Recently, I’ve been feeling a little down in the dumps. Emotionally exhausted and rather frazzled. I always say that I write because I need to write. However, lately I’ve been struggling to find the words. I just feel a little hollow. That is to be expected, I’ve had a hard month and I have been putting myself under pressure to carry on as normal. Sometimes we have to accept that we can’t carry on as normal. That sometimes life can overwhelm us, smothering the words that we are trying to get out.
When I started blogging in January I thought that you wrote a post and hit publish. Simples. Only it isn’t simple. There are so many other tasks you have to do behind the scenes. It’s not just the writing you have to think about, there are a whole host of other tasks that you have to do:
- Alt tags on your photos
- SEO Keywords
The list is never ending. Blogging is a journey where I am constantly learning. If you aren’t careful you can become lost in the blogging corridors. You become so wrapped up in the mechanics of it all that you forget why you started – to write.
The other week I had another very timely reminder of why I blog. I was surprised by the most stunning bunch of flowers from some amazing blogging friends. Friends that recognised I needed a little cheer me up. The flowers reminded me that one of the most important thing that blogging has brought me is support.
The blogging community is a fantastic one. I chat with ladies over twitter, in DM and in Whatsapp. Sometimes we even chat on the phone. We meet up at conferences and it feels like we have known each other for years. In fact Aby from You Baby Me Mummy wrote a post about this. Blogging has given me a sense of community and that is more important than any award, ranking or score. Never before have I been part of a group that is so open. A group that is happy to celebrate your success when everything is going right, and a group that offers you a shoulder to cry on when you need support. I am part of an industry that is dominated by females. However, there is no bitchiness, we are all equal, and we all share our opinions and ideas. In past workplaces I have witnessed females tearing each other down, all over jealousy and ambition. However, in blogging I have not come across that. Perhaps I have been lucky but I can say that every single blogger I interact with is lovely.
Blogging is built on community. If we don’t interact then our blog won’t do well. It won’t succeed. For me blogging is about sharing and empowering others. There will be the big bloggers who are reaching for the stars and that is brilliant. However, we shouldn’t compare ourselves to them. There are plenty more stars to be had. At the end of the day I started this blog because I wanted to write. I started this blog to express myself, to have a voice again. My blog is authentic because it reflects me. I don’t write because I have a grand plan, I don’t filter what I write to appeal to a certain audience. I write from the heart.
To be part of an amazing community that likes me for being me is amazing.
What is the number one thing that blogging has given you?