Yes, it’s been 3 years since I started this blog. Gosh how quickly time flys!
I started it as something for ‘me’ somewhere I can ‘vent’, share experiences and thoughts, it has changed my life and brought me much satisfaction. It has changed me and the way I live my life. Interesting how when you put pen to paper, thoughts and feelings stream along with the after thought of, hey should I post this? Is this too honest? Am I being too open?
Writing a blog requires your time, devotion, commitment, and discipline. Blogging is considered similar to that of a personal journal. It has helped me to be observant of my life, who I allow close to me and gives purpose to my personal growth. It has trained my mind to track life and articulate the changes I’ve been experiencing.
When writing a personal blog, your blog becomes a digital record of your life that is saved “in the cloud.” As a result, it can never be lost, stolen, or destroyed in a fire. Almost consider it a ‘time capsule’.
When I started this blog I had many new things and changes in my life. I’d not long had my first child, I’d recently left my job and we moved our family into the suburbs where I knew no one. It was a huge life change, and so far for the better. Hard at first as I’d left all my ‘familiar’. I had no friends where we moved too, I was putting my little man into a preschool where I knew no one, it was s while new chapter. At first I felt lost and lonely but then I was connecting with other bloggers and readers of my blog. I know some may feel this is a ‘fake’ or ‘questionable’ communication, but it was communicating and to me, it helped me to feel connected with the outside world, in what was unfamiliar territory.
My blog is allowing me to communicate with others, maybe not face to face, but I now have over 6000 followers across my webpage, Facebook and twitter accounts. An achievement that I’m proud of as I don’t self promote nor do I pay for any advertising, oh and I don’t have advertisements on my blog.
To me my blog is about recording thoughts and feelings on paper and opening up and sharing my experience with others, allowing readers to either agree or disagree with me and my writing. Everyone has their own opinion and you may find blogging requires a filter. It’s simply not possible to write about every event, every thought, and every happening in your life. It’s ok to be open and personal, I just think for me especially, I like to hold a little back. Keep some things private.
I’ve found since starting writing my blog about my life and the thoughts that shape it, I’m more inclined to think more intentionally about who I am, who I am becoming, and whether you like what you see or not. Only you can change your thought process and only you can change the way that you live.
Whether it be through comments, e-mails, or social media, you may be surprised at how quickly you meet people on-line. And by meet people, I mean legitimately form relationships that seek to serve one another, a common ground and shared experiences. I’ve found that the blogging community is friendly, encouraging, and most people genuinely are wanting for you to succeed.
Blogging not only changes your life, it also changes the life of the reader, because blogs are free for the audience and open to the public, on many levels, it is an act of giving. It is a selfless act of service to invest your time, energy, and worldview into a piece of writing and then offer it free to anybody who wants to read it. Others may find inspiration in your writing… and that’s a wonderful feeling. There will always be negativity but I try not to allow those negative comments to overtake me. It’s hard yes, but I also know that what I write is the truth and how I feel or what I’ve experienced.
I’ve tried to write about many of my life events. I try not to be to open but still give enough to be relatable.
I’m not a regular blogger, but I do write when I feel inspired.
In my past 3 years of blogging, I’ve perhaps had 2 blogs that have had mean, nasty or negative responses and reactions. I don’t purposely try and create these responses, I simply write about my or someone close to me, life events and sometimes others can relate a little too well and take offence.
If your considering to start a personal blog, I’d say go for it. Give it a go and if you find it’s not for you, nothing lost, but if you love it! Yippee!
So on that note, happy anniversary No Ordinary Mummy! 💕