31/31 Blogging gives me a voice

31. Why do you blog?

That’s like asking why do I eat…

I really enjoy writing and love being able to improve on it through practice and feedback. When it comes to taking part in blogging challenges, I love finding out other peoples perspective to the same prompt and see how it compares to my own. One of the other big reasons I blog is that I love looking at the stats. Finding out that someone from Australia or Croatia has visited my blog (and hopefully enjoyed it) is an incredible feeling.

Within the blogging community, I can be myself. Here, you are not judged or bullied, you are encouraged. You aren’t told that you’re doing it wrong as there is no right answer. Blogging gives people the creative freedom to post whatever they like as there is an audience for everyone. As RuPaul once said…

“It’s important to know thyself, and for people who don’t feel they fit in, it’s important to find your tribe. I remember the first time, when I was a kid in San Diego, California, I felt so alone and I felt I’d been dropped here by aliens from another planet. I remember when I saw Monty Python’s Flying Circus on television, people with this irreverent sense of humour and these ideas towards identity and drag and everything, I felt like, ‘That’s my tribe’. After that, I set out to go and find my people, and I eventually did. So the truth is, your tribe is out there waiting for you. You have to be willing to leave your village or leave your place and go find them, because they’re looking for you too.”

My comeback

So a lot has happened over the last twelve months….

  • I moved into a flat in central London with people I’d never met before;
  • I left National Geographic Kids after being headhunted to work on a new children’s magazine;
  • I began exploring life and all that it has to offer…

Moving anywhere can be stressful – but trying to find a place in London that isn’t going to leave you penniless is a different kettle of fish entirely. That said, even though it may have taken me a while, I finally found a three bed flat in the heart of London, near Angel, that I have fallen in love with. I feel like I’ve found friends for life with my flatmates, which is so lucky, as moving in with people I hadn’t known before could have turned out very differently.

Not long after moving in, I was headhunted for a new children’s magazine that had not even published it’s first issue. Yet again I was faced with another risky decision. Did I stay in a job that I could do with my hands tied behind my back or did I take a leap of faith and jump straight into an unknown magazine in the hope that it would be a success (and that becoming an official Staff Writer was something I could succeed in too)? I took the latter option and it turned out to be one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. The Week Junior launched in November and has been going from strength to strength ever since, becoming Britain’s fastest growing children’s magazine. I’m so proud to be part of such an amazing team at Dennis Publications and couldn’t imagine myself working anywhere else.

I’ve also come to realise over the past year that you don’t have to live your life in a box… or worry about ticking anyone else’s boxes for that matter. People are entitled to be who ever they want to be and shouldn’t have to answer to anyone for it. Unfortunately, there will still be times where someone doesn’t agree, or doesn’t think that your decision is a wise one… but you know what, it’s my decision to make and if it doesn’t turn out well, then that’s my mistake and is something I will learn from. After all, that’s how people grow, by making their own mistakes. It’s just not possible to learn from someone else’s. Plus if you find out that someone doesn’t like you for one reason or another, then quite frankly that’s their problem. As RuPaul says in her song, Sissy That Walk… “Unless they paying your bills, pay them b*tches no mind.”

Woah… that got deep for a second. Back to business…

Since a new month is now on the horizon, I wanted to begin regularly blogging again and not just posting sporadic reviews. So, to help get me back into the swing of things, I’ve decided to take up the below 31 Day Blog Challenge. In 2014, I took part in the 365 Days of Writing Prompts challenge from WordPress and absolutely loved it. It was also so nice to see how fellow bloggers had approached each prompt, so if you’re completing a similar challenge this May, let me know as I’d love to check it out.

So until the next time, enjoy life and keep living the dream!

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