It’s at times like these when it kind of feels like school has taken over my whole life and I don’t get to do much I actually want to do anymore… Which is an exaggeration, obviously, but it really does replace the time I used to enjoy reading blogs and writing with time I now spend reading until my eyes glaze over.
Because of that I feel a little disconnected from blogging right now, and that is why I have decided to come up with the ten best parts of being a blogger, for my own motivation, and maybe for yours.
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1 :: knowing you wrote something mighty fineThere are times when I write an awesome post and I’m like, “this is awesome, and everyone is going to adore it.” It’s a good feeling to have confidence in your own work! I especially felt that way when I recently linked up with Snazzy Snippets (which you should do, too).
2 :: writing something that made you nervous but then everyone loved itThe relief of realizing you didn’t write something completely bogus is always a good one. I totally did not expect people to like my thoughts on why writer’s block is like PMS—because it’s sort of a taboo subject and what if you thought I was insensitive or nasty?—and then the general response was “right on!” I liked that.
3 :: receiving messages from people about anything because WHO DOES NOT LIKE MAIL?I love getting mail. I love getting emails. I love getting paper mail. I love when my bank sends me Air Heads through the United States Postal Service. And I love your messages—I recently caught up on responding to my inbox, and I was taken aback by how awesome my mail was. You guys are awesome. *hugs mail* I love mail.
4 :: getting to connect with a bunch of amazing humans all over the planetI follow bloggers in countries on the other side of the world. They can share what they think when I’m asleep and then I can tell them what I think when they are asleep! Being on the Internet enables me to hear so many personal perspectives and it gives me a lot to think about and even more to learn. I have very good bloggy neighbors.
5 :: discussing subjects that are important to meIt’s a big thing just to have a place to speak your mind freely. Or, it did feel that way—it’s a very stifling thought to know your words are going to end up in your mom’s inbox every morning. Anyway, just getting a chance to send out your opinion regarding books or life has been really important to me.
6 :: receiving awesome commentsHearing your thoughts is always a delight and a privilege. There’s only one kind of comment I dislike, and that’s spam. Otherwise, I’m always satisfied.
7 :: making friendsMore than just getting to read perspectives of people on a global scale, blogging does open the doors to start personal conversations—and I really value getting to talk with interesting people on an even deeper level.
8 :: freely presenting information in fancy cool waysI am actually really proud of my WBI page. That took a long time to make. But I finished, everything is organized, and I love it. It feels worth it.
9 :: expressing myselfSometimes it’s just in sharing personal posts like that time I didn’t ditch Writer’s Life, and sometimes it’s in the fact that I use an unholy amount of color in my posts. I probably look infantile. But I don’t care! *colors everything*
10 :: realizing that, hey, I can actually do this!If I want to depress myself real quick I just think about the entire value of my life so far has been placed in my academic career and I don’t have specialized skills that will help me get a job in the real world someday. But even if that is true, I can run this blog consistently, I love it, I love the people I connect with, and it makes me happy—and sometimes it is enough just to know that you can do something awesome all on your own.
To sum it up: blogging is awesome, and even if I don’t get to spend as much time on it as I’d like, it is still one of my favorite things to do as often as I can. It wouldn’t be nearly as awesome without you reading my blog, so thanks for sticking around!