OH, so you do that blogging thing?
Blogging is an outlet. It’s my creative outlet. I’ve been doing it in some form since 2012. So thats six years. I find that amazing. It’s the longest a hobby has ever stuck with me. I started blogging about film reviews and sharing what I learnt in my media studies class, early 2012. It didn’t really occur to me that there was a whole blogosphere out there. Even back then.
I started blogging because I was honestly so bored on my gap year. I was working in a service centre as an admin processor. Y’know I was bored and wanted more. Even though I knew at the the end of the year, I would be going to Uni. But, writing felt so far away. I loved writing whether it was short stories or movie reviews. That blog, saved me from a very dull year.
When I got to Uni, I knew I wasn’t done with the whole blogging thing, although I didn’t know of anyone who also had an active blog, it was still something I really enjoyed. In 2014 I became a little wiser. I started paying attention to the blogosphere and started seeing there was a likeminded community out there. I was super happy to discover this. Although I wasn’t really on how to make connections, I started promoting my content and getting view and comments. It was that instant gratification. I loved getting it.
ASPIRE TO INSPIRE
For around three years, I was blogging under the name Millymollymandy. Hi to those who recognise that name or remember me! I loved blogging under that name. However in the middle of 2017, I literally just woke up one day and was just done. I felt as though I had outgrown the name. I also had been working in digital marketing for around a year and learnt so much more about what a blog can do, represent and aspire too.
SO, this blog was born. I decided to invest in my own domain and all the essentials. Believe me, once you switch, you won’t ever want to look back. You just have so much more freedom to create. Such a good feeling. I’ve also got my girl boss shit together, content planning and creating my own editorial calendar. OH yea. Working in a busy, on the go marketing enviroment has paid off. Making my hobby so much more rewarding.
Since getting involved in the blogging community, I’ve had so many positive experiences and a few bad ones (just your casual online stalker, content stealing situation) Are you really a blogger if that stuff doesn’t happen to you? HOWEVER my positive experiences have always and will always outweigh the bad. I love blogging, I love connecting with other bloggers, I’ve been inspired by so many who are different levels. Throughout the coming months i’m going to do a series shouting out those bloggers who have literally lifted up my self esteem or even just giving me a perfect post to read on a Sunday morning.
There have been many negative experiences in the blogging industry lately. Unfortunately, there are bad eggs in any industry. The trick is to just be aware. Although I love my life online, you have to remember that some people put on an agenda and change their personality to morph into their version of an ideal blogger. In every success, no matter how small, there will be those who want to ruin it.
They might, stalk your tweets, stalk your conversations, literally follow every aspect of your digital footprint through fake accounts posing as their friend bob, Jimmy or sammy (even if you’ve blocked them). But remember this, ‘their bored and basic. Waiting to be thrown a bone.” You can’t help their obsession with you. Only they can help themselves. I learnt this the hard way.
After asking my online stalker to literally stop prowling (in the most respectful possible way might I add) I realised that it was never going to work. It might sound weird, but if someone continuously checks up on your social accounts in order to copy or just be negative, they clearly need you. My online stalker, needs to hunt for my content, because they’re unfulfilled somehow, whether its relationships, friendships or life in general. Its up to them to change. Not me. Not you.
After this realisation, I remember why I started blogging. I started for myself, by myself. Blogging is still my creative outlet. The blogosphere is an addition to my hobby. I have complete control over what part of the blogosphere I get myself involved in. I’ve made great friends in the community. I have those who inspire me and I have those who are inspired by me a little bit. Which is such a great feeling.
This blog has and will continue to concentrate on wellness, lifestyle and social media. I’m so happy to have found my little home on the internet. I just want to share one final message with you all. Blog because you love to blog. Don’t blog because you will you have to or because you feel you have to prove something. Thats when the fun stops.
I wrote this post because I’ve been thinking about sharing my little blogging world story for months now. Hopeful you all know a little more about me. Happy blogging, wherever you may be!