Wednesday, 12 August 2015

What Blogging Means To Me

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Whilst I was on my blogging break earlier this year, I often wondered whether coming back to blogging would be the right thing to do. The more time went on, the harder it seemed to get back into it - did I even want to any more? All sorts of questions ran through my mind - would I have the energy? would my readers still follow me? would me content even be interesting these days? After much pondering I sat back and thought about the reasons I began blogging in the first place, and all of the reasons I had continued to blog for over a year before my break. I realised that my decision whether to come back should be based on what my blog means to me, not to other people. So today I'm going to share with you what blogging means to me.

Sharing my passions I love my friends and family to bits, but the majority of them don't appreciate the things I blog about the way that I do. Sure, they'd come shopping with me, but did they really get why my eyes lit up at the sight of the latest new eyeshadow palette, or how I could spend forever swatching a million different shades before picking my favourites? Yes, those nude lipsticks may all look the same to them, but they are all very different to me! The fact that I am able to write about the things that I enjoy and share that with like minded people is the sole reason I started my blog in the first place.

Finally having a productive hobby Before blogging I didn't really do a great deal. Most of my spare time was spent sat in front of the tv, or at a football match! I'd try different activities now and again, but nothing really took my interest and I'd soon give up on it. Now I feel like I'm doing something with a purpose and each new blog post that I write leaves me with a great sense of achievement. I am able to show my loved ones what I've been doing with my day and feel proud of it.

Building confidence I'd still say I'm a relatively shy person, but if you'd told me when I started Kizzy Hearts that I would've set foot inside a room full of strangers at a blogger meet up and had a good time, I'd have thought you were mad! Chatting to other bloggers has given me the confidence to step outside of my comfort zone - not just in terms of the blogging world, but other areas of my life too. I'm starting to believe in myself a lot more, and when people tell me I'm doing a good job I'm starting to think they are telling the truth rather than a sarcastic dig.

Creating that "happy place" This became really important when I was first diagnosed with anxiety & depression last year. My blog is the place that I go to when my worries are getting on top of me and I need that distraction from the real world. When I'm writing I feel content and I could honestly do it for hours on end if I could! When I'm feeling down, I grab my phone or my notebook and start jotting down ideas for future posts. Getting those ideas flowing again and knowing I have a plan of action for my blog for the next few weeks makes me really happy.

Developing friendships Probably the most important point of all. Since starting my blog I've met some lovely people, but none more so than my friend Alison. Being a fellow blogger and sharing very similar interests means that we have a lot to talk about. I'm always excited to meet up with her and feel like I could talk to her about anything. Her friendship is the most precious thing I have gained from my blogging experience and now I couldn't imagine life without her.

What does blogging mean to you?


  1. This is a lovely post! I really agree with you that blogging allows me to be able to have a hobby that I can actually do but is different from the usual music or sport x

  2. This is a really good post! I love sharing things I love as well as having it as a great hobby.


  3. Love the post! To me, blogging started as a hobby and has provided a lot of wonderful opportunities, which is fab. I love the idea of it feeling like a mini diary, especially with my recent baby diaries, which will be great to look back on in years to come and also to show our little one. I also like the idea of my posts helping other people, whether it be via a review or just helping with general advice on something. Also, the people I have got to know through blogging has been fab, it's a lovely community to be amongst :).

    Gem x

    1. Completely agree about the blogging community, it's great. Congrats on the pregnancy xx

  4. I've written a similar post on my blog recently, and I got to agree to with you! The truth is that we're all blogging for our self, writing about things that we care and sharing it with like minded people. It's what keeps us going, brainstorming for content ideas and actually bringing it to life. Plus side to all this is the community. Getting to know people from another side of the world is weird yet amazing! BTW, hi from Malaysia! :)

    XO Mabes

    1. Hello!! It is so nice to have like minded people to share your ideas with xx