When I first decided to start a blog, it was very much a spur of the moment kind of thing. I thought it would be a good thing to put on my CV and a good outlet for my love of writing and beauty. However, all this time later, I’ve realised it’s become so much more than a little hobby, and it’s actually given me so many amazing things to take away from it. I know this is a bit of a “cheeseball alert” moment, but seriously, I am so so glad that I made that decision to open up WordPress and begin my own random little corner of the internet. My only regret is not doing it sooner.
As well as just generally being a really fun and productive way to pass some free time, I’ve discovered how this blog has helped me in 5 other major ways. You may never hit the blogging big-time, or become the next Zoella, but there are lots of other great reasons to take the plunge…
1. You’ll develop loads of new skills you never even thought of … If you’re thinking that maybe your writing, photography, creativity, whatever, isn’t up to a good enough standard for blogging then please don’t worry! When I look back at my initial posts, I slightly cringe at how rubbish they were. My pictures were dark and grainy, my writing was boring, and my blog just didn’t reflect my personality at all. However, now I can look at how much I’ve improved and feel such a sense of achievement for that. If you enjoy it, overtime you’ll find your blog starts to develop and you’ll be amazed at all the new skills you have.
2. You’ll be surprised at how nice people on the internet are… It seems like everytime I read a story about social media, humanity does not come off in a good light. From twitter trolls, awful death and rape threats (mostly directed towards women), revenge porn, and online bullying, I can understand why you might not want to throw yourself into this fiery pit! But honestly, since I started blogging, I haven’t received one nasty comment. Not one! Everyone has been so lovely and it’s definitely restored my faith in the majority of humans. If you do get a mean, rude comment though.. just ignore it and feel sorry for them. You have to be a pretty sad person to be a troll.
3. It will help your job search… A few months ago, I was offered a position on a competitive marketing graduate scheme for September. Out of the seven graduates, I’m the only one who had never had any formal marketing experience. However, the interviewers said they were impressed with how I’d used social media and other marketing techniques to promote my blog. They also said that maintaining a blog shows creativity, innovation, and determination. So if you’re feeling like you need something to stick on your CV, you’ll be surprised at how a blog could make you stand out!
4. It could open the door to lots of exciting new opportunities… You never know where starting a blog might take you. I’ve been invited to my first bloggers’ event in a couple of weeks in Leeds where I should get to meet lots of other great people (and hopefully get a few freebies!) You never know where it might take you, and you’ll never know until you try!
5. It could increase you confidence… I used to hate having my photo taken. I always thought I looked hideous and awkward! But obviously running a beauty blog, you can’t really avoid the occasional selfie. I actually think this has helped me to feel a bit more confident in pictures. I’ve also had so many kind, encouraging comments from all you lovely ladies that it’s definitely made me feel more able to just do what I like to do and not care what people think.
I hope that my 5 reasons have either persuaded you to start that blog you’ve been thinking about, or maybe encouraged you to keep persevering with the one you already have. Ultimately, as long as you enjoy it, then you should definitely keep at it!
Let me know in the comments why you think starting a blog is a good thing!
Thanks for reading! Joanna xxxxx