This weeks Smell The Roses Task, courtesy of the lovely Jess from Lovely Little Things was to "Think about what blogging has done for you"
As a relatively new blogger I think I will keep this short and sweet, as that is my experience of the blogging world thus far. So here are 6 sweet lessons I would like to share as to what blogging has done for me.
1/ Authenticity increases ones ability to relate. Its the posts where bloggers are real and authentic about their feelings and struggles and the reality of day to day life that speak to the heart of their readers. Flawless photos captivate however, don't resonate with many peoples realities. I'm so-thankful for the blogs I read that so-often encourage and speak into the more-vulnerable areas of my life.
2/ Blogging has allowed me to sharpen and actually use my love for writing. Not many people know, but I have actually done a School of Writing in Woodcrest, Texas. Since doing that school I haven't really done much with that...so now I can write on a weekly basis without having to write draft after draft and try to sell my book proposal...heck I'm a self-published author:)
3/ Blogging has provided inspiration for a lot of outfits, DIY projects and recipes. I love reading magazines, reading blogs almost feels like having an online (not to mention free) access to all kinds of wonderful magazines of every genre.
4/ Blogging helps me to process and articulate the things I'm passionate about. It also helps to promote accountability for my own response and call to action in relation to what I write about.
5/ One of the beautiful things is reading about the friendships people have formed through their blogs. In this advanced technological world we live in, distance seems to know no bounds. I have not made "heaps" of friends as such since beginning, but to those I have written to, I have been humbled by their responses and genuine interest in helping out or sharing from their heart to me-a complete stranger in some cases. In some ways, it has restored my faith in the beauty of the other, in inviting one another to be a part of our lives, in sharing and recognizing the value and beauty of living a life shared.
So, What has blogging done for you?