What a year of constant blogging has taught me

If you typed my name into google and did enough digging, you would probably uncover a small graveyard of blogs that I’ve owned, written on and then given up on, all scattered across the internet.

I wouldn’t say that I was a ‘quitter’, but more often that not I lose interest in things, jump from passion to passion- and continue to seek out the most exciting things, which is why I’ve never managed to stick with a blog for a long period of time.

So, writing this blog post feels pretty momentous to me, because I’m coming up to one whole year of consistent blogging on this site.

I’m hugely proud of myself, because this blog has become a little base for me to write and share my thoughts, but in the process it’s also become a pretty massive hobby and something that I can feel really proud of for sticking with.

So, what do I think I’ve learned over the last year?

Well, the first and most massive thing to me would be, what I actually enjoy writing about.

The first blog I ever shared on here was a ‘what’s in my makeup bag?’… Yeah, I really don’t know either? I’m not massively into beauty and makeup, and although I wear it everyday, I would never feel justified enough to write and talk about it! I think that I just wanted something basic and easy to get to grips with when I first started!

As the blog has evolved and as I’ve grown more comfortable, I’ve been able to start writing about mental illness, opinion stuff and actually just things that are really personal to me.

It’s the first time I’ve written and spoken openly about my OCD on the internet, it’s the first time I’ve been comfortable enough to share my thoughts on mental illness, relationships, life and the universe… and I’ve found that I don’t need to write about the things that other people do, as it’s so much interesting finding your own subject matters!

Secondly, I definitely feel like my writing has improved since doing this. Not so much that I’m at a level where I think I’m an excellent writer, but instead, I’ve managed to find my voice online and I’m feeling a lot more confident in my words and what I want to write about. It was never about writing journalistic pieces for me on here, instead, I wanted a blog to just find my flow, share a bit of what I was interested in- and build up a bank of ideas, that I might one day turn into something else!

I’ve learned what I’m interested in reading from other bloggers, I’m constantly trying out new ideas (seriously, I have a bank of about 108 drafts, which might one day turn into things I share) and I think it’s been such a great creative outlet for me.

Finally, I’m also massively proud of the quantity of posts! I’ve seen big bloggers who only write three or four times a year. I get that people are busy and stuff, but I also have a full-time job, and balancing that with almost daily writing time, well, it’s been really good for me I reckon.

I’ve managed to commit to writing at a minimum 15 blog posts a month. Although they might not all be massively brilliant pieces of writing, or particularly long, that’s just it. I’ve still made the commitment to write, to share and to improve.

If you haven’t started a blog, or have an unloved one that’s been sitting in your bookmarks bar for some time, I couldn’t recommend getting back on it enough.

I’ve collected an entire year’s worth of thoughts on here, I’ve got music and film reviews and life updates and goals… and I can’t wait for the next chapter, and the next time I reach a big milestone like this.

It’s something I’m very proud of indeed!

Rach

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