I first stumbled across blogging when a post by Hannah Gale cropped up on my Facebook feed back in autumn 2014 and her wonderfully witty yet poignant blog opened my eyes to a whole world online. One I fell promptly head over heels for. A space to express yourself online, develop and learn more skills and meet like-minded and wonderful people.
It took me a little while to start my own blog, mostly due to a lack of confidence, but I also found information on actually starting one that made sense with my limited tech knowledge hard to find. Google is a minefield and none of the articles that were coming up in my searches where making much sense to a total beginner like me.
The past week has been a funny one. I’ve spent a lot of time sloshing about a) in bed watching Criminal Minds b) hungover in my bed watching Criminal Minds and c) fretting about the fact I don’t have anything to post on Instagram and if I did find manage to rope something together WOULD IT GOT WITH MY THEME ??
Does this sound familiar? Do you have this problem? Worrying that your following (and my following is by no means medium sized, let alone large) might forget about you, the fact you existed on their Instagram feed and you’ll drop off the face of this internet world, never to be heard from or seen again. This is called Instagram guilt.
I am full of love for the blogging world right now. Every day I thank my lucky stars that I plucked up the courage to start wittering away online and discover a world of incredible writers, photographs and content creators on the internet. I love finding new blogs myself and I’ve done a couple of posts in the past sharing my favourite bloggers to follow. Seeing as it is 2018, it felt darn right to do another one.
To set the scene a little bit, this marvellous idea came to me just after midnight one Tuesday night. I most definitely should have gone to bed but I knew I would forget all about this wave of inspiration the next morning. I practically got myself ready for bed, crawled back into bed and picked a ‘Musical Hits’ playlist on Spotify. And ta-dah!
Starting a newsletter seemed to be pretty big in the 2017 blogging world ~ the perfect way to reach out to your readership in a different and even more personal way. I am subscribed to many a newsletter as they are perfecting for snatching reads whenever I get a chance in the day as they are already on my phone – waiting for the subway on the platform, standing outside a lecture hall waiting to go in, over porridge in the morning. So many women in blogging who I adored started newsletter and I signed up to every single one.
I love to write, so starting a newsletter and having another opportunity to write was always on the cards for me. However I didn’t want to start something I would fall out of love with in about two weeks time and I didn’t want to start something I felt was a half-arsed effort on my part. It had be perfect. It had to fit in with me, The Monday Project and the content I want to create. And I think I’ve done it.
Writer’s block can be really shit – especially when your ultimate escape route is writing. My blog is easily one of the most enjoyable things in my life – it is definitely one of the things I care about the most. The complete and utter freedom of having total control of the content, the vision and the future is something I thrive of and somewhere I go to to escape. Having the words unable to come is my idea of a literal hell.
I had about three posts to write for the next couple of weeks. With an essay deadline prancing around my shoulder and another hangover day (swear I’m not an alcoholic, just a student who has partied too much recently), it was the perfect day to smash out some blog posts.