I’m not a big blogger. Let’s just get that out of the way by stating the obvious. I have a couple of thousand followers on various platforms, and for that I’m very grateful – that anyone would care about my weird ramblings about various things is quite astounding.
Despite me certainly not being big in any way, I suppose I’m lucky to be a blogger in a country where the industry is big, but not too competitive. This means that what I do impacts on my life in quite a huge way. Whilst feeling reflective about this, I thought I’d share 5 of the ways (both shallow and more monumental) ways that blogging has changed my life completely, since I sat down a year and a half ago and first wrote a post.
STUFF I NEVER WOULD HAVE DONE OTHERWISE
Okay, so maybe this seems fairly obvious/the biggest one.. I’ve done so much I never would have done if I didn’t do this. I’ve attended launches/events, been a VIP at a concert, stayed on a weekend break at a beautiful resort, modelled for a photoshoot, been in magazines/newspapers, organised an all-day event for 22 other bloggers.. That’s just off the top of my head. There are so many cool things that 16/17 year olds don’t really normally do on a Thursday after school where I’ve had to stop and think oh my god, this is so cool!. There will be so many more of these, and I’m really grateful for that.
When I started this, I was really interested in makeup and fashion. I still am. I didn’t really know what I wanted to do with my life at all, I had recently turned 16 and people were asking questions about university for the first time and it was scary. The (minor) successes I’ve had and passion I’ve sparked from doing this have made me very interested in marketing and PR as a career, as well as media in general. Because of blogging, I know the sort of direction I want to go in, what course I want to do, and I’m giving myself experience in the field. That’s such an important thing to me.
PEOPLE I’VE MET
I have met so many fabulous people in the past year and a half. A friend, photographer and lady that gets mentioned a lot is Rachel – I dm’ed her on Twitter because I was walking to my first blog event and didn’t know where to go in Dublin, so she came with me. It’s been over a year since we met, and she’s now one of my best friends. I’ve met countless other wonderful people too – Recently there’s been a picture in the press of me with the first blogger I ever read who totally sparked my interest in makeup and fashion when I was 14. That’s been a real “pinch myself” moment.
I’ve always been fairly outgoing, but confidence? Less so. Always a surprise to hear from someone who’s worn purple hair since they were 15 and has a soft spot for blue lipstick and glitter. However, before I blogged, I went through a period of trying to tone down my style a bit to seem a bit more normal. I totally regret this now, and do quite the opposite – push myself to find the coolest, weirdest things possible. I wouldn’t really have the confidence for that without this!
HARD WORK & CREATIVITY
Two things that I love that this has given me – it encourages me to work hard. I’m quite a busy person, I’m going in to my final year of secondary school and I dedicate quite a lot of time to the blog, in various ways. Blogging has encouraged me to work harder in school to get the right grades to pursue the career I want, but it also makes me work hard because I put so much effort in to it. It makes me think creatively all the time – whether I’m putting together an outfit, looking for cool locations to shoot in or coming up with new ideas to write about. It gives me something to work hard at every day that I love, and for that, I’m very grateful.