Blogging takes time and patience, and a little courage, to put yourself out to the world for review. We all want to be approved of, and it’s freeing to accept that you’ll always have detractors if you’re in the public eye (even on a small platform like a style blog). Hey, even the beauteous Kard sisters have their critics, but it doesn’t slow down their social media output.
I have more confidence in my computer skills, writing skills, creativity. I have a better sense of what I love, and what’s authentically me. I still have a goal of improving my photography skills.
It’s an outlet to express myself. I usually avoid religion and politics, but when I have gone there, I’ve gotten honest reactions, including some angry ones. I didn’t die from that. Blogging for over seven years has made me more open, and less fearful. I feel part of a community, and not everyone in the community sees the world the way I do.
I’ve gotten more stylish, duh! One hopes this is an outcome of writing a style blog. I write more often these days about non-clothing topics, but I for sure have a more authentic wardrobe. It’s casual with an attitude, and smaller than BB (before blogging).
It’s given me a sense of accomplishment – you know like in elementary school when your parents put your drawing on the fridge: “I made this.”
And most important for happiness, blogging has provided opportunities to meet and know fascinating people. Like Karina and Garnet of Karina Dresses, the NYC photographer Denton Taylor, stylish Alida of My Makeover Mission, and many more. The amazing fellow bloggers – Judith was the first I met in person, and Paula, Shelley, Ally, Sabina, so many more, and more to come, have added so much joy. This coming weekend I’ll be cavorting with four fabulous friends I met through blogging – and I can’t think of another way we would have met.
Some pretty and chic pieces to browse:
I think it is so interesting to read this after having discussed more or less the same topic in real life just a day ago.
I’m so glad you made it out for the visit. Life wouldn’t be the same without my bloggy friends.
Amen, Patti! Blogging has changed my life for the better – and I got to meet you! XO She
I couldn’t agree more with these thoughts, Patti!! Even though there are days I’m pulling my hair out with technology issue (like when my logo ends up being too small on my site because I went and updated it—ha ha), it still is great for learning new things!!!
Technology always brings me to my knees! Xo
I totally agree Patti, the positives of blogging certainly far outweigh the negatives for me too. I must admit to slight envy as to meeting fellow bloggers , bloggers over 30 in Australia are a rare breed but I live in hope that one day a return trip to the U.S. and Canada will happen and I may meet some of my blogging friends. Enjoy your time with your blogging friends.
Thank you Jill – I do wish it were easy for you to pop over here, or vice versa. It’s a pleasure knowing you via blogging. xo
I love this tribute!!! I get a lot from blogging, too. It’s my fav form of social media.
thanks Becky – I’m glad you blog too! xo
Thank you for sharing this, Patti! I am in the process of defining some of these things for myself and your words help clarify my own thoughts around blogging.
See you tomorrow!! Woo hoo! Safe travels!
And safe travels to you my friend! See you RSN (real soon now). xo
What a refreshing, inspirational post! I enjoy seeing your creative outfits and, it’s true, I appreciate most of all your observations about life.
Thank you, TOF, you’re so kind! xo