I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how blogging has changed my life.
That’s kind of a big declaration to make about something, I know.
But I’m serious. Blogging has changed my life for the better.
I have grown up a lot in this last year. I’ve matured and have become so much more comfortable in my own skin. Lately, I’ve been having little to no anxiety–of course, it still exists, it still sneaks up on me when I least expect it–but it is so much less severe than it was last year at this time and it certainly doesn’t last as long.
I attribute many of these changes in my self to blogging. Blogging has been an incredible journey–since August, I’ve come a long way from the girl who just started to blog to write. Somewhere around November, I discovered this amazing community–there I was writing away, and didn’t know until a good three months in that there were actually people here on WordPress interested in interacting with me and reading what I have to say! Around December, I developed this extreme need to amass followers, but after going through a period where I was really unsatisfied with the work I was publishing, I began to really discover what I value most about this whole blogging business–sharing my thoughts and feelings with an amazing group of individuals who somehow like what I have to say and graciously offer feedback, advice, and comfort just because. I’ve loved getting to know people here, making connections that I never knew would be possible in a virtual space.
Sometimes, if I’m feeling anxious, I’ll hop on WordPress and scroll through my reader. I’ve found that reading my fellow blogger’s posts and engaging with them on their blogs and my own allows my anxiety to melt away sometimes. Blogging has helped me realize how much I need writing to be mentally healthy; it’s also helped me realize that I need to be journaling out my feelings, too, not just blogging them out.
So blogging is amazing, yes. I feel so confident here in this community–and that carries over into other aspects of my life. When I start to question myself and lose that confidence, I know it’s because I haven’t written enough recently. I came here to write, something that I still do. But, I’ve found this community that makes me feel so welcome, so at home.
One of my good friends told me recently that he’s noticed a change in my whole being since I started blogging regularly–how I’m so much more confident, how I’ve grown so much.
He’s right. It has changed me.
I honestly can’t imagine my life without blogging at this point.
So here I am. And I’m here to stay.