5 Reasons To Start A Blog
Unbelievably I find myself heading towards my 6th year of writing this blog. Writing has actually become one of my favourite hobbies. It’s my outlet. A way of expressing myself. It’s my happy place. A place where I can think out loud and record different aspects of my life, our life as a family. I really do enjoy stealing moments to write about the little things, those I love.
When I first stumbled across blogs all those years ago I instantly felt it would be for me. I knew I had a story to tell, experiences to share but what I didn’t know was how to start or where it might lead. I just saw it as an opportunity to share the moments in between. Which has developed into so much more.
I started this blog in 2014. It began as my creative outlet after becoming a mummy to our little boy George Archie. I started out blogging about parenting and over the years it has evolved into a blog that covers lifestyle, fashion, family and travel. Today The KA Edit is ultimately a life and style blog. And my Instagram is an extension of it. Snippets of everyday life.
A question I’ve been asked over the years is why did you start blogging? So I thought that would be a great question to answer on my blog. If you’re thinking of starting a blog I hope my thoughts help. And so here are my…
5 Reasons To Start A Blog
This has to be what I’m most grateful for. Two of my closest friends today came from this online community. They are true friends, we support each other. We came together over our blogs, following each other on Instagram, reading about and supporting each other. I’ve met many other bloggers and Instagrammers over the years and can honestly say I have a wonderful group of friends from this world. It’s no longer an online world to me. It’s my world. I love that I have met so many women and men that are now part of my circle.
2. Online journal
It’s a great way to have a voice. To share memories. Experiences. I have pressed publish on some amazing personal and family moments. I started this space as an online journal and it will always be just that. My online diary for us to look back on. It makes me happy. Each time I find myself browsing through my blog I am reminded that this blog isn’t just for my readers. It is for me and mine. It’s our memory book.
3. Creates opportunity
When work doesn’t feel like work. Years of creating useful content, growing as a writer, building an audience and establishing trust with that audience has opened the door to so many wonderful opportunities. It’s not easy. You have to be committed. I didn’t start my blog thinking that any of the wonderful opportunities and collaborations were possible. Honestly, I didn’t know any of it was a possibility until they happened. In the early years it definitely felt like a 2nd job whereas more recently I have withdrawn a little, I spend less time writing and share less. I’m also more choosy about who I and we work with.
4. To inspire
Whether it’s writing about potty training (one of my first ever blog posts), life lately style posts, sharing tips for styling your wardrobe or days out for half term. The content, social engagement and interaction from my readers is very important to me. I love to read the comments. I hope to inspire with the words I put out there. My blog is a positive place. I don’t share the low points of life because often they are not the memories I want to record but also, we all know those bits happen. I choose not to talk about them. I like my content to be uplifting. To inspire.
5. Creative outlet
Since starting my blog I know that I have really challenged myself. The way I write, the storytelling ability in me has grown. I’m proud of what I have achieved. Of this space. I invested in my first big camera years ago, took a photography course, spent time with friends who take a great photo. I have learned so much. I love to take photos and to style photos. I enjoy picking up my camera and capturing a moment, a sunrise a sunset. My blog is definitely my space to be creative.
And that’s my 5 reasons to start a blog. I would love to know in the comments if you have been inspired to start a blog. It goes without saying that starting a blog has opened opportunity for community, friendship and collaborations with wonderful people. Me and blogging isn’t stopping anytime soon but over the years it has changed, it is often a catch up here and there. A travel post. A style post or even a life lately post.
Even though I don’t have a blog I can see the good points about having one. I read a lot of blogs and get a feeling of there being a community amongst other bloggers. For someone like me who finds it extremely hard to mix with people I feel that commenting on people’s blogs has helped me to interact a little better. I hope you will continue to post on your blog for a long time because I always like reading your post.
Thank you for reading along Kelly, I love that it’s helped you in some way to read blogs. I’ve always enjoyed reading blogs, that’s why I first started all those years ago