I love blogging.

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 think it's also safe to say that you learn a lot of rather quite practical skills from starting a blog. 5 months ago I had no idea what CSS was and HTML stuff scared the living daylights out of me. I still only know the basics however, but now I at least kinda know how to navigate my way around it. You learn how to spot trends in when your posts get the most views, what people reading your blog clearly prefer to read and what not-so-much. You learn just how powerful social media can be in getting traffic over to your blog, how to communicate with brands, and how to balance your life and time, especially if you also work full time or have important uni/college/school deadlines and a lot of work to do too.
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!
Soph
 ♥

22 comments

  1. This is so sweet! I absolutely love your blog, you've done a great job! xx

    www.pinkieprim.co.uk

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    1. Thank you so much! That means a lot! :) xx

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  2. I can't believe you've only been blogging for 5 months! Your blog is incredible and I love it :) I totally agree that there is a world out there you never know unless you blog and I've met so many lovely people through blogging too! Loved this post - I can relate to everything you said xxx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

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    1. Ahh Jessie! You're like my favourite person right now haha! Thank you so much! I'm glad you can relate, blogging can just open so many doors :) xxx

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  3. Aw I love this post so much! SO totally relatable! I have been blogging a similar amount of time to you (6 months in a weeks or so). I know the feeling of fishing home to take blog photos with good lighting! I can't agree more about the amazing community and the amazing people you meet through blogging, it really is amazing. I have also come a long way in terms of confidence etc! Such a great hobby :)

    Sarah xxx || www.whatsasssays.com

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    1. Thanks Sarah! :) No way have you only been blogging 6 months! That's insane! Ahh confidence! How could I have forgotten to put this in! That's also so true. I'm so glad you can relate!

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  4. This is a lovely post Sophie - and all of what you said is true! The blogging community have been so great and I have met so many amazing people through it, it's crazy how big your support network can get. And I, like you, find frantically typing my feelings down very therapeutic and it has drastically changed my mental health for the good. Great post! :)

    Hannah xx

    http://www.pull-yourself-together.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thanks Hannah :) It really can get daft at times haha! That's so lovely, I'm glad it's been able to help you too :) xx

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  5. Ahhh I love this post - it's so cute. I love reading your stuff!

    Laura xo

    www.bigglassesandcoffeecups.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks sweet! That's really lovely! :) xx

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  6. Wow, Sophie, I cannot believe that you have only been blogging for 5 months! I think I've been following you for the past month or so and all your posts are just so great that I had just assumed you'd been blogging forever. I've had my blog for two years now but it's only been in the last 6 months or so that I've properly gotten into it and really put in the effort and work needed to create a blog and it's been wonderful. I love speaking to so many beautifully creative and likeminded people, reading their stories and following their lives and that never would have happened had I not taken the plunge and started my own blog. The blogging community is such a wonderful place and I'm so happy that you're a part of it! Please keep up the lovely posts :)
    Nicole xx / www.lifeinginger.com

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    1. Nicole! Thank you so much! That's so lovely of you sweet!
      It really is wonderful isn't it once you get into it. I don't regret a thing about starting this blog. Exactly! Well, we're happy that you're also a part of it! xx

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  7. Glad you like blogging! I love it as well. X!
    www.lemontierres.com

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    1. I'm glad you like it too - great isn't it! x

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  8. Sorry for commenting again! But just thought I'd say that I've nominated you for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award! You can see your nomination here: http://pull-yourself-together.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/sisterhood-of-world-bloggers-award.html :)

    Hannah xx

    http://www.pull-yourself-together.blogspot.co.uk

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  9. I love your blog! Your posts are so inspiring!

    xo
    Tatiana
    www.tatiannica.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much Tatiana! That really means a lot! :) xx

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  10. Yay for blogging. And yay for getting to meet you because of blogging <3
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    Emma x
    Writing Essays With Wine // I’d love it if you entered my Blog Birthday Lifestyle Giveaway

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    1. Definite yay for blogging! And I know, can't imagine not having met you now sweet! xxxx

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  11. nice :) happy monday :)

    http://www.itsmetijana.blogspot.com/

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  12. I absolutely love your blog ♥

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