|Looking at life from new perspectives|
As I get ready for my first and the first Cybher bloggers conference, I’m thinking about my wonderful year of blogging and what I can take from it. it I started blogging when a good friend told me about her own fashion blogging escapades and assured me that there would be people out there in the big wide world of internet land who would love to read about my Princess and The King stories.
I came into blogging with an open mind and would readily admit I had no idea what to expect nor di I take to it upon my first try. I kind of dipped my toes in, then ran away to the warmth of my bed and Eastenders. It wasn’t until about 6 months after my maiden post, this time last year in fact, that I decided to give it another go. You see I hate not being good at something and I wasn’t very good at blogging so it took a bit of confidence and a thorough talking to in the mirror to decide to jump into the pool in an all or nothing amazonian warrior kind of way.
I know some people write three or four posts in one day but I sometimes struggle to find the inspiration and time to write one. I find myself doubting people will want to read what I write but that’s actually OK because just as it is in the real world, not everyone will like me and that’s actually the way it should be. I follow some bloggers religiously but don’t necessarily connect with every post they write either.
|Well the photo says it all, you never know when you will need an arse or monkey related photo do you?|
Blogging taught me something though, it taught me to look at things from different perspectives. I normally take photos on my phone or camera during the day and use one of the photos as inspiration for my post. I learned it was important not to over think what I was photographing, just to take a photo of whatever I thought was interesting. It doesn’t have to be profound, just things I see during my day. This way it triggers a thought, question or maybe a ‘what I did’ post to share with people later on.
Things that I may have walked past without thinking about I now stop and think “ooh maybe I could blog about that later, I better take a quick snap”. The majority of these photos never make it to light on the blog because I rush the shot and get home to find they are not in focus or there is a strange object in the background that I’d rather not have on my site (I really must invest in Photoshop) but that’s because I’m hasty!
Being a blogger means reading a lot of blogs. These blogs are written by people of different ages, races, geographic locations and opinions than my own. Its like being raised by an e-village whose blog posts slowly help shape the person you become by opening your mind up to a more eclectic range of opinions and perspectives than reading a daily paper could ever do. It allows you a window into alternative ways to parent, cook, spend your weekend, dress etc all from the comfort of your own home / train seat or wherever else you choose to browse the net or email posts.
|Not even a dining table can escape the attention of a blogger . . .|
I have found blogging to be extremely rewarding as it it a time for reflection and also my designated ‘me’ time. It has also made me reevaluate what it is I actually enjoy and have tried to incorporate it into my life on a more permanent basis.
I’d love you to share something that blogging has taught you. How long have you blogged for? Have you found that your style of writing or the topics you write about has changed over the months or years? I think mine has quite a bit, but it’s probably because I have a short attention span at times and am always looking for something new to sink my teeth into!