The Best Things About Being A Blogger: Part 1


Meeting like minded people
This has to be the best thing about being a blogger - meeting so many lovely people who have the same interests as me. Before I started blogging, I used to ramble on to my friends and family about beauty products or my latest MAC lipstick purchase and for the most part, they weren't all that interested. Not because they're not interested in what I have to say but because that isn't their passion - unlike me, they don't have drawers and drawers full of the stuff! However, I love nothing more than chatting to fellow bloggers on Twitter or Instagram about my latest beauty find or lipstick love - its so much fun! Its also nice to have so many people to talk to at all times of the day. Its like having thousands of virtual friends!

Discovering new brands
Before starting my blog, I'd only heard of the big name brands. Take MAC, NARS, Bourjois, Rimmel and Maybelline for example. Now as much as I still love those huge brands, blogging has also allowed me to discover smaller but absolutely fantastic brands. I'm not going to name all the brands I've discovered here as there's just too damn many but yes, its safe to say the brands I now use has hugely expanded since my early blogging days. I may do a post all about my favourites soon.

Awesome opportunities
One of the really lovely perks that comes with being a blogger is being given the opportunity to do things you'd never have the chance to do otherwise. Some people get funny about bloggers being sent 'freebies' or getting to attend events but if a blogger has worked exceptionally hard on their blogs, which are free for anyone to read, I don't see anything wrong with them getting rewarded for their effort. Lets face it, most bloggers don't make any money from their blogs but put in just as much, if not more time than they would working part or even full time. So yes, I'm here saying it loud and proud that being given the chance to go and see a concert, attend a cool event or receive a new release from a beauty brand is one of the great things about being a blogger. As long as you're not blogging for the sole purpose of getting free stuff, I don't see anything wrong with that.

Helping/inspiring others
I've wrote a few lifestyle posts on my blog in the past about my own personal experiences (anxiety and bullying to name two) and the response I've received to them has been overwhelming. Whether its tweets, comments or emails - the fact that something I've wrote has helped or inspired someone has to be one of the most rewarding feelings ever. I've even received emails from girls who said they went to get help after reading one of my posts or that reading my story and knowing they're not alone got them through a hard time. Knowing these things makes blogging SO worth it!

Developing my skill set
Since starting my blog I've learnt so many invaluable skills that I wouldn't have otherwise. As a blogger we play so many different roles - content creator, editor, photographer, social media updater and decision maker. Taking on all of these different roles over the past (almost) three years has allowed me to get a glimpse into what its like to do these things for a business and it even landed me my new job which I'll be doing a post all about very soon!

There's so many other things I love about blogging that I've decided to split this post up into two parts. Keep your eyes peeled for the next installment!

What are your favourite things about being a blogger?

Lots of love,

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  1. discovering new brands is definitely one of my favourite things about being a blogger!

    love katy @ THE RAWRDROBE ♡

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    1. Great isnt it?! There's so many products I couldn't be without now that I'd never have discovered without blogging! X

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  2. Love this! I love reading blogs and writing posts more than watching TV! x

    www.lifeinthefasionlanee.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Me too! Its my favourite thing to do when I want to chill out! X

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  3. I agree with these so much - especially the point about developing your skills set! I've really noticed an improvement and can now take it into my work life so it's even more worth it. Looking forward to reading about your new job - hope it's all going well!

    Steph xx
    Lay It Bare

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    1. Its really helped me in those areas too! Blogging is almost like running a small business and is really impressive to employers! X

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  4. I've been blogging for just under a year and I've learnt so much, not just with writing but my photography and social media skills have changed so much from when I first started blogging. Fab post, and love that you said it how it is about blogging opportunities, I don't know why some people get so stressed out about it. If you have the right intention then there's nothing wrong with your hard work being rewarded.

    Catherine xx
    www.youwishyou.com

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    1. I've learnt so much too - its brilliant!! I'm glad you agree with me on the opportunities part!! People get their knickers in such a twist about it but the way I see it is a nice reward for all the hard work and time spent on blogging!! As long as they aren't only blogging for that reason and clearly state when they've been sent something that's fine!! Xx.

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  5. Too true. Blogging is a LOT of work, but it's really rewarding. The number of new brands/products I've discovered in the past few months alone is more than I had in years when I wasn't blogging. Super rewarding experience :)

    http://www.thefakeup.com

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  6. I enjoyed reading this post <3 I have to agree that there are just so many perks and all us bloggers having a small space on the internet to rant and rave is pretty remarkable ^^

    zaras-bowsandpearls.blogspot.co.uk

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  7. I love blogging! It is like doing something you love, spending your time wisely (let's be honest, it is a way of procrastination, yet it is effective procrastination!), and when you show someone the blog, it's amazing the response you get back - people are genuinely impressed by something that doesn't feel like work, but just like fun!

    It's amazing that you've gotten cool opportunities and you're right - I think people who blog for the sole purpose of connecting with people, whom spend their time working on their blog for free, its nice to get a few perks in return!
    Loved reading this post!
    xoxo, a fellow blogger.

    BerryBloomXO.com | Beauty & Lifestyle Blog 

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  8. All of these are the best things about blogging, I especially love talking to other bloggers and making new friends, they understand you so much more than just your normal friends and family, great post hun :) xx

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  9. I love this blog post! Being able to write about something I a so passionate about is always a great thing! Your blog is so inspiring xx

    Beauty Girl

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  10. Amazing blog post! I agree with everything you wrote. I love blogging!

    glamcouture-x.blogspot.com

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  11. Congrats on the new job! I'm hoping that blogging will help me learn the writing skills that will impress potential employers when the time comes, so looking forward to hearing your story of how blogging helped you!

