Blogging has become over time, a powerful voice on the Internet. It not only shares opinions, photographs, and ideas, but it has now transformed to become a strong brand and lifestyle influencer. What I love most about the Blogs I follow, like @worldwanderlust @polkadotpassport and @emmakateco amongst others on Instagram, is that they’re my friendly source for advice, inspiration and information.
At first it was the talented Aussie Brooke Saward, the person behind @worldwanderlust who inspired me to try building my own Blog. I created Marvel in Travel as my creative space to write, and share with the World what I loved most, always hoping I could achieve a bit more than that, and move on to inspire others, just the way I was inspired at the beginning.
Like this I discovered the power of a Blog, because someone I had never met had a positive influence on me, and who knows? Maybe even made me take the first step to achieving my dreams.
So, how has my life changed since I started my Blog?
1. I’VE GIVEN OPPORTUNITY A CHANCE TO KNOCK ON MY DOOR
I’ve always dreamed with becoming a writer, and never grasped the concept of already being one, merely because that’s what I did: write. I always had stuff but never tried publishing anything; I always thought my work was incomplete or felt like I had still lots to live before I could write a full piece. But how can I give my writing a chance if no one reads it? Then came my travel Blog: my adventure digital diary that came to change it all. I started writing about things I loved, sharing travel stories and life lessons, and soon I began to receive positive comments and emails requesting my participation in certain digital travel platforms. Until then I started to feel more like a writer, and with time and work, I began motivating myself to write more. Today, because of the Blog and every single person who reads it, I feel like I’m doing what I love, and love the idea of others loving it with me.
2. I’M CONNECTED TO CREATIVE PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD
Blogging is communicating with the world. The difference from writing books and publishing, and blogging, is that when blogging you get a fast response from readers. You interact them, create a community. It’s no surprise you’ll encounter people like yourself who love doing what you do, and that’s another way blogging has changed my life. I’ve met lots of inspiring people who have find ways to stay in touch with me. It’s amazing to think about the friendships I’ve made worldwide because of Marvel in Travel. It has truly being a blessing and an inspiration to keep going; because there’s always somewhere, someone who needs to read the words you write.
3. I’VE CREATED A COMMUNITY I LOVE
I was just now writing about the community you can create when blogging; I’ll now tell you why having created a community for my blog has been one of my favourite things. I was just reading an article online that stated that an audience listens but a community listens, and answers back. Bloggers usually write about a certain topic or share about the details of living a specific lifestyle, including in their content, personal aspects of their lives available to the public. Making it personal makes a Blog a lot more interesting, because it makes it human and relatable. A Blog needs to be not just about a transmitter and its message, but a huge deal goes to the receptor and the feedback it gives. When this process occurs, and there’s people reading, commenting, and reacting, is when a community is created around the content you publish, and this is-I believe, a beautiful and magical thing.
4. I’VE IMPROVED MY WRITING / PHOTOGRAPHY / DESIGN SKILLS
Having a Blog has pushed me to my limits. At first I didn’t realise how demanding having and maintaining a Blog really was, but it’s work I love and enjoy doing, so I’ve allowed myself to learn A LOT from it. From searching online on how to start a Blog to creating content for it daily. Everything has been entirely worth it. Along the way, I’ve perfected my photography skills, and I’m involving myself each time more and more on courses on the topic, and I keep myself interested and learning. The blog, I think, is the visual example of how my work has been changing over time. So having it has made me eager to learn and keep getting better. Having a blog keeps you going, it keeps you learning, working, sharing, and inspiring.
5. I FEEL MORE MYSELF THAN EVER
Blogging means creating content considering both these factors: quantity and quality. Finding the right balance means setting your mind to think fast and making it happen. Since I began blogging, my travels became a lot more fun because I found myself paying attention to all details, photographing more, and really dedicating time of introspection to reflect on what I’d seen, and learned to share on this blog. I even took notes on my phone every time I stumbled upon interesting facts about cities or countries. Sharing about these, and my thoughts online, over time has become easier, and soothing too, because I realise others share my views and opinions, and comment on them. These are all friendly reminders that we can all share, regardless our nationalities, ideas and motivate one another. So sharing has made me feel more myself than ever, and I even feel like I’m growing and learning while I work; meeting others, and sharing all about this marvellous world we all share.
Do you have a Blog? Share it on the comments! I’d love to check it out! Oh, and if you’ve learned anything from having one feel free to share!