I have now had this website for five years. It seems like yesterday when I was writing my first post on here, using no content management system, just a commenting form, and writing three line blog posts because I couldn’t think of anything to say. And now I’ve probably bored many people with lengthy awful blog posts about my silly struggles as a teenager, and my complaints about the things that annoy me in life. I have learnt so much in the past five years, and am so thankful for all the people that have helped me. Here’s a list of five things that I’ve gained from blogging:
It taught me how to write
I could write before I had a blog, obviously, but before I delved down into the wonderful world of WordPress I wouldn’t have seen snails riding skateboards and wolves discussing dinner preferences as appropriate topics to write about. In fact, these ideas would never have come anywhere in the vicinity of my brain. I used to just write stories about people suffering horrible deaths in English class, and plagiarize the storyline of Harry Potter in exercise books (but using a female protagonist so I wouldn’t get caught out, of course). Blogging taught me to be more creative in my writing, to think up interesting new ways to write about boring life events. There were only so many times I could write about my school life ordinarily. Blogging forced me to add in silly information about skateboarding snails and new punctuation marks, and write ridiculously over the top descriptions of what happened in class. It gave me a writing style, no matter how terrible that may be. And blogging made me love writing. It’s what caused me to choose writing as a degree (that, and the fact I realised my drawing skills were near enough limited to stick-men, flowers and swirls). It made writing more than just a hobby.
It improved my graphics skills
I mean, look at that great picture above.
So, it hasn’t yet taught me how to recreate the Mona Lisa on Paint, but I do know the basics of Photoshop and Paint Shop Pro and I can spring together a fairly decent layout, so that’s okay. And I’ve learnt that burning people’s retinas is generally frowned upon, which is a crime I often committed when using Piczo.
It allowed me to learn about different people’s lives
I’ve talked to and read about so many different people while blogging. There’s such a diverse range of people and blogs online, so there’s never really an opportunity to be bored of following other blogs. It’s great.
It taught me how to use the internet
Blogging introduced me to so many different social media websites, which became really important when I did work experience at a social media marketing company. I’ve discovered Twitter, Plinky, Blip FM (which hardly anyone uses), Last FM, Photobucket, Flickr and Tumblr while creating websites. I’ve also discovered that Twitter is full of robots, Tumblr is full of porn and Photobucket is full of messages pressuring me to share images with my friends, but at least I’ve had a fair warning about such things so I won’t have to suffer a heart attack in the workplace when I accidentally stumble upon a web page trying to sell me viagra and intimidating me into sharing pictures of penises with my friends. You never know, that could happen.
It gave me website coding humour
Which gives me more opportunities to sit laughing at my own jokes while everyone else stays silent:
Blogging is something that I love doing, but for the past year or so I’ve been too bogged down with how dull my posts are to actually want to blog. Which is sad. But that’s all about to change. Just remember, even if you feel like your posts are terrible there will always be benefits to blogging, and there’s always an audience. Even if it’s just you.
Or the stick-men you create on paint…