I ask myself this all the time, why do I actually blog? And I’m sure my friends, family and those nosey parkers who know me, but don’t really know me think the same, ‘why is it, that she blogs in her spare time?‘ (I can see you nosey parkers on my Google Analytics by the way). No one has actually come out and asked me why, apart from one person, my boyfriend. It was around six months into our relationships when he found my blog Twitter and print screened it and sent it to me a text saying “???, what’s this?”
I purposely didn’t tell him about my blog because I wasn’t sure how he’d react. It’s really sad that when I first started this, I was so embarrassed by it. Yes, embarrassed. I couldn’t bear the thought of someone I knew reading my space on the internet. At the beginning of Zest Of Alice, it was sort of an escape for me, a place I took online to write about my life, that wasn’t my personal social media. I didn’t think anyone would understand it, obviously, I told my Mam though whom was incredibly supportive of my decision to start this. Before I started my career in Digital Marketing I didn’t have a clue about the Blogosphere or what a blog actually was. It really intrigued me when my eyes were opened to it, I was fascinated and inspired by other bloggers. Their confidence to bare themselves on the internet was something I envied, I wanted to be apart of it. So I did it, and I’ve never looked back. But that’s the main reason why I was nervous about telling people about it because I really didn’t think anyone would understand it. I speak to other bloggers from the North East who feel the same way as I did, maybe it’s just a cultural and generation thing, I’m pretty sure bloggers are massively more accepted in places like London and America because it’s so known in those places.
So yeah, when I did explain to my boyfriend what I did on my blog he was so interested, I can’t believe I thought he’d react any different. His acceptance of my blog is probably the reason why I now tell everyone about it. It feels good to have my friends read my blog and it feels even better when someone I know tells me what they thought of my posts. My boyfriend is so proud of me and what I do, he often posts on social media about what I’m up to and how far I’ve come. It’s so nice to have that support system! Thank you Jorden, I know you’ll be reading this. I seriously couldn’t be with someone if they didn’t get this.
Let’s get back to why I actually blog, what is it that I get out of it? In the past few weeks when I’ve been so busy, spending every second blogging, I’ve thought to myself, ‘what is this actually all for?’ and that’s the thing with blogging, it’s never finished, you always have to do more and more work. I can compile a To Do list but it’s never-ending. I don’t mean to complain, this is just a mild moan I promise. It’s absolutely amazing working with some of my favourite brands as well as discovering new brands too. It’s really rewarding, knowing people actually care what you write about. I love the social aspect of blogging. I have like two worlds, my blogging world and my real world. My real world is so boring compared to my blogging world. Blogging is so exciting, but it is hard work. My biggest reason for blogging is because it’s actually really therapeutic. Like this post, for instance, I’ve really offloaded my thoughts and condensed them into a post. My confidence has really been boosted since I started blogging too, I’ve always been a confident person but since starting Zest Of Alice, I look at myself totally different.
I blog for many reasons like some I’ve mentioned above. I always think about looking back on this blog, maybe 10, 20 years later and be able to remember everything about my life, share memories with my family, it’s like a time machine to me really.
Why do you blog? Or are you considering blogging?
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