It’s time for my final post for the GET UP OFFA THAT SLUMP: A BLOGGING EXTRAVAGANZA hosted by Rachel at Beauty and the Bookshelf!
Today’s topic is The Positives of Blogging!
Wow, there are so many different ways that I could cover this topic- it’s actually hard to figure out the best way. But hey- that’s a good problem to have. After all, the reason it’s a problem is because there are SO MANY positives of blogging!
I truly can’t imagine my life without the friends that I’ve made in the blogging community. While I haven’t met all of my friends IRL, I still consider them my friends. I’m going to highlight three bloggers in particular, because they represent 3 different types of friends that I’ve made through blogging! It also just so happens that they’re all co-bloggers at Live Love Read YA 😛
Have you met Lauren aka @BetweenDPages on Twitter? I haven’t actually met Lauren IRL, but you know what? I consider her one of my closest friends. I know that whenever I want to talk, whether it’s about good or bad things, she’s there for me. We are so similar- and so generally anything that makes me smile will make her smile also! It’s actually amazing to have a friend who I know will understand me, even when I don’t make complete sense.
I actually joke around that I’m a triplet- and Lauren + Kelly are the other peas in my pod. Kelly is the founder of Live Love Read YA, and she was one of my first bookish buddies that I actually met in person. It’s a funny story- we talked a little bit on Twitter, but never became close until Apollycon, where we managed to stick to each other like glue for the whole day. After spending those hours with her, I immediately felt a bond to her, and we’ve been close ever since!
Now, Melissa is the third co-blogger in the trio for Live Love Read YA. My friendship with Melissa started like it did with Kelly- we talked on Twitter every now and then. At that point, Melissa wasn’t even co-blogging with Kelly! I forget when Melissa and I met in real life- maybe it was BEA? Anyways, whenever it was, we just clicked. Fast forward to now, when I find out that I’ll be moving near Melissa in the fall, and can I just say that I am SO HAPPY to already have a friend in the area? It’s amazing.
I love these three girls and if you don’t know them, FIX THAT IMMEDIATELY! <3
2. Confidence in Writing
For a very long time, I hated writing. I was 100% a reader and 0% a writer. Starting my blog has improved my confidence in my writing tremendously. Also, it helps that my natural writing style is conversational, which works perfectly for the blog. So yay!!!
Oh my gosh blogging has helped me with honing my creativity and I cannot thank blogging enough. While yes, of course I try to be creative with my blog and introduce new features, I have found that overall, I am more creative in real life! I think about ideas/projects in different lights, because I’ve learned so much from the book community. Since the book community lives all around the world, we’ve all had very different experiences, and so we’re used to solving problems in different ways. While talking/listening/observing everyone else in the community, I’ve been able to pick up on some new creativity tricks.
I could continue talking about the positives of blogging forever, but I don’t want this post to turn into a novel because I’m already in the process of writing one of those 😉
Anyways, what are your thoughts on this post? Do you agree? What are some of the positives of blogging from YOUR perspective? Let me know in the comments below!