Blogging saved me, in so many ways. You can probably relate to what I’m about to write as I know alot of other bloggers feel the same. It gave me a sense of purpose and provided me with a life long hobby. It has connected me with new amazing people that I never would have met. It’s given me countless opportunities to spread love and good into this dark world. I am so thankful for that.
As bloggers we put our heart and soul into our websites. Our posts are probably 20% of the work that you see. You don’t see the late night writing posts or the long chore of choosing images for our websites. You don’t see the time, effort and costs that goes into running a blog, running social media pages and our day jobs. Its alot, but I wouldn’t change it. I love what I do, and its helped me in so many ways over the last months.
I HAVE A PURPOSE
Running a blog has really given me a purpose in life which one main reason how blogging saved me. I know there are other people counting on me for support and advice. I know there are a group of wonderful people on the other side of my computer screen eagerly awaiting what advice I share. That alone gives me purpose. I wake up everyday knowing I have things to do with my blog and people I need to get back to. Its filled up alot of quiet time that I had before with purposeful work instead.
It’s an amazing feeling knowing that you’re helping other people. Even if I have helped just one person thats a win for me. It was never about numbers, and it still isn’t. It’s more than that. Impacting one life and one soul is a big achievement.
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IT’S GIVEN ME A FOCUS
If you don’t know my blog journey by now, I re-started this blog after taking 4 YEARS off from blogging. I completely re-branded into olivialucieblake.com from a beauty blog. So, I decided to give this space a new focus and knew I wanted to reach more people than just those interested in beauty. I re-started right in the middle of summer and in the middle of the pandemic. I know alot of people can relate to this, that during those first lockdowns we had no idea this would be going on for so I made sure I to start new hobbies that I could continue. And here we are nearly a year later!
Back then I knew I needed a new focus, something to spend my time doing that was productive. And thats one main reason how blogging saved me.
Little did I know that blogging would become like a day job for me. The best job I have ever had.
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IT HAS PROVIDED OPPORTUNITIES
Wow, where do I even begin. This blog has given me so many opportunities that I’ve lost count. I have the opportunity to build a brand for myself and a little side hustle. It’s allowed me to start working with really well known brands and get PR products (Still so insane to think about!), make money and make life long friends.
Aside from all of that, it’s given me the best opportunity of all. It’s given me the opportunity to connect and form relationships with new people. It’s allowed me to have a small impact in this world. And thats such a big goal and achievement of mine. I want to spread love and positivity into the world, and with my blog I am allowed to do that.
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Why did you start your blog?
How has blogging impacted your life?
I’m not sure where my blog will go from here, but I am thankful to look back and reflect on how far I have come already!
Blogging saved me from not feeling alone!! I can relate to so many people’s comment and posts through blogging. So yes, with my blog I’m able to share my positivity and also depression or anxiety with others.
Yes, I should have mentioned this too. Its such a great way to make friends and not feel so alone in life!
I started blogging as a hobby and where I can share my thoughts with the people around the world. Blogging helped me to improve my writing skills, confidence and interacting with my fellow bloggers who are always supportive. Though I started as a hobby now I spend a lot of time for blogging and its also a place where I spend my time for myself like ME time. I learnt a lot of new things from blogging too.
Me too! Learning from other bloggers has been the biggest blessing on my own blogging journey. I have not only learnt alot about blogging but about life too!
Very true Olivia 👍
I love blogging as a hobby and its opened so many new opportunities for me and new friends. I love improving my writing skills, I still have a long way to go but I’m enjoying the journey and if i can help someone on the way then that’s great! I’ve learnt so much about myself and others, I love it! I do love your blog and your posts!
Thanks so much! 🙂
New opportunities are the biggest blessing to me through this blogging journey!
After a lot of progress in other areas of writing, last year I received rejection after rejection in all of them. It was hard to take. In May I started a blog. Someone invited me to write a guest blog and the amazing reaction to it from people with whom I had no connection helped restore my belief in my writing again. My blog is sporadic, I still haven’t done that many but it has really helped and now I’m starting to see improvements in my other writing again. So I know what you mean, it can be a real benefit and that’s why I’ll carry on with it, and look in respect at someone like yourself who somehow manages to get more out in a week than I’ve done in eight months!
Thanks for sharing this Paul. Perhaps those rejections were a blessing in disguise, who knows whether you would have started your blog otherwise?
We are all on our own blogging journeys! I blog alot because I really do love putting out new content! And I guess I have more time on my hands than perhaps others! Which is a blessing!
