So this year marks my 4th year of blogging!
I don’t think I’ve ever kept a hobby so long in my entire life.
I love blogging and I love reading blogs. Although blogging is very, very different from when I first started back in 2014, the core of what I like about it so much is still there. It’s a hobby where I can be creative, talk about what I want to talk about and it’s a bit of an escape for me.
Blogging is a wonderful hobby. It’s opened a whole new world to me, I’ve learnt a lot and I’ve added a lot of new skills to my CV because of it. Here’s what skills I’ve learnt since I started blogging…
I spoke about this briefly in my SEO for bloggers post, but I had no idea what SEO meant when I started blogging.
It’s only when I noticed other bloggers talking about, that I started reading about it a lot and I was able to implement it on my blog. A skill like this is so handy and it’s a great skill to have on your CV – even if it’s just the basics! I got my first job in digital marketing through my blog and one of the reasons why was because I had a basic understanding of SEO that could be worked upon.
Blog skills are transferable into a range of jobs, that’s why it’s so handy to put your blog on your CV – even though it can sound a bit daunting!
Stepping out of my comfort zone
I’m normally just very happy in my comfort zone and in my old lifestyle, I didn’t step out of it. Blogging, however, has changed that for me.
I’ve only been to a handful of blog events, but I was also so proud of myself for doing so. I’m not the most confident person, so blog events seriously scared me for a long time. So much in fact, that I cancelled attending a few because I was so nervous about going on my own and having no one to talk to.
Blogging has made me step out my comfort zone and attend blog events where I didn’t know anyone. It’s made me a lot more confident about doing things on my own and doing things for me. I’ve actually got two more blog events lined up and for once, the excitement has taken over the nerves!
As I said in the intro, I don’t think I’ve ever had a hobby this long.
A lot of hard work and dedication goes into blogging and I sometimes feel like I do a hundred different jobs at once (that’s why I call it my part-time job). I am a social media manager, content creator, SEO executive, photographer (a terrible one, but still. Take this one lightly), I send invoices, track my incomings and outgoings and I attempt to design my site.
Bloggers do a range of tasks and it’s hard work. I am dedicated to my blog and I have been for many years. Again, a lot of employers really like hearing about a blog for the reason it shows dedication. It’s a good skill to have and it’s transferable to the workplace.
So before blogging, creative writing wasn’t really for me.
I didn’t enjoy it at school, as I felt it was too constricted. I enjoyed writing but, my school made me hate it. Blogging made me love it again as it allowed me to talk freely.
Since then, I’ve developed my own writing style without too much pressure on myself. I think sometimes it’s easy to get carried away to try to sound fancy when it comes to writing, but I’ve found that it’s best to write how I talk and not apologise for it.
I don’t really have a niche and I’ve never really considered it, I just like writing. I enjoy writing about hundreds of different things and having my personality come through in my writing. I hope I’ve achieved this over the last few years.
Planning and Organisation
I like to think that I’ve always been good at planning and organisation – I definitely have a little Monica in me.
However, blogging has helped me perfect it, as I’m managing a few projects on the go. I have my own planner for blogging purposes and one for life/work. Again, blogging is a great way to showcase planning and organisation skills to a potential employer. If I’m ever asked about organisation skills at an interview I normally always give a ‘work’ answer and if it’s related, for example, you’re interviewing for a job in marketing, I’ll give a ‘blog’ answer. It again shows dedication that you’re able to plan your own time and manage your own projects.
One of the ways that I like to keep organised is with a good planner. Planning ahead is vital for me when it comes to blogging as I work full-time. The Old English Company planners are a great choice for organising your blog and planning posts – planning ahead makes blogging that little bit easier! Great news – to celebrate World Stationery Day on the 25th of April, The Old English Company are holding their own giveaway where you can win your own set of planners! Click here to enter…
What have you learnt from blogging?
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