Eight Reasons Why – I love blogging…..

Eight Reasons Why – I love blogging…..

……and a few reasons that it drives me nuts.

Blogging, its a funny ole game isn’t it. I blooming love it as it satisfies my love and need to write. What about you? Why do you blog? Id love to hear why you started? These are some of the reasons I love it, feel free to chip in…..

1 – The people I have “met”

I haven’t met loads of bloggers in real life yet, but those that I have are wonderful people, and I have developed lovely friendships with a few of them. I have met many more online, and I feel a genuine warmth, interest and respect in them. I love the diversity in the people that you can meet through blogging. I have my little “cyber family” where I feel I have a few more kids that make me laugh with their antics, ask me advice and that I feel a protectiveness and strong need to support in their journey. I have a few fellow bloggers of similar age to me that I chat with on a regular basis, that have an understanding of how it feels when fear sets in over our kids taking their next steps, understand the changes our body goes through as we get older, or ask how Im feeling with my husbands illness. I have my “nut nut gang” that make me laugh every day because they have the same twisted, dark humour as me and totally get my sarcastic tone (so many don’t)  I have a little support network that genuinely care about me and my blog, and we all share our knowledge and findings so far in this blogging thang (my input is less here as my knowledge is pretty poor, but Im slowly learning)  So many people that brighten my days. I love, love, love that I have “met” them, and look forward to meeting many more.

2 – The deep satisfaction that writing brings

I love writing blog posts. Whether its a simple make up or product review, or something a little deeper, I love it. The need in me to write is strong, (its well documented that I am determined to finish the book that Im writing….one day lol) so writing blog posts fulfils that need. I do enjoy writing the product reviews, but I must admit my heart will always be with the posts that inspire discussion and engagement. I love a chat!

3 – The way it pushes me out of my comfort zone

I am not the most self confident person. I can easily talk myself out of going to something that involves me having to interact with people that I don’t know. I have turned down so many invites to things over the years, in life as well as blogging,  because my fear gets the better of me. Blogging has made me address that fear. As a blogger, you do get invited to things, and the likelihood is, you wont know anyone there initially. That terrified me. The very first event I went to was a bloggers event in Essex, and I was absolutely bricking it. I cannot tell you the relief I felt when a lovely girl came straight up to me and said Oh Hi Kerry, I recognise you from your photo on twitter. I will always love and be grateful to Hannah (from Hannah Talks) for doing that. I have attended a few more events since, pushing myself to go, and they have all been amazing and the other bloggers so lovely. Blogging has helped me no end with addressing this fear, and I love it for that.

4 – The new interests it has introduced me too

I have read blogs for many years, but mainly make up and beauty blogs. Since I started blogging, and the interaction with other bloggers, I have been introduced to many more subjects. I have found that I have a real, growing interest in learning photography, I am enjoying finding healthy eating blogs and meal ideas, interiors blogs I am developing a slight obsession with, and blogs that tell me more about my local area and restaurants are becoming my go to for reviews. Its brilliant.

5 – The distraction it offers me

This was something I didn’t know would come into its own this year. Blogging was all about the writing for me, but with what unfolded this Summer, it also became a beautiful distraction. Summer was shit for us, and the months following have been rough. When Im home and its quiet, perhaps the boys are out and Nik is unwell, rather than let my mind and fears run away with me, I open up my laptop and click away on those little keys and it all seems ok. Im not a massive tv lover, and sometimes my mind cant focus enough to read, so this little blog of mine has become my saviour. I love it more for that.

6 – The way it has organised me better

I am the Queen of chaos. Im the woman that has sent her kids to school on non-pupil days. I write things down, but forget to then look at my diary or calendar. yep, Im that woman. My husband says I rebel against order and routine, and he is probably right, but blogging has made me more organised. I have a planner, (but dont use it to its full capacity) I have a product basket for items I want to review, I have cleared out my make up drawers and organised it all. I have cleared out my wardrobes and got them organised. All because of blogging! Blogs I read as well as getting some order to posts I write. It has been a revelation. I don’t really have a blogging schedule, Iv not got that organised yet, but that might be something I do next year. Slow progress people, slow progress!

Using planners, diarys and getting organised

Getting organised

7 – The knowledge that I am learning.

I have never, ever had an interest in computers, social media or anything remotely technical. When I had my business, I had a member of staff that looked after all the social media stuff, so never got involved other than to plan the promotions etc. I have learnt more than I could have ever imagined in the last year! I am proud of the fact that I researched and learnt a lot of it myself. Google has been my best friend! I understand google analytics, I know what a media kit is, I am slowly understanding and learning advertising law and am just getting my head around how my camera works! I am still not a huge fan of social media, (although am beginning to love twitter)  but do understand its partnership with having a blog. I am determined to build on my understanding on how social media works next year! Im rubbish.

