You have probably come to this post to read an interesting debate about whether us bloggers are really as happy about having to run a blog as we seem but, I am sorry, I will have to disappoint you.
I adore blogging and will tell anybody thinking of starting one to go ahead and DO IT! My least favourite subject was English, I am rubbish with words (especially long ones) and I can’t really tell the difference between a metaphor and a similie but look at me: Claire’s Year has been going for nearly 11 months now, I have written for other blogs, I written for companies and have also reached 75,000 views on here. I must be doing something right.
While I have been a blogger, I have experienced a whole other side to social media. A year ago, I had a Twitter that was boring and in my opinion pointless, I didn’t have Instagram and I had never been on bloglovin. Now, I use Twitter to not only announce a new blog post or something that I’m doing but also to hear about other bloggers and what they are up to. The blogging community is SO positive (or at least the ones I follow) and I adore it. It’s like a mood boost every time I look at my phone. Instagram is pretty similar. I have a little group of people that always like my pictures and it’s like we all know that, if one posts, we all like it. Like having an agreement without actually talking about it haha. I have found having this blog has been such a positive little activity and I couldn’t imagine my life without it. No, I probably won’t be blogging at the age of 90 but I will certainly try and keep it up for as long as I can.
Also, having a blog has kept me busy. Having a whole 14 months out of education when all your friends are still in education is actually quite daunting. That’s about 60 weeks to fill or 420 ish days. When you don’t have a plan for it, it scares the flipping heck out of you. Yes, I was fortunate to find Yipiyap and that has meant I was beyond busy but for the first 6 months, Claire’s Year has given me a really good reason to do something really cool: because I had to write about something. I don’t think I would have gone out and done certain things if it wasn’t for this blog. I like to keep myself to myself when it comes to social media because I never really thought anyone would want to know if I went to Chester Zoo or if decided to go to a university open day but all of the lovely people reading this blog seemed to and I adore that. It’s confidence boosting and I think September-me really needed that.
Finally, I love the freedom of being able to write about anything you wish. I am mainly a gap year blog writing about my experiences and what I am planning on doing with my life but I have also written about mental health, subscription boxes and personal things like my new years resolutions. If you want to write about you pet dog called Spud then you go ahead and write about your pet dog called Spud. You have full control of what you write about and how you write. I have probably started every sentence with “I” or “It” or something else that is quite lackluster and unimaginative but I don’t claim to have a degree in creative writing and I like to write how I would talk. In my opinion, it allows people read my blog the way I would tell them. It helps people imagine my personality.
So, in conclusion, yes I am very very over the moon shoot for the stars happy that started blogging. Yes, it’s a fair bit of work and you have to keep up with Twitter and Instagram and everything else but I love it. If you want to start a blog, I suggest to just bite the bullet. If you aren’t sure, get a WordPress or Blogger blog that is free to start with and go on from there. If you don’t like it, stop. Simple as that (but I don’t think you won’t like it). If you ever need advice, send me an email or tweet me and I am more than happy to help.
Just before I end this post, I am GirlsWhoBlog’s featured blogger this week! You can read my interview that was published TODAY here: girlswhoblogrt.blogspot.co.uk/2017/07/claire-of-claires-year-featured-blogger
I will see you tomorrow for day #7. Bye buddies.