    Sophie xx
    www.thescientificbeauty.com

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  12. Such a fab post!! Non bloggers never truly understand how great it is to talk to like minded people.

    Charlotte x
    www.styleaked.blogspot.co.uk

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  13. I agree about the opportunity part. Who wouldn't love a free event pass or an expensive product to review? xx

    bohorush.blogspot.com

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  14. I really really enjoying blogging, its so much fun! It would mean the world if you'd check out and follow my beauty and fashion blog:

    taraclare.blogspot.co.uk

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  15. Great post hun. Have to agree that blogging gives those who work hard some fantastic opportunities and it's great that yours has helped you land your dream job! Congrats! I got my blog through blogging too :)

    Cat from Outside, Beauty, Inside Health

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  16. I agree with you that blogging helps you to get so many new skills, it has helped me out so much!
    Maddy, xo // UNSTITCHEDD

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  17. I love my blog so much. I have been doing it for nearly a year, and the opportunities it has given me is incredible, and has increased my confidence in meeting new people, and going places I would never have thought of before.

    zoea2812.blogspot.com

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  18. I love being a blogger so so much! Not only have I learned loads, but I've also met so many lovely people!
    Eden from edenroses xx

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  19. Lovely post- I think there's so many amazing things which come out of blogging. I especially love all the opportunities you get, and things you learn through blogs! x

    Beauty Soup || UK Beauty Blog

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  20. I like meeting like-minded people too! People at home just don't understand when I say 'orange toned red shade' hahahaha! xx
    alicekatex ♥

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  21. I love being a blogger too! It's a great community to be apart off :) great post! x

    http://www.beyondthevelvet.blogspot.co.uk/

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  22. I think the best thing is like you said meeting like-minded people even if it's not in person being able to communicate and find people who have the same interests as you and don't judge you is the greatest thing.

    itsclolow.blogspot.co.uk X

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  23. What a lovely post! I totally agree with them all - the positives to blogging far out weigh the negatives :) I'm sure many
    others, including myself, look forward to seeing your blog continue to grow in the future! xx

    everythingbutthekitchen.blogspot.co.uk

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  24. Great post. I agree with all of it! Very positive thinking and inspiring. Love it!

    www.internetlyaddicted.blogspot.co.uk

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  25. Yes! I totally agree with everything you said! I just started my blog last month and I'm having so much fun with it. I'm excited to grow my little blog even more and connect with people who have the same interests as me!
    http://thedishydarling.blogspot.com/

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  26. For me the best thing is inspiring other people and being able to write with new people who have the same hobby as me. Having a blog is just amazing and it's hard to describe what we (bloggers) feel about it. It's like our small, tiny world where everything is perfect. I can't wait to read the next part!

    I have to add that I'm from Poland and I found out about your blog recently. Now you are my favourite blogger and you inspire me in every post ♥ Keep doing that because you are amazing!

    http://minimalistyczny.blogspot.com/

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  27. I love discovering new brands, there's so many really cool and affordable ones out there!

    http://abigailalicex.com

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  28. I agree with every point you made! Blogging has become something I thoroughly enjoy. I love to review and write, I don’t have a massive following but for me its just finding something that makes me happy that keeps me going!

    www.britishbeautyaddict.com

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  29. I agree with the points you've made! Even though I haven't been sent anything because I'm so new, I'm so glad that people with more experience are being rewarded for their hard work and effort. I love chatting with other bloggers on Twitter... I think I've become much more social due to blogging in general!
    www.natillie.com

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  30. Hey there K J. Are these listed in any importance (to yourself) or do you personally find they all hold similar import or maybe they shift positions from time to time? I dont have my own blog site set up as of yet. I began but halted as I suddenly became aware I am very much more ill than I had known. The illness manifested itself in a much more dramatic physical nature. DO, I am holding off until I am certain I can devote the proper attention to the site, or at least am still alive to do so. lol Yeah, its that serious. {possibly terminal. time will tell but int the mean time I carry on. I hadn't even considered blogging but others swayed me towards it. I just began to crochet to stay alive and stave off the blackness of overwhelming depression and suicidal thought. Then, once I became better at crochet, the projects (finished) piled up so I did what I do, I donated them and kept making more and donating them. I never even thought of me as being inspirational or all that interesting before. I have improved dramatically because I blog and Great people with like interests enjoy helping each other. I have met the best people on here. And you are no exception. (smile). I spent most of last week in the hospital and the prognosis is not good. I need major surgery and am under watch all day and night as the tumor is located in my neck and growing rapidly but, I crocheted and time passes without stress and I am still making charity things. Sent a care package 200 miles south to the teen shelter, have 60 articles of warm weather clothing to pass along next month (hope to make more even) And still not one sign of depression. the hospital staff are treating me much different than in the past too, more interested and thoughtful and attentive. I think, for me it is the combination of helping others and meeting wonderful people who have the same interests that I hold in highest regards. But, I've yet to read part two and, I cannot wait. Glad I found your site, or you found me rather. Thanks I'm really looking forward to your next posting. pins and needles.

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  31. I would love to read a post featuring all the new brands you've discovered! Especially if they're smaller. :)

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  32. Great post! I'm soo happy to be a part of this community!

    http://atouchofpink1.blogspot.ca/

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  33. Your blog is so pretty (and so are you!) I am still building my blog (though its almost ready) and have been researching every aspect of blogging ever since I had the idea to make one so that I'd be prepared. One thing I never considered was all the brands you must come across and that leads to me to my question: how does a newer blog go about working with brands and is that the same thing as sponsors? I've been working on my site for a while now, basically went from knowing absolutely nothing about making a site to teaching myself everything I needed to know to build my very own without hiring anyone. I am SURE there must be so much left for me to learn and I expect to find that out soon enough!

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