HOW BLOGGING HAS AFFECTED MY LIFE

by - July 14, 2018


When I first started blogging it was what I would call my "new hobby."  Something I obviously thought about, but didn't identify with.  Now blogging is not only something I think about multiple times a day, it is also part of me.  

I have now been blogging for (approximately) a year.  Now, while I'm still technically a "new" blogger, that doesn't mean I'm any less serious about it.  

I've been looking back at my time blogging and really thinking about how it's changed me as a person, for good and bad, and wanted to see if any of you have had similar experiences.

Below I have listed a few ways blogging has changed my every day life.  If you can relate to any of these, drop a comment below and tell me!

I Turn Everything into a Blog Post

I am so guilty of this one.  I cannot count the times I've been having a conversation with my sister and she says "you're going to turn this into a blog post, aren't you?"  

Whether it the weather or the ledgers by my bed*, I almost always turn my thoughts into blog posts.  This can be both a blessing and a curse because  I get new inspiration constantly... but then I can't focus on daily conversations because I'm thinking about blogging.  

*pardon the Twenty One Pilots reference.  I couldn't help myself.  

I Compare Myself to Other Bloggers

This is honestly sad to confess, but it is true.  I often find myself wondering things like, "how did she grow her blog so fast?"  or "should my blog posts be longer like her's?"

I've also learned to use this as a tool.  Sometimes there are things other bloggers do, which I wouldn't know about if I hadn't compared our blogs.  


I’ve Learned So Much

Colors, your target audience, graphic design, etc.  I have learned so much since I started blogging.  Things I never even thought about before starting February Fairy.  I think this is one of the best ways it has benefited me.      

I Have Friends Across the Country

Maybe I don't know them as well as the friends I see every week, but they still count!  I have been blown away by how welcoming the blogging community is.  And I really hope to meet them someday! 

I Spend Too Much Time Online

Before starting a blog I never used the internet.  Okay, I take that back, I did have Pinterest (which is still my best friend), but I didn't use it very much.  Then, when I started blogging, promoting my blog on social media, etc. my screen usage flew out of the roof.


In conclusion blogging has definitely changed me.  I think about things more than I used to and have leaned to articulate myself better.  Blogging gave me a voice, a platform to share my ideas, dreams and passions, and I would never want to give that up. 



Talk to Me

How has blogging changed your life?  Do you relate to any of these facts/confessions?  What's one thing you didn't anticipate about blogging life?


~ Ella Marie







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29 comments

  1. Yes to everything in this post! (Especially Internet usage.....whoops XD)

    The comparison game is real, unfortunately. WHY do we even do it?? But we do, and we get even more stressed.

    I’m kind of torn about the whole “friends on the Internet thing” because it’s absolutely AMAZING having friends in other states and countries, but I may never meet them in real life *cries*. Oh well. I wouldn’t trade this blogging experience for anything!

    I love this post! (By the way, do you prefer Ella or Ella Marie? I honestly don’t know......)

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    1. I don't know why we compare ourselves so much, but we do! *face-palm*
      Ohh, I feel you, girl. Someday all the bloggers should ACTUALLY get together.
      Thank you SO much, Nicole! Either one, honestly. It doesn't matter to me. ^.^

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  2. Couldn't agree more with you about these kinds of things!! Learning about blogging is a thing! There are so many little elements one has to learn in order to blog the way they want to. Your blog progress shows! So glad to have you as a part of the blogging community! <3

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    1. Thanks, Vannessa! I'm super glad you relate! EXACTLY. I had no idea how much there was to learn in the beginning. Aww, that makes me so happy to hear! <333

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  3. I relate to pretty much everything in this post!

    Blogging has definitely changed my life in (what I think is) a good way, because about half of my blog posts are reviews of books, which requires me to put my opinion out onto the internet for everyone to see--something that I would never have done in the pre-blogging time period.

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    1. Yay, that's great!

      Same, I'm beyond happy I started blogging. Oh, that's so cool! I'll have to read some of your reviews sometime!

