The thing about blogging is that you can do what you want.
There are no right or wrong ways.
I mean, there are better ways to get certain results. But more followers, high traffic and getting lots of products for free and are not at the top of everyone’s agenda.
Like most things in life, the harder you try, the more hours you put in, the more you get out of it.
I think we agree that time is a massive barrier for us all.
If you start working on a new hobby, then another one has to get neglected.
With that in mind, I wanted to share the things I’ve lost and the things I’ve gained through blogging.
Things I’ve lost through blogging.
I have to admit my defeat here. As much as I try to play every so often, I struggle to get into a game unless I can commit most of my free time to it for a while until it’s complete.
With blogging, I can’t do that. As I have a stronger commitment to writing posts.
Although I still play Xbox from time to time, I struggle to follow story lines with such infrequent play so it loses it’s charm a little with me.
Playing the piano.
I had music lessons for years as a child. Exams and all. I wasn’t far from getting my teaching diploma for the keyboard before I went to university. After being away from the keyboard for a while, I bought a piano and started transferring my skills over. Piano and keyboard are pretty similar and I quickly taught myself a few songs.
Now my piano rests against my wardrobe, powerless.
I was a massive box set junkie before blogging. I would get through a whole series quickly and I’m pretty confident that I would have completed Netflix by now if it wasn’t for blogging.
I sometimes do watch TV shows, but I always have my laptop on me so don’t pay full attention.
Since I’ve been in my new flat, I’ve been making a bit more effort to spend at least an hour before I go to bed watching TV without any computers around me so hopefully I can finish watching the TV shows I’ve started.
Like OITNB, Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars, Hemlock Grove.
I guess you could class playing video games and watching TV shows are chilling out. But what I mean is being able to do something and not feel distracted.
To feel completely okay to sit and do nothing.
I could spend my day off just doing what I felt like. But now, I get that niggle in the back of my head that I should write a post, that I should check Twitter. No matter how up to date I am with blog posts, there’s always something more you could be doing.
Since I’ve started blogging, I’ve put a lot of guilt on myself to be doing something productive every minute of the day.
Things I’ve gained through blogging.
I have loads of people that I class as blogging friends. Those I see once every month or two at events and always speak to.
But then there are those that go beyond that. Those I talk to almost every day through text, those that I met through blogging but now class as real friends. The ones that help me move house, the ones that come to my birthday night out, the ones that invite me to their house, the ones that I meet with outside of blogging events. The ones I talk to about things other than blogging.
That’s special, is that.
I would never have met these people if it wasn’t for blogging and now they play such a massive part in my life.
A sense of purpose.
It sounds stupid. But blogging gives me a sense of purpose.
I know I’ve said it before and I’ll probably say it again.
I’m only responsible for myself. I’m single, I have no children. I think blogging fills a void for me, it gives me a sense of doing something important. I get e-mails and Tweets from readers saying I’ve helped them with something. That they have found a post useful… it’s wonderful when that happens.
Being shortlisted for awards, doing talks in London, going to events, getting to try food and drink you would never have if it wasn’t for blogging.
Wow, blogging goes way beyond writing rubbish on the internet and hoping someone will read.
I never thought I’d go to events, I didn’t even know events happened until I had been blogging for about a year!
So as you can see, most of the things I’ve lost have been hobbies I’ve replaced with blogging. Whereas the things I’ve gained have been things that have real meaning to me. Things that have made me grow as a person, gain confidence and meet people and try things I would never have imagined.
It’s funny how this has gone from some secret online life to something very real indeed.
What have you lost and gained through blogging?