I’m never sure when to class my blogging anniversary. My official first post was in September 2012. Then I didn’t start blogging properly until December. I guess now would be a pretty good time to class it as 4 years. Or something close to that.
Four years. That’s a long time.
I’m going to go ahead and say it. Because I’m a human being which basically means I’m a massive cliche:
I can’t believe I’m still doing this.
I honestly thought that after a few months, I’d start blogging less and less and then give up.
I’ve had many hobbies in my time, playing instruments, playing xbox, minecraft etc etc, but nothing has really stuck. I always felt after a while, I was forcing myself to do these hobbies rather than enjoying the experience.
It’s been different with blogging. Although there are times when I do have to sit and force myself to write(usually because I’ve been busy and I’m tired, or I’m hungover), I find it really easy and the thought of not having a blog scares me a little now.
It has become a big part of me. In a way, I think it’s often the most interesting side of me. My job isn’t particularly interesting, but when people find out I blog – they love asking questions about it. I really like that. It makes me feels good.
One of the main reasons I still blog is the process of creating something that’s worth it. I could spend my time on Call of Duty, I could watch more Netflix, but there’s no end product. I’ve always been wanting to create. When we got our first computer when I was 8, I started writing a novel about a girl called Rebecca who lived in a treehouse. I was always wanting to write and draw. Before the computer, I was drawing comic books and inventing things. It’s taken me a while to find the right type of creative outlet for me, but I’m glad I did.
That sounds a bit soft and very ‘millennial’ of me, I don’t mean it to! I’ve just always been the type of child that was lost in her own thoughts and imagining things. I’ve found the perfect way to focus all that energy one, which I love.
The biggest reason I have for my love for blogging, and probably the reason I still blog today, is my friends.
When I started blogging, there weren’t many events that I knew of. I didn’t start speaking to other Leeds bloggers until over a year into blogging and I never imagined I would actually meet any. When I was invited to a brunch just down the road from me, I decided to go for it.
That was almost 3 years ago. Now 90% of my friends are bloggers. I’m not talking about people I talk to online, I’m talking about people who come to my birthday night out, people who help me move house, people who have wine and cheese nights and I go to their house on a Saturday evening. It’s much more than blogging friends. It’s more like best friends.
Who knows where I would be without blogging. Probably sat on my own in my flat playing xbox, with only 1 friend left in Leeds. Now I have more friends than I could shake a stick at and I struggle to make enough time for them all.
But it’s fab.
I wouldn’t change it for the world.
Here’s to the next 4 years blogging.
Why do you still blog?