Creating my own blog has been a dream of mine for many years. Dreams remain just dreams unless you take action, so in April 2016 I decided to throw myself in to the Blogosphere and well, just be me. And here we are. I now have my blog, my passion and it is an extension of me. It’s sometimes easier to share what’s going on in my head by writing/typing my thoughts than through verbalisation so it is also a bit of an outlet for me.
So why be embarrassed about this, it’s who you are right? I have spoken to so many bloggers and they tell me that in their first year it was always their loved ones who spread the news they had a blog. Why? Because they were too bashful to tell people about it. They were worried what people would think so instead were happy to allow their loved ones to be proud and tell the world.
This made me think. I was lucky because I launched my blog with some epic backing from my mentor who introduced me to personal branding and the power of social media. The key lessons learned were that I just had to be me, believe that I am awesome and be god dam happy with who I am, know what I stand for and not be afraid to have an opinion. So with this in mind and knowing my blog is coming up to it’s first birthday, why do I still feel slightly embarrassed when I tell people I am a blogger? Don’t get me wrong, I am more proud than embarrassed as it is still only 10 months old and by no means am I an expert. Last week I met a fashion blogger, we spoke about the work we do and walking away I realised how much we actually influence people. People do care about product reviews, experiences, holiday destinations, restaurants and mindfulness discussions. I could go on but knowing you can make a difference to peoples lives is one helluva feeling.
As my blog has grown in popularity, that nervous feeling dissolved a little more each day. The amazing support and comments of how I write just kinda made me believe in myself so much more. I worked hard to make my dream a reality, it continues to be work in progress as the content builds. I have poured my heart and soul into this and feel I am utlitising some of my skills (I always wanted to be a writer). I get to talk about anything which I feel is important to me and I’m extremely lucky that my loved ones are right behind me with an abundance of support. I am proud of my blog it has changed my life and it makes me happy. I am extremely grateful that I have been been able to inspire my readers, whether they have been part of my journey since day one or whether they have hopped on along the way. Thank you everyone, it really does mean the world to me.
So for all my fellow bloggers or anyone wanting to take the plunge but feeling apprehensive, here’s why you shouldn’t be embarrassed about your blog:
- Putting your heart and soul into something should create joy and dignity. Revel in it.
- You can meet the coolest people through those who follow you or fellow bloggers you connect with. Some of whom you may never have met if it wasn’t for your blog.
- It’s an extension of who you are so be proud of being you, your thoughts, opinions and what you produce. Your blog will be a special part of your life.
- You won’t please everyone with what you write about but do know that those who mock or are unable to support you, tend to be the ones who randomly keep checking out your blog. Strange I know, but it’s usually borne out of jealousy. But don’t worry your head about that, just continue to be yourself, post about what is important to you and what your audience like to read about. It’s important to remember there are people out there who are waiting to read your posts because they admire you or find you inspiring. That’s kinda cool.
- It could turn into a full-time job you never know. The awesome fashion blogger I mentioned earlier, was so proud of her achievements although admittedly slightly exhausted as this is now her full time occupation (FYI extremely jealous). But you know what, she wouldn’t change it for the world. So be open to opportunities as you never know where this may lead. If you have a natural knack for writing you could be the next Carrie Bradshaw!
“People get scared when you try to do something, especially when it looks like you’re succeeding. People do not get scared when you are failing. It calms them. But when you’re winning, it makes them feel like they’re losing or, worse yet, that maybe they should’ve tried to do something too, but now it’s too late. And since they didn’t, they want to stop you. You can’t let them.”
So hey you, yes you..I want to thank you for reading my post. Whether you’ve stuck around since the beginning of my journey or whether you’re new to my blog, thank you for reading and supporting. I genuinely appreciate it. I hope you find this post inspiring and please stop hiding your blog. Be proud of you.