This tee is pretty fitting for how I'm feeling about le blog right now. No no, I'm not quitting nor am I taking a break - it's just one of those days (ladies, you know what I'm talkin' 'bout) where you just seem to question absolutely everything in the universe. But no, today isn't about the stars and galaxys or the big bang, instead I've been reflecting on what blogging has actually taught me since I started a year and a half ago. A few obvious factors include typing at 1472 miles an hour and spending the majority of your day in pyjamas, but here are a few of the lesser-known things I've come to terms with. Pens at the ready!
1. Social media? Not as social as you might think. I spend 6-7 days a week sat on my laptop working from home, which means there is barely any human interaction until the evening (when the boy comes home) or when I manage to sneak out for an indulgent lunch. Because of this, I've learnt how important it is to actually phsyically interact with people - no iPhone, no Macbook, just pure conversation. Crazy, I know.
2. You will learn a lot about yourself! Whether it's the way you look in photos (cringe) or what you tend to write about when you're barely even thinking. Like right now - it's nearly midnight (hello queued post) and I'm trying to power through this article to make sure it's live by tomorrow morning - Ollie's birthday - and instead of shoving a quick eplaination of my outfit on the web my fingers have decided to type this overly long essay about 'what I've learnt' from sitting on the internet. Some people question the laws of Physics..I question the laws of the blogosphere.
3. There's no such thing as a day off - unless you managed to queue a whole bunch of posts that is. But even when I do that I often find myself glued to social media in an attempt to stay up to date with what's going on in the blogging world. Like tomorrow - even though I've managed to get a lot of work done beforehand, I know I'll still be gazing at my phone at some point replying to emails and checking my stats. Addicted? Me?
4. You'll be most productive at the most inconvienient of times. Got an early start the next morning? Chances are you'll be up until 4am editing pictures of re-jigging your entire website. But when it comes to an entirely work-filled day, with your desk set up nicely and time on your side, your brain will go blank. It's practically the rules of the internet.
5. People are amazing. Soppy, but true. If you're lucky enough to head to different events you'll be sure to meet so many people - all as kind and as welcoming as the last. Take the CofD girls for instance - only three of us live in the same Country (!), but we're all one big happy family on here. Forget what your parents told you - online relationships are genuinely real, and I'm lucky enough to have met some of my best pals right here on the WWW.
Well that was a lengthy one - congrats if you made it to the end. And if you did, let me know your best memories from blogging!