Good Morning everybody! (Good afternoon, good evening and good night for those who are elsewhere in the world or reading this not in the morning..)!
Today I am helping my sister move house so I’m going to be ‘away’ and busy in a couple of hours so I thought I’d get this blog post out before I head out. It’s 06:48 and I just woke up from a dream where I was beating up a girl for coming onto my in-dream boyfriend. Weird thing about dreams, you can never throw a punch. It’s always slowed down. I read somewhere that’s so that your body doesn’t react and actually punch out in your sleep. Meh who knows.
Today’s challenge is:
My Favourite Blog Post I’ve Written & Why
I have been blogging for 5 weeks – and in that space I have written a lot. At least one post a day – especially with this challenge; I’ve been really pushing them out and trying to do them every single day. But I’ve really enjoyed them, I’m learning a lot from them and my readers are also getting a feel for who I am and why I am the way I am.
It’s hard to pin-point which one is my favourite as I have a few. So I guess I’ll pick some of my top favourites, as there’s no harm in that, and explain why.
This post was my first ever blog post. I started blogging a few days after I had found out about a childhood friend’s brutal murder at the hands of her husband. I had not seen her since we were children, but I cried a lot thinking about her and what she had been through. My thoughts turned to how young she was, how much life she had ahead of her and if she would be happy with what she had done with her life. I had all these thoughts and feelings, and realised I didn’t want to die unhappy as I’m getting older now.
So, I decided to start documenting my life through what is now my late twenties. And this was my first post explaining why I’m starting my blog, the epiphanies I’d had and it was just the start of my blogging journey – so for that reason, it’s one of my favourites. It started this whole thing off and I did not expect it to take off like it has. It’s been incredible – it really has.
This was my first ‘advice’ blog post – but it’s not my favourite because I’m giving people advice. I enjoyed writing it as it was like realising for myself the mistakes I made – but also seeing their value. I realised that I had not done things in what I would say, in my opinion, was the right way – but I had learned from that and was able to pass on that knowledge to people who were just starting out in their young adulthood. They have the chance now to make the changes I should have made to prepare myself better for adulthood. I just enjoyed writing it; I didn’t feel regretful or bitter whilst putting the post together. I felt I was doing something good for others and that was a great feeling.
This was one of the very early blogging challenge posts – just Day 3. But what I love about this post is that it’s one of the most personal ones I have written. It includes pictures of my family and me, and it’s very honestly written. The funny thing is, when I opened up a ‘New Post’ tab to write it, the photos weren’t what I had in mind to write about. I was actually going to write about how I had just started collecting things from the year I was born, and also my Harry Potter things. But as I started writing, I was looking for photos in my phone which I would want to add to the post – and was scrolling and scrolling through the thousands of images I have on my phone and it hit me. I collect photos.
I write about how a photo is a snapshot into a moment but doesn’t always tell the real story. They say a picture speaks a thousand words – but sometimes, all the words in the world can’t depict what is really going on for the people in it. I enjoyed writing the post, it was therapeutic and helped me to see how far I have come in the years since those photos were taken.
This post was another blogging challenge post – but I actually got really emotional writing it and I think it’s one of my most personal and poignant pieces. The turning point in my life was around 14/15. My whole world changed at that time; family members died or were diagnosed with life-changing conditions, family secrets came out that changed everything. It was a difficult time for me, and shaped a lot of the way my life is now.
There are things I wish I had of done differently to protect myself better; but that’s the way life is. We can’t change how our minds and emotions deal with things in one moment in time. We deal with things in aim of surviving them. So, the way I dealt with things then is how I knew best at that time to get through them. But, I am here now – and I can’t change the past. Only the future. But the post made me stop for the first time in 12 years and thing ‘Wow, I have really been through a lot and I survived it. Look how well you’ve done’.
In line with celebrating my one month blogging anniversary, I posted a blog looking at what I had struggled with blogging so far. It’s actually one of my most popular posts – I think it’s helped others realise that blogging isn’t just about putting words down and putting them out there. It’s about the work that goes into getting people to see it, and sharing it with others. Blogging is a job in itself – no doubt about it. But writing the post confirmed to me that I am actually a blogger! When I started blogging, I didn’t allow myself the ‘blogger’ title. I thought it wouldn’t take off, and I never imagined I’d be writing a post about what I find difficult about blogging. I didn’t think I would get that far – but I have, and I’ve learned so much in my short journey so far.
So, it’s a good post to show others the realities of making a successful blog, and also that money isn’t everything. I see a lot of blog posts about how to monetise your blog, and why it’s hard getting money. But I don’t aim to make anything from mine – so the challenges with blogging don’t just lie in making a living from it. Actually making the blog, keeping up to it and finding where you sit in-amongst the thousands and thousands of bloggers out there is what I have found hard – amongst other things. But, I enjoyed writing it and it’s been really popular with my readers
I’m going to end with this one. As I’ve said above, I didn’t think my blog would go anywhere. I tried writing a blog back in 2016 when my life went wrong; not for anybody else but just to get out the words I had on my chest as I was having a hard time. But I wrote one post and never saw it again. Nobody read it either – but it wasn’t for ‘blogging’. Just needed an outlet that particular morning. But the fact nobody read it; when I was thinking about this blog – made me think the same would happen this time around.
But it has been the complete opposite. The One Month of Blogging post makes me realise how far I have come. I have posted every single day for over 5 weeks, I have engaged with hundreds of people. I set myself a goal for my birthday to have 150 WordPress followers and 500 Twitter followers – just to see if my audience was growing or if it was just pot-luck I had got this far. But a week early, I had smashed those goal – my birthday is in two days and my following is growing. Each and every follow, like, comment, engagement means the world to me. For someone who didn’t see their content as having a particular meaning, or would stand out, to have met and made friends with these beautiful, passionate and positive people is incredible.
My blog’s Twitter has become my top social media place. I have barely used my personal Facebook in 5 weeks – because there’s an energy with other bloggers that I haven’t found anywhere else. When I open Facebook, there’s so much negativity; if somebody isn’t falling out or getting mad, there’s articles about the bad in the world and the comments section on these posts push you to question humanity and where it’s headed. But when I open Twitter in a morning, it’s like walking into a secret garden in Summer, and it’s blossomed and everybody is joined together in this place. I love it. My following count isn’t just a number to me; it represents the people that have engaged with me and found a common ground. They aren’t random people; they’re fellow writers and bloggers on a journey we’re sharing and I think it’s amazing. I love the blogging community and it’s what has helped me keep going. So my One Month Blogging post is as much a credit to them and it is to me.
I hope you enjoyed this post; it’s great to be able reflect back on where I’ve come from and where I’m heading. Have a great weekend everybody! And remember to keep pushing and trying; what you want to achieve is as close as you work for it to be.