I’ve been blogging on and off for 8 years, sometimes with my heart completely in it and other times with the feeling that I have to do it because I write for a living, and that’s what being a writer in the digital age means. So when this month’s Travel Link Up topic was revealed to be ‘the unexpected benefits of blogging’, my head span with all these reasons why I’ve blogged the way I do. To get straight into it – the benefits for me aren’t about numbers or income or free press trips. All three of those are limited or non-existent for my blog, but they’re still not why I get a kick out of writing on this little space of mine on the internet. So here are the 4 unexpected benefits of blogging I’ve found since starting This City Life.
1. Giving others travel inspiration
I started my original travel blog, Blonde in the City, as a way of writing about my new-found love for travel as a uni student, having finally flown the nest and bagged myself a boyfriend (now husband) who loved the idea of running away to far flung places as much as I did. Now (many) years down the line my blog has evolved and I’ve enjoyed reading comments from people who’ve used my posts as inspiration for their own travel desires! Kelly from Around the World in 80 Pairs of Shoes told me recently that she’s booking the next Dino Snores at the Natural History Museum because of my post! That’s something I never expected when I started writing about my favourite cities.
2. Meeting other likeminded bloggers
Social anxieties mean that ‘meeting people’ isn’t something I find easy or enjoyable to do most of the time! I guess that’s why I find blogging quite easy – it’s far less stressful for me to sit behind my laptop and express myself than it is to chat to people in real life. Some bloggers are known to be a bit cliquey too, so meet-ups just immediately strike fear in my heart! But, I’ve really pushed myself in the last couple of years to get out there and meet other bloggers in person. Last week, I met up with some of the Link Up ladies for afternoon tea at Brown’s Hotel and had a really great time! Everyone was so lovely and it just made me realise that everyone starts at the same point and has the same questions and worries about blogging as I do.
3. Blogging has made me a better writer
Being a professional writer doesn’t mean I know it all. I really love copywriting, but where I am right now doesn’t give me as many opportunities to grow and learn as a writer as I’ve had in the past. I’ve found that blogging for myself over the years has helped me learn and train my own way. And when I look back at my very first post on This City Life, I can see how much I’ve grown as a writer since then!
4. Finding new blogs in the Travel Link Up
I joined Emma, Rebecca and Kelly‘s link up a couple of months ago and since then have found some truly amazing blogs to add to my reading list. There are some really great writers and photographers out there using their talent to share travel stories and I’m always looking to find great blogs to get inspiration from and learn from. The Travel Link Up has meant I’ve discovered people like SilverSpoon London, Luxury Columnist, Big World, Small Me, Lady Loves Cake, Penelope & Parker’s Travel, and ChicaDeeDee – to name a few! The Travel Link Up has helped me get my ‘blogging mojo’ back when I’ve just not been feeling it, so meeting the ladies behind that has been a nice pick-me-up indeed.
Here’s to more unexpected joys that come from this crazy blogging world.