By: Sandy Nene
When I started blogging I had no clue what the future of blogging had in store for me. I wasn’t exposed to as many blogs and bloggers as I am now, all I knew was I wanted to somehow have an online journal where I could share my thoughts hoping to grow my writing skills and someday become a professional writer. As time went on, I was slowly introduced to other bloggers. I didn’t know there was so much ‘competition’ and that some people will even go as far as to hate each other in this here blogosphere.
Last night I was thinking, from the first day I called myself a ‘blogger’ comparing to now, how I have grown. There’s just so much that I know now and that I am sure if I didn’t start that ‘little blog’ I wouldn’t have known or have had an opportunity to experience. Blogging changed my life and opened many doors for me and I know it will come as a shock to most of you when I tell you that I once landed two radio shows through my blog, I’m sure you’re asking yourself how? Well yes I didn’t study broadcasting but I took time and started a blog. I have an amazing job today through my ‘little blog’ and I have been privileged to do what other professionals do, by professionals I mean magazine editors, journalists, radio presenters and social media influencers.
As a blogger, you choose what you want blogging to teach you. Yes, we all know that some of us are ashamed of our first posts simply because they don’t make much sense but it’s ok to judge yourself – now that you’ve grown is the perfect time to go back to your old work and edit, edit and edit.
I know people who started their food blogs to jot down their recipes, people who started their personal style blogs to capture their everyday looks and some who started their beauty blogs with no beauty background at all – today all those people are doing what blogging has taught them. The food blogger who has judged tons of cooking shows, personal style blogger who’s now a professional fashion buyer for major local and international brands, the beauty blogger who writes for numerous print and online magazines.
I’m leaving this question to all new and old bloggers: What has blogging taught you? How are you using that to make a living?