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Five reasons why blogging is awesome (and you should do it)

On 22 August 2010 I wrote my first blog post for A Rosie Outlook.  It was called 'New for the last time', and in it I confessed that I'd tried innumerable other writing projects and blogging platforms in the past, but felt ready to commit to blogging - I promised that this was the last time I would start something like that again and abandon it.  I wrote that I was excited to create an outlet for my writing, and a platform to record my thoughts, ideas and adventures.  My first few posts were about my flat, my balcony garden, my recipe scrapbook, a festival I went to, a dog walk.... It wasn't groundbreaking stuff - it wasn't going to win any awards or get me a job at The Guardian but it was me - it was a space on the internet for me to tap away on the keyboard and fill a page with things I wanted to share, remember, reflect on.

Fast forward to three and a half years later and this blog has grown beyond my wildest dreams.  The numbers don't matter to me but the impact on my life has been incredible; it has changed me in so many positive ways, found me best friends, given me amazing opportunities and provided me an outlet that I now could not imagine being without. I never dreamed that my blog would be read by anyone other than myself (and maybe my Mum) so when I was recently asked to  be on the panel of judges for an amazing competition Trek America are hosting entitled 'Trek America's Next Top Blogger', it's fair to say that I was pretty lost for words, not to mention incredibly flattered and excited.

The prize is absolutely amazing - the winner of their blogger competition will get to travel on their Westerner 2 tour and blog about their experience; they'll also get their flights and hotel paid for.  The first stage of the challenge focuses on writing a creative and unique blog post, and, conscious of the fact that some of you out there might not already be bloggers, I thought I'd dedicate my own blog post today to talking about why blogging is awesome and you should start a blog immediately (why are you even still reading this, hey? Hey?) Mr Bear is already starting his own blog right now!

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1. In pursuit of things to share, it makes you notice and capture things differently

One of the things I loved about blogging immediately was the creative inspiration it gave me, and the gentle reminder to notice, and capture things around me more fervently.  When I started a blog it gave me a licence to carry my camera, and to photograph the little details that I previously missed.  Bloggers might jest about instagramming their food and having to surreptitiously take out their camera in a shop or restaurant, but without it would I have remembered that sumptuos Red Velvet cake in a little café, that junk shop in France, that field full of flowers that I had to pull over and photograph? Maybe not - but now I have the pictures and the memories.

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2. The blogging community is wonderful, supportive, and there are friends out there waiting to be made!

When I started my blog it was in the pursuit of recording memories and sharing thoughts and ideas.  I really had no idea that there was a whole community of people out there that might like chatting about the same things as me, or might want to swap postcards and letters, or go to blogger meetups, and eventually become some of my closest friends.  I feel so lucky to have forged some amazing friendships through blogging, people I go to when I need advice, support, or when I urgently, desperately, need to hang out in a big field and eat picnic food and drink Pimms.  (I'll let you in on a secret, other bloggers are awesome, and they mostly like eating cake).






3. It will help you develop skills you might not even know you had (or needed)

Blogging has helped me improve myself in so many ways I never would have considered.  It has helped me develop my photography skills, my writing skills, my design skills, helped me learn a little HTML, and even given me more confidence to go to meet-ups and events (something that was way beyond my capability a few years ago).  For those of you looking for a career in PR, marketing, fashion, or any creative field, blogging is a great way to hone your skills and make new friends and contacts.

4. Blogging could be the passion you're looking for

I don't know how to describe this point better than to say that for me, blogging filled a gap in my life that I didn't know I had.  I loved photography but I'd never really had many other hobbies that 'defined' me, or that gave me a reason to get out and do something at the weekend, or something to call my own.  These days, blogging is my 'thing' - my 'full time hobby', my weekend pursuit.  Before blogging, I used to feel envious that Tom was so passionate about surfing and other watersports; now when he goes out I relish the opportunity to sit down and get stuck into blogging.  It's given me something I can call my own, something I can dedicate myself to.  It gives me time for 'me' - unadulterated time to be 'selfish' and focus on me and what I want to share with the world.

