Someone asked me the other day why I blog. I didn’t quite know what to say at first. My answer was that I enjoy it, I love sharing wedding related goodness and I enjoy the community surrounding it. Their follow up question was “so have you always wanted to be a writer?”.
“Well no, and I am not one now”. I hated English at school, I was rubbish. Whilst I had no problem with reading aloud in class or the performance side of English, I hated the writing aspect. I am not very good. I write how I speak and quite often grammatically fumble my way through blog posts. I love reading, and I am always trying to better my vocabulary, if I hear a word I don’t know I will google it, or note it down for later.
Writing and blogging are two completely different things and I would never refer to myself as a writer, I feel it insults the truly captivating way in which writers absorb you in to their story or life. I blog. I waffle for 500 words and hope that I have made a point. Usually I haven’t but I like to think you forgive me of that. And I think this is why I love blogging, because there is a sense of imperfection about it.
I blog because I love weddings, I love sharing weddings, I love sharing suppliers and home grown British talent. I like sharing my life and I like that others share with me. Some bloggers are total pretentious dicks, I just ignore them. I don’t compare my blog to others. I try to learn as much as I can each day. I look for inspiration outside of the industry I work in. I genuinely get so bashful when someone says that they like my blog, or that they have been reading since the beginning. It makes everything all worthwhile.
If you have just started a blog or are considering it then I definitely would encourage you to do so. Here are a few tips; buy a domain, try and nail your branding first time (though there will always be future tweaks), write to be helpful but keep your voice, promote others, don’t over-think things, set your own blogging schedule, don’t do it for the money, there is room for everyone, create your niche, believe in yourself, and enjoy it as it will be reflected in your blog posts.
Get out there and blog!