There is no doubt that blogging can feel like a full time job. Between promoting, updating, editing, posting and keeping up with all of the social media accounts, blogging can become quite exhausting.
And I’m speaking from the smallest blogger’s stance. I can’t even imagine having a follower base in the thousands and adding collabs & vlogs to the mix of it all.
Whether you’re a small-time or full-time blogger, I’m sure everyone has had a day where they want to take a break from it all. To help maintain that motivation, here’s some blessings of blogging to remind us why we love it so much!
•Blogging is a Hobby•
While blogging for some people is their main source of income, for most of us it’s a hobby. I have always loved writing; it was my favorite subject in school and my preference for assignments in college. Whether it was research or opinion-based, I always enjoyed sitting in front of a computer and seeing my thoughts and opinions introduced through words that I put together.
For the longest time, my hobby was school. Once I graduated, I struggled finding meaningful activities to fulfill my days. I always admired the people around me who had a hobby, like working out and playing sports, and I was envious that I didn’t have something to spend my time on.
After I discovered blogging, it supplied me with something to do other than bingeing on shows and scanning my timeline on Facebook. After many hours spent editing, writing, and formulating posts, I think it’s safe to say that I finally found my hobby in blogging.
•Blogging Expands Your Mind•
One of my favorite parts of writing in college and graduate school was how it challenged me. When I was given an assignment and had to write a 15 page paper on one topic, it would initially be intimidating, but then I would eventually see all of these random words transform into something that became inspiring. A lot of my papers that I wrote were recognized by the professor and department and are still used as examples in classes today. I truly enjoyed writing research papers, which is what most students dread. When I had to write about something that had been covered about a million times before, I relished in having to come up with my own words to convert the content.
When I wrote, I was encouraged by myself and the papers I created. The thoughts and opinions that I would formulate in my mind was surprising and showed me the extent of my potential. Nothing expanded my mind more than my education and producing A+ papers and blogging can do the same for me. Which brings me to my next blessing of blogging…
•Blogging Gives You a Sense of Accomplishment•
When you have a thought and put those thoughts into words, thus creating content that is read by people online, how does that make you feel? For me, it’s fulfilling; I feel achievable; I feel accomplished.
Before I began blogging, I was becoming pretty complacent in my life. A few months after I graduated with my Master’s degree, I was apparently soaking in the fact that I had no responsibilities because I spent most of my days tidying the house or watching Netflix. While it’s great to take some time for yourself once in a while, I felt like I was missing something. I wasn’t passionate whatsoever about folding laundry and I wasn’t motivated even the slightest by the newest season of Orange is the New Black. I needed something to fill my time and my life… something that would make me feel as if I was some sort of a success.
Even though I don’t have a ton of followers and most of my posts go unnoticed, working on a task and then submitting it gives you a sense of accomplishment. We all need that to feel like we’re surviving as adults in some ways 🙂
•Blogging Stores Your Memories•
Before I started blogging, I had been traveling Europe with my husband. I had thousands of pictures and stories to tell about the experiences that we had and I wanted a place to record them so I could return years later and reminisce on it all. I had thought about starting a journal but I wanted it to be stored on my computer… this led me to start a blog.
We all know that our minds fade as we age and I don’t ever want to forget the things I’ve seen and done while traveling the world. Blogging gives me a storage unit for my memories.
•Blogging Lets You Vent•
Because I am usually all over the world at any given time, it’s been hard keeping friends. I do have one or two that I keep in contact with from time to time, but life tends to get in the way, making it hard to maintain friendships.
Blogging gives me a place to sit down and discuss whatever may be lingering around in my mind. It’s like meeting a friend for coffee and just talking their ear off. I tend to have pretty random and crazy thoughts and when I’m given the chance to talk I usually go off on tangents. So, you can probably imagine how much better I feel after I sit down in front of my Mac and rant about whatever may be on my mind. The best part is I can rant and rave about something without directly addressing anyone. I think that if everyone had a blog to talk about their problems this world would most likely be a better place.
While I may not have a lavish blog with a million followers, having a blog brings me so much bliss. It can be a bit overwhelming at times but we all have to remember why we started one in the first place. Hold on to that reason and you’ll continue to stay motivated throughout your blogging journeys!
What kind of blessings does blogging bring you?