Today’s prompt: “Discuss ways that blogging or social media has changed you.”
After a two-day Blogtember hiatus, I absolutely had had HAD to pounce on this prompt. It was going to eventually make its debut as a full-on Hump Day extravaganza here, but Jenni has this sucker lined up perfectly, wouldn’t you agree?
Since Coming up Roses is a hot-off-the-press entity on the worldwideweb, I’m forgetting social media for a quick sec. Let’s talk blogging.
How has blogging changed me? Oh, let me count the ways…
- Blogging has changed me because...I now have this awesome outlet to cheer people up or let them know that they’re not alone. A blossoming support system. I never really thought this would get rooted (rose pun, anyone?). Every day I have a sortof new and different twist on what I want to do with the rest of my life, and it took tons of convincing for me to legitimately start a blog in the midst of trying to figure life out. Posts on that will undoubtedly follow. BUT. I always knew I wanted to help people. Inspire people. Share some sort of SOMETHING that was funny or interesting or inspirational to make people laugh or think or dream.
- Blogging has changed me as…I’m figuring out new approaches to “awesome blogging 101” and life. Figuring out what people like. Figuring out what hits the heart strings. At least, I’m trying. Analytics are a beautiful thing.
- Blogging has changed me by being…my own personal midday uplift. And morning uplift, and afternoon uplift, and uplift in the middle of the night. Seeing that someone connected with something I put on this blog is the coolest feeling ever. So thanks for that, you rosy people, you.
- Blogging has changed me with…the constant challenges (Blogtember, anyone?) keep me on my toes. Having confabs with other bloggers (who are so awesome) is like briefly meeting a celebrity and receiving a fortune cookie tidbit of wisdom from him/her that you savor for always. Getting inspiration from their beyond insightful posts and on-the-line outpourings of raw emotion and honest thought is powerful, my friends. It’s humbling and gets the juices flowing on hyperspeed. As a blogger, I love being a reader.
- Blogging has changed me because…it’s a constant reminder to follow my own advice. I’ve had to actively correct my thought process to fight negativity and to push for the positive, for which I have Coming up Roses to thank. I’m such a non-fan of hypocrisy. And I’d be a total hypocrite if I walked around saying (typing…while sitting in various comfy hotspots with a throw blanket and latte…) that everyone deserves genuine conversation and that we shouldn’t sweat the small stuff. This blog keeps me in check one those days when it’s needed most. When I’m ready to pull my hair out and throw in the towel (by “towel,” I mean my Statistics textbooks, and by “in,” I mean out the window.)
Blogging consistently teaches me about myself. And about you. And I could not be happier for it.