I have a love/hate/never-want-to-touch-a-computer-again relationship with blogging. It’s confusing, frustrating, fun, humbling and time consuming. And you should definitely do it.
Even if it’s just some platform you mosey on over to every few months to write all your frustrations down – having a blog can change your life!
This blog has gone through so many phases in the last 2 years; from being a way to update my family and friends on my life in Belgium, to a place I could rant about how much long distance relationships suck, to the mixture of travel/immigration/long distance relationship/photography blog it is today. This blog has grown with me, as I have grown.
In the last few weeks I have been so fed up with the blogging world; bloggers tearing each other down, those ridiculous “like 4 like” posts, the amount of work that goes into each post, the amount of money it takes to sustain a domain. Maybe it’s the pregnancy hormones – but blogging has been pissing me off lately. Then I realized, it’s because I have been caught up in comparing my blog to other blogs and I am certainly guilty of getting WAY too caught up in the numbers. It’s time for me to take a moment to say “I love you” to this blog (and it’s readers!)
This realization has brought me to another epiphany I feel the need to share with you all; YOU SHOULD START A BLOG!
You should start a blog because…
It’s a way to connect with others who are living a similar life.
You might find it hard to believe, but there are quite a few people who’s lives are very, very similar to yours. The amount of wonderful couples I have met by talking about my own long distance relationship online it astounding!
It’s a way to store/share your memories.
Sure, storing your photos on your desktop is okay too. But writing your wonderful memories down just days after they happen, uploading photos and hitting “publish” is such a thrill! Putting parts of your life online for the world to see gives you the chance to inspire others to live their lives!
It might make you some money in the future.
If you’re interested in this, there are a lot of ways to monetize your blog. I mean, I don’t know any of them and researching how to monetize a blog has brought me to tears a few times – but it has been done by plenty of bloggers that I know! And you could do it too!
It makes for a good portfolio of your talents.
Sharing your blog with potential employers (if it’s appropriate) could showcase your writing, creative and/or photography talents!
As much as I banter about how confusing and time-consuming blogging life can be, it really is so fun! Putting yourself out there, meeting people who have done the things you have done, and keeping track of your life as you live it is just such a great thing to do.