Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Why You Should Start A Blog

Most likely if you're reading this you probably already have a blog and want to tell me 'duh, I don't need this'. Well you're still reading this sentence so yeah, keep reading ;) I remember years before I started my blog I had debated blogging but I was always too afraid to do it. To be honest, I wasn't entirely sure what it meant or how to do it. I also felt it would never be read or that I didn't know enough to talk about fashion and beauty. Seriously I thought the blogging world belonged to those who could storm the make up counters on a regular basis. I look back and laugh at my naive self. I wanted to write this post as a message to anyone debating starting a blog or is debating leaving blogging due to writers block or they feel frustrated that their blog isn't a tale of overnight success. Let's face it, we've all been there 'Should I start a blog? Will anyone read it? Is there a point?'. Well the fact you're sat reading this post on my blog is your answer to all of those questions... But in case you need reminding: 



For Your Career
Be honest, you totally know the words to this song!
This one is kinda obvious. A lot of bloggers, including myself, blog as a way of working towards their dream careers whether that be in Journalism, Fashion, Beauty, PR or Marketing or whatever else you can do with a blog (which is pretty much anything).  I have been praised countless times by employers for my blog as it shows my ability to dedicate my own time to a project, my determination and my drive towards getting closer to my chosen industry. Especially at the age of 21 some have found it impressive I have 'made a name for myself online'. Yeah, you can ask for my autograph at the end of this post ;)

For Fun

Hmm, I am bored and we're out of cake. What can I do with my day? Oh I know, I can write a blog post! Seriously this is often how my unemployed days play out. The beautiful thing about blogging is how it  can transform the view of your world and show you how to take inspiration from anything and everything. It puts a real fun spin on what otherwise could be a boring day. I could ride the train into town and sit in a coffee shop and the time I have spent travelling on the train, walking through the busy station and ordered my vanilla latte I have already felt inspired by the poor national rail service, the busy business men around me, the awkward invasion of personal space on the commute, the diverse people in the station and the friendly waitress who took my coffee order. Even when you have had THE worst day, blogging can always put a humorous spin on it. I believe my blog is strong evidence of that ;)

For your Future

As cheesy and as lame as this sounds, I learnt a lot about myself from blogging. It's a real good way to teach yourself how to reflect on the past and change your actions for the future. CRINGEFEST I KNOW. But seriously, I write about my past and I look at old blog posts and some make me laugh and some make me cringe myself inside out. It's a real learning curve I am telling you! 

For the Connections

Since turning 21 everyone and anyone keeps telling me I need to start 'Networking'. What is that obsession people?! In my eyes blogging 100% counts as networking...social networking geddit?! Okay I'll stop the poor jokes. But I am right, blogging means your meeting people all over the world through their blogs, their social networks or even through PR/Marketing collaborations. I love working with PR because I get to learn a lot about an industry I want to go into and I've managed to build up to lovely professional connections in the process. 

For your Passions

This has to be one of the best parts of blogging. Whatever you're into, whatever you care about or whoever you are, blogging is the best way to express your drive. Whether that's high end fashion, Rock and Roll, Interior design or food. And what's even better is that if you have no idea what your passions are, blog about it anyway! In case you hadn't noticed...or probably have, I am absolutely insane. It comes across so beautifully in my blog and is what I am recognized for. Lovely readers always tell me they love my mental funny writing style. I didn't go into blogging aware I could write like a lunatic but blogging bought that out in me. Without sounding like a lame ass pretentious hipster, your blog is your canvas so paint over it whatever the hell you want and oh my god that was officially the lamest thing I have ever typed.

For Yourself

This is the most important one of all. Over the year and 4 months that I have been blogging I have noticed a huge difference in myself. I am happier, I am confident and I feel strong enough to pursue what I really want. I owe this to blogging. I started my blog and was too afraid to show anyone thinking they'd laugh at me. Now I am SO proud of it I am literally talking about it daily. Seriously I approach strangers in the street like 'YOU WANNA READ MY BLOG?!' Okay I lying, I don't really ask, I force it in their faces...Okay okay I am kidding. But seriously, if anyone ever puts your creative wish down, whether that be to pursue a career in fashion design or just to start a blog, thank them for fueling your fire to succeed. I can honestly say blogging is one of the best things I have done with my life.

For Leonardo DiCaprio

Seriously, when is that man going to notice that I am the love of his life?! My theory is that if I keep blogging one day he will stumble across it on Google and find the sudden need to fly to the UK and ask for my hand in marriage. Whenever you're ready Leo, I am right here!! 

So, I hope I have unblocked that bloggers block or inspired at least one person somewhere to get rid of those preblogging nerves and jump on that blogging wagon. If you have any other reasons why blogging is so great or you have achieved something great thanks to your blog, I would love to hear about it! Also, if you are in contact with Leonardo DiCaprio, I would REALLY appreciate you pointing him in this direction.

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  1. I love this post- I started blogging this summer having wanted to do it for a while. Now that I've started, I'm not really sure what made me put it off for so long! I didn't know what I really wanted to focus on, so I opted for a bit of everything and discovered that I actually really enjoy writing recipe posts, alongside more general lifestyle things. My blog isn't a step towards a career, it's just a bit of fun and I love how it fills my time far more productively and rewardingly than endless scrolling through Facebook does!
    Jennifer x
    Ginevrella

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    1. I love that a blog can show you what you really enjoy! Thanks for reading :)

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  2. Great post, reminds me why I started my own blog and still think it's one of the best decisions I've made xx

    Laura | lauraslittleloves

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    1. Thank you! And thanks for reading :)

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  3. I guess I would fall into the "Passions" category. I am extremely passionate about siting other's stupidity...such as religions or our illustrious government, and pointing out how they could be quickly corrected. Although, at times I am left wondering if I am the only one who thinks the way I do.....

    Great Post!

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    1. Haha I love you opinions Deech, it's what makes your blog so good! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  4. I'm actually in the middle of constructing a new blog, but I haven't posted anything yet because I'm too scared... and I also don't know what to write. But then I came across your post and it definitely encouraged me to start!!

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    1. Awh that's wonderful news Victoria! You must send me a link when you do :) Happy to have inspired!

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    2. Same for me I am starting mines now. Thanks for the inspiration

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