This might sound like a strange time of year for reflection, we’ve passed halfway when everyone was writing their ‘Did I keep up with my New Year’s Resolutions’ posts. (Mine would have been a very short post because did I stick to my resolutions? Did I hell!)
I’m not an avid stat watcher but I like to see how my blog is doing from time to time. What I mean by this is that I have a cute little stat tracker in my bullet journal that I update weekly, but I didn’t want to sound too neurotic about it. This week as I was about to fill it in, I noticed that I had smashed my daily views goal for the year. I’m not going to give you the whole ‘numbers aren’t everything’ chat because personally I find numbers motivating. Every day is a chance to do better and right now, every day I am doing better, in every single aspect of my life, including blogging.
I started blogging as a hobby. I just needed a way of getting all of those overwhelming thoughts that can so easily drag you down, onto paper. And when I realised that people did this online, I wanted to have my say on things too.
What started as a way for me to talk about mental health and wellbeing, both my own and more generally, has become a place I feel that I can talk about anything. For someone that spent 22 years living in their own head, being able to articulate my thoughts in writing for other people to read has only been a positive force in my life.
It has given me space to become myself, to be proud of who that person is and made me feel like there are other people out there who also overthink everything and feel far too deeply. I’ve made such amazing friends from blogging and educated myself on subjects that I would never have had a clue about it were it not for blogging.
For all its Twitter dramas, bizarre trends (I still don’t get rose gold) and that old blogging chestnut, ‘negativity’, blogging has given me a life that I didn’t know I could have.
What has blogging changed for you? Let me know in the comments?