When I started blogging a dozen years ago it was just a ‘cool’ thing to do. Having a blog was like having your personal diary, which was on display for everyone to read, and I wrote and posted keeping that in mind.
In the last few years Blogging has evolved, and how! Your blog is no longer just a personal diary but has gone on to become your brand. As with the changes in blogging there are changes in bloggers too. From a shy reluctance to admitting you have a blog, to the confidence with which this must have accessory, a blog, is flaunted.
This exciting journey has refined some of my existing talents even as it taught me a lot of new things. This ThankfulThursday, hosted by, prompt, Amrita and Tina got me to recollect and share a few I am thankful for;
Writing is what draws readers to a blog. Writing is a prerequisite for having a blog, unless you have a photo blog or some such, and even then a bit of writing is required. I have honed my writing by blogging over the years and have come to understand that
Reading is another way to write better. Reading other blogs is fulfilling, and if you are a good learner and patient reader perusing work written by others could teach you the finer nuances of writing. You
Learn and gain awareness of new genres, different perspectives and refreshing styles of writing. You become aware of how a single thought or prompt can have varied interpretations. I also learnt that blogging could be a great way to
Earn money, either as a full time career or something on the side. What better way to do so, making what you love, writing, your work and making it pay, literally. I am thankful to blogging as it is also a great way to
Meet people. Blogging groups, blogging communities are a constantly bubbling cauldron of ideas and people, and joining them is a good idea. The one good thing Bloggers share is a common love for writing and reading. Apart from that your similarities and differences lead you to
Befriend people who you click with and take your friendship to real life as well. I am thankful to blogging as it introduced me to people who have gone on to become friends like family over the years. I thankful too, to see and experience the ugly side of blogging which has only made me
Better and not bitter. I learnt that ideas have to be guarded and trust has to be earned. You polish and shine your repertoire of words as you patiently await your turn. What is any experience if it did not
Teach you something that you needed to learn, eh?