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Reflective Journal

How Blogging Changed My Life

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.

The Begining

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.

14 Comments

  • Shayla Marie

    I love reading your posts. I liked how you said, “We have a right to feel a certain way about certain things no matter how little the issue may be.” I agree and wish more people could understand this!

  • Flossie McCowald

    I can definitely relate to some of what you feel about blogging! I would encourage you to keep journaling, though – I’m in my mid 40s and I totally still journal (as well as writing my blog!). If you want a good reason/excuse, go read the book The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron and work through it – it will make you a better person/writer, but will also give you a very useful practical reason to journal (in what she calls Morning Pages) that will in turn help you accomplish so much as a blogger, mother, and person!

  • SUSAN LIBERATORE

    Good for you! I also found that blogging (I started my blog when I was on mat leave with my youngest) gave me a creative outlet when I felt like I didn’t have anything that was just “mine”. Amazing to read how successful you have been! Happy Holidays.

  • Lilia

    I really enjoyed reading this. I think that blogging is not as easy a sjiat writing something down. It takes a lot of commitment and discipline and po atienve bit for me it’s been such a therapeutic and self-care thing to do and so I can relate to how blogging can be life-changing.

  • julie Christy

    Blogging is challenging and there is so much to learn! I journaled as a young adult and through a difficult marriage. It helped me to express my feelings. I haven’t used my blog so much to express my feelings, but to educate and inform. I have shared a few personal experiences that were difficult, but I find it hard to put it out there for others to read if it’s too personal. But, we learn from each other and help each other through sharing. So it is beneficial for the writer and the reader!

  • Diana|Wandering Hoof Ranch

    Thank you for this honest post! Blogging really is a powerful tool in so many ways! I used to journal as a child and teenager, and am so happy I’ve found blogging as a creative outlet to share my ideas with the world! Keep up your hard work 🙂

  • Kerri

    So much of this article speaks to me! I am still new to my blogging life, and I feel as though I got off to a very slow start. However now I am finding my way into the blogging community and really feel as though I’m starting to make blogging friends and feel like what I’m writing about is actually important. I love how you stuck with it and how you have changed over the past couple years.

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