Article by Wendy McCance
Have you ever thought about what your life was like before you began your blog and what it’s like now? Has it occurred to you that having a blog can be one of the most inspirational things you can do for yourself?
There have been so many times that I have reflected on where I was before I began my blog and the amazing transformation my life has taken since I really got into blogging. I never realized all of the incredible perks that come along with having a blog.
My blog has been the best thing I have ever done for myself. When I first started blogging, I was looking for an outlet for an overload of emotions. I just needed a place to vent what was on my mind and I figured writing would help me get through my feelings (which it did).
What happened along the way was eye-opening. You begin to meet other people and a bond forms over the common interest of having a blog and what you are trying to express. You gain support and feel lifted up by people you have never met.
The blogging world is unlike anything I had ever experienced. Where else can you have conversations about whatever is on your mind any time of day or night? Where else can you read so many different opinions on a subject and gain so much knowledge about the people around you?
Then come even more surprises. People share your words. The very thoughts you have put out into the universe are being picked up by others. You will hear from those who share your view or add to the content of what you are trying to get across. You will get an opportunity to hear the another side of what you are trying to express. You learn so much. The lessons are invaluable and really shape you into a more well-rounded individual.
Who knew that if you blogged and people enjoyed what you posted, you could get an award and some accolades from your blogging peers? The amount of good feelings a blog creates will raise your self-esteem, put you on a path where you begin to set goals, and ultimately gives you a new outlook on where your future can really go. All very positive and ego boosting.
I have learned what it means to share and support in a way I hadn’t before blogging. I have felt grateful for the people who stop by and say hi. I have been amazed at how much I have learned from links shared by other bloggers and experiences they have been willing to share in the comments below a given post.
I feel like I have more tolerance. I have a softer heart. I am more accepting of many different types of personalities. I feel blessed to have been touched by all of the people who have left their imprint on my blog. People can be incredibly generous, supportive, kind and wise. I am astounded at the amount of effort these people will put into a blogging relationship without knowing someone in person, but because they understanding their heart so well.
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