Lifestyle | Why am I a Blogger?

I've been blogging on and off for almost 4 years now.  I've accepted that my best intentions to Blog everyday or stay consistent are more of a fantasy, but I'm working on it! Whether you Blog for fun or for funds, I think we all face the same struggles. Life is constantly battering us with responsibilities and lets just face it, we're all just busy. Which ultimately begs the questions, Why do we blog at all? 

I started blogging for fun. I was a miserable student who preferred to spend her spare cash on fresh manicures and concealer,  rather than double shots at the bar. My house mate would always share my make up and spend hours choosing new polish out of our combined stash of colours. It was her who really encouraged me in to starting a blog. So I turned my habit and irresponsible spending into something creative. And I think that's how most of us start out. 

One of the most heated subjects among bloggers is using your blog as a source of income. Some bloggers have been so successful that they've been able to make their blog their full time job. Others are more hobby-bloggers. Honestly, I really don't think it matters. Blogging to me is about content, just because someone's earning a living by their posts, to me it doesn't make them better of worse than those who don't. It's all about staying true to yourself, your style and keeping it authentic. 

Having a successful blog, it more about attitude and persistence and your perception of 'success'... that's a whole other post in it self!  You have to make the shift, from viewing your blog as a hobby to viewing it as a business. It takes just as much effort, if not more work than a 9-5, but if you want to achieve it, you will. GlitterView for me has been a hobby, which is beginning to grow into something  more and I'm loving this growth period! It's really exciting.  But it does take a lot of effort - it's important not to beat yourself up when you miss a post or even miss an entire week. We've all been there. 

So why do I blog? I blog because, well... I don't know what I'd do if I didn't. I work a regular 9-5 and blog in my lunch breaks and when I get home. I have to squeeze all my photography into one weekend, to make use of natural sunlight. It's not really that glamours, but it's a much better use of my time that sitting in front of the TV. 

There some obvious upsides to blogging, meeting wonderful like-minded people and developing a community is a huge bonus. The invites and the PR sample are all great too. But that's not why I do what I do. Blogging has given me confidence. It's given me a voice. To believe your opinions or points of view are worth sharing, and writing about, is a huge statement of self confidence. Particularly as women, blogging has given us another platform to make our views heard and to support each other, which to me is the most beautiful thing about blogging. 

It's something to ponder isn't it? But ultimately, it doesn't really matter why you blog, as long as you keep doing what you love.

I'd love to hear your thoughts!