Thursday, 18 August 2016

Life: Why I Blog

Not a lot of my friends outside of blogging are aware that I have this little haven to call my own. It’s not that I’m embarrassed to call myself a blogger- in fact, I’m very much the opposite; I’m incredibly proud of what I’ve achieved in such short a time period and have no issues discussing my hobby with people who I care about. There are, however, a small group of people who I know (and undoubtedly, every blogger has this small group of people in their lives!) who get great satisfaction out of mocking other people’s achievements and livelihoods for no reason whatsoever. For this reason alone, I have been quite secretive about my blogging and the writing I do alongside it. I’m not ashamed, I’m not embarrassed, I just don’t feel like baiting the nasty, closed-minded individuals who will likely feel the need to express their opinions about something that I feel so passionately about and have worked so hard to achieve.

But none of that answers the question of why it is exactly that I blog.

I blog for myself, I blog for the future and I blog for the memories. I love writing. I always have done and I probably always will. I can honestly say that, with the exception of reading of course, there is nothing hobby-wise that I love more than writing. I love sharing my opinions on books and it’s nice to know that people read my reviews and get something from them. I like to look back on what I’ve been doing in my life and blogging allows for a platform where all of that is possible. I like to remember the books I’ve loved and pass on my recommendations. It’s nice to share amazing experiences like eating out at a fabulous restaurant or visiting a cool tourist attraction.

Humans are instinctively nosy. It’s nice to have a nose into other people’s lives and see how the other side lives, so to speak. It’s nice to see if people have the same opinions as you do on certain topics. It’s a way for my family, who don’t live all that close to me, to check in with me without having to ring me up every five minutes. It’s a way for my writing skills to further develop now that I’ve finished university and the dreaded essays have ceased.

Blogging gives me something to do when I’m off work and don’t want to lounge around doing nothing. Blogging has helped me make a lot of friends, most of whom are likeminded and amazing individuals. I’ve worked with countless brands, publishing houses and organisations that I would never have had the opportunity to work with if not for blogging and I am a whole other level of grateful for this. Blogging has helped me advance my career, to quite a large extent, and allowed me to get freelance writing gigs that I wouldn’t have had access to otherwise.

If you want to mock, then feel free but I wouldn’t be the person I am now without this fabulous and exciting hobby.



  1. I totally blog for myself because I don't shut the fuck up so I like having an outlet to kind of talk nonstop!

    S .x

  2. It's really interesting to see why you actually blog, and I'm certainly glad I read this. I love writing and initially studied journalism as a gcse, a perfect excuse to start a blog if you ask me x