The Blogosphere is really an amazing place, and a community unlike any other. I’ll never forget the day I discovered it. It was 2010 (I know, I was a little late) and I was at work (I know, I should have been working). The first blogs I ever discovered and really started following were Make It & Love It and Funky Junk Interiors. Ashley & Donna were both so inspiring! Ashley, who can make anything on the planet, AND make you feel like you could do it too! And Donna, who’s home is so gorgeous, my Pinterest board was on overdrive with inspired ideas. I admired them for all the fun things they were doing, but didn’t quite realize that blogging was something I could do. My house isn’t magazine ready (yet) and I definitely cannot sew like Ashley (yet). It wasn’t until I was approached by someone whose friend had questions about my ostomy that I realized I had something to offer. He was facing the surgery and basically had told his family that he’d rather die than live with an ostomy. Suddenly, it all became clear to me. I have a story to tell. And not just any old story. A story that could actually help raise awareness and benefit someone who is facing a path similar to mine. I could make a difference. So I started a blog. And I love it. Here are 8 reasons why I LOVE blogging. (there are so many… but these are my favorites).
1. I get to help others. So many people have contacted me seeking information, support or just needing to talk. Trying to put into words the joy I have felt over the past year and half, when I get to help someone struggling with Crohn’s Disease, or with their ostomy is impossible… There’s no way I can accurately portray how happy I am when people reach out. It tells me 2 things: First, that I am in the right place and doing what I should be doing. Second, that I have created an atmosphere here on Life, Lemons & Lemonade where people feel they can reach out and actually receive the support they seek. That is amazing, and it’s everything I wanted when I started this.
2. I have formed relationships. Blogging is all about networking and forming relationships. I have befriended so many people through following different blogs. It really is such a neat experience. It’s really fun to have a network of people who love blogging as much as you do.
3. It’s a great way to express yourself. I knew that doing this would give me a voice. A place to share my thoughts, opinion and everyday ramblings. However, I didn’t start this blog because I love to write. I didn’t know I liked to write. It didn’t take long, however, before I realized that I really enjoy this. There’s something about writing that just frees you. Your thoughts, emotions…. everything can just flow through your fingers and onto the page. It’s kind of an amazing thing, and even if I never blog again, I’ll continue to write until the day I die. One of the best things I’ve gained from blogging is learning that I like to write. And the fact that y’all tune in and read what I have to say.. well that’s just amazing. :o)
4. I get to be creative. I love to create, and this blog gives me a reason to pursue new interests. You’ve probably heard me say numerous times that I love projects. Any kind of projects. I love anything that has DIY in front of it. Well now I have endless reasons to just make stuff. Perfect blogging material.
5. Developing My Talents. This kind of relates to being creative, in that the blog gives me reason and opportunity to explore and nurture my talents. I love working towards getting better at something. It’s not that fun when you aren’t good at something, so I’m just vain enough to keep at it until I feel better about it. :) Or even trying something for the first time. I recently realized that I love painting. Something that totally intimidated me is now a skill I’d love to explore! I definitely don’t have any skill. Like really, NONE. But I still had a great time.
6. Opportunity Knocks. Opportunities are endless in the blogosphere. I’ve had the opportunity to write for amazing foundations like The Crohn’s Journey Foundation, The Great Bowel Movement, and guest posted on several others that do such great things in the chronic illness community. Opportunities that I never would have had without joining the blogosphere. It’s also given me the platform to reach my goals. Before I started blogging, I never in a million years thought I would be able to write a book. But now, it not only feels possible, it’s something I’m definitely GOING to do.
7. Provide An Income For My Family. Believe it or not, blogs can actually make decent money. This isn’t really something that I’ve explored before now, but with all of the time it takes to maintain a blog the way you want to, it’s reasonable that you would want to make an income from it. I hope to take LL&L in that direction pretty soon. I love that blogging could potentially provide a way to stay home with your children, while still contributing financially to the household. income.
8. Leave a Legacy. This might sound a little silly, because it’s just a blog… but it’s something that I have and will continue to pour my heart and soul into. It’s something that I would be proud to leave behind someday. When I look back at my life, I don’t want to remember that I sat at a desk my whole life pushing papers. I mean, it’s a good living… but it’s not something I’m passionate about. I want D to know that I pursued my dreams and chased the life I wanted to live.
So there you have it. The 8 reasons why I love blogging. I mean, can you blame me? Who wouldn’t love all 8 of those things? I’m so grateful that I’ve not only been able to figure out what it is I really love doing, but also that I have an opportunity to do it. I’m chasing my dream. What’s your dream? *Pretty Woman reference here… 10 points if you caught it. Tell me about what you love in the comments.
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