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  4. Love this post and your honesty, I definitely agree that there are good and not-so-good things that come with blogging, you can express your creativity and passions and connect with people, but I can also totally relate to spending too much time on social media and comparing myself. (things I've been working harder on not doing)

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    1. Aww, you just made my day, Hannah! ^.^ Yeah, but I think blogging is OVERALL a good thing for me. Ugh, yes. It can be really hard, though, don't you think?

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  5. Blogging has definitely been an amazing experience for me too! It's almost my blogiversary too!

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    1. I'm glad it's been a good experience for you too! Aww, we're blog twins!

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  6. Yes to everything!! Splendid post, dear ;)

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  7. I have compared myself to others soo much, until i realized i'ts just simply not worth it. to me, i'ts amazing how far you've come wih blogging in only one year!! (but i started blogging when i was like, 11, soooo)
    love this post <3333

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    1. Ugh, same! It isn't worth it, but it can be difficult to break out of. Aww, thank you, Paige! Haha, you've been blogging a long time, then! <3

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  8. Aww I love this!! So so true. There are certainly negatives to blogging, but there's so much good, too! I love being able to express myself and meet other amazing people like me. Blogging is so rewarding, and I love it! <33

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    1. Thank you so much, Charis Rae! Yeah, I don't know where I'd be without it, though. Same, girl! Thanks for your sweet comment! <333

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  9. Yes!! Everything turns into a blog post. :) I'm always coming up with ideas. Most of them get trashed, though, but a few make it out. But getting to know other bloggers and writers and readers is just EPIC!!

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    1. LOL, I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one who does that! Isn't it just amazing? I love the community. <3

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  10. I definitely hear you on this! Blogging is such a taxing thing to do, but it is so, SO rewarding! I wouldn't give it up for anything. And getting to "meet" people from all over is the best!

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    1. Thank you, Hanne! It's hard, but SO worth it! Me either, girl. Haha, isn't it, though?!

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  11. I relate to all of these so much!! Can I use this post idea? I love it haha. :)

    Nabila | Hot Town Cool Girl

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    1. Yay! I'm glad you enjoyed it! Sure thing, I would be honored if you used it!

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  12. Wow. This was honestly such a relatable post XD I think I agree with all of it :P
    And happy blogoversary! <3 I just had my one year blogoversary!!

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    1. Aww, than you so much, Liz! Happy blogoversary to you, too! <3

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  13. Yes, yes to all. I couldn't have summed it up better, especially with how welcoming (this) blogger community is. It's awesome.

    cheers.
    k.

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    1. I'm thrilled you found it relatable! Yes, that's one of my favorite parts of blogging for sure.

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  14. This post is so relatable! Like literally everything haha! I think I struggle most with comparing myself to others, but like you said, it's important to turn that comparison into inspiration. I still have so much to learn with blogging, but it's reassuring to know that other people with successful blogs are still learning as well.

    Sarah Grace xoxo

    http://sarahgrapes.blogspot.com/

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    1. That's great to hear, Sarah! Haha! XD I'd have to say the same thing for myself, sadly. YES! We can always turn things around for the better. Oh yeah, and I'm so honored you think my blog is successful. Thank you so much, Sarah Grace!

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  15. I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU'VE ONLY BEEN BLOGGING FOR A YEAR!! YOU ARE SO PROFESSIONAL AND FEBRUARY FAIRY IS ALWAYS SO CLEAN AND BEAUTIFUL AND PUT TOGETHER :''') You should be super proud, Ella Marie. I'M SUPER PROUD OF YOU. *tosses confetti and gives you waffles* Seriously this post is very relatable. I spend WAYY too much time on the computer 😂 but blogging is honestly such a cool skillset to have, like you said being able to articulate yourself and give advice and inspiration… IT'S A VERY COOL THING.

    YOU'RE ROCKIN' IT, GIRL. and I totally appreciated that TØP reference ;)
    btw I was listening to the song Spirits by The Strumbellas and it reminded me of your NaNoWriMo novel wHICH I REALLY WANT TO READ SO IF YOU COULD PUBLISH IT SOON THAT WOULD BE GREAT <3

    rock on,
    abbiee

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