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5. It is incredibly cathartic

Sometimes in life I get to the point where my mind is ablaze with issues, concerns, crises, challenges, worries, and so on.  In challenging times it can feel consuming and it's sometimes difficult to know where to turn. Blogging has always provided me with 'therapy' in a sense - and writing about things that are on my mind helps give them order and a sense of real catharsis.  In the past I've written about feeling sad about friendships and politics, about having crises of confidence about fashion and outfits, about anxiety, and about comparison and jealousy.  Not only does it make me feel indescribably better to spill it all out onto a (virtual) page, but it leads me to other people (through comments, Twitter, and so on) who feel the same and who help me not to feel so alone, or like I'm the only person who feels that way.  Sometimes even just a comment from someone offering support or thought can make me feel so much better.

Ultimately, blogging can be an incredibly rewarding and wonderful pursuit, and I can't stress enough just how great a decision it was for me to start (and continue) blogging on that day in August in 2010.  I hope that this post gives those of you out there who are considering starting a blog but are unsure, that little push towards the Blogger (or Wordpress) Register page.  And of course I hope all of you enter the amazing Trek America competition and put yourself in the running to win an amazing adventure.  Good luck!

 
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34 comments

  1. Awesome, well written post. I agree that it's such a great hobby to have!

    http://www.chelsealeigh.ca/

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  2. Completely agree with each of these points, (especially the first!)
    I've been blogging for just over a year and it was one of the best decisions that I've made! I just love how you see everything in a new light and truly appreciate the little things so much more.
    Love the blog Rosie :)
    Emily xx
    My Ginger Bread Journey

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  3. Everytime I read your posts it really feels like you're me (except so much better at writing things down!). Really lovely post. Especially the part about finding the passion you're looking for... I've only just started out in blogging but I'm really enjoying it so far. Keep posting great tips! You've made me smile :)
    Love,
    Meg
    The Glee Project

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  4. I really really love this post Rosie..it expresses exactly what I feel!!! I'm a beginner with my blog, but i'm so happy to have my own space, where I can share my passions with lovely people, meet new friends and improve my English (I'm Italian;)) and other skills!!!
    I really like your blog!!!
    Love
    Martina

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  5. Really well written, lovely post :)

    Harriette

    happinesshitherlikeatrain.wordpress.com

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  6. This is such a wonderful post :) I've only recently got into blogging myself after reading blogs for a long time and I've got to agree, it feels very relaxing and cathartic writings posts, and the whole community is so lovely. I don't think I've ever felt so welcomed somewhere before starting to blog x

    hepburnspixiecrop.blogspot.co.uk

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  7. I genuinely enjoyed reading this! All very good points well-made and I agree with you totally. The way thought-processing changes when you're constantly thinking about life as a series of things to share rather than just things to do is incredible really! It's such an uplifting phenomenon and I love the way you've put it!

    adventuresofcamilla.blogspot.co.uk

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  8. Such a great post, and I agree with everything you've said! Blogging is such a great way to express yourself and help you to look at the world with new eyes. Here's to blogging!

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  9. Yes! All of the above. I have just recently learned the merits of 5 - I did a post about leaving the boat, which I was really mentally struggling with. Putting it down in writing helped me justify it to myself, and I felt so much better afterwards!
    Lovely written post :)

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  10. I love your blog, I'm very glad you started it. I feel excited about taking more photographs when I get my new camera.

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  11. I loooove blogging! I think it's a great way to meet people and to release stress that comes with everyday life! :)

    www.amiciarai.com

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  12. This is a great inspirational and thought provoking post!
    Carol

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  13. Reading posts like this make me think I need to up my blogging game - and get over the fear that has come on recently of using my 'big' camera on trips and days out to get nice snaps. x

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  14. This is a wonderful post, you sum up my feelings exactly!

