Last night before drifting off to sleep, I had the wonderful realisation of just how much blogging has become an essential part of my life. I’ve been blogging for over two years now, and it’s hard to imagine a time before I started blogging and before I met all you wonderful people. But, there was a time when I didn’t even know what a blog was – nor that such an amazing community of young bloggers existed. Before blogging, I was a very shy and reserved person and often didn’t talk to anyone about my feelings, and although I wasn’t particularly sad way back then when I was like 14/15??? (I can’t even remember haha), I have defnitely noticed changes in myself and aprreciate how much blogging has helped me to cope with sadder times in my life since then and has helped me to celebrate all the happy times too.
As blogging has just become ingrained in my life now, I feel like I do take it for granted sometimes that I have my own space on the internet where I can share my thoughts and interract with others – I just don’t take the time to sit back adn think about how wonderful this all is. Because really, the fact that such a huge, diverse, caring community of young bloggers exists is incredible. For whatever reason, we have all made the decision to sign up to WordPress and share snippets of our lives with strangers on the internet. Honestly, I think it’s amazing how I’ve met people through blogging that I would never ever have met without the help of the internet. I have met people who have become great friends, people who have taught me about other cultures and religions, people who have common interests to me, people who have been able to help me through situations that they have been through and vice versa – blogging has been such an enriching experience to me and I’d like to say thank you to everyone who has ever interracted with me on my blog or elsewhere and thank you for writing your blogs and helping me to learn more about the world.
Since blogging, I have become far more aware of other cultures and lifestyles, languages and beliefs and just generally more aware of the people who live on this wonderful planet. I’ve learnt things that I would never have learnt in education and I really feel like I’m much more of a globally-aware person now because of blogging. In addition to this, I’ve learnt loads about myself: I’ve learnt more about how I interract with other people thanks to the frinedly environment in which blogging has provided me to do this, I’ve discovered more about my own values and beliefs, I’ve found various new interests to become passionate about such as languages and politics and feminsim to name a few and most importantly I’ve disocvered more about who I am as a person and what my own identity is. The community I became part of when I first logged in to WordPress over two years ago has been so welcoming and accepting and without that – without you guys – I don’t think I would have come to terms with my own sexuality, or at least not for a few more years. Blogging has also helped me to discover what’s really important in life and see the bigger picture, instead of living in my own little bubble as I did before I started blogging – I know that whatever I’m going through, there are others going through it too and whatever dreams I want to achieve are possible as I have seen others achieve there dreams and the blogging community has never failed to provide a plethora of inspirational young people for me to look up to. I’ve learnt that compassion is one of the most important human qualities from the friends that have showed compassion towards me and I hope I have become more compassionate in other aspects of my life and aim to be even a fraction of the amazingly kind and caring people who have ade these past two years the best years of my life.
It really means so much to me to be part of a worldwide network of friends who support eachother as we all journey through our own lives and I feel so lucky to be part of this. When I started blogging, I had never communicated with strangers online and to be honest I didn’t even think that I would meet new people through blogging – I wanted just to have a space to share my thoughts and be creative – let alone make some of the best friends I’ve ever had.
So when it comes to thinking about how blogging has changed my life, there are more answers than I can count on my own hands. I’ve definitely become much more confident in myself, have become far more interested and aware of the world, I’ve done things I’d never thought I’d have the opportunity or confidence to and I’ve met extraordinary, inspirational people who I never would have had the chance to meet otherwise. I know this sort of sounds like the type of thing I might write beofre announcing I’m leaving WordPress to move on with my life because I’m NOT and I definitely don’t want to leave anytime soon! I just had a random feeling of love and appreciation for blogging that I wanted to share with you all.
So finally I’d just like to say thank you for making my experience of blogging so far so amazing and I hope I can continue to grow as a person and experience new things through blogging and meet many more young people like me and help others to experience just how wonderful blogging can be. 🙂
(Also I’ve sort of run out of adjectives to describe how much I love blogging and the blogging community so sorry for the repition of ‘amazing’, ‘incredible’ and ‘wonderful’ oops).