All the reasons why I think blogging is fantastic!
First and foremost, I love writing. I always have. When I was younger I used to write all the time. I wrote a whole detective novel when I was 13. But younger than that, inspired by the film Harriet The Spy (does anyone remember that?!) and her black and white notebook, I used to "spy" on the world around me (mainly my parents!) and write down all my observations- I guess it's similar to people watching now! I would fill notebooks with my writing, from "spying", to short stories and "epic" novels. I even wrote plays (mainly based around Disney characters!). So, I guess blogging is my grown-up outlet for writing. I've never been one to sit still, and when I need to stop work for the day, I can't just do nothing, so blogging is a great way for me to relax but also feel productive.
Blogging takes my mind off things and allows me to escape into a world full of fashion, beauty, lifestyle, travel, food... all the nice things around us. Yes, it sounds a bit cheesy, but sometimes you need a bit of cheese in your life. To be able to take your mind off more serious thoughts and issues is a great thing, especially when work/life can get you down. Bad news, both globally and personally can become a bit much, and although there's definitely a place to stop and think about things, sometimes you just want to get away from it all. Blogging certainly helps me do that.
Blogging allows me to express myself and talk about things that are important to me, in a place where I feel like I can be heard. Even if it is only your mum or your boyfriend who reads it, it's nice to get your opinion and your words across. Sometimes it's just good to write them all down. And as it's my blog, my rules and my space, I can write about whatever I want. I've blogged about serious topics such as my post on IVF (here), to travel pieces, such as my trip through Death Valley (here) and my holiday to Amsterdam (here), to new favourite outfits (here) and beauty products (here). The world really is your oyster and the subject topics are endless when it comes to blogging.
Working hard at your blog also has its rewards. I've been fortunate enough to work with some absolutely fantastic brands through my blog, such as Clarins, Soap and Glory, The Body Shop, Clinique, George at Asda, Bon Prix... the list goes on. I know I'd never have got those opportunities if it wasn't for my blog and it's such a great feeling to have your hard work noticed and recognised. I've been to London Fashion Week twice through my blog, and that really is a dream come to true. I have also been to some fab events and met some lovely people at them that have become friends as a result. It's really nice to chat to people that share your interests and experiences, and just get what it is to be a blogger. (Some of my faves that are included in the photos are Victoria, Holly, Cat and Gail but there are many more!). Which leads me on to my next point..
I love being a blogger because I get to be part of a community; one that I've found very welcoming and lovely. It's fantastic to be able to talk to so many like-minded people, but also to ask advice as well. The other day I tweeted that I was going to a wedding and wanted to know any recommendations for a moisturising lipstick that would last all day. The response I got was overwhelming and I've now got a list as long as my arm of some fantastic lipsticks.
Following on from my last point, reading other peoples' blogs has taught me a lot. I've discovered brands that I hadn't previously heard of and I've found some amazing products that I would otherwise have overlooked. Rather than being overawed by all the makeup products and brands on display in Boots, I now know which sections to look for and feel like I can spend my money on products that are less of a risk because they already have so many good reviews from other bloggers.
So, that's why I love blogging! Pretty comprehensive reasons, hey?!
Why do you love being a blogger?
And anyone reading this that doesn't have a blog- do you fancy starting one now?