I started blogging when I was in high school, and had few blogging sites back then. After becoming a mother 1.5 years now, I found there is much more purpose in my life, and much more I can learn and write about by becoming a Mum. I have incorporated my interest in baby, children to real life experiences. And by also currently studying child psychology, childcare and child mindfulness, as well as learning parent effectiveness trainings, I feel my life is so busy but enriched And fulfilled. Blogging has really saved me to share my learnings in life.
Wow this is amazing Jenny! Especially that you had a blog in HS, thats amazing! Its amazing to see how we evolve as bloggers and writers as we mature and go through different things in life!
Great post-very positive and I can relate to having a purpose!
Thanks so much! Blogging gives us all great purpose!
You have written what I have felt so very well. Blogging has saved my life as well. It is so tightly wound into who I am that I don’t know what to do without it. When I was in the hospital, I had to have my iPhone at leads I could write in my blog.
Me too, I can’t imagine life without blogging now! Wow, you are committed to blogging! Amazing! Hope everything is well with you!
I totally relate! I honestly don’t know how I would have got through the last year without blogging 🙂 xx
Caroline | https://envirolineblog.com/
Me too! Its brought me so much joy and paved some amazing new paths in life!
Blogging has been a positive outlet for me, as I lost interest creating video content in the beginning of the first lockdown. A different but great way to share information and my views. And also share views with like minded people.
I think the blogging space is one of the most positive in the social media world. I feel liked the drama and toxic nature of social media is not welcome here with its users. And I love that. And thats probably what keeps me coming back more and more to other peoples sites!
I started in 2007. I really understand you 😊
Wow, you are a very experienced blogger then! 🙂
This is fab.! For me blogging has definitely given me some opportunities, rather in the great sense of collabs etc, when I’ve been sat in interviews and they ask that question, what do you do in your spare time/hobbies, I can talk about my blog and as I work in PR it’s quite a good thing to say I do on the side. It’s so important to have a creative outlet to spend time doing just for yourself xx
Yes! I cant forget that too. Before I legit had nothing to say when asked the dreaded hobby question ! 🙂 xx
That is exactly what I am hoping for as I venture into this world of blogging. I’ve written for others and now it’s time to write for myself. And hope it resonates with others! Thanks for the encouragement!
You’re so welcome Kathy! So happy to have you here!
Even i restarted my blog in pandemic and you are a real inspiration for me at this time. Your blogs are informative and help me in my blog writing as well.. thank you a lot 🙂
Thanks so much. That means alot!
Girl I totally agree! Especially, about the part of making so many amazing friends and meeting amazing people! I think it’s true, before I started a blog I literally thought it was just writing and publishing, but it’s far from it! You have to brainstorm, plan, take photos, edit the photos, run social media! But in the end it’s SO rewarding!! Great post!!! <3
Girl me too!! I didn’t think anything would come of me starting to publish my ramblings but its turned into way more than I ever thought! xx
I can totally relate to this. I started my blog because I love to share, in fact, I overshare at times lol! So being able to spill out my words for people to read is such a relief. It’s been great watching your blog and brand grow, here’s to more opportunities! 🙂 x
Hahahaha I feel like that sometimes! I have moments when I’m writing like, should I publish that 🤣x
Smelly Socks and Garden Peas
I started blogging as a sort of therapy after a late miscarriage (2 years ago on Sunday), it gives me somewhere to pour all the stuff that wanders through my brain and I wouldn’t be comfortable telling “real” people.
I’m so sorry to hear that such a terrible thing brought you to blogging. But I am sure using your blog as an outlet really helped you. Sending lots of love at this hard time!
I only started less than 5 months ago, but I’ve learned so much along the way! Everything from mental health to photography to running a site. Blogging is really a well-rounded business.
Ang | https://loseweightwithang.com
It really is! It can be so beneficial in so many different areas! You’re doing great! x
Thank you beautiful!
Suzanne- Happily Decluttered
My goal was to start a decluttering business in 2020 but then COVID happened. I started blogging just to get some ideas out of my head but since then blogging has become a fun hobby! I have been having fun writing about something I enjoy as well as interacting with other bloggers.
I love hearing all of the different stories of how and why people started blogging. Its amazing to hear about how it all starts. So glad to have you here with us!
Yeah agree with this 💟💟
Trying hard to build a brand though😅😅
It Is very hard, believe me 🤣
Wow, Olivia I really enjoyed reading this post. Thank you for all the information. I read your other post on branding they are great too. I also had to figure things out on my own when I first started and I am still learning as I go along. I started using Adobe Softwares and it has helped me create beautiful content for Instagram and influenster products to advertise their beauty products. Reading this post today gave me some ideas where I want to go from here because I would like to turn it into more than just a blog. Thanks!
