Wednesday, 14 June 2017

HOW BLOGGING HELPED ME OVERCOME SELF-DOUBT


Blogging has been a pretty amazing part of my life so far, maybe even the most life altering aspect. Even on a personal level, having a blog has helped me overcome a hell of a lot of doubt and reservations I used to have of myself - and now this post has turned all sentimental. It may sound a bit strange to you, and I know there must be a fair few 'curious' people reading this that think why? - like whats the point in having a blog? Well, there is no real answer to that. People blog for all kinds of different reasons whether its personal or professional - to make money, for fun, for therapy and so on.

Having the 'why?' view or a negative opinion is understandable and I completely get where you're coming from. To be fair, I think many bloggers start out with little idea on what to expect or where it will actually take us. For me, I am glad blogging is in my life and I'm enjoying what I'm doing. I'm growing slowly but surely, I've made great friends and I've also worked hard to reap particular benefits (thank you, PR mail).

If you're not already aware, I kind of 'fell in' to blogging through Uni as I was required to make one in third year. My entire outlook of blogging changed there and then, and I honestly couldn't even tell you what I got up to before I had my blog. Sure, it takes up a lot of my spare time, but it's almost feels like the missing piece.

Now, if you too have a blog, I'm sure you've been met with that continuous love-hate relationship we too often endure with the blogosphere. Experiencing writers-block, or having 'just a few weeks' break - which later turns into months - makes you toy with the idea of, 'is it all worth it?', and really, what is the purpose of a blog if you don't make something of yourself from it? It's not always going to be easy, and so what if you become busier than usual that you fall off the band wagon - it doesn't mean you have to quit?

Prior to Uni, we are all consumed with education and not being able to go out and drink (well, legally). Once Uni began, dare I say it - it's like the polar opposite. Minimal care for education over maximum cravings for the best possible social life. Following graduation last year and when summer was officially over, there was definitely a huge sense of relief - but also complete despair. What the hell was I was going to do with my life back home? I had all these big, far fetched ideas in mind once finishing my degree. When in reality I had no money, no proper independence anymore and no job on the offset. I found myself thinking, 'well, what next?', and I guess this was when I started to doubt myself on a massive level.

People often underestimate how deflating the feeling of graduating can be, the stark controversy of lifestyles is quite a lot to take in and adjust too. The 3-year-long party is finally over - like, that ship has well and truly sailed love, and I didn't know what to expect. With job hunting in the graduate-brigade being near to impossible to snag something decent, the majority of us are left in supermarkets, family businesses, busy retail and the trade - glamorous. It well and truly sucks having such big ambitions in such an unfortunate stage of life.

Fortunately, I concentrated on my blog, which in turn made me so much more ambitious and inspired. Now, I wouldn't go as far as to say it was my saviour in life, but blogging was like the light at the end of the tunnel for my lifestyle and routine post-uni. Working full-time, well it's just that - a long, repetitive routine. I know it may sound daft, but I like to treat blogging as a part-time job, and it's now something I take pretty seriously. Even though I work full-time, I still get home with the incentive to write, because 1. I completely and utterly love it, and 2. if I didn't stay consistent with something that I enjoy and really work hard on, then why should I have bothered with it in the first place.

Having my own little piece of the internet keeps me motivated, productive and interested. I don't feel the pressure to stick to a schedule, please people, or care about what nosy people have to say or think. The fact I can share my own recipes, travel experiences and a handful of personal posts and people actually read it - that is a success for me in itself. Even more so, the connections and messages I've received and the friends I've gained so far from it all is pretty mind-boggling. The positive recognition from people has been the main driving forces to keep me going.

I also admire so many others that have stayed consistent, worked hard and have been recognised for their efforts. Blogging can open so many doors for you and ultimately grow and shape your career. I have an endless amount of goals for my blog to achieve this year and next, and the only way I am going to get there is by believing in myself and my content - which I completely do.

I'm proud of what I have shared and produced so far, and I would love to encourage others to do the same. Not just in a blogging sense, but when you find your 'groove' and keep at it, it will only ever feel like you are doing better for yourself and encourage you to achieve things you never thought you could.

Without my blog and ruling out anything career based, I don't know what I would've classed as my main hobby or passion. I mean, I had 'hobbies' and a lot of things I enjoyed participating in, but nothing to keep me busy daily and keep me hooked. Especially with the expectation of growing up and added responsibilities after Uni, blogging has kept me sane as well as determined in so many more aspects. I have never believed in myself as much as I do now - and that's all down to me.
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