I normally don’t post on Saturdays but today is a special occasion: my one year blogging anniversary! On January 13, 2017, I published a post about the struggles I was having with my mental health. It’s hard to believe that was a full year ago. I am grateful to say that my mental health has improved tremendously since then.
The launch of Lauren’s Journey had been a long time coming. I had been reading blogs for over a year, dreaming about one day having my own. On December 25, 2016, I purchased my domain and hosting plan. I spent the next couple of weeks preparing to share my blog with the world.
I started blogging because I wanted a hobby that would showcase my other favorite hobbies: photography, writing, makeup, travel, etc. My hobby has grown into a passion. In just a short year, I have published over 50 posts, collaborated with brands, and most importantly, connected with hundreds of other college students with mental illnesses.
I never imagined receiving messages from people around the world telling me that my blog posts helped them. That they also had anxiety or depression and related to my posts. Helping people has always been an important aspect of my life. In my wildest dreams, I never pictured that I could help people from the United Kingdom and Australia with something I wrote.
Blogging has taught me so many lessons in such a short amount of time.
IT IS HARD WORK
Blogging takes time and effort. You have to write, edit, photograph, promote, and more. Before I started blogging, I perceived it as a way easier task than it actually is. You have to be dedicated if you want your blog to be successful.
IT IS REWARDING
I always get the biggest smile on my face when I receive a new comment or Twitter mention. Knowing that so many people read my work and appreciate it gives me an indescribable feeling. I want to help my readers and make their day.
IT MAKES ME HAPPY
Starting my blog was the best decision I could have made. What started as a small hobby has now become a large part of my life. It’s even on my resumé! I love every aspect of blogging. From brainstorming ideas to connecting with other bloggers on Twitter, I could spend hours working on my blog.
Thank you for joining me on my journey for this past year. I hope to keep blogging for years to come!
Photo credits go to my awesome boyfriend, Tommy.