Blogging has changed my life in many ways. A few weeks ago, I was part of a blog series that asked this question: Why did I wait until midlife to start writing a blog? I answered that question here, but that question sparked the concept for this post. How has blogging changed my life?
Here are the seven ways blogging changed my life:
#1. Blogging introduced me to people from all over the world.
- I have met people who I now consider friends who live in Australia, UK, South Africa, Europe, Philippines, not to mention new friends in the states.
- My new friends, despite their distance, are as important to me as if they were my local neighbors. I can’t imagine leaving the blogosphere. However, many bloggers are friends on social media, with whom I can stay in touch outside of blogging.
#2. Blogging allows me to follow and read impeccable writing and interesting topics.
- I no longer subscribe to magazines; I can simply read great blogs!
#3. Blogging honed and sharpened my writing skills.
- When writers publish articles online, our work is forever under scrutiny.
- Editing your work is gold! Don’t let poor grammar or typos loose on the world!
#4. Blogging ignited the fire of creativity in my life and motivated me to take writing more seriously.
- One by one, I have witnessed fellow bloggers self-publish their own books.
- I self-published my first e-book in July with three others in progress!
#5. Blogging introduced me to a vast number of resources available to writers and bloggers.
- Between my Kindle and Pinterest, I spend time reading the newest trends in blogging, writing, photography, and self-publishing.
#6. Blogging opened up social media channels, allowing me to connect and maintain valuable relationships. I first used Facebook to engage with family and friends (and even met my future hubby there—read this post). I am becoming more proficient at these social networking sites:
- Twitter. I had this account even before I had Facebook, but rarely used it. Now I have well over 1200 followers.
- LinkedIn. This is mostly used for making professional contacts.
- Pinterest. I played around with this before I started blogging. I love to save great posts for later reading, as well as share my own.
- Instagram. Since I love photography, using Instagram to post photos and share my blog post photos makes good sense.
- I read about newer social media sites all the time and have experimented with Medium, Quora and StumbleUpon.
#7. Blogging gave me self-confidence to start an online business focused on writing and consulting.
- I am developing plans to do some more freelance work that includes writing for publications, developing web content, as well as writing blog posts for businesses.
I have been at this blogging journey consistently since 2014. These two questions keep coming up:
What is in store for my future in blogging? The simple answer is, I love to write. I enjoy creating blog posts that are informative and share my love of photography and leisure.
Will I make money as a result of blogging? Who knows? I wouldn’t mind making a few bucks, but I don’t want to work that hard! My preference is to continue the writing journey for fun rather than for profit on the blog.
What I do know is that this little blog has already opened the door to fabulous writing opportunities. And that IS life-changing!
Coincidentally, Suzie, the well-known blogger of Suzie Speaks, published the following post the day before mine. Take a look at “What I’ve Learned About Blogging.” This is a perfect example of how bloggers work together and demonstrates our similar journeys into writing.
How has blogging changed YOUR life? Please leave me a comment; I would love to hear all about your experience!