Tuesday, 16 August 2016

What does blogging mean to me?

What does blogging mean to me. I thought a lot about this question before I went to sleep last night and I still haven't been able to form one complete answer, maybe because there isn't one. Blogging doesn't just mean one thing to me, it means being myself, building friendships with people just like me, it means having a passion for something and doing something I really enjoy. I've seen people slate bloggers, saying that blogging is easy and all the people are fake and whilst I'll admit that maybe there are the few odd bloggers who are doing it for the wrong reasons and aren't really like the people they portray themselves to be, 99% of the people who blog are doing it for the right reasons and are some of the nicest people ever.


Friendships
For me and I'm sure a lot of other people, friendships are a massive part of blogging . I've been able to speak to people, even if it's just through a quick blog comment, that are just like me, and that feels amazing. I can see that to people outside of the blogging world and to parents even, that it might seem ridiculous that you can form these friendships so strong with people you've never even met. But you can, and that's the beauty of it! You might have the perfect group of friends in real life but you might find you don't share certain things in common with them (which is okay) but having a passion and not being able to share it with people can be hard, so by having these internet friends who DO share your passions means that you never have too feel alone.


Satisfaction
I honestly couldn't describe to you the joy I feel when I read a comment on one of my blog posts that says something like "I found this post really helpful" To read that something little old 15 year old me has written can help someone or benefit them in some way, even if it's just helping them choose the write shade of lipstick, fills me with the sort of happiness and satisfaction that I cant get anywhere else. The fact that someone has taken the time to read something I wrote and then got something out of it too, is the most rewarding thing ever.


Being myself
Through blogging I've learnt to accept myself more and learn where my passions lie. I've never been an overly academic student and the thought of doing two more years of subjects I didn't enjoy at sixth form terrified me, but what terrified me even more was doing something different to me friends, something vocational. I'd always had in the back of my mind that I'd quite like to do something in the world of beauty but I was scared to admit that to my friends and even my family in case they thought that was me 'taking the easy way out'. I've always felt there's a slight judgement around people wanting to do beauty at college and not proper subjects and that there's a stereotype of what you have to be like to do that (I'm going to do a whole post on this soon so I wont go in to full detail) But through blogging in the months coming up to when I had to make the decision of where to go after secondary school, I learnt that my passion for beauty is a big one and one that I would quite like to take further. I'm also hoping that by running my blog alongside doing a beauty course at college might benefit me too in some ways.


Blogging has helped me in so many ways and has definitely become part of me. If I didn't blog I don't know where I would be right now, possibly doing something that isn't right for me after leaving school, maybe I'd have found a different hobby? But I do know that I wouldn't be as happy as I am right now.


I'd love to know what blogging means to you and of course, thanks for reading!
Kate Rose xo





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  1. What a lovely post! I did both hairdressing and beauty, whilst it wasn't for me and I felt my skills lied elsewhere, I can totally understand the stigma behind people who did it. But I know plenty of people who are academic, but still chose to do beauty or hair because that's where they wanted to go and also had a genuine interest in it. There's nothing wrong with that and we shouldn't bash people who choose to do this over other subjects! I can't wait to see you talk about this more in a post xx

    Lauren | itslaurenvictoria.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you! Yes, we should all be free to choose whatever path we want without being judged or made to feel small. I'm looking forward to writing a post about it more in depth so I can get all my feelings out about it. x

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  2. I definitely agree with you, Kate. I've made so many friendships through blogging, especially through the Teenage Team. I can also be myself, which is extremely important. Lovely post.

    https://guiliannamarie.blogspot.com

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    1. Being yourself really is so important and it's great that you can express that through blogging! x

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  3. This is such a sweet post =o) I agree with you on how blogging provides a satisfaction when you see a positive comment from someone. I especially enjoy sharing my travels and keeping almost a sort of journal of all of my travels in one place =o)

    http://www.dreamofadventures.com/

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    1. A blog is definitely a great way to store your memories! You can look back on it and reflect on certain days! x

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  4. I love these points so much and I can definitely agree - on the first two at least! I still struggle sometimes with the last one. Thank you for sharing! :)

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  5. What an adorable post!! I totally agree that the blogging community is an amazing way to make friends, I have met so many wonderful people through engaging with their blogs and following them on social media! 💗 I find blogging so rewarding too, your passion for it is clear! Thanks for sharing this 😘

    Abbey ✨ www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

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    1. Thank you and yes, you can find some of the best people and your best friends through blogging and that's amazing! x

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  6. Such a lovely post! I'm so looking forward to hopefully making new friends through blogging and I totally agree that those little comments from people mean so much. Love Jessica Ann xxx www.whosthatjessann.wordpress.com

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    1. I'm sure you will make many and yes it's the little things really! x

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  7. What a cute post! 100% agree, I love talking to other bloggers and becoming friends with them! Makes the whole blogging community all positive and that you can definitely be yourself in as you can connect with people who have the same interests etc! x

    http://youcancallmecaz.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Yes having people you relate to and can be friends with that you've found through blogging is something special! x

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  8. I really enjoyed reading your post! I definetly think blogging helps with being myself as well, it's a total outlet. And I've made a ton of blogging friends through twitter and it's so lovely to have that support! I do find it sad when a blogger isn't being true to themselves and aren't who they portray them selves to be but I'm glad I've only came across one thus far!

    Jordanne || Thelifeofaglasgowgirl.co.uk

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    1. That's what I love about it, you are accepted no matter who you are. It is a shame about the odd few that aren't genuine though. x

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  9. This is such a lovely post! I've definitely grown more confident since starting to blog :)

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  10. Thank you and I'm glad, me too! x

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  11. Hello! I love your blog so much; you have a really beautiful design! I really liked what you said about finding yourself through blogging, I find that the only time I am being me is when I'm writing down my thoughts and feelings either through poetry or free writing. I have followed your blog because I think it’s so good!!! I would love it if you had a look at my blog; I’m a very passionate blogger but I’m quite new and really need the support! Perhaps we could become friends? Thank you so much, Jeani xxx www.jeanithoughts.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you so much I really appreciate that and I'd love to be friends haha. x

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  12. Nice post! I recently joined the blogging community so it's really cool to see other people's perspectives on things. How long have you been blogging for? ✨
    -esthechique.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you and I've been blogging for almost a year now! x

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