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Blogging has been a real blessing in my life. There are so many reasons I’m thankful for blogging, and in the spirit of Thanksgiving I’d like to share some of them with you today.
Top 6 Reasons To Be Thankful For Blogging
It’s true that the Internet is amazing. We have all sorts of information at our fingertips constantly. But the information we get from fellow bloggers? It’s beyond product reviews and four or five-star ratings on various websites. If I want to truly know more about something, the first thing I’m going to read is the blog post I find from someone like me. I want to know what they think about what I’m looking for. You can bet I’m going to take it into account when I make my shopping decisions down the line.
Seriously, people, have you seen Pinterest these days? Any idea where the majority of those amazing meals you’re drooling over come from? That’s right. Bloggers. Loads and loads of bloggers. Bloggers create recipes, pin them, and they go wild all over the Internet. Bloggers write cookbooks. They create e-books. They help you figure out that last minute side-dish you need to bring to a potluck with the ingredients you have in your pantry already. They also help you meal plan.
Making connections through blogging is an amazing networking experience. I learned a long time ago (in blogging world that’s several years!) that connecting your blogging life to your LinkedIn profile is a smart idea. Representing yourself professionally when it comes to the work you do as a blogger? Critical. So while I, personally, haven’t made mega-serious connections for blogging opportunities through LinkedIn, I have found that presenting what I do in a professional manner is a great way to move forward in the blogosphere. Of course, that has to be something that you want to do to begin with.
Motherhood and blogging go hand-in-hand for many. Some people have issues with that connection, preferring to maintain a professional persona. I get that, and I understand it whole-heartedly. But I also feel that I am a mom. And sometimes being a mom means a lot of different things when it comes to blogging. Sometimes it means more opportunities, sometimes it means different connections, unwanted advice, but more often than not, at least for me, it means unconditional support. Blogging has empowered me as a mom, plain and simple, and I’m proud to share that.
Spinning off of this motherhood mindset, blogging has given me some of the most amazing friends. Seriously. People I have never even met sending me love and prayers when I need them, sending me emails and messages when they know I’m struggling, sharing the laughter and the tears. Friends I hope to one day sit down across a table from sending me box tops for my daughter, leaving encouraging words on Facebook, reminding me I’m never alone. The communities I have established for myself through blogging are without a doubt one of the things I am most thankful for. My gratefulness cannot be fully expressed in a small paragraph. There need to be many more words about this.
6. An outlet
Ask any writer – writing is cathartic. There are so many thoughts and emotions and ideas swirling around in our heads that sometimes the best we can do is scribble them down onto a notepad as we drift off to sleep. Or on a napkin at the nearest Starbucks. Or if you’re me, email them to yourself. What? You don’t do that? You should. It’s a great way to keep track of things, although I also really like using Evernote. But anyway, writing. It’s incredibly helpful when it comes to dealing with unwanted stress, emotions, anxiety and is also pretty amazing when you’ve got loads of great things happening, too. The kind of outlet that goes beyond that journal in your nightstand. The kind of release that actually gets feedback. Comments. Shares. Engagement. Discussions that stem from the smallest thing that you thought was only something that happened to you. The outlet and the connections go hand-in-hand.
So there you have it. My top six. Can you add to my list by sharing reasons you’re thankful for blogging? I’m sure you have many I haven’t thought of. That’s one of the greatest things about blogging, there’s always so much more to consider when you connect with amazing people and it’s pretty much never-ending. Which is kind of awesome, if you ask me!
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