So, originally, I was going to post this separately and make a separate post for the BGTB, but I thought that this fitted in with it well. Ateenagediaryonline, I hope you don’t mind!
Basically, the BGBT is a project set up by ATDO, for new bloggers, and it’s really great 🙂 This week, we were asked to do an intro to blogging, and this is my… Intro, of sorts. It’s a bit different, and I’m sorry:
When I first started blogging, well over a year ago now, I just thought that blogging was a means to an end: I even thought that when I got my second blog. I viewed it as just a place to get your thoughts out – a flat plain to walk on, connected to other planes but remotely – you could walk into other pplains, but it wasn’t permanent. You just had your own space for ONLY YOU. I hope these analogies are working.
It’s coming up to my 7 month anniversary on THIS blog – and really, I believe this one’s the only one that has mattered to me. I’m not going to do a monthly post, because I think that doesn’t work for me, but I’ve realised several things over the last 7 months.
Don’t think of the world – the blogging world AND the real world – as a flat surface. View the world as an endless void, stretching in ALL directions; it’s 3D and you’re part of it. And instead of a plain that’s flat, imagine spheres.
The spheres can be as big as you like – the world’s endless, after all. And it’s not based on popularity or the amount of followers you’ve got – it’s how you feel about yourself. My sphere, for instance, would be quite small, because I’m like that.
I’m part of the teenaged community on here – if there IS such a thing – because I’m a teenager. I’d argue that we DO have a community: a united one, but we’re not separated from the “adult” community. We’re all linked. I’m a life blogger, but I freely talk to fashion, beauty, book and ANY other type of blogger. We’re all connected by one thing, after all.
Our spheres aren’t segregated by who we are. No matter WHAT your purpose in blogging is, people aren’t going to shun you. What would be the point? I’ve tried to find as many new bloggers as possible, so that they don’t feel like their sphere is just floating in the void with no goal, but it’s up to you guys to realise that you’re not alone. There’s always going to be someone who understands you – who can step into your sphere for a bit.
Maybe your sphere is your blogging site. Maybe your sphere is your readers and commenters and followers. MAYBE your sphere is just the idea that people understand you; maybe it personifies YOU and everything you stand for. Whatever it is, it’s just as valid. YOU’RE just as valid.
To new readers and new bloggers alike, I hope this made you think just a little. Maybe I’m just shouting in my own sphere, or maybe I’m shouting into the void, because I’m not separated by walls or URLs or followers or who I am.
Thank you so much for reading. I’d love to know – what does blogging mean to YOU? How do you see it?
From Elm 🙂