Monday Motivation: Why bother blogging?

A couple of weeks ago, I was out for the evening with a fellow blogger, who introduced me to a friend of hers. It turned out that we all have blogs, and so, over dinner at Nando’s, we got into a discussion about our various sites. My friend has a few, covering everything from movie reviews to travel to politics, and her friend has a daily photography blog. So when she then turned to me and asked what my blog was about, I got a bit embarrassed and muttered something about it all being fairly frivolous.

The truth is, until very recently I didn’t really think of this blog as anything of particular significance. I mean, it’s significant to me, but I didn’t honestly think reading my ramblings would mean much to anyone else. So when my friend interrupted and told me very sternly that it’s anything but frivolous, I was surprised and pleased.

I remember exactly why I chose the ‘happy things’ theme. It was a couple of years ago, and I’d been thinking about starting a blog, but couldn’t decide what to write about. Then one night, I was going to the theatre with my mum, dad and sister; I was coming straight from work on the train and they were driving, and we’d planned to meet at the theatre, then they’d give me a lift home afterwards.

Unfortunately, the others got stuck in a massive traffic jam and didn’t arrive until the interval, at which point I gave them a quick – and, I suspect, fairly unhelpful – summary of the first half. Then, barely an hour after they’d finally arrived, we got back in the car to head home. And halfway through the journey, I realised that I hadn’t stopped complaining to them about what a rubbish day I’d had. Even though I wasn’t the one who’d sat in traffic for two hours or missed the first half of a play I’d paid to see.

And so the Blog of Happy Things was born. I decided I wouldn’t restrict myself on subject, and would just set one rule: no complaining allowed (except one day a year, on Alternative Thanksgiving). If I had an aim, besides just having a place to write about stuff, it was to hopefully make people smile and take a moment to think about the good things in their own lives. But I didn’t really think anyone besides my family and maybe a few friends would look at it.

Fast forward two years, and the other day another friend mentioned that he was thinking of starting his own blog. I told him, without hesitation, to do it, and that it was one of the best things I’ve ever done, which is 100% true. Not only because it’s been a lot of fun – which it has – but because it’s brought me new friends, both online and in the real world, opened up fantastic opportunities (I’d never have considered writing for London Theatre Direct had I not already had a blog of my own) and forced me to spend time looking around and focusing on happy things, if only so I always have something new to write about. By making me do that, I definitely think it’s made me a happier person overall.

And then there are moments like that one in Nando’s, when my friend told me that if she’s feeling fed up, she pops over here to have a read, and always finds something to make her feel better. Knowing that someone has not only visited the blog, but that they’ve read a post that means something to them, is more than I ever expected, and it totally made my day.

So thank you to everyone who’s ever been to the blog, liked a post, commented or shared. It really does mean the world to me 🙂

And to anyone else who thinks their blog is a bit frivolous, guess what? It’s anything but. At the end of the day, if it means something to other people, that’s a lovely bonus. But the most important thing is that it means something to you.

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7 thoughts on “Monday Motivation: Why bother blogging?

  1. Love, love, love this post! It’s strange, I’ve been struggling with finding the time and motivation to blog and you, in turn, have inspired me!

  2. I have only just started blogging but my strap line is ‘love your life’ so I hope to be blogging about frivolous and happy things too! And hopefully my subscribers will enjoy reading them. It was good to read this and you have inspired me to keep positive when I think to myself ‘who would want to read about my stuff!’

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