How has blogging changed my life? Hey everyone, I hope you are well. I want to share my reflection on my experience in the blogging world and how it has changed my life in today’s post. I hope you enjoy it and be inspired to start your journey too.
How Blogging Changed My Life
When I was in college in 2017, one of our communication class tasks was to write an article about a particular subject and publish it in any form of publication. That could be creating a website, a newspaper article, a radio podcast, and a list. Due to having experience with web design, I immediately know what I would do with mine.
My lecturer introduced us to WIX and demonstrated how it works, etc. I enjoyed how easy it was to set up a website without hiring or doing any special coding with the XHTML. I was stuck on the topic, and within one week, I had created and completed the task on a whole new website, and I was very proud of myself.
Despite having successfully passed the course that year, I was stuck in web design and blogging in my mind. It wasn’t until I was encouraged by a good friend who encouraged me to start a blog. Little did he know that I would take his encouragement seriously and went on Wix to create a blog. He was so surprised and pleased when I told him, and he advised me to keep it up; something good might come out of it.
Taking Blogging Seriously
I was with WIX for a little less than a year, say six months max. I enjoyed how easy it was to write a post and publish it on social media. However, if I take blogging seriously, I need to learn more about the industry.
So here I was, browsing through Facebook and google about Blogging. I stumbled on to a Facebook Group called Becoming A Blogger. A blogging group run by Cate Rosales from Sweet and Simple Life. You all should check her out. She is amazing.
From there on, I was open to different opportunities such as blogging groups, posts ideas, monetising, branding, etc. Everything kicked off from there, pretty much. I moved my blog from Wix to WordPress through Siteground, set up my social media pages, set up a YouTube channel and joined AWIN.
In The Past Year
Despite setting up the blog in 2017, I feel my blog did not kick off until 2019. This year, I have been blessed with many positives opportunities and growth through my blog. I have connected with other bloggers and even made some friends with them. Some companies have contacted me for some work through my blog. However, I have not made much this year, but the blog has done some networking with companies, and my readers enjoy the topics I share, making me feel encouraged and proud. LIFE WITH SONIA has been rated number 27 among the Top 100 Scotland Blogs on Feedspot.
How Blogging Changed My Life?
To answer the question, blogging has opened me to a new journey in my life. As you can imagine from my previous topics like, Becoming A Single Parent, Single Parenting Facts and Being Pregnant With HIV, you could understand that life as a single mum with disabilities has not been easy. It has been a very lonely and challenging journey. You could tell that I like to talk about my feelings, and I don’t hold anything back.
When I was a teenager at school, I was bullied. The only thing that kept me going was a ‘Journal’. I made it become my best friend/guardian angel in this journal. I wrote everything about how I felt, from being bullied to the teachers, friends, and boy I had a crush on. It made me feel better because it was my words where I say things as I like to tell them, and no one judged me for it.
Blogging gave me peace to know that people enjoy my topics, and they can relate too. Up until adult life, I used a journal. When I became an adult, I stopped because my friends told me that you’re expected to be strong and be grown-up about every issue you may have as an adult.
I feel this doesn’t seem right because we are human at the end of the day. We have a right to feel a certain way about certain things, no matter how minor the issue may be. Blogging has given me a space to express my feelings, just like the teenage journal did. I am also open to new topics and learning new things about life.
I hope you enjoyed that.