Bloggie Wednesdays: How Has Blogging Helped You Grow As A Person?

Bloggie Wednesdays: How Has Blogging Helped You Grow As A Person?

In a few days, I’ll be celebrating this blog’s 6th anniversary. Blogging is, quite possibly, the only project I started out on a whim that has lasted this long. For a pretty fickle person like me who hops from one project to another, it’s a massive feat.

Blogging has come to a point where it hasn’t only helped me improve on my writing, it has helped me grow tremendously as a person. There are so many aspects to blogging that one can experience and it’s not just about the items we are sent for reviews (this privilege is something I never take for granted) or being able to attend amazing events. it’s about being able to better ourselves in our every day lives.

I had the privilege to hear from these amazing bloggers about how blogging has helped down grow as a person. At the end of the post, I’ll share with you how much blogging has taught me.

Nikki, Christina and Jessica

Nikki @ Askmewhats: Well, let’s see, I used to blog just to share “beauty tips” and product reviews to friends who are interested to try products that I tried. On the latter part of blogging, I came to realize (after receiving random emails and messages from readers) that I also help some women go through difficulties in life because of the positivity my blog exudes. From then on, I’ve decided not only to blog about beauty products but at random times, insert some personal experiences and positivity as I know someone out there may have the worst day of their lives and maybe, in my own little way, I could at least help out! Through blogging, I learn not only to care about myself and my loved ones but I look at readers and strangers as possible friends whom I can inspire and help out. Blogging made me even more selfless :)

Christina @ Hair Romance: Blogging has given me independence and a career I didn’t even know existed. It has made me a better writer and photographer through constant practice, and it has introduced me to a whole new circle of passionate friends. I wouldn’t be the person I am today if I hadn’t started blogging. Another thing blogging has taught me, don’t overthink it – just do it!

Jessica @ The Belle Lumiere: I think the way that blogging has most helped me grow as a person is in the way it’s helped me manage my time better. Keeping a well-managed blog means sticking to some sort of schedule, and I now have a flexible schedule in place that allows me to stay on top of all of my blogging duties as well as carry out my day-to-day life duties in my free time.

Yishan, Lilit and Paris B

Yishan @ Beauty Swatch: Blogging started out as my creative sandpit and ended up being a pillar of strength during tough times. It has also introduced me with the most amazing people, and opened doors to new opportunities that to this day I still pinch myself about. Growing into the shoes of an influencer has helped me be more confident in myself, and given me the faith to stretch myself in chasing my ultimate dream.

Lilit @ Makeup & Macaroons: Blogging has made me more accepting of myself. Lets face it, like it or not there is a misconception out there that if you’re into beauty products then you’re vain, and probably a little stupid. So for a long time I played down my love of all things beauty for fear of being judged. But since I started blogging I’ve met lots of other like minded individuals who are not only beautiful but extremely smart and talented… and yes, quite a bit beauty obsessed! This has made me more confident in myself and accept myself as I am. Hey if someone is going to think of me as stupid because of the colour of my lipstick then wouldn’t they be suprised if I prove them otherwise :).

Paris B @ My Women Stuff: I have learnt to accept criticism and know when to walk away from useless confrontation. I have a temper but I’m perhaps more mellow now than I used to be, or it could be from the gritting of teeth from not rising to provocation. Thinking before I speak helps the same way leaving a nasty comment or email for another day helps diffuse the situation, and also the realization that not everyone will like the same thing I do.

Another thing I’ve been forced to learn is social skills. Having always been a little gauche socially, I’ve been forced to now learn to speak to people I don’t know, eat with strangers while holding polite conversation, and expand my social circle. I’ve been forced out of my comfort zone and been drawn out of my shell and that’s been something good for me.

Finally, I’ve learned to prioritize and manage my time. Blogging, as you well know, is demanding on time and when holding down a full time job as well, its not the easiest thing to juggle. So, I’m now a little more efficient with time than I used to be, which allows me time off to live a little and laugh a lot.

I can’t say I’m a better person now because I started blogging, but I’m definitely a more aware person. Everything is blog worthy. I live in a series of blog posts – beauty, personal and food :D good thing I enjoy it eh?

Norlin, Catharine and I

Norlin @ Baubles, Bubbles & Bags Style File: Blogging has opened up my eyes to a whole new world. I get to meet like-minded people who have similar interests as I do and I also get to learn so much about hands-on marketing, and working with brands. Best of all, I think it helps me think independently, as blogging is like running your own business – makes you weigh up so many options of what’s good for you and your blog as well as the people that read your blog.

Catharine @ George & Bear: Immersing myself in the world of blogs has helped me refine my personal taste and encouraged me to get out and explore my city. Reading blogs helps me learn tips about beauty and fashion and travel that I then put into my own blog. I’ve also met some really lovely people through blogging which has been really awesome.

As for me, blogging has taught me many things. I’ve learned a lot of social skills that I didn’t necessarily learn when I was working as an engineer in Malaysia. As I was stuck in the office most of the time, I didn’t get a lot of opportunity to meet new people and to be honest, I didn’t deal with that very well. I’m often quite tongue-tied at social events, often preferring to just smile and nod. It’s not necessarily a bad thing (you don’t want to frequently dominate a conversation) but it’s useful to know what to say and do in moments when you need to socialize with people you don’t know.

When I brought my blog to Australia, I was thrown into plenty of social situations where I cannot just shut up and be a wallflower. I had to learn the meaning of “networking” and while I’m not going to say I’m an expert at it now, I can safely say there’s been a vast improvement.