I am so glad to hear that this post gave you some ideas! Thanks so much for reading! And I wish you look with creating your content!
These are all such great reasons. I love blogging as I feel it is kind of creating content, and putting it out online where a few people may read it 🙂
Blogging is 100% creating content! You are correct on that one 🙂 Thats one main reason as to why I love blogging too!
Darren Owen - Living PF
Blogging or writing for me was an outlet. I’m naturally very reserved and although i started with fashion and fitness and lifestyle posts over time I decided to change the formula and now it’s mostly about personal development and i share a bit about my truths. Blogging and writing gave me a voice, it’s my therapy at times
Agreed, blogging can be such a great therapy for us cant it! I miss you on Instagram! I saw you left?
Darren Owen - Living PF
Yhupp it’s an amazing outlet. Yeah I deactivated for a bit it’s been a difficult week feel i need time away. I’ll be back soon
I only started a few weeks ago but.. writing has given me a fantastic creative outlet. I know this experience will have a positive impact on me, my writing, and my life.
You’re in for a wild ride! Its really one of the best decisions you could have made! Welcome! 🙂
I’ve been kind of trying to get my feet under me and it gets a little frustrating sometimes so.. Thank you so much! I think I needed to hear that. ☺
I believe I read this at the right time and season of my life, I’m really grateful to have come across this Olivia. Your blog is indeed an inspiration and it does help out bloggers like me, it’s hard to find motivation and consistency especially if you have a day job. But reading through this, it made me think about what I want to do for other people through my medium, and that’s such a great thing to start with.
New reader here, I’m excited to learn more from you!
Hanna / Heydays With Hanna
Thanks so much Hanna and thank you for being here! It’s really my main focus of my blog, helping others on their journeys through life and blogging.
Blogging also gave me a sense of purpose and helped me with my anxiety initially. Since my full-time job is so demanding and always changing, I needed something that I could control and pour my heart into. At first it was such a great thing to focus on, but like everything else, it has its ups and downs. I love blogging and think I will stick with it in the long run, but it will only ever be a bandaid, not a solution.
Oh girl we both know about the ups and downs of blogging. No two days are the same but I wouldn’t change it!
I can absolutely relate to this. I created my blog “Purelykiki” September of 2019 but I started posting January 2020 and little did I know that it would change my life. I love every single part of it. It’s given me purpose.
I can relate in that blogging has given me a voice. There is a scope of people that I am able to reach with light of God’s Word that I wouldn’t had the opportunity otherwise.
Isn’t it such a great opportunity for us?
It’s so good to see how blogging has helped you! The fact that you also get PR packages is insane 🙌🏾😂 so happy for you.
I feel blogging has helped me feel responsible for something. And accountable too. I feel like at times when it seems everything in my life is falling apart, I still have a blog that I’m committed to and have to work on.
I hope that makes sense 😂
Blogging afforded me to do what I love and enjoy doing, that is, writing…
Yes! Love this!
Well… blogging blocked negative thoughts in my mind ultimately I manage to remove some negativity in my life…great post saved me
Thanks so much for reading!
Yes mam, I also started blogging 3 days ago, So obviously I don’t have followers, likes, comments etc on my recent blogs. But You know what I feel really good when I share or spread my thoughts to others. Even if I have no likes on any of my blog but It pushes me every day that someone will be there who will listen to me at least one day and will surely hit that like button. And I hope someday I will share the same feelings as shared by you in your blog with everyone…
Please if possible teach me how to grow blogs….
Wanted to be your friend some day.
Wow! 4 years off is a long break and thinking! I’m glad you found your way back to blogging, Olivia! You’re the reason I started with my 5 questions with interview series! I completely relate to blogging giving me purpose and focus. Thank you so much for sharing!
I agree with what you say. Writing is such an expression of oneself. However, I must add that there must be something in you which prompts people to take part in these discussions here. Something one can’t explain.
Once again I respect your honest writing
I read your post and you really inspired me. I started a blog few weeks ago because I needed to start a new chapter in my life and I came across with your blog. I agree and I like the way you explain things.
I think we don’t value writing anymore and it is a very good way to express ourselves.
I totally relate to this Olivia. I have just started my blog happyhealthymeajourney.com and I am loving writing and connecting with people. If it became a business I’d be ecstatic but like you, that isn’t what it’s all about. I just want to help and inspire people and tell the world about what has worked for me on my journey to happiness and health. I wish you so much luck and happiness with your business x