It’s not my blog anniversary and it’s not my birthday; but I feel the need to talk about this topic, because more than ever, I can truly see how much of a better person I’ve become both socially and in my personal life. I’ve been blogging for over 3 years and honestly, I’m so glad I made that decision to sign up to WordPress and start my blog. It’s been an amazing experience and while it has come with many perks that have made the journey worth while, my current stats as a blogger isn’t my biggest blog achievement.
My biggest achievement has been all the development I’ve gone through! Just to motivate someone out there who might be thinking of starting a blog or change the mindset of someone who’s thinkin of quitting their current blog, I’ll share with you a few ways blogging has improved my personal life so far.
Inevitably, as someone who loves fashion and blogs about fashion, my personal style has improved sooo much over the past years (See picture below).
A style post on my blog in 2015 vs 2018
It’s not that I used to dress badly, but my attention to every single detail of my outfit fashion wise is 110%! Now while some might think that’s not so much of a big deal, in the world we live in, having a good sense of style can take you to places. Remember the saying
” You’re addressed the way you dress”
Well, the saying is so true and although it’s sad that people still judge a lot by appearance, I’m glad my personal style has improved – That’s one less social barrier I have to worry about (Praise God!)
There’s a sense of achievement that comes with blogging. Being able to keep up with your schedule, be accountable to those who read and follow your blog, being able to connect deeply with those within your network, being able to go to a networking event and not feel out-of-place because you have something of your own to talk about, something to tell people about when that dreaded question “What do you do?” comes up… All these help to boost a person’s self-confidence and for me especially, the evidence in so glaring.
3 years ago, I would never have gone to an event where I knew not even a single person. Now, I feel like I own something – almost like my own mini business and you know that pride that comes from being a business owner? Yep! That’s exactly how I feel a lot of the time.
Also knowing that I truly have a voice that people appreciate (Thank you guys!) and having the opportunity to meet so many people, are things that are great for confidence building.
So yeah… Cheers to DemiAkin.com (former HighStreetMania too #lol)
Need I say more?… Just have a look at the pictures below taken both by me for posts published on this blog. The difference and improvement are clear and apart from the fact that I now have a better camera, my knowledge of photography is much better. From the use of editing software to camera angles, I think I’ve got it on lock down!
It’s amazing how many opportunities have come my way in my short time as a blogger. The number of people I have met at Blogging and Influencer events that have had an impact on my life has been AMAZING!
If I’m honest, I think being a blogger made settling down into Nigeria much easier than it would have been if I wasn’t.
My first job when I got back to Nigeria was also through someone I met at a blogging event! I’ve been able to meet a lot of people who I can call up for different things and at different points in my life. It truly feels good to be able to connect with people in the city I live in and beyond.
Now, while I appreciate that everyone will not have the same opportunity as the next person, I’m sincerely of the opinion that blogging, when done right, opens doors to many opportunities. It’s not always about the products you get, the money you make or the cool events you get to attend. Sometimes, the personal development you get is much more worth any other thing you can get based on blog stats.
I’ll tell you a little secret, my NYSC job has absolutely nothing to do with the degree I studied and that’s by choice. I use more of the knowledge gained as a blogger at work and if not for anything else, I’m happy that all the money spent investing time into becoming a better blogger, is now ‘PAYING’ off literally!