8 – The lessons it has taught me

I feel I have learnt so much this year, about myself and about life in general. I have even learnt incredibly valuable awareness, like how to make blogs easier to read for blind people, and how life can be challenging for people with physical disabilities. Iv made some blogging buddies that live that as their reality, and they are helping me have a better understanding. Its been a real eye opener, and I hope, made me more aware and compassionate.

Earlier this year, I did a self imposed spending ban, which taught me that I am perfectly capable of not shopping on a weekly basis. It also showed me that I use shopping to bury emotion! Now I don’t. I have learnt that I am capable of learning new things, that I really didn’t think were for me, so should give everything a go. I have discovered that If I push myself out of my comfort zone, beautiful things happen. So very many things I have learnt and discovered. I feel my life is richer for it. Who would have thought it when I pressed publish on that first post a year ago.

There are a few things that also drive me nuts, but these are mere blotches on the horizon, they don’t ruin my view.

I hate that I struggle so much with anything technical. My photography is one area in particular that frustrates me. I get a vision, I know what I want the finished photo to look like, and, well, it just dosent so I end up settling for something that is ok, back in my comfort zone, but dosent rock my world. I don’t understand the light properly. I don’t understand how to photograph reflective surfaces without it flashing back, I cant get a decent photo of make up on my face. So many things!  I have booked and paid for a one day workshop in London, but have had to postpone it while there was so much going on. I will get it done early next year i hope.

my camera - aids my growing love of photography

Time. The one thing I think most of us need more of. I know Im not alone in struggling to find the time to do decent photographs. The words I can get done very quickly, but blog photos are my nemesis. I schedule a couple of hours into my day to do them, then I wake on that day to find it grey and overcast and not suitable at all! Like so many of us bloggers, I do work as well, so don’t have the luxury of having every day available for blog work. The struggle is real fellow bloggers eh?

Its made me even more of a procrastinator. If that is even possible! I find that I can sit and muse over something Iv seen, read, heard for blooming hours now I write on a regular basis. Its like my brain instantly thinks, oh, but whats the meaning in that, and I deliberate it all in my brain for 6 hours, getting nothing done! Drives me crazy.

So, thats it! My journey with blogging has been a wonderful, fulfilling, enlightening one. I bloody love it! It will always only be a wonderful hobby for me, I wouldn’t want the pressure of having to produce content, but I adore it. I am grateful for the people it has brought into my life, the crutch it has provided me with during tough times, and Im grateful for the lessons it has taught me.

What about you? Do you have any things that you have found while blogging? Anything that has surprised you? I would love to hear xx

 

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43 Comments

  1. November 21, 2017 / 7:16 pm

    I am terrible with photos myself, so don’t feel bad!

    • kerrylifeandloves
      November 21, 2017 / 7:33 pm

      I get frustrated so much with the photo side. I want to know, and be able to do everything, and cant lol. Do you take lots of photos in the same day so you have a stock of them, or as and when? I need a plan I think! Thanks for reading xx

      • November 21, 2017 / 8:02 pm

        I normally take them the same day. Once in a while, I’ll take them first and save them for the next day or whenever I plan to post! I take mine with my phone, so the quality is not that great.

        • kerrylifeandloves
          November 21, 2017 / 8:22 pm

          Thank you. I think that is what I need to start doing, stock pile a few. Im on the hunt for good blog posts on blog photography, I need the help lol xx

  2. November 21, 2017 / 7:17 pm

    I loved reading this and how blogging has helped you.
    Originally my blog was meant to be a hobby to stop me thinking about work all the time, which is a bit of a temptation if you work for yourself. Anyway, it’s become much more than that and I didn’t realise I’d get to know so many friendly and supportive people online.I already had a blog, but I think the interaction on educational blogs is a bit different from the kind of chatter you can get into when you start talking about beauty products!
    I enjoy your posts and look forward to many more 🙂

    • kerrylifeandloves
      November 21, 2017 / 7:38 pm

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment, that has made me so happy that you enjoyed the post! I totally agree with you, we start our blogs for many reasons, but they evolve and grow into so much more! I love the knowledge we can learn, the people we find and that I get to share this little journey with them all. So glad to have you on board! Thank you so much for reading. (I hope the images work better for you, let me know) xx

