Saturday, 22 August 2015

Personal | Why I blog - My Top 5 Reasons

Dress: Warehouse

Do you blog to get free stuff? What, so I guess you want to be an Internet star then? Are you trying to be a model or something? These questions and a whole host of other ridiculous ones are the norm when people find out about my blog. 
I should start off by saying that if you do blog for any of the aforementioned reasons and rewards, there's nothing wrong with that; I personally didn't embark on my blogging journey with that in mind. 
Blogging for me started off as an extra curricular activity, an escape from my mundane reality. Fashion has always been a big part of my life and writing another passion, so combining the two into a blog made sense. 

Fast forward four years and the reasons I continue to document the contents of my wardrobe and post snippets of my life and family extend further than my love of fashion and words; five of which I will tell you about now. 

1. It's mine
My ideas, my pictures, my thoughts and feelings. I love owning a small piece of the Internet and having total creative control over it. I am my own editor, photographer, researcher, writer etc...The dream for an ex wannabe fashion journalist. 
2. It's my very own online diary. 
In about 20 years from now when the present is a distant memory, I'm sure I'll still be able to conjure it up from the depths of the World Wide Web and reminisce about the good old days when I wore floral prints on a daily basis and minuscule skirts that often revealed a bit too much on a windy day. It's another way to keep my memories alive and I can show my kids - who will be adults then (eek) what their mum wore and all the shenanigans she got up to at their age. 
3. Interacting with like-minded people. 
A lot of my friends have no interest in fashion, style or beauty - well to the extent that I do anyway - so having a platform that enables me to interact with people who share my interests is perfect. The amount of virtual friends I've been able to make is unbelievable and getting invited to fashion events and mingling with fellow fashion fanatics is always fun. Interacting with other blogging Mamas is another bonus of blogging. Being able to read about and discuss the ups and downs of parenting through the eyes of other people, allows you to know that you're not alone and/or crazy! 
4. It's fun. 
For the most part anyway. Taking pictures and attempting to write witty words to match is the best part of it all (sometimes). I try to get the whole family involved whenever possible. Nathaniel is often my director, demonstrating the poses I should make. Naila... well, she makes taking pictures a lot harder but I wouldn't have it any other way. 
5. Learning. 
My photography and editing skills are improving by the minute. Words such as aperture and aspect ratio used to mean nothing to me. Slowly but surely, I'm starting to understand the technicalities of photography and how to use my SLR to its full potential. And not just for blogging purposes alone, I've actually developed a love for photography and am even considering taking a beginners course on the subject. 

There are obviously many negatives to blogging as well and I've seen all the bitchiness that tends to explode over Twitter from time to time. As far as I'm concerned though, it's not my business to get involved and as long as I stay true to who I am and don't get too preoccupied with 'making it,' I'm good!

What are some of your reasons for blogging? I'd love to know. 

xXx

           

21 comments:

  1. The idea of looking back is what got me started in the first place :) I love looking back on posts from a few years ago so, like you, the thought of looking back in 20 years is so exciting! I don't think I would of ever wanted to better my photos without it either!

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    1. I can definitely imagine looking back and laughing at some of things I say on here in the years to come. It'll be interesting to see. Thanks for stopping by xx

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  2. Its all about the interaction for me. I've made some friends for life through blogging.

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    1. Same here! I've met some amazing people because of my blog. It's definitely a good meeting point for similar minds. Thanks for stopping by xx

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  3. I love this post! I really agree with your thoughts on blogging being like an online diary- it's why I started my blog! It's a learning curve too, I feel so much more informed on how to utilise social media and web apps and what creating good content is all about. Such a good idea for a post! :)

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    1. Thank you Deanna, I definitely agree. Social media was alien to me about a year ago, now I get it - for the most part at least. I'm learning new skills by the day and a lot of them transferable. Thanks for stopping by xx

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  4. Great post. I started blogging to publicly fat-shame myself. It's soooo different now haha!

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    1. Lol, I literally howled out laughing when I read that. I think a blog is a good source of motivation when you are trying to lose weight, I've been toying with the idea of writing some weight loss posts myself but just haven't been brave enough. Thanks for stopping by xx

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  5. I love this post, great to get to know the blog author a bit! It's sad how so many people misunderstand the reasons behind writing a blog!

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    1. Thank you Claire, it is quite sad that people misunderstand blogging but I guess with explosion of bloggers in the media I suppose it's easy to think that. Thanks for stopping by xx

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  6. When I first started blogging 8 years ago it was more of an online diary kind of thing. My most recent blog is almost 5 and started off as a beauty blog but has not evolved with my life to be a lifestyle blog.

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    1. Wow 8 years ago, I didn't have a clue what blog was then. Blogs definitely evolve over time and I'm pretty excited to see what I'll be blogging about in a few years time. Thanks for stopping by xx

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  7. Great post your truly and inspiration love the wolf and me xx

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  8. I love posts like these, it's so easy to assume that people only blog for free stuff or to become a 'celebrity' when in fact most of us blog because we love to :) x

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    1. it's very true, I doubt many people would invest the time and effort into it if they didn't love it. Xx

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  9. I love interacting with other bloggers it's so much fun! Also I love the idea of being able to express myself somewhere online :D

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    1. It is indeed so much fun! Especially when you realise how much you have in common with someone you would have never met otherwise. Xx

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  10. I started blogging as a hobby over 8 years ago, I've had several different blogs in that time. Nearly 5 years ago I started a hobby blog which has now turned into my job alongside freelance contracts gained from blogging.

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  11. I completely agree with this - most of these reasons are why I started blogging too.

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  12. Great post, I always love finding out why people blog. I blog for the same reason, i started to document my life as a new mum but over the years it has become so much more than that. A hobby which i've actually stuck too! x

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