nothing more than a hobby, I can say that the experience has strengthened my resume.
Blogging builds my confidence
Just like majority of young, American girls, I’m not thrilled with my physique. I wish I was a little bit taller, skinnier, prettier, etc. Unfortunately, in order to capture the content I need for my blog, allll of me needs to be in the photo (all 5’4″ of my curvy awesomeness). While I want to say that I grew confidence overnight, that’s not the case. Instead, I’m improving myself one step at a time. Since starting my blog I have stopped biting my nails, ordered Invisalign to straighten my teeth (blog post to come when I finish up in 2018), lost over 15 pounds and I have taken full body photos that I actually like.
In addition to improving my overall health, blogging has built my overall self esteem. Creating something from start to finish that you are proud of is the best confidence booster out there. This hobby isn’t about people commenting on posts (even though that rocks, too), it’s about putting your mind to something and accomplishing it. It’s about having the courage to write something that people from all edges of the world will read, and thinking ‘Wow. I’m proud of all that I have done.’
Thanks for reading,