  3. November 21, 2017 / 8:29 pm

    Fab Kerry ! I’m really. A newbie at this blogging world and although really wanted to do it , it’s scary, your baring your life and soul into words , it’s so therapeutic for me , helps my anxiety and , like you I’m not the most outgoing person , although like you I work with clients every day, so people are shocked when I say I’m an introvert, but take me to a room full of people… 😮 i freeeze ! Can’t talk, so for me this is fabulous! I’m looking forward to meeting other like minded bloggers! I love talking about my life and hearing that others feel the same or have been through similar difficulties!
    And love taking photos I use my phone or our canon, but I think photography is a learning curve and it’s about telling the story , clicking the button is just a process in the story!
    I’ve got so much to learn…. it’s so easy to compare with other blogs but we are all unique! I’m doing it for me , if others read it and enjoy my writing it’s a bonus xxx

    • kerrylifeandloves
      November 21, 2017 / 9:50 pm

      Ahhhhh Amanda I love this comment. Im so happy that you have found blogging and you are so right, it can help in so many ways. I cannot tell you how happy it makes me to hear that your blog is helping you, the power of writing right there! We must meet up. Lets make it happen in 2018! Id love that. Thank you for reading xxxx

  4. November 22, 2017 / 9:37 am

    Really enjoyed reading your lovely post. Blogging really does open up new opportunities and can alter our perspective a little. I haven’t been to any events in my twelve months of blogging but that’s mainly because I live miles from anywhere! I’d really like to so perhaps I should make more effort to go. Also, I agree, it’s scary dealing with our children, or child in my case as they grow up. My daughter is 12 and I struggle terribly with loosening the apron strings. I just want to wrap her up in cotton wool and keep her with me. It’s something I find so hard, but we have to let them spread their wings and prepare to fly. Albeit with a tear in our eye.

    Such a releatable Post lovely. Thanks for sharing.

    Samantha x
    http://thebeautyspyglass.com

    • kerrylifeandloves
      November 22, 2017 / 2:15 pm

      Oh Samantha thank you so much for stopping by. Im so glad that you can relate to it. I would advise definitely trying to get to an event near you, they really are worthwhile. A 12 year old….that is when it starts to get difficult isn’t it, I understand completely. My boys are a little older now, 15 and 17, so I feel your fear, 100%! Im always happy to talk our fears through, so always feel free to email me if you fancy a chat. Thank you so much for reading, I really appreciate you taking the time to comment xx

      • November 22, 2017 / 3:01 pm

        Yes, the trouble is starting already! She’s always asking to go into ‘town’ it’s so difficult. One of the children in the year above her committed suicide over the weekend while his mum popped out. I’ve been holding her tighter ever since. Our children are so precious aren’t they. While they’re small we don’t think about having to let them go! Thanks lovely xx

        • kerrylifeandloves
          November 22, 2017 / 5:19 pm

          Oh gosh thats so awful! My goodness 🙁 Yep, they are the most precious xxx

  5. highstreetbeauty11
    November 22, 2017 / 10:28 am

    Hi Kerry, this is a beautiful post. I am so happy to have met you through this blogging world. Always here to chat and support you! xxx

    • kerrylifeandloves
      November 22, 2017 / 2:09 pm

      Lovely lovely lady, you were one of the very first people that made me feel so welcome as a new blogger, and I am so grateful for that. We have a beautiful hobby eh? Thank you so much for your comment xx

  6. November 22, 2017 / 11:09 am

    I am right there with you. I got into blogging by accident to help a friend and her blog and I feel in love doing it myself. The offshoots have been the same for me. More focus elsewhere, more confidence, looking at things differently and I agree the community has been terrific (thank you for being part of that!). I always enjoying dropping in for a visit here!

    • kerrylifeandloves
      November 22, 2017 / 2:07 pm

      Owww thank you so much for this comment, Im so happy you like stopping by. I love that blogging has given you so much too. I think the blogging community is lovely, and likewise, I thank you too xx

  7. November 22, 2017 / 12:31 pm

    Whaat I think you’re great with photography! I’m so happy that blogging has done so many wonderful things for you, I certainly feel the same way about most of these points and I love that there will always be more to learn and discover. xx

    • kerrylifeandloves
      November 22, 2017 / 2:05 pm

      Ah your too kind. I seem to always take the same sort of photos, as they are my comfort zone, but I have great ideas! I just dont have the skills lol. Thank you for reading, it really has been a beautiful journey and I love that you have found that too xx

  8. November 22, 2017 / 1:22 pm

    I can relate to many aspects of your post here ! Especially the organization part, I never managed to organize my life before, but with blogging I just had to ! 😊

    • kerrylifeandloves
      November 22, 2017 / 2:03 pm

      Thank you for reading Oriana. Iv not totally nailed the organisation thing yet, but blogging has helped! Im determined to become even better next year. x

  9. November 22, 2017 / 3:25 pm

    This is such a great refreshing post. There’s so many negative posts about blogging and it’s easy to get caught up in all of it. Thank you for sharing the positive side of blogging. It was much needed. Xx

    • kerrylifeandloves
      November 22, 2017 / 5:21 pm

      Thank you so much for reading! I think people get negative because they get caught up in the numbers, competition, envy game. Its a brilliant hobby that has brought so much positive to me personally. Im glad that you found it an uplifting post xxx

  10. theglassofclass
    November 22, 2017 / 5:08 pm

    It’s such a great post! I love blogging because I’ve met so many people. I also like to have this little space where my creativity can flourish, it’s so important to me. I loved reading this.

