The unexpected benefits of blogging

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.

Dino Snores | This City Life

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!

cakes | this city life

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.


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  1. 1st February 2015 / 5:29 pm

    Thank you for the mention! You are so right about it making you a better writer, I find it takes much longer to get happy with wording on this than for a report at work! How I’ve come on since my GCSE’s!

    • Charley W
      1st February 2015 / 11:37 pm

      You’re welcome! Same – pressing publish actually gives me palpitations sometimes!

  2. 1st February 2015 / 9:14 pm

    This is a good list. I find myself identifying with many items listed on the link up. :) I should just have my post as a simple “ditto”.

    • Charley W
      1st February 2015 / 11:36 pm

      I’ve agreed with every single thing on other people’s posts too! And I’m so glad I’ve not seen ‘freebies’ yet ;)

  3. 1st February 2015 / 9:29 pm

    Fab post! You’re so right about Travel Link Up…has really created a fab little community and I love all the blogs! :)

    Danielle x

    • Charley W
      1st February 2015 / 11:37 pm

      There are soooo many great posts – including yours! Have loved reading them all :)

  4. 2nd February 2015 / 3:45 pm

    I agree with all of them especially meeting other like minded travel bloggers! :-)

  5. 2nd February 2015 / 5:42 pm

    It was lovely meeting you at the afternoon tea and im glad to have another great blog to read!

  6. 2nd February 2015 / 7:32 pm

    I loved meeting you last weekend, you’re such a cutie! I can’t wait to go on the Dino Snore, just waiting for the next date to be released (and tapping my foot as I’m not the most patient of people). We totally love having you in the travel link up! And I’m so glad that you have got your blogging mojo back as I love your blog xxx

    • Charley W
      4th February 2015 / 12:10 am

      I loved meeting you too! Thanks Kelly :) And thanks for organising the afternoon tea – it was delish! xx

  7. 2nd February 2015 / 7:58 pm

    Thanks for the mention x Well done to have been blogging on and off for 8 years, that is a good effort! It’s been so nice to discover your blog as well and I’ve really enjoyed reading it AND I loved your hair at the travel link up tea!

    • Charley W
      4th February 2015 / 12:09 am

      Thanks Sara! Haha, you definitely can’t miss me at a meet-up – especially when most of the room is painted white!

  8. 2nd February 2015 / 8:18 pm

    Congrats on 8 years of blogging! It was really nice to meet you at Brown’s and looking forward to chatting more with you next time. I love the Natural History Museum so will definitely check out your Dino Snores post!

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

    • Charley W
      4th February 2015 / 12:08 am

      Thanks Suze! It was lovely to meet you too – see you at the next meet-up :)

  9. 2nd February 2015 / 8:26 pm

    This is a great post Charley – I know what you mean about the social anxiety thing. Before I met up with any bloggers, I was so nervous (and I’m not usually nervous) but it was that fear of the cliques or of everyone already knowing each other etc but just like you, I found it to all be much easier and friendlier than I had expected and generally, most bloggers I’ve met have been really supportive :)

    • Charley W
      4th February 2015 / 12:08 am

      Thanks Shikha! I love it when people turn out to be nicer than you expect. And I’ve found that to be true more so with travel bloggers than any other type!

  10. 2nd February 2015 / 10:03 pm

    I hear ya on the anxiety – I still get it 3 years of blogging down the track – it now usually shows itself in a freakout the night before about what I’m wearing (I’m actually a real low-key tomboy normally…!)
    The best thing about blogging? Finding a kindred spirit living a few minutes down the road – yaaay!

    • Charley W
      4th February 2015 / 12:07 am

      Yaaaay, exactly! Can’t believe we’ve been down the road for 5 years and not even known it!

  11. 3rd February 2015 / 1:24 pm

    Love that the travel link up is one of your points – I almost put that in my post too! I’ve found some of my favourite blogs (and bloggers) through this little link-up!

    Polly xx
    Follow Your Sunshine

  12. laura
    3rd February 2015 / 4:52 pm

    I love the fact that you can make lots of new connections and find inspiration from others. Bloggers reviews tend to be more honest and I find that refreshing!

    • Charley W
      4th February 2015 / 12:06 am

      So true! I think we all want our readers to be inspired by the experiences we have too, so we’re more likely to be honest about how we found it.