5 months ago tomorrow I started this blog. It's been the best 5 months ever.
In some ways it feels like I've been blogging for a lot longer, but probably because I can't imagine my life without it now. I can't imagine not having to constantly write things down when I get a bit of inspiration in the middle of the day. I can't imagine not spending most of my Sunday's in a coffee shop writing up blog posts from said inspirations. I can't imagine not spending half of my life taking photographs, of sometimes rather random but pretty things I spot out and about that I wouldn't have ever noticed before, or running home from work in order to make the most of the good lighting while it's still around!
Mostly, I can't imagine my life without the many other amazing bloggers out there.
When you first start a blog, or the 'hmm, I might start a blog' thought first pops into your head, I think it's safe to say that you have NO idea what you're letting yourself in for. There's this whole other world that you haven't discovered yet. There is so much more to having a blog other than having to write a few posts every now and again. I'm not talking about all the photographs/advertising/admin/design/research/getting-super-confused-by-html-coding that comes with blogging, but the blogging community.
It was probably the one thing that I never expected. My twitter feed is now mostly full of bloggers. I love it. Creative, intelligent, (slightly bonkers) and amazingly supportive people that just make me smile all the time. It's crazy to think just how many people I talk to now that I didn't even know existed before November 18th 2014. A lot of them I've never met but it's weird to think that you can almost consider people to be your friends through the many twitter conversations or just getting to know someone via their blog.
When talking about my blog to other people, the most frequent question I get asked (aside from, 'What do you blog about?', when my answer is generally, 'umm, life?' because quite frankly, I have no idea what I blog about most of the time. Whatever pops into my head really... ) is 'What's the best thing about having a blog?' And I will always answer with 'the blogging community'.
Because it really is, and the support you get from fellow bloggers is always incredible.
I've got a post planned coming up where I'm going to attempt to detail everything that I've learned from this blog, so I don't want to dwell on this bit toooooo much, but hopefully you get my drift... it's a lot!
I obviously still have a lot to learn, but I am so excited for whatever that may be, wherever I get to go and also whoever I have yet still to meet!
Blogging has also helped me a lot. The times when I don't feel great, I feel anxious about something or there's just a lot going on in my head, blogging has become a form of therapy and an escape. It might sound stupid but my life is so utterly and completely different now to what it was just 6 months ago, heck, its rather unrecognisable to 12 months ago.
But I am LOVING life at the minute, and it's mostly down to you lovely bunch!