Hi everyone, I hope you are all well and having a fabulous week!
Firstly, thanks so much for stopping by! So, in my post today I am writing about my top 5 reasons why I love blogging. There are so many reasons why I love blogging, in fact, my only negative about being a blogger is I don’t get more time to work on my little blog. Although, on a positive note nearly four years on since launching ‘A Mamanista Life’, I feel I have come a very long way indeed.
So, here are my 5 reasons why I love blogging
Connecting with other bloggers
I stumbled across my love of reading blogs completely by accident. I was searching a recipe on google, and found myself on the parenting blog “What the redhead said” which being one of the top ‘mummy blogs’ led me to a wonderful array of other ‘mummy blogs’. From there, I read lot’s of the comments sections below each post and quickly realised the wonderful community of other creative mama’s was in easy reach. So, I began clicking on to other blogs and so on.
The first positive aspect of the blogging community that I quickly noticed, was how creative and supportive the blogging community actually is. And, as a stay at home mum myself, in great need of some positive connections with other parents, joining in the world of blogging seemed to be a no brainer.
Firstly, I longed to connect with other like minded parents who I found inspirational, and who in return, I could also support and inspire. Secondly, my goal was to create a personal visual family diary for my children to treasure and enjoy forever.
I will never forget the thrill and feelings of excitement when I received my first lovely comments at the bottom of my very own published posts, it was super rewarding. From then on, I quickly gained so much more confidence in what I was doing. I began making some amazing friends along the way whom, I may have never even met if not for this wonderful world of blogging.
I have made some amazing friends along the way
I love to write
When I look back at my first blog posts I do cringe a little, well quite a lot actually. I didn’t have a clue but you have to start somewhere right? And, I’m so glad that I took the plunge and did. It didn’t take me long in gaining the confidence in my writing skills that I had previously craved .
There was one blog post in particular which left me feeling super confident in my blogging skills, which was my very first travel review article. That’s when I realised I could had the skills to write a well written and informative piece with some really great visuals to boot. I quickly changed my blog genre from a family lifestyle blog to a family lifestyle and travel blog.
Through my blog, I have learnt how much I love to write and how super rewarding it is to have an idea, create the content and publish my very own articles . Blogging is such a great way to sample your creative juices in areas of your life, in your own pace and within the safety of your own thoughts and interests.
I look forward to doing a lot more travel, fashion and health articles now my youngest daughter has started school, so watch this space!
I love to write and I find it super rewarding
I have started to make a financial return
Making a financial gain was not a reason I wanted to start blogging.
I didn’t ever see myself as one of those bloggers who did all the amazing campaigns and sponsored posts. However, as I gained more confidence I began to realise my self worth.
Negotiating a fee for the first time was completely terrifying, I have to admit. I reached out to the amazing blogger Tinuke Bernard, and creator of the UK Black Influencers Directory. She gave me the best advice in making a strong bid for my first ever big campaign.
I have had many amazing opportunities working with some fabulous brands thanks to blogging. Sometimes, I apply to brands directly or via social media marketing agencies. And some brands and agencies have actually approached me which has been brilliant.
Since realising my worth, I also have the confidence to refuse many campaign offers. That’s right, especially if I know it isn’t a good fit for myself or for my readers. Choosing wisely is my way of staying loyal to my developing brand.
I didn’t ever see myself as one of those bloggers
Through blogging I found Instagram
Until I started blogging, I had always been rather social media shy. I could never get my head around Facebook as I found it rather intrusive, and it left me feeling very exposed. Therefore, I never EVER imagined that I would enjoy Instagram.
If it weren’t for my blog I know I for a fact I wouldn’t have opened an instagram account. Turns out, I absolutely love those little squares and it turns out Instagram is totally my ‘cup of tea’. Instagram is the perfect social media platform to express both my thoughts and creativity whilst feeling fully in control.
I absolutely love engaging with my Insta Fam and it is growing bigger and stronger by the day. Who would have thought little old me would be a successful micro influencer and as you have probably worked out I am loving it.
I had always been rather social media shy
Blogging has boosted my self confidence
When I first began blogging, I was super self conscious. Especially about my family and friends reading anything I had written. ‘What if they think I’m not very good or even a bit daft as to why I would even want to blog!’ After engaging with other bloggers, I was very surprised at how normal this is and I was not alone.
At first, I was a bit of a perfectionist over planning and over thinking everything. I was always stressing about images of myself and worrying over SEO (Search engine optimisation).
These days, I feel more confident and therefore, the quicker I have become in producing captions and posts. Some days, I just see something that inspires me on Instagram or after listening to a podcast. I then whip out my laptop and write without any planning and publish it that same day. In fact, those finished articles have proven to be some of my most popular posts!
If you have a blog, what are your favourite things about blogging?
Or, If you are a reader of blogs, what are some of your favourite things about them? As always, I would love to hear your thoughts and comments.
Lot’s of love