It was my husband who encouraged me to blog. I thought, why would I? I am not even a good writer and don't know what topics to write about and for sure, my English grammar is already rusty. I knew there are a lot of people out there who write better than me and probably have more great ideas than me, so why bother? Another thing that I was worried about was will anyone read my blog? But, a little more encouragement and there I found myself, creating my own blog on a free platform. It probably took me the whole day to create my very first blog.
Reading through my very first articles, you'd know they were written by a very amateurish blogger and that's when I realised I need more practice. No one was visiting my blog and I even had to ask family and friends to read my articles. Then something hit me. I had to psyche myself, if I really want to be a blogger, I have to get rid of my self doubts and have a growth mindset. I don't care if no one reads my blog, what I need to do is improve on my writing. I didn't have to be a pro to write a good article but constantly doing so and sharing my ideas would one day, make me a good blogger.
More than twelve years later and here I am, still a blogger and I still love sharing my ideas and connecting with people from all across the globe. Blogging has taught me a lot of things. I used to share just my thoughts, but realised later on that it would be better if I also share what I learned online and the things I am very passionate about like baking, cooking and our travel experiences. That way, my readers will not just be entertained but learn from me as well. Something that they may find useful someday.
And it didn't stop there. As a blogger and influencer, I had to read many articles, do some research, watch tons of videos and even listen to the daily news for me to able to come up with fresh and meaningful ideas to share with everyone. Blogging also made me a better cook, baker and would you believe, a photographer. Of course, I had to plate my food well and take good photos. That way, the people looking at your recipe will also be encouraged to try it.
Blogging has been very beneficial to me. Why, I have been compensated for some of my posts. Brands are pitching me to write reviews about their products and most of the time, products were sent to me to try. The financial compensations may have not been much, but it's more than enough to keep my blogs and hosting service up and running. The best compensation though, are the lessons I've learned, the friends I gained and knowing that there is a growing number of people getting interested to read my articles. Such a humbling experience knowing that people are paying attention to my writings.
Blogging continues to empower me to share with everyone what I am passionate about and I know I will still be doing this for the years to come.