    Sophie
    http://what-sophie-said.blogspot.co.uk/
    xxx

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  15. Well done on being on the panel, I just read about the competition on InTheFrows blog and the prize is amazing definitely going to be entering.
    Blogging really is wonderful, I've managed to build up the nerve and go to bloggers meets and met some amazing and lovely people, but I still need to take my camera out more I always feel silly taking pictures and think that people will find me odd!

    Hannah
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    daintyandivory.blogspot.com

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  16. This post resonated with me so much! Blogging has changed my life, inspired me and made me a better person (albeit one that is hooked to her iPhone and mac 24/7) xx

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  17. I too love blogging. It's so wonderful to have a creative outlet which also serves as a record for the things we've seen and the way we change and evolve over the years. It's also great writing practice. Look forward to reading more of your posts over the coming months.

    www.bonitamoonshine.co.uk

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  18. Ahhh!! Well done Rosie that's awesome! I am a total newbie to the whole writing a blog but have been an avid reader for a few years now, I'm fighting my fear and doing it! Lovely encouraging post!

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  19. I was already motivated to blog, but this was such a great post to read! xx

    www.thekazlightanthem.blogspot.co.uk

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  20. Great post Rosie, your writing gets better and better! Good luck in the competition xx

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  21. I'd started so many blogs and projects before I started my current blog, and I am so glad I've stuck this one out! About 6 weeks but I LOVE it and I'm looking forward to what is to come :) sounds like you have had an amazing experience :)
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  22. Fabulous post...and so very true! I am a newbie to blogging but have discovered that I love it! It is my therapy..I am enjoying writing! It gives me motivation to get out and explore our city. It allows me to indulge me love of photography! And it keeps my brain active through working on new ideas etc. So glad I took the leap into the wonderful world of blogging!

    www.zincmoon.com

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  23. Hi Rosie, I really enjoyed reading that and I think you pretty much summed up the entire blogging community. I think anyone wishing to start blogging should read this post. I've been blogging before the word was invented 15 years ago so I'm oldie when it comes to blog but the past year I have been more focus and working hard on my blog. <3

    http://www.annanuttall.com/

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  24. Thanks for this, such an inspiring, honest post! I had my blog all set up and ready to go for almost a week and this motivated me to write my first post. Pressing 'publish' for the first time is surprisingly scary!

    Charlotte x

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  25. You're right, blogging is totally awesome! {Part of the reason that I love blogging is because I get to see so many adorable pets, that's so cool of me, right?x

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  26. Hi Rosie, great post! I started my blog for pretty much all the same reasons. I love the blogging community and the new connections you make through it. Meet ups are a lot of fun. I'm sure many thing blogging isn't social, but I am meeting so many people and doing so much more from it. Good luck with the judging! x

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  27. Wonderful, earnest post & since it comes straight from experience & the heart I am utterly inspired by it. Here's hoping it keeps me moving!

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  28. Really well written, inspiring blog post!

    Gemma

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  29. Brilliant post. Well-written and thoughtful. Reminded me why I love blogging. :)

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  30. Wonderful post and absolutely agree on your every point! I sent this to a friend who's struggling with hers at the moment, she told me it was just the motivation she needed because I just KNOW she'd love it if she sticks at it ;) When I decided to start my own, I never knew how much it would enrich my life. You've articulated it so well :) xx

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  31. I loved this post so much that you've inspired me to put pen back to paper after two years barely writing a thing and start blogging again! Thank you for giving me the shove I needed!

    Hannah - The Sky and The Sea

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  32. This was such a great post to read Rosie, thank you so much. Blogging has brought joy to me, it's an odd thing to say but it's something that I have really grown to love and enjoy. My blog is small in comparison to so many but this does not bother me like it did when I originally started almost two years ago.

    The blogging community is utterly fantastic, I wish I could meet everybody :)

    Amy x | A Little Boat Sailing

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  33. The blogging community is great-it's a fact! People need more encourage like this, EVERYBODY should get online and share their ideas! Thats exactly what I try to do-get people online. Don't be scared, just blog and blog and blog people!

    This is great Rosie! Thank you for this!

    Anja

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