    Julia xx
    theglassofclass.com

    • kerrylifeandloves
      November 22, 2017 / 5:23 pm

      Thank you so much! Me too, I love how we can chat and interact with so many lovely people. Its a brilliant hobby. Thanks for stopping by xxx

  11. November 22, 2017 / 7:45 pm

    This is a great list, and mine would be very similar!
    Blogging has definitely introduced me to some great people and new places. I find myself looking at things from a ‘bloggers’ perspective now, which means I’m alwasy getting distracted and thinking ‘oh I could write about this’ or ‘oh what a lovely photo that would make’. I look at things differently.
    There is just never enough time though. What I often find difficult is making time for the social media that comes with blogging. Numbers aren’t important to me, but obviously part of writing a blog is wanting people to read it. It’s the getting it out there that I struggle with.

    • kerrylifeandloves
      November 22, 2017 / 10:06 pm

      Yes I hear you! I find it so hard to grow on social media, but I think I dont put the required effort in I think. I dont post on Instagram daily, I dont understand pinterest. I have made it my mission next year to try to understand social media a bit more, we will see haha! Thanks for your comment xxx

      • November 25, 2017 / 9:54 pm

        Well when you’re in the know you can pass on some tips to me! 😉

  12. November 22, 2017 / 10:25 pm

    Ah I love this post. It’s amazing watching your journey over he past few months I have been following, you go from strength to strength. Pictures will just be another thing you tckle and beat. It’s such an amazing community too. It’s amazing how something can change so much xo

    • kerrylifeandloves
      November 22, 2017 / 10:42 pm

      Oh wow, thank you so much! That is such a lovely thing to hear, thank you. Im sure I will get there with the pics, Iv just got to be patient! Thank you for reading xx

  13. November 23, 2017 / 6:20 am

    Oh my goodness, I agree on every single point here! Of course, not for all the same reasons though. The community is my favorite part of blogging. I have met absolutely incredible people through all of my blogging groups. It has been what has made all of it worth it for me. Though I don’t have a hard time with the photography side of things, I have the HARDEST time with the social media. I’ve only just recently started to try to learn, but like you said … slow progress!

    • kerrylifeandloves
      November 23, 2017 / 7:50 am

      Thank you so much for stopping by! Yes the social media part is so hard! I know to grow on Instagram your meant to post everyday but how do people find the time! Im determined next year to try to get to grips with it. We will learn together haha! xx

      • November 23, 2017 / 7:56 am

        I’ve been really trying on Instagram. I post (almost) everyday! There are days here and there that I just forget. And sometimes I don’t have content to post too! It’s really a struggle! But we will absolutely learn together! At least you semi-have Twitter down … I JUST started using it last week, and it has been a bit of a nightmare stress ball so far! But, we will just keep working on it! Haha!

        • kerrylifeandloves
          November 23, 2017 / 8:01 am

          Oh you are my Instagram hero! Are we following each other? I will come find you. We’ve got this, we will be social media gurus……….in about 6 months haha! x

          • November 23, 2017 / 8:12 am

            We are now following each other! And we better give it a year … you know … just in case!

          • kerrylifeandloves
            November 23, 2017 / 7:57 pm

            Hahahah! Cant rush perfection……….!

  14. November 24, 2017 / 12:39 pm

    I also love to chat! Let’s chat…..twitter shout out today!!
    I feel the same, many bloggers that I now folllow have certainly opened my eyes to new things and this is great. I hope I have done that for others, that would be a good thing to know.
    I love your photography, think how good it will be once you make that day workshop. I did one in Shoreditch and it really helped me but I’m an idiot and haven’t continued it.
    I NEED to pick up my camera again.
    Great pictures bring new eyes to blogs and help to tell your stories.
    Keep up the good words my friends, I for one, am enjoying reading your work

    xx

    • kerrylifeandloves
      November 24, 2017 / 11:07 pm

      Awww you! Thank you so much. I love that we keep learning too with blogging, be it photography, something technical etc. Its all good! I love reading your blog. It makes me want to see more of the world and travel again. I really enjoy it xx

      • November 25, 2017 / 3:15 pm

        I think learning new things through blogging and developing new skills is fab! I really appreciate your support lovely xx

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