When I first started blogging it was a transition period for me. I had recently graduated from university, rented my own apartment, started my first “real” job, and learned that Jay was moving across the world from the USA to Australia. Blogging began as a tool for me to organize my thoughts and express my feelings towards my LDR. Now, a little over a year later, I have completely transformed as a blogger and a person. Blogging has had a tremendous impact on my life and I cannot imagine my life without it anymore.
Improved Word Skills. Blogging has really improved my vocabulary and sentence structure in everyday life. My conversations with people are more sophisticated than they were a year ago and I am more aware of my word choices when writing emails. Writing has always been a strongsuit for me, but I’ve improved immensely at it since the creation of my blog.
Technical Skills. I don’t have the most technological background. I got my first cellphone as a senior in high school, bought my first smartphone last year, and just started my blog a little over a year ago. When I first started I knew so little about coding posts. I didn’t even know how to create a hyperlink! Now I have sufficient technical skills and I’ve learned a little bit of coding. I’m sure I’ll learn even more in the future.
Aesthetic Skills. To be honest, I don’t remember exactly what my blog used to look like at the start. I’ve changed the appearance probably 10+ times within the past year and I’m still not completely satisfied with the header image. I have learned some skills with programs such as PhotoShop and Picasa. Now I try and include a picture in almost all of my posts, adding the titles to some and creating color effects on others. I’ve really learned how to aesthetically please my readers!
New Friends. There are very few people in my life that I know are in or were ever in a LDR. At first it was really difficult to understand the struggles that come with long distance, but then I found other bloggers in similar relationships. I’ve learned so much just by reading other blogs. Some of the other LDR bloggers have been a real inspiration to me.
LDRBN. If you asked me a year ago if I ever thought I would be moderating a blogging community I would have laughed in your face. To be honest, I didn’t even know blogging networks existed. To me, there were just blogs. Lots and lots of blogs. When I was first approached to join LDRBN I was excited and confused and hesitant all at the same time. What’s a blogging community? There are that many other bloggers in LDRs? What if they don’t like me? What if my blog isn’t as good as everyone else’s blog?
I’m so lucky that I took a risk and accepted the offer to join LDRBN. I’ve gotten to review products for free, became friends with lots of bloggers in LDRs from all over the world, learned tips about blogging, and even won $100! Now I’m not only a member of LDRBN, but I’m a moderator. I’m still very new to this position, but I am loving it! I have a much bigger appreciation for the administrators of the site and the blogging world in general.
How about you? Why did you start blogging? Have you changed at all since then? What keeps you blogging? I’d love to hear all about it! 🙂