Blog birthday and reasons I’m grateful for blogging

It’s been one whole year since I started this blog. Actually, it was one year on the 11th November so I’m a little bit late…

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It’s been one whole year since I started this blog. Actually, it was one year on the 11th November so I’m a little bit late to the celebrations. Time has just flown by so fast that I didn’t even realise! But the fact that I’ve stuck with this for over a year is incredible. I’ve dabbled in blogging before – before I even knew that it was called blogging. My first blog was when I was in high school, where I rambled on about the inner workings of my mind. To be honest, it wasn’t too dissimilar from the lifestyle posts I blog about now. Sadly, my teenage blog lived a short life, as my attention-span for blogging dwindled and I found something else to fill my time with. The next time my paths crossed with blogging was during university. During my time at uni, I blogging academically, debating psychological theories, research methods and analysing adverts from a Consumer Psychology perspective. These days, I blog for fun. I blog because I want to and I couldn’t be happier. So, this post will be rambling about the reasons why I’m super duper grateful to have my little blog in my life.

The wonderful bloggers I’ve met
During this fabulous year of blogging I’ve met some ridiculously fabulous bloggers. The community is probably the main reasons that I stuck with blogging for an entire year (thanks guys, you’re the best!). Nobody warned me about the super-cute community that comes with blogging. Before I created my twitter for my blog I was oblivious to how many amazing bloggers were out there. Of course, I used my bloglovin’ to find other blogs to read and interact with. However, through twitter I was able to actually chat to the lovely people behind those blog (and discover even more blogging babes). Then, through blogger events and casual meet-ups, I was able to see some of these lovely bloggers in the real world. If you’re not part of the ‘blogging world’ then it may seem strange that an online community that put such a smile on your face. But take my word for it, they can. So, to all the lovely bloggers that I’ve met and those that I’m yet to meet, thank you for sticking with me and for helping me stick with this!

Writing to my heart’s content
This one is kind of a given. If you’re writing a blog, expect to be writing A LOT of words. When I was at university, I’d struggle to write 2,000 word assignments. However, put that assignment into blog form and I’ll have it done in a flash. Seriously, when I wrote blogs for university I was constantly running over the word-count. I was the geek that wrote 1000 word blog posts whilst everyone else stuck to the 200-500 word count. I just find writing so therapeutic. If I’m ever in a bad mood angrily hitting at the keys to compose a ranty blog post is a sure way to calm the mood. Whilst those posts rarely ever see the light of day, just typing up my feelings into a post is enough to lift the weight off my shoulders. Writing this blog has allowed me to explore my writing style and to express my creativity. Some people have art or music as a creative outlet, for me, I have my blog. I’m not the world’s greatest blogger (I’m far from it) and my writing style is often sloppy. But it’s mine and I can’t wait to see how it progresses over time. I guess I’ve always been drawn to writing. I’d write stories as a child, keep a journal as a teenager and now I write a blog.

Express yourself
As I mentioned, blogging allows me to talk nonsense and express my creativity. It allows me to waffle on about topics I love: be it fashion, food, fitness or whatever else takes my fancy. Chatting about the things I love on here has allowed me to connect with other like-minded individuals. Through blogging, my self-confidence has grown. I’ve never been the loud one of the group. I’ve always been a bit of a wallflower, probably out of fear of what others would think. There’s a few times where I’ve thrown caution to the wind, thought “oh F it!” and just done my own thing. Those are probably some of the times when I’ve been happiest- when I’m doing what I want to do without a care in the world for what other people might think. Through blogging, I’m slowly but surely finding that self-confidence again. I’ll blog about things I’m passionate about and hit publish without worrying what people might think of me. Because of blogging, I’m learning to leave my ego at the door and express myself more.

Learning something new every day
I’m a bit of a self-confessed geek. I love to learn. If 14 year old me was reading this, she’d probably scoff at the thought of enjoying education one day. Now, at the peachy age of 22, I love learning new things. Blogging has opened up a whole world of education. Seriously, when I started blogging, I though “This blogging malarky will be a piece of cake…” oh, how wrong was I? I didn’t realise how much I would learn. I’ve (hopefully) enhanced my photography skills as I’ve learned the wonders of photo-editing, the golden ratio, bokeh and lighting, to name a few tips I’ve picked up along the way. I’ve also learnt a little bit about html. I’m no computer whizz-kid, but I know enough basic html to get me by. If the time comes when I need to know more I’m confident enough to give it a go…and then probably cry when it all goes wrong. I’ve also learnt about the wonderful world of analytics. When I first set out on this blogging journey, I was totally unaware of analytics. I had no idea that you could track so many intricate aspects of your blog. Analytics, SEO and all the nitty-gritty stats side of blogging amazes me. As well as learning bloggy-things, I’ve also learnt skills that are applicable to the real world. I’ve learnt so many skills that are useful from a professional aspect from time-management to organization to writing skills. All in all, I’m grateful for blogging because it allows me to be a nerd and learn new things.

Working with brands
I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t care about working with brands. One year ago I never thought that blogging would allow me to work with brands that I love. When I started out with this blog, I had no intentions of using it to work with brands, I simply blog because it’s something that I love doing. But along the way, I’ve had the opportunity to work with many wonderful brands and I’m so grateful for that. I’ve worked with brands that were totally new to me and I’ve worked with brands that I’ve been a long-time advocate of. I’ll be honest, when I got the chance to work with MyProtein, I fan-girled hard. I put 110% effort into all my blog posts and if a brand I love wants to work with me on a topic I’m passionate about then that puts the world’s biggest smile on my face. Getting recognition for the things you love is rewarding, whether you blog for monetary gain or pure fun. Whilst I blog because I love it, I’m still grateful for the lovely brands I’ve been able to work with so a huge thanks to those who have recognised me (the little fish in the giant blogging ocean).

So, that’s one year of blogging as Grandiose Days under my belt and hopefully many more to come. Huge thank you to all those I’ve met along the way, I just want to squeeze you all (and that’s a pretty big deal because I’m really not the hugging type). I’m so happy to have my little blog and can’t wait to see what lies ahead for me in the great, big, blogosphere.

2 comments

  1. Happy blog birthday! I also find blogging my outlet – for all things! So nice when people appreciate work YOU put in, and it is work that actually matters to you! 🙂

    Keep up the cool posts!
    Julia X

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