I’ve also learned to be proactive in things I want to achieve for the blog and for myself. My dad often said to me when I started working 10 years ago – “make things happen“. If I wanted to be successful in whatever I do, I have to make things happen and not wait for opportunities to come along because they may never do.

Many thanks to all of the bloggers who helped me out with this post and have so kindly shared their experiences with blogging. It doesn’t stop, this learning from blogging, I mean. Just when you think you know a lot, something else smacks you with a new learning curve. It’s not just about the writing and sharing our passions with the world anymore. It’s also about bettering ourselves.

Now that’s a project worth pursuing, don’t you think? :)

If you’re a blogger, how has blogging helped you grow as a person?

Bloggie Wednesdays is a series of articles just on blogging. They contain tips, how-tos, discussions about anything and everything you need to know about blogging and how we can be better bloggers. If you have any suggestions, tips and tricks about blogging you would like to share with us, or if you have any questions you would like me to address, please let us know in the comments.

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  1. Lilit

    Great article Tine, and thank you so much for including me in this line up of incredibly talented and passionate bloggers, including you! xo
    Lilit recently posted..Love it, Leave it – Rimmel vs Revlon gel eyelinersMy Profile

    1. Tine

      Thanks so much for participating, Lilit! :)

  2. Christina @ Hair Romance

    Thanks for including me Tine! Some great inspirational stories and even more reasons to love blogging x
    Christina @ Hair Romance recently posted..How to wear winged eyeliner for dayMy Profile

    1. Tine

      It’s my pleasure, Christina! Thanks so much for participating :) x

  3. Norlin

    Thanks so much for including me! Loved reading what the other bloggers have learnt to. And the common theme? Getting to meet other people and learning new things! :)
    Norlin recently posted..Fashion & Beauty Tips & TricksMy Profile

    1. Tine

      That’s the best part of blogging for me, getting to meet other people and learning new things. It’s not just about writing and sharing one’s passion :)

  4. Yishan

    Thanks for including me in your post Tine!! It’s like minded people that keeps me motivated to keep on blogging.
    Yishan recently posted..THEBALM Plump Your Pucker – Pink My Lemonade, Passion My FruitMy Profile

    1. Tine

      Thank YOU for being a part of this, Yishan. Love that perk about blogging :)

  5. MsCritique.com

    Congratulations, 6 years is a very long time! I loved hearing what everyone else thought too. Great post!

    1. Tine

      Thanks love! Here’s to more years to come! *clink glasses*

  6. Paris B

    Thanks so much for having me, Tine and I loved reading what others have said about their blogging journeys too. Its all so true in so many ways! What I love the most is how just by blogging (and not even beauty blogging at that!) I was brave enough to attend a fellow blogger’s wedding dinner and nervously tell everyone at the table that “I’m the friend she met online”. 6 years ago, it was awkward, these days, its the norm. I think that sums up just how far blogging has taken us *hugs*
    Paris B recently posted..Fast, Easy, Effective Liquid Foundation Application Tutorial – 5 Lines, 1 Perfect Base (Backstage Tip from Dior Makeup Artist Junior Cedeño)My Profile

    1. Tine

      It was certainly my pleasure having you on the blog, dearie. Hahahaha that story never gets old. I loved telling my friends and family during the wedding “she’s the blogger!” And you know how people don’t know what that was back then. “Huh? Blogger? Mat yeh hai blogger?” :P

  7. lisa

    Love this post Tine! Blogging has made me more computer savvy, made me meet people I never thought I would, but most importantly, made me realise how important it is to keep your identity once you have kids. Mums (and other women) need their own place to calm the sanity.
    lisa recently posted..Things I have learnt that school won’t teach meMy Profile

    1. Tine

      Thanks Lisa! That’s so great. I love how blogging makes people a lot more computer savvy too. When you’re stuck in front of the computer trying to troubleshoot your blog, there are a lot of hair-tearing moments but once you fixed it yourself, that immense feeling of satisfaction is just GOLD.
      Good to know blogging helps you keep your identity. Can’t begin to tell you how much I like that sentence you wrote.

  8. Sarah

    I really love this post! I think it is so interesting to see common threads amongst the bloggers (and your!) experiences here.

    I have found that blogging has helped boost my confidence and spend more time on my appearance, not in a vain way but rather in terms of taking care of myself more. It has also been a very valuable creative outlet to me and helps me in living and being myself.

    Oh and I’ve learnt so much about websites that I never thought I’d ever know or need to know haha! ;)
    Sarah recently posted..Retail Therapy? My Chemist Warehouse HAUL!My Profile

    1. Tine

      Haha good to know, Sarah! I agree, it does help me take care of myself more too. And having this precious creative outlet where you can share your interests and passion with like-minded people is just amazing.

  9. Grace-melody Moo

    Amazing post, Tine. I could truly relate to the part about being fickle and hopping from one project to another ~ and yet having stuck with blogging for so long! :) What a precious achievement.

    Blogging has truly enriched my life by firstly giving me an outlet to express thoughts I wouldn’t have in person, because I have an introverted personality. As a result, blogging has been a very healing journey for me. Secondly, it was through the blogging world I met the most wonderful people who have inspired me and blessed me with their friendship. I am not sure how life would be without a blog now.
    Grace-melody Moo recently posted..Another interview on EDsMy Profile

    1. Tine

      Thanks Grace! It’s amazing how much blogging helps us all individually. The friendships we forge through blogging is such a blessing :)

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