When I started blogging, I didn’t even realise creating a community of people was possible. And before I knew it, I’d attracted like minded people who shared my thoughts and beliefs and actually liked what I did. It spread from the comment section on my blog to friends and family on Facebook. Twitter then soon became a place for me the share my posts, discover bloggers and reach new people. And finally, that community spread to instagram. Thanks to the help of some comment pods on there, I have a real sense of community and ‘togetherness’ all over the internet from not just fellow bloggers, but people who can personally relate to me.
Nowadays, all you hear regarding social media is about community. When I started it wasn’t emphasised as much, or maybe I was just completely naive to it. Four years ago when I started I don’t think many people treated it as much of a business, for community to be a big deal. And it’s sure as hell not something you can build overnight, (hey I’ve been doing this for four years). But once you’ve got a handful of loyal groupies that dig your vibe, you’ll know how important community is and sometimes that’s what keeps you going.
I’m lucky enough to have not had a negative experience with the blogging community, and despite the twitter drama and occasional bad eggs, most of the community I’ve come across have been genuine, supportive and uplifting. Which brings me quite nicely on to the next perk of blogging:
Friends. Blogging friends. Yes, I’ve met some incredible friends who all have the same passion and hobby.
In this modern age, I know I’m not the only one that struggles to meet new people. I mean unless you work in an office or go to Zumba classes regularly, how do you make new friends?
Well I’ll tell ya, find some bloggers online, who aren’t 100 miles away and hang out. That’s what I did when I moved to Bournemouth, I searched high and low (*ahem*on the search section of twitter) and emailed a bunch of Bournemouth bloggers. 10 of us met in costa and we’re still friends over a year later. Even though we’re now scattered across the country. These pals were there for me in the hardest few months of my life, not in a cry on your shoulder sort of way, but a hey girl, hope your okay, lets go for coffee, sort of way. You guys kept me sane *wells up*.
Now that I’ve moved back to my hometown I’m determined to meet some local blogger pals to do girly shit with. Luckily there seems to be lots more self hosted blogger events cropping up, I also have the advantage of being a 30 minute train ride into London which helps.
At events, I always tend to gravitate towards like minded people and have made many great connections that way. If there’s not an event happening near you, why not plan and host your own?? Take that leap.
Time and time again, I’m reminded of the support I have around me when I publish a post that’s close to my heart. When I posted a letter to my son, so many people responded to my words, mothers who feel the same way. When I shared my thoughts on my break up, I was actually overwhelmed at the response of friends, family and strangers who reached out to me at my grave decision and hide who are struggling in the same way. It’s this support and feedback that gives me hope, to continue blogging and writing, but also that in your darkest moment there will be someone there to reach it their hand, as long as you’re willing to accept it.
This was something else I was very naive to when I started out, I didn’t even realise people were paid to write content! Not only have I worked with some great brands, I’ve been paid to work with them too.
It’s opened so many doors for me; it assisted me getting a job as creative assistant, as well as the social media go to when I worked at Lush and lead to me being able to do freelance work writing and social media management. It’s allowed me to work with brands and build relationships with them that I’d never have been able to.
I believe blogging is a great commitment and skill. If you’re a blogger you may feel that every, Sally, Lucy and Harry are at it now, but there aren’t many people out there who can curate content to a high standard consistently, and that is something to be proud of. It’s a showcase of your talent, dedication and creativity. I’m so passionate about it, i think you should put it on your CV – read this guest post on blogging skills that you need to include when you apply for your next job.
Its also a great way to reach out with people and network with those who inspire you.
If you follow the right people on social media, I promise you will be inspired every single day.
Before blogging there weren’t many people I could look up to, I wasn’t surrounded by much positivity, maybe the occasional Instagram quote. But not much that motivated me.
Now, all I see on my timeline are successful business women (and men, but mostly females), pouring their heart into creative pursuits; Etsy shops, podcasts, magazines, money making blogs, video channels. Mums creating kids clothes, products and publishing books, the list is literally endless. These bloggers and women fill me with inspiration and belief that a creative hustle can take you anywhere you desire!
I may even write a separate post on people who are inspiring me the most right now.
After writing this, I’m already feeling so much more positive about blogging and social media. It’s actually quite overwhelming looking back at all the wonderful people and things it’s made possible for me.
I get that people don’t like it, I really do. So many of us don’t know how to switch off. FOMO is a real thing. But I think that’s because people abuse it. We compare ourselves to someone’s else’s highlight reel. We need to create a healthy relationship with social media. Without obsessions and jealousy and comparison. Because when we can harness the power of social media and use it in the right way, it can really change your life, for good.