Instead of my usual “I’m thankful for my family and my health and my cat” post on this day, I thought I’d try something different! I thought I’d make a list of ten books I’m thankful for, but… apparently I did that last year! SO I’M MAKING A TOP TEN LIST OF REASONS I’M THANKFUL FOR BLOGGING.
1. It’s an easy, comfortable form of expressing myself
I’m introverted and shy – I don’t have much to say to anyone IRL until I get to know them well. I stumble over my words, or get embarrassed and forget what I was going to say. But online my thoughts just come POURING out and I’m not nearly as awkward! (I hope!)
2. More specifically, I can fangirl!
Blogging has given me a way to discuss my interests – especially those related to books, movies, and TV shows – that I didn’t have before. My family and my IRL friends (especially those from my hometown) don’t really love stories as much as I do. They don’t care about analyzing stories and characters just for fun, or writing book reviews, or whatever – and that’s OK, because different people have different interests. But it did get a bit lonely at times before I started blogging.
3. Posting frequently allows me to improve my writing skills
When I look at my posts from five years ago, I can definitely see the difference in my writing abilities. TBH, I can see the difference when I look at posts I wrote in, say, 2013. I may not be able to write every single day, but I try to do as much as I can – I typically spend most of my free time writing.
(And the rest of it is spent reading…)
4. I get feedback on my writing and ideas!
Through comments! YOU GUYS ARE THE BEST. Whether you’re fangirling along with me or telling me how you liked a particular point I made in a post defending (or arguing against) something, you really help me. This ties in to #2 – my family’s idea of responding to my writing involves telling me where I messed up the punctuation, when what I’m really looking for is praise or criticism of my IDEAS.
5. I taught myself various useful skills through blogging
- Time management
- Working against deadlines
- How to write concisely
- How to make my posts visually appealing
- How to promote myself and my writing via social media
- Basic web design
All of these skills will come in handy at my future job (I’d like to be a journalist), and I can list them on my resume! I can’t remember who I was talking to because it was several months ago, but… I think it was one of my profs? Somehow we got on the topic of blogging and they were pretty impressed that I’d been blogging for 5+ years.
(Oh, and by “basic web design,” I really do mean basic. I know only a little bit of HTML and that’s it, but that’s fine – what I was actually talking about is my familiarity with WordPress and all its different tools. Over the past few years I’ve had the opportunity to participate in various programs and classes that involved creating web pages on WordPress, and I’ve noticed that a lot of the other students struggled with this: They had trouble navigating the WordPress dashboard, or couldn’t figure out how to insert an image into a post. Plenty of websites – especially for small businesses! – are essentially just glorified WordPress, which is easy enough for me to handle. So I think it’s safe to say that I’m one step ahead of the game in that regard!)
6. SO MANY BOOK RECS
SO. MANY. OF. THEM. I blame my followers for my out-of-control TBR list on Goodreads… which is now rapidly approaching 2000 books! I CAN’T SEEM TO READ FAST ENOUGH TO KEEP IT UNDER CONTROL. Once I became a blogger, I knew I’d never run out of ideas for what to read next.
7. It gives me an opportunity to share my photography
I don’t know where else I’d share it were it not for my blog… I mean, there’s always the county fair, but that’s only once a year. Also, this reminds me that I need to write the photography
8. Blogging is the closest I’ll ever come to keeping a diary
I’ve tried to write regularly in a diary… many times! AND IT NEVER WORKS. I always end up procrastinating, or losing the diary, or forgetting about it altogether. I don’t always post about my day-to-day life here, but I do occasionally, and in general this blog serves as an excellent record of what I was thinking, reading, watching at any particular point in time.
…which is so much more interesting than a diary with entry after entry saying, “Today was pretty normal and boring and now I have a hand cramp so I’m not going to write any more here today,” isn’t it?
9. I love being exposed to a wide variety of blogs and bloggers!
Book blogs! Feminist blogs! LGBTQ+ blogs! Photography blogs! And more! I LOVE LOVE LOVE ALL THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF BLOGS I FOLLOW. I spent plenty of time on the Internet before I started blogging, but I still doubt that I would’ve found most/all of these blogs if I hadn’t started my own blog.
I LOVE ALL MY READERS SO MUCH. SOOOO MUCH. I’ve known some of you for years now, and it’s weird to think about how close I’ve grown to some of you, considering how we’ve never actually met in person…
SO. BIG HUGS FOR EVERYONE ARE A MUST. OBVIOUSLY.
What are you most thankful for this Thanksgiving? And what do you love most about blogging?!