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Saturday, 5 March 2016

Why Blogging Is Something To Be Proud Of


I started my blog two and a half years ago in June 2013 and it's something I've always been proud of. I've always been extremely open about my blog and have always told everyone I know, and people I don't know, about it and it never even crossed my mind to keep it secret. I'm not someone who gets embarrassed easily (I fall over in public way to much for that) so even though I know without a shadow of a doubt that people from school who have never liked me or those who don't really "get" blogging will have ripped me to shreds, it's never once made me want to keep my blog a secret. However since I started joining in blogger Twitter chats about a year after I created my blog, I realised this wasn't the case for everyone. A lot of people have commended me on my bravery and confidence on sharing my blog with friends and family, with many people saying they just feel too embarrassed about their blog to talk about it and I can totally see why people might feel this way. So whether you want to keep your blog secret, whether you shout from the rooftops about it or whether you're working up the courage to tell people about it, I wanted to tell you a few reasons why you should be proud of your blog.

First of all blogging is hard work. All too often, I see people dismiss blogging as "not a real job" or "stupid" when in fact it is anything but. Whether you're a full time blogger or whether you do it as a hobby, blogging takes a hell of a lot of commitment and there have been many, many people who have started a blog thinking it's going to be easy. Keeping up a blog requires dedication, hard work and a lot of thought so if you keep up your own blog, you must have a lot of high value personal qualities that everyone should be proud of.

Secondly, your blog is yours.  It's very existence is down to you and no matter how many followers you have or how many views you get, you can be proud that everything on it comes from your own creativity. The words, the blog name, the photos, the layout, the aesthetic...it's all down to you. It sounds cliche, but it's your own space on the internet that no one can take credit for except you. 

You are an inspiration to somebody. Whether you have ten thousand readers or ten, you will have inspired somebody to do something, whether that's to start their own blog or to start exercising or to take an interest in something they never have before. I always think it's the best compliment when people tell me that my blog is one of their favourites or that I've inspired them to start their own - it's such a great thing to have done for someone! 

Anyway I guess what I'm trying to say is do not be ashamed of your blog. There are so many reasons to be proud of it and these are just three of them so whether you share your blog with the world or keep it for yourself, be 100% proud of your hard work.

The notebook I've featured here by the way is from Chroma Stationary, a super cute online shop that allows you to completely personalise your order from colour to decor. If you're a bit of a stationary fanatic (I know I definitely am!!) then be sure to check them out!

Amy x

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  1. Such a nice post dear! It took me a while to create an Instagram for my blog since i always kept my blog as a secret :) I'm not ashamed of my blog but i just don't have the confidence to tell everyone about it :) I'm now "gathering" courage to create a facebook page for my blog :)


  2. This is all so true! Personally I don't tell people about my blog, because I'm worried they'll make fun of it and put me off making it all together. However I loved reading this post and you're so right, blogging is something to be proud of!

    Millie x | Millie’s Wardrobe

  3. I love this post! I feel like people who don't understand fashion blogging especially think it's so narcissistic, which always made me feel weird about talking about it or even asking friends for help taking photos. But you're so right, blogging is such a great thing and it really does take a lot of hard work but it's so worth it - I'm so glad I started mine!

  4. I really like this post, I only blog as a hobby and don't make any money but I put a lot of effort into it and really take my time writing posts and taking photos, so yeah it is something I'm proud of. People I know just dismiss it as if it's just another social media but when you work hard to produce something that you could perhaps one day show a potential employer etc, it is kinda insulting how people act!

    Natasha Kendall

  5. I'm glad someone has finally said it! Strong independent women, just like you, inspired me to start my blog... because I have a voice, and why shouldn't it be heard?!
    Debi x

  6. Another great post..it is hard work blogging - however you look at it (career/hobby) and something that people should be proud of. It can take courage to share it with others, but everyone I have shared it with has been nice.

    Thanks for sharing this post. I think sometimes its easy to forget that a LOT of work goes into each and every post, how little or big.

    Suitcase and Sandals Blog XX

  7. A big, big love for this post. I'm on a gap year at the moment and most of my family members don't get the point of it and always buggering about how I don't do anything on a day to day basis. That's when blogging comes in. I started blogging and they don't see how hard I put my ideas and creativity to every single post and it makes me so frustrated that they don't think much of it. Alas, there are so many nice people in the blogging community and I'm so thankful for that! Love this post, Amy. xx


  8. I love this blog post and blogging is definitely something to be proud of!
    Claire xx


  9. I agree, blogging is a lot and not only that the reflection and personality it has on yourself is huge and kind of scary.
    Erin | http://www.erinelizabethmiller.com

  10. Lovely post, Amy. I was too embarrassed to tell my friends about my blog or link it to my Twitter account for ages; my family still don't know about it. I know that certain people (likes ones from school who didn't like me) will have ripped me to shreds for it, like you say, but I just don't care. I'm proud of what I've created!

    Laura | Lala London: Beauty & Lifestyle

  11. This was such a nice post to read. I found it really inspirational to read about your confidence. I barely tell anyone about my blog, but I'm starting to feel really happy with it, and I really want to start telling everyone I know about it!

    Katie | katieemmabeauty.com

  12. I love that post <3

    And YES, you are inspiration to a girl from tiny little country called Slovenia.

    I am definitely gonna write the simular post for my babes! <3

  13. It's funny I read this post now as I was just deciding whether or not to post my next #ootd on my IRL facebook. Only a handful of friends know about my blog/have seen it but I'm super with how the photos turned out I wanna share it! It's still very terrifying!
    As you said we should be proud because we have fully created our own space however I'm scared of people IRL as I'm thinking to myself "is it good enough for them" "what if its complete shit and they could all do better and judge me" this probably isn't healthy and I should get over it by sharing it

    great post :)x

    Rai | utterardour.blogspot.com

  14. Such a beautiful post!!Love how confidence you are...Im quite the opposite!It's not that im ashamed of my blog,i just afraid others' comments about it...I used to keep it a top secret,but now it's not like i tell it to everyone i just don't care so much if they found it out ^_^

    xoxo Afrodite ~ BubblyBeauty


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