Happy Black Friday! I hope y’all are having a wonderful time with family – my family and I finished Thanksgiving dinner and watched Inside Out and then talked all night until 2:30am. We just had so much to talk about after our first quarter at college! My family isn’t a huge Black Friday enthusiast, it’s too overwhelming for us!
Despite not putting up a post about giving my thanks, I undoubtedly am thankful for so many things. But today I thought I would share what my life would be like without blogging, something that I am extremely and incredibly grateful for.
My good friend Willa over at Willa’s Ramblings recently discussed this on her blog, and I definitely want to tell my own story as well.
I started blogging in August of 2011 (you can view my full blogging experience here) as an incoming high school freshman. At the time, I was entering a high school where most of my middle school friends weren’t attending. I was pretty much getting a fresh start. I blogged throughout most of my freshman year, and it was tough. I was on the varsity dance team, but the girls just weren’t really my type of people that I could be with 100% of the time. That’s where blogging and blogging friends came in. I met the majority of my good friends now my freshman year. (Shoutout to Grace, Vy, Willa, and Aneeqah!)
Starting blogging as a 14 year old and now as an 19 year old blows my mind. I’ve had multiple times where I felt that school was too overwhelming and I just didn’t have time to blog anymore and almost quit. There were periods of time where I quit for like a few weeks, but realized that I simply cannot live without it.
Let’s play out a scenario where blogging was never a thing for me: I would have been so lonely freshman year, doing school and trying to fit in as best as I could with my dance team friends. I probably would have devoted a lot more time and energy into dance, and possibly would have even continued it my senior year (I quit as a senior, if y’all didn’t know!). I wouldn’t have had those moments of anticipation from my inbox, waiting to get that approval from a Netgalley title. I would have gotten a lot more sleep, because God knows I stayed up late reading and scrambling to put up posts for the blog. I probably would have done better on my SATs if I had spent my summers leading up to the tests studying and doing practice tests instead of reading book after book and writing posts.
But all of that? I wouldn’t trade for losing blogging in a heartbeat. Blogging’s benefits have outweighed those opportunity costs in so many ways (goodness, econ class is getting to me). Blogging’s impact on my hobby, how I interact with people, and strengthening my skills with technology have increase so much and has overall made me a happier person. I simply cannot imagine what my life would be like without blogging. More importantly, I would not have met any of you guys, some of which I call closer friends than my friends at school.
Imagining a teenage life without blogging is unfathomable for me – there’s like a void and abyss. I feel that blogging has developed a personality that I am truly grateful for.
For you all who have been blogging for a long time – what would your life be like without it? Is it as mind-blowing for you as it is for me?