Today I am starting off a new, hopefully monthly, series on this blog — 5 Things I Love About. I’m starting vague with blogging and reading but I will go into more specific things like my favourite genres and tropes. Hope you’ll enjoy it!!
it helps me connect with people
Social anxiety is a huge problem for me so I don’t form friendships and by acquaintanceships easily.
Blogging makes things easier — we have a common goal here and a conversation topic.
I can just put my words out there and wait for people to either reply or not. I can peruse through posts, find the ones that intrigue me and just start a conversation.
And the people here have common interests with me and are vocal about it.
All this just makes it so much easier for me to talk to people and talking to people here makes it less stressful for me to talk to them in other contexts.
it hones my writing skills
I love writing. I love English language.
Sadly, I rarely worked on those with noone to hold me accountable — more about it in the next point.
Writing for my blog is an amazing exercise — consistent and challenging as I want this blog to have the best content I can provide.
as a constant in my life it helps with my mental health
Because of my mental health, it is hard for me to create habits and schedules.
My blog is both an exercise in that and a thing that I feel accountable for because I don’t want to disappoint anyone who spends time reading my thoughts.
It is also an outlet for my thoughts so they can leave my head and be shared with the world.
It feels therapeutic that I can say something and there are people listening.
it makes me a better reader
Since I started blogging I read more, and I read more widely, and I read more diversely, and I read more carefully.
I always loved reading but blogging about it gave me a whole new dimension of accountability for what I read. I learned to read faster. I learned how to switch on and off my reviewer’s eye during reading. I learned to appreciate more genres. I learned to watch out for more and more diversity in the books I read.
There’re many reasons for it: I want to provide good and varied content for my blog, I read other blogs and reach for new books thanks to them, I try to grow as a person… But all in all, blogging and reading make each other flourish.
Because everyone needs it.
I know we all say we’re first of all blogging for ourselves but validation is important as well. Otherwise we would just write in a diary.
I love that the content I provide helps people and keeps people interested. I love when people keep coming back here. I love cute comments.
All that makes my day better and brings smile on my face.
No shame in saying that.
- What do you love about blogging?
- Do you like this idea for a series of discussion posts?