Why I love to blog

Why I love to blog

Photography by Katherine McMorran

Why I love to blog

Blogging’s a funny thing. You either get it or you don’t. A lot of my friends really don’t understand it. Not that they don’t try to of course. They ask loads of questions, but I think it’s one of those things that you have to be a part of to really get it.

One of the main misconceptions about blogging is that I’m in it for the money or freebies. After all, what other reason could there be for me to spend so much time on my blog? Well actually, there’s many reasons. Don’t get me wrong. I love it when I make money, or when I get sent something to review. I can’t deny that it brightens up my day, and event invites will never not make me feel cool. But there’s so much more to blogging than just that.

The support and help I get through blogging is astonishing. Seriously, if I’m having a bad day I know without a doubt that I can turn to twitter or one of my blogger WhatsApp groups for help. Even though I haven’t met most of the people I talk to, they never fail to cheer me up. When I broke up with my boyfriend I woke up the next day to so many messages full of love and good thoughts.

Why I love to blog

Why I love to blog

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In the past year I have had the opportunity to go to some amazing events. From the Debenhams event back in January, to the BPerfect Cosmetics LMD launch a few weeks back, they have all been so much fun, and I have to pinch myself every time I get an invite. Events are amazing for so many reasons. There are, of course, the obvious reasons: the free cocktails and food, the cool locations, the goody bags… but best of all, they give you the chance to meet so many people. Events have given me the opportunity to put faces to names, and to talk to people who have inspired me and my blog.

Blogging has also taught me so many things. I now know how to use a DSLR and, if I may say so myself, by pictures these days aren’t half bad. I have learnt a lot about google analytics, coding, SEO… the list goes on. Because of blogging I now have so many new skills that I can add to my CV. I’ve even had countless interviews because of my blog (no jobs as of yet, but I’m sure there is one to come).

Why I love to blog

Don’t get me wrong. There are times when blogging annoys me. The shitty views despite the long hours, the drama on twitter, the crappy instagram engagement. But no matter what I think I would miss it if i was to ever leave. Last year I made the choice between keeping or deleting my blog and I’m so glad I could keep it. It’s my little piece of the internet. Where I can be free to write about what I want. Wether it be makeup, clothes, or just a rambling post like this one. If someone was to take that away from me, I would be very upset.

Why I love to blog

The next time somebody asks me why I blog, or insinuates I’m in it for the freebies, I think I’ll have to direct them to this post. Seriously guys, there is so much more to blogging than the blogger mail that comes along with it. Trust me, if there wasn’t I would have given up a long time ago. I put my heart and soul into my blog. Maybe that doesn’t come across sometimes, but I really do. I spend upwards of 30 hours a week on my blog. It’s almost like a second full time job. And do you know what? I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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  • This was a very insightful post! I agree with you, getting free stuff or making money off your blog is great but that’s not why I blog. I blog because I love to share my thoughts and it’s quite therapeutic for me. It’s also helped me meet lots of amazing people online and as you rightfully mentioned, blogging helps you gain a whole new set of skills. Great post and your pants are beautiful! xx
    Coco Bella Blog

  • I really enjoyed this Lauren and I think this is a post I’m going to direct people to next time they ask me why I do what I do! This started as a hobby for me and I’m lucky enough to have met some bloody amazing people online and in real life through this journey whilst working on amazing things with amazing brands… thank you for this!

  • Sian…

    I really enjoyed reading this post as we have many similar thoughts. I started blogging because I love to write. I love working with brands but for me, it’s definitely about the friendships I’ve made through blogging. Even if I’ve not met them in IRL like yourself, I know that if I needed to talk to them about anything, I could. I just unfollow the people who instigate drama because I just don’t have the energy for it. Luckily a lot of the time, I miss it anyway!

    Sian x
    http://www.theenglisheverygirl.com

  • this was a motivational post to read, (and you are slaying it in those pics!!) It’s important to remember why we started blogging in the first place, and to show people that it’s not all about the freebies! xx

    G