Exactly 2 years ago I got the courage to do something I wanted to do for ages. I had the idea of blogging for ages but back then it wasn’t as popular as it is now so I was scared of people’s reactions and judgements and the thought of people I know reading my blog posts kinda made me want to die inside and to best honest with you it wasn’t until a few months back that I stopped cringing every time someone mentioned my blog in the real life, and every time they did I made it sound like it’s not a big deal, ‘ah it’s nothing, totally don’t spend hours thinking of idea, writing, taking pictures and then editing them NO BIG DEAL’. That’s definitely something I learned to do over the last two years, to take pride in my hard work and when someone compliments my blog I don’t dismiss it anymore I say ‘thank you I work bloody hard on it’.
There is a lot (A LOT) of misconceptions by people that if you have a blog you make lots of money on it, which is of course possible but it takes a lot of work and most importantly time. Only now after two years I feel like I might be in a place to monetise my blog, because before I would feel silly asking for money for sponsored posts or anything like that because it simply felt like it’s not good enough yet. So if you are thinking of starting a blog with the thought that it’s easy money then, boy, you are in for a surprise!
In the last two years there was a lot of up and downs in my life (seriously a lot) and in a way my blog kept me sane and kept me going as it kept me occupied through the bad days and it was a way of taking my mind off things, which is what a hobby or a passion should do, for everyone it’s something else it can be writing, sport, singing, drawing whatever it is it’s good to have an escape from the world that also stimulates your brain or body.
In a way my blog became a part of my identify, as it’s my ‘thing’ and whenever someone would ask me what do I do in my free time or what’s my hobby I wouldn’t have to think about it but just pull out the blog card or I got introduced in the past by people ‘that’s Lola, she has a blog’ which is nice but sometimes I have days when I want to be just ‘Lola’ but if I’m out for the day and don’t take pictures I feel like I’ve wasted opportunities for creating content, so deep down I’m kind of always in the blogger mode especially ever since Instagram became an important part of being a blogger so there’s a lot more pressure now than when I first started.
Nevertheless I wouldn’t change it for the world and as much cliche this is going to sound, blogging gave me a lot of opportunities and changed me for the better. Even though I’ve only got the courage to attend a bloggers event a few months ago, I’ve met so many amazing and inspiring women there and most important of all supportive and ever since then I feel like part of a community. I definitely stopped caring what others think or say about me and just concentrate on doing my thing while they concentrate on me. Another thing which many people don’t know is that having my blog has massively helped me in getting my apprenticeship in digital marketing, it showed that I already have experience in what I want to do and that I know what I’m talking about; that’s why whatever you want to do in life start doing it already! Don’t wait for an opportunity, create it.
And last but not least I would like to thank every single one of you from the bottom of my heart who liked my pictures, left a comment or simply just read my blog, it really means the world to me and you’re my motivation! To many many more years of blogging and to many new readers enjoying my blog.
Lots of love,