I’ve been blogging for a good wee while now (not just on this particular blog- I’ve had others) and ‘Ciara’s Little Blog’ has become a complete passion of mines. I love it and this blog is the first one I’ve actually had success with; the first one where I actually have an audience (thanks so much BTW I love you all!!!).
I feel like everyone has their own reasons for starting their blog (and that’s actually one of my fave stories to hear from other bloggers) but for me it was simply because I love to write. English was my best subject in school, all of my A-levels were essay based, I love reading and I’ve even tried to write a book or two in my time (c’mon, who hasn’t??). Blogging was just a way for me to continue to write in a non-academic way (uni essays are a bitch to write).
When I started blogging I never thought that anyone would want to read it and I didn’t expect anyone to either. It was just a wee hobby for me and now I have a following (small but so dear to my heart) and people actually enjoy what I write????
Of course, some people wanna blog for the PR gifts and brand collabs (a lovely extra to blogging but opportunities are actually few and far between). This isn’t the reason you should be blogging. Yes, it’s so lovely when a brand wants to work with you but that’s not what blogging is about. I’ve personally only worked with one brand in my whole time blogging and I was so grateful for the opportunity (and would love to do it more) but I’m also so proud of my silly wee posts about walking my dog.
In the beginning I was so strict with my blog. I forced myself to post twice a week and stuck to that schedule religiously. Because of this, my content was shit! Then I realised it didn’t have to be like that. I started treating my blog like the hobby it began as, and not the chore it became. I tossed my blogging schedule in the bin and now my posts are scattered here, there and everywhere, but I think my content is so much better for it? Like, rather than blasting out a post because it needed to be up by 5pm on Wednesday evening, I write when I feel inspired and therefore I’m passionate about that post (and it shows in my engagement too).
The blogging community is one of the most supportive out there. I’m not saying there isn’t drama, there is drama in EVERYTHING! I just try to stay out of it, and it usually works. Nearly everyone I reach out to or support with a comment etc. responds with such kindness (obviously not everyone I try to connect with feels like replying, but that’s okay). There is also always the opportunity to be jealous of someone else’s success with their blog (“why don’t I get that support?” “why didn’t I get that brand collab?”). This is wasted energy. You will feel so much more at peace with your blog if you stop treating bloggers like competition that needs to be beat, and more like sisters (and brothers?) that deserve support on something they obviously worked hard to get.
Blogging has opened me up to a world of people like me; people passionate about writing. I love finding that wee gem of a blog that you just can’t wait to read every time they post. I love connecting with people from so many different countries (I get views from countries I didn’t even know were out there). I love writing about things I’m passionate about.
Basically, I love my blog and I love being a blogger.
Why did you start your blog? What motivates you to keep it up and running? Are there any male bloggers out there? If so, leave a link to your blog!
Until next time,