I’ve never really considered myself a ‘professional’ blogger but I joined this blogging world back in 6th grade… I created a lot of blogs and deleted the same amount. Now saying that blogging saved my life sounds really absurd but this is the truth.
I really felt the effects that blogging had on me.. and it basically saved my life,
as I said – I started blogging during the middle school years aka the years when I’ve been bullied pretty badly. I was in need of confidence, friends, and purpose.
I had no friend to talk to or let my feelings out to… but my blog. Well.. several of them. I never used my name on them because I didn’t want anyone to find me. I was ashamed of how I was being treated by the other kids.
I learned how to be aware of the world that is surrounding me. I have developed myself into a positive person that looks most of the time at the bright side. I also consider myself to be an open-minded person that processes the information and acts accordingly, always calm. Oh and I also notice everything around me. I sense and recognize all of the vibes other people send.
I learned what is courage and what it takes to have it. Being courageous doesn’t mean you have to throw yourself in a lion’s cage at the Zoo. Being courageous means to just be yourself… and if you’re an introvert like me… putting yourself in the spotlight and let yourself be judged by the other when posting something new in your blog.. that is courage. So many people IRL that are considered ‘strong’ and courageous.. they lose their shit when other people says something bad about them.
I also learned how to be myself and I’m really serious about this. As I was saying, during those years, I was having some rough wounds and I wasn’t confident to connect socially with other people IRL.. so my only way was the Internet. Through blogging, I was basically discovering a part of me every day – when I was writing, when I was speaking to other people (and I was speaking openly to anyone because I wasn’t using my name on those blogs).
And the last thing… I learned how to be more professional. I like to think about when or what to say at the right time and with this comes.. the control and the discipline. This is an amazing skill I’m thankful for as I was able to develop it early.
What helped/helps you develop your own self?