Recently, I was asked by a friend of mine to tell her what my favourite things about being a blogger were. So, naturally, I decided to turn the question into a blog post.
Here is my list of the “Top 10 Best Things About Being a Blogger.”
Blogging Friends – The blogging community is the best. I am grateful for the friends that I have met through my blog. Sometimes, when my anxiety is at its worst, they are the only social contact that I have (outside of my family).
My advice to new bloggers is that they shouldn’t be afraid to connect with others community; friendships will make blogging more enjoyable. Besides, we can never have enough friends, can we?
Confidence Boost -Initially, I was reluctant to start blogging; I was afraid of displaying my thoughts publicly. However, since I have started publishing online, my confidence has grown substantially; I believe that it shows in my writing. The added confidence also translates to my daily life.
Improves writing skills – Since I have started blogging, my writing has improved significantly. Furthermore, I have learned how to become more articulate and concise with my writing. I believe that a confidence boost strongly correlates with my improved writing skills.
Creative outlet– Personally, I haver never been an ‘Arty’ person; however, that doesn’t mean that I am not creative. As such, blogging has become my chosen creative outlet; it has helped me immensely by focusing my anxious energy into creative energy. Since I started my first blog, my number of panic attacks has been much lower than it was previously.
Great way to record life – Above all reasons, blogging has been a great ‘personal journal;’ The Anxious Canadian is where I record all my thoughts and feelings about certain events and topics. Conveniently, this has also been an excellent way for my family to keep in touch with me.
It helps you think better – Producing blog content has vastly improved my thinking ability. These days, I am constantly thinking about my blog posts and how I want to articulate them.
Grows your skillset – Throughout the course of my blogging experience, I have learned many new things such as basic HTML, how to use Google Analytics, how to use WordPress, picture editing, how to self-host a blog and more. Blogging provides a rich learning opportunity for myself and other bloggers. So, for newbies, I recommend that they take advantage of any (and all) opportunities to improve their skills; you should never stop learning.
Introduces you to new products/experiences – One of the most fun aspects of running a blog is that you to get to experiment with new products and experiences either through sponsored posts or on your own. Personally, I have always loved trying new products, so, I am grateful for the opportunities that I have already had with brands.
Can lead to Job opportunities and paid sponsorships – In the blogging world, there are many opportunities for you to grow your blog into an actual ‘paying’ job. Now, I haven’t achieved this. However, it is something that I aspire to. I love the thought that one day my blog could be a job because I am passionate about blogging; also, my anxiety is to the point that I have few other job alternatives.
Everything about your blog is your own – Personally, one of the most rewarding aspects of running a blog is that I own all of my content. Everything from the pictures to the blog posts has been created or selected by myself. Essentially, my blog is physical evidence of months of hard work; seeing it come to the point that it has, has been a rewarding experience that I recommend to anyone who is considering starting a blog. Currently, my blog is still relatively tiny. However, I am looking forward to seeing where The Anxious Canadian leads me. In the meantime, I am grateful for everyone who follows this blog, follows my social media, leaves a comment, or simply likes a post. You’re all better than tea.
So, there you have it, The Top 10 Best Things About Being A Blogger. If you are a fellow blogger, let me know in the comments what your favourite things about blogging are.