I’ve touched before on the benefits of blogging, but I’ve never really talked in-depth about how it has impacted me personally. I’m truly a different person than I was before starting this little blog five and a half months ago.
Blogging has transformed my life and radically shifted my mindset. And seeing as I’m rapidly approaching my 6-month blogiversary, it just seems fitting to explain a little bit about how I got into blogging and how it has changed me.
I’ve experienced so much growth over these last few months, and I want to share it with you in hopes that it’ll encourage you to keep pushing forward in your own blogging journey. If you don’t have a blog, I’m hoping that just maybe it’ll inspire you to take the leap and start one of your own. 😉
My blogging story
It was the summer of my junior year of high school, and I was upset because I had been rejected from a 5-week scholarship program that several of my peers were attending.
I was suffering from a serious case of FOMO and needed to do something about it. I wanted something that would make my summer worthwhile and give me something more positive to think about than how much fun my classmates were having.
I had toyed with the idea of starting a blog for months before this, and one day it just clicked that this was the perfect time to do it. I researched and planned until I finally settled on a launch date: August 1st, 2017. I felt this was the perfect date because not only was it the start of a new month, but it was also the day before my birthday.
When August 1st came, I clicked publish on my brand new blog with a feeling of accomplishment and exhilaration. Since then, I’ve grown and improved so much as a blogger and a person. Here are a few of many ways blogging has helped me grow.
Made me more passionate
Before I started my blog, my daily routine pretty much went like this: Wake up, go to school, come home, scroll through Instagram, go to bed and repeat.
It sounds horrible and I wish it hadn’t been this way. I was just going through the motions, but believe it or not, it was mentally exhausting me. I had nothing to be excited about or work towards. But when I started blogging, all of that changed.
I was worried that adding something else to my plate would just make me more stressed out than I already was, but instead it gave me a fulfillment that I had never experienced before. It was an amazing feeling, like something had lit up inside me.
Overall, I can honestly say that I am a much more passionate person now than when I first began blogging. I immerse myself fully into projects and hobbies rather than barely dip my toes into the water as I did before.
Inspired mindfulness in my life
When I started getting involved in the blogging community, I began to question what it is that I really want out of life. And I realized that the things I valued most were actually getting the least amount of my attention.
This was a huge wake-up call for me. It soon became clear that I was never going to reach my goals or be able to create the life I truly wanted if I wasn’t being mindful of where I was spending my time.
Blogging has also made me aware of the things I allow into my headspace. I am now much more mindful of the principles I choose to guide my life and the ideas I pursue.
Before I started blogging, the days seemed to just slip by without me even realizing it. However, now that I am putting out a new piece of content every week, I have no choice but to mindfully structure my days in order to leave enough time for everything.
Taught me valuable skills
Blogging has taught me so many new valuable skills. Content writing, creating graphics, marketing and promoting posts, networking with other bloggers, developing a brand, building a readership – the list goes on and on.
I’ve always loved writing, and blogging has given me the opportunity to really focus on honing that skill. The more I write, the more I notice my voice start to take shape and become a reflection of me.
Also, I’m not sure if you guys know this about me, but I’m an extreme procrastinator. When I first started blogging, I quickly realized that my procrastination tendencies were not going to work and I needed to make some big changes.
I still don’t have my procrastination completely under control, but I’ve already come so far from where I used to be. I’m also a much more organized person in general, which is something I’m super happy about.
Blogging has helped me grow in so many ways over the last few months, and this post only just covered the tip of the iceberg. I want to continue progressing, and I look forward to seeing where this blog takes me in the future!
Let’s chat! I’d love to hear your thoughts. 🙂