Yes Grandma, Blogging is a Profession
This week I am celebrating my blogging anniversary. I can hardly believe that it’s been four years since I started blogging; to say that I have learned a lot about writing, blogging, being in business for myself and building a network would be an understatement.
I have enjoyed every moment (well most of the moments) during this great experience we call blogging. I originally started blogging as a way to supplement my income after the market crashed and since then my blogging career has turned into so much more than just writing. Who knew that replying to an ad on Craigslist could open so many doors of opportunity?
Blogging is contagious
Unlike many other bloggers who get into the business by starting their own website, I started writing for other company websites before I started my own blog. I actually didn’t start My Diary Entry until two years after I originally started blogging. Most of my blogging experience (and my writing experience in general) was in personal finance but as I went through life’s struggles I needed to find a creative (and healthy) outlet for all of my emotions.
Since I have always loved writing and I express myself well in words, blogging seemed like the natural choice to let out my anger, sadness, happiness and excitement. And there you have it…that’s how My Diary Entry was born. I can honestly say that I don’t know how I would have expressed my emotions without writing, I don’t want to be cheesy and say that blogging saved my life…but it has definitely made me a better (and calmer) person.
My passion for writing and my blogging career has inspired me to be a better writer, a better person and a more profitable business owner. Yes, in case you didn’t get the memo, blogging is a business. Five years ago if I told my family that I was a blogger I probably would have spent hours trying to explain the ins and outs of it all, but nowadays blogging is a wider accepted profession.
Personal Confession: I should say that blogging as a profession is accepted among the younger generations. I tell my grandmother that I am a writer because the conversation is just a lot easier that way. After all, bloggers are writers.
The benefits of blogging
One of the great things about blogging is the sense of community that comes along with having an online presence; I have made some amazing friends through blogging and social media. Some of them I have never even met (yes I know how crazy that sounds) but I consider them to be some of my close friends. We chat everyday and we help each other out during tough times.
One of the other great things about blogging is that the possibilities are endless. I feel that blogging is the business equivalent of golf; we are always competing against ourselves to be better.
So all in all I can say that I have greatly enjoyed the last four years and I look forward to seeing what the future of blogging holds for me.
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