There’s been a lot of negativity in the blogging world recently – fake followers, stolen posts and images and just general drama. As its valentine’s day, I thought I’d share the love and tell you a bit about some of the great things I’ve gained from having a blog, and what there’s to love about being a blogger.
Writing, photography, photo editing, networking, social media, marketing and communications are just some of the skills that come into having your own blog. While I cover a lot of these topics in my work-life, enjoying taking the time to progress these skills as a hobby has been a huge perk of blogging. Not only do I feel that it’s helped me in my current job, I feel like I’ve got a clearer vision of what I want to do with my career, and blog, going forward, and I’m excited to bring these progressed skills along for the ride.
Not only has progressing my skillset done wonders for my confidence, so has being in front of a camera. I tend to hate most photos of myself, especially when they’ve been taken by someone else, so jumping into the blogging community filled with beautiful portraits and fashion photography was overwhelming to start with. I’ve built up my ‘photograph confidence’ by having my favourite people take my photos – my fiancé and two of my best friends, Lucy and Lauren. These people make me feel at ease, have the patience to take 1,000 photos until we get the perfect shot, and manage to capture me in the most natural way. And as they say, practice makes perfect, and getting in front of the camera as often as I can (no matter how big headed this seems!) has really helped. You won’t be seeing me on the front of Vogue anytime soon, but for now, my Instagram will do.
A BUSINESS MIND
Running a blog feels a bit like having your own business, something that I’ve never experienced before. Having to balance work, my social life and my own business, AKA my blog, has been a learning curve, and honestly, I’m only just getting into a groove with balancing all of this.
It’s great to be your own boss, find your own business opportunities and work with PRs and companies in collaboration with your blog. I’m so proud of my little corner of the internet, and proud of how I’ve managed it and what a success it’s been so far (in my eyes anyway!).
With my new-found confidence has come the blessing of meeting some lovely bloggers. In my first few months of blogging, I was lucky enough to meet a friend for life, Lauren, when I was visiting Scotland for work and was confident enough to ask her if she wanted to meet up as we’d chatted online a few times. Luckily, we got on so well and are now the bestest of friends.
I’ve also bonded with Lucy, who I first met as a colleague. She inspired me to really give blogging a go. We bounce ideas off of each other, proof read one another’s posts and talk 24/7. I couldn’t do any of this without her!
I’ve formed great relationships with people working at some of the PR companies and brands that I’ve worked with because of my blog. I’m even meeting up with one for cocktails in a beautiful bar in London next month and I’m very excited.
I also never thought I’d be able to attend events with a bunch of bloggers that I’d never met, but I’ve done it and it wasn’t as scary as I thought. I never knew how many exciting opportunities blogging would bring to my life, and I’ve got even more exciting things in the pipeline for 2018!
If you read my blog religiously, then you’ll know that I’ve been struggling with my mental health lately. With ill mental health comes lack of motivation, passion and drive. The blogging world has given me a sense of purpose, a reason to keep up my drive to succeed. After a well needed break, I’ve come back to my blog with full force and I’m more motivated than ever. And the more motivation I have, the more I want to up my game and better my content; it’s a win-win situation. My blog helped me to get my mojo back, so I’m thanking it by working hard to create the best content that I can.
As you can see, I think that my blog and I have a mutual love for one another, so Happy Valentine’s Day Rosie’s Life xo!
What are your favourite things about your blog? And what have you gained from blogging?