Ever since high school, I always knew I wanted to be a writer. Whether it be an author or journalist, I knew my passion was within writing and it was all I ever wanted to do. For 4-5 years, I dabbled in ‘online journaling’ which is what we had before the blogosphere blew up. I had about 3 online writing platforms where I used to write about my angry and depressing teenage years. Two years ago, I launched my first ever blog – bought a domain name and everything, it was called Chit Chat & Coffee and I was super proud of it. However I realised that the topics I wrote about weren’t good enough and I wasn’t fully committed to Chit Chat & Coffee – my idea was there but the implementing of it was no where near ready.
For the entirety of 2016, I was stuck in a rut. I was between jobs and didn’t really know what I wanted to do with my life. From a very young age, I was always interested in beauty and hair – when I was 13, I dyed my mum and aunty’s hair and did their make up for special occasions. Granted, I had no skills but I found joy in it. Enrolling into beauty school was probably the best decision I’ve ever made because from that, came beauty blogging.
So what is it about blogging that has millions of people start their own website?
One of the greatest things about being a blogger is being a part of the blogging community. Being a beauty blogger, there’s so much competition and of course there are people who love to bring others down just to bring themselves back up. But among a pool of sharks, there are definitely some amazing dolphins! (Weird analogy?) I have met so many beautiful bloggers online that have really supported my love of being creative and shared my passion of writing. I definitely feel like I’m part of a tight knit family who understand the challenges of blogging but also the rewards that come with it.
For anyone wanting to step into the world of blogging – I suggest you start networking with A LOT of people! Spend a lot of time gaining knowledge and picking at other people’s brains because majority of the time, they will be happy to help you and support you. Some of my favourite blogging groups on Facebook that have really helped me include:
I think everyone has their own way of expressing creativity. From singing to dancing, painting to drawing, writing to reading, putting on make up to doing hair. There’s so many forms of creativity that I feel a lot of people don’t think they have any creative flow.
Creativity is not imprisoned to just paintings and art, it’s anything you do that makes you feel happy and at ease with yourself. Even as I’m writing this blog post right now, I feel like the words just flow out of me like it’s second nature. Although there’s a little something called ‘writer’s block’ that all writers are familiar with – we can get into that on another blog post! Being able to express my passion of beauty through my passion of writing is probably one of the most enjoyable things in my life. Add it to the fact that I get to socialise with a beautiful group of like minded bloggers is seriously just the cherry on top.
The More You Learn…
Even after 4 years of UNI, I don’t think I’ve ever learnt as much information about digital media and social networking as I have in the last year of blogging. Learning the fine art of blogging has really allowed me to push myself into learning all about the ins and outs of digital marketing, social media, SEO, content creation and a whole heap more!
I feel like blogging has taught me both academically as well as socially. I was once digital illiterate and socially introverted before I began developing my own website. I believe that the more you want to learn the more you will learn – so get to it!
I hope you enjoyed this blog post – what has been your favourite thing about blogging? Comment below!