How blogging changed my life? Hey everyone, I hope you are well. In this post, I want to share my reflection on my experience in the blogging world and how it has changed my life. I hope you enjoy it and be inspired to start your journey too.
When I was in college in 2017, one of the task in our communication class was to write an article about a particular subject and publish it in any form of publication. That could be creating a website, a newspaper article, radio podcast, the list goes on. Due to having an experience with web design, I immediately know what I was going to do with mine.
My lecturer introduced us to WIX and demonstrate how it works, etc. I really enjoyed how easy it was to set up a website., without hiring or doing any special coding with the XHTML. I was stuck on to the topic and within 1 week, I had created and completed the task in a whole new a website and I was very proud of myself.
Despite having successfully passed the course that year, web design and blogging were stuck in my mind. It wasn’t until I was encouraged by a very good friend who encouraged me to start a blog. Little did he knew that I would take his encouragement seriously and actually went on Wix to create a blog. He was so surprised and pleased when I told him, he advised me to keep it up, something good might come out of it.
Taking Blogging Seriously
I was with WIX for a little less than a year, say 6 months max. I enjoyed how easy it was to write a post and publish it social media. However, I felt like if I am going to take blogging seriously then I need to learn more about the industry.
So here I was, browsing through facebook and google about Blogging. I stumbled on to a Facebook Group called Becoming A Blogger. A blogging group run by Cate Rosales from Sweet and Simple Life. Y’all should check her out, she is amazing.
From there on, I was open to different opportunities such as blogging groups, posts ideas, monetizing, branding, etc. Everything kicked off from there pretty much. I moved my blog from Wix to WordPress through Siteground, set up my social media pages, set up a YouTube channel and joined AWIN.
In The Past Year
Despite setting up the blog in 2017, I feel my blog did not really kick off until 2019. This year, I have been blessed with many positives opportunities and growth through my blog. I have been able to connect with other bloggers and even made some friends with them. I have been contacted by some companies for some work through my blog. However, I have not made much this year but the fact that the blog has made some networking with companies, and my readers enjoy the topics I share about, makes me feel encouraged and proud. Just to mention that LIFE WITH SONIA has been rated number 27 among the Top 100 Scotland Blogs on Feedspot.
How Blogging Changed My Life?
To answer the question, blogging has opened me a new journey in my life. As you can imagine from my previous topics like, Becoming A Single Parent, Single Parenting Facts and Being Pregnant With HIV, you could understand that life as a single mum with disabilities has not been easy. It has been a very lonely and challenging journey. You could tell that I like to talk about my feelings and I don’t hold anything back.
When I was a teenager, at school I was bullied, the only thing that kept me going was a ‘Journal’. In this journal, I made it become my best friend/guardian angel. I wrote everything about how I felt, from being bullied to the teachers, my friends and the boy I had a crush on. It made me feel better because it was my words where I say things as I like to say it and no one judged me for it.
Blogging gave me peace to know that people are enjoying my topics and they can relate too. Up until adult life, I used a journal. When I became an adult I stopped because I was told that as an adult you’re expected to be strong and just be grown-up about every issue you may have.
I feel this is wrong because at the end of the day we are human. We have a right to feel a certain way about certain things no matter how little the issue may be. Blogging has given me a space to express my feelings, just like the teenage journal did. I am also open to new topics and learning new things about Life as I go.