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All The Things Blogging & Writing Taught Me

When my blog was re-vamped and re-born circa September 2016 to how it still looks now, I knew that it would be an ongoing development project like no other but I didn’t quite know how it would pan out and what I would gain from it. I just knew that I wanted to share something to someone.

Over a year later, I’m happy to speak about this process and how it has really shaped my entire year…and I couldn’t thank you enough as the reader of this now, whether as a stranger or as a friend. (But ultimately, I hope you stay as a friend.) πŸ™‚

One of the first posts that was really popular during this new age was Β All The Things Makeup Taught Me (+Story Time)Β and though unrelated, this is another post following in that same format.

Welcome to another instalment to my unintentional ‘All The Things…’ series to round the year off!

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Blogging taught me that I do actually have an opinion

One of the solid memories that I have from high school is my RE/PSE (Religious Studies/Personal Social Education) teacher having a problem with me not having much of a(n) (verbal) opinion on issues such as abortion, euthanasia, politics etc. I was a very quiet individual at the time (I am nonetheless still an introvert now but definitely not as quiet πŸ˜‰). The thing is, it’s so hard to have such a strong opinion on such a strong topic at such a young age.

Following on with my introvert nature, I remember the boy I sat next to force-held my hand up to answer a question (because obviously, why not pick on the quiet girl) and I remember feeling so embarrassed due to my lack of answer. The teacher told him off but I still felt nonetheless intimidated. Part of me also felt a bit alienated because in some way, you are forced to have a certain opinion to fit the mould of a good, healthy student who is going to be well accepted in society. At least, I think this is why I didn’t give in to expressing any opinion that I had no keen interest in, or knowledge, to truly discuss the topic. I didn’t want to be a mould.

Some years on and through a lot of blogging experience, I’ve come to know that I actually do have a lot of opinions. I know that sounds quite strange because of course everyone has an opinion – but to express it by my own accord is so different, freeing and comfortable. It’s from a place of knowledge, experience and interest. That’s when I know it’s from the heart, so no – I don’t feel bad for having a lack of answer back then…I stayed true to myself and that’s that. It was just a matter of time!

Blogging taught me that social media isn’t that bad…and can be pretty useful

There are generally two sides to social media – you either really love it or you hate it. You love it because you feel invincible in the sense that you are connected to the whole world. There is no denying that social media has and will continue to shape our lives. But it can also spark the spawn of the devil in the name of procrastination, trashy talks (you know the kind on Facebook that has no content?*) and stalkers. (I’m actually not joking about that last part.)

Since blogging a lot more, I’ve also started using Instagram and Twitter hand in hand with it and made a couple of friends along the way. The truth is, the power of social media amazes me everyday. The ability to share the content that you want and spark some discussion…I’m all for it.

I see both Instagram and Twitter as micro-versions of my blog so don’t underestimate it! What’s even more amazing is finding likewise people on these platforms in discussions that YOU have interest in and therefore finding YOUR audience.

*Hence why I seldom go on Facebook now. It sparks no creative content for my mind and eyes to feast over!

Blogging taught me that we relate to each other more than we think!

I started expressing myself more lately – if not in the past year then definitely in the past few months. I started small with my monthly Favourites and Empties post, and then I dived deeper into personal topics like my battle with eczema and psoriasis or my latest ‘Why I Stopped Using Dry Shampoo’Β post.

Honestly, I wasn’t expecting such responses for my latter posts but so many of you related, some of you gave solid advice and it was such a breath of fresh air to know I was absolutely not alone in my problems. I even think that by sharing more of my stories and way of dealing, I can help someone in a similar situation out there!

Writing taught me therapy

Sounds clichΓ© but, what is writing if it doesn’t make you feel good? I know that technically, I amΒ typingΒ this but let’s not deny how I am still expressing my thoughts regardless. As I pour these thoughts out,Β I feel good about myself so as crazy as it sounds, there is a lot of self-love and self-care that I’ve self-taught myself from writing, drafting and editing many times. I am constantly healing myself by expressing concern or sharing love for something.

I’m not sure how I’d be if I still continued to cage my battle with eczema and psoriasis, or in general, if I didn’t talk about my problems. I think in some way I’d be really ill from the inside but I have writing to thank for, for keeping me merry and sane!

Writing doesn’t even have to be serious. I have found that even jotting down a few notes clears my mind as much as decluttering it. A bit like sorting out your trash if you will – because let’s face it: there are constantly things communicating back at us before we have even processed the information. It’s all overwhelming. But writing, even if just casual, sorts that out.


Thank you to all my readers/friends who decided to stick by! Here’s to another year of great content and more to come. WordPress.com actually notified me a few days ago about a 5-year anniversary; but this space of mine has only officially found its way since September 2016, though I have posts that date back to 2014. Still, there is a time gap because I stop-started this blog many times…wiping out posts and starting fresh again. But then I realised that if I kept doing that, I wouldn’t have much of a journey to visually show. Now that I do, I’d like to thank you for being a part of it and participating in the discussions I try to start.Β πŸ™‚

Happy holidays!

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19 Comments

  1. I really loved reading this…. it’s crazy how much blogging can bring to your life, right? I can completely relate to your stance on not wanting to form an opinion on something before you feel like you understand it or have enough knowledge; I wish more people would utilise that line of thinking!xx

    • Glad you think so too and that you understand where I’m coming from! I actually think blogging really developed my creative thinking because I’m always thinking about what posts to share and what it would bring to someone’s life. Best of all, everyone’s so open-minded and accepting on the platform! Thanks a bunch for reading. πŸ™‚ xx

  2. I love this! So glad to hear you get so much out of blogging. It’s wonderful that you now have a place to express your opinions, haha. Writing IS very therapeutic, isn’t it? It’s one of the best parts of blogging. I still struggle with the whole social media thing…maybe I’ll get the hang of it in 2018!
    Going off to read your All the Things Makeup Taught Me post now!

    • Social media is really hard to keep up with! I actually don’t bother with being too strict with myself like posting a picture everyday on Instagram otherwise it takes the enjoyment away from it. I also space myself away from social media every few days.
      Thanks for reading πŸ™‚ appreciate it!

    • Thank you for reading and glad you could relate! Will definitely continue to write more in the new year! πŸ™‚ xx

  3. I always seem to relate to you and this post is no exception. I remember having really strong opinions in R.S – abortion, euthanasia etc, but I was far too afraid to express them. And worried about whether they were ok opinions or would I be judged.
    It’s a great feeling when you connect to others and realise that you can find common ground with people all over the world. I truly appreciate online meeting you and talking on a routine basis. πŸ™‚ x

    • Thank you for your lovely comment – it really made me smile when I read it. πŸ™‚ Likewise, I’m really happy this year that I got to meet you and so many other bloggers – we must share a lot in common! πŸ˜‰ It’s a really nice feeling to connect with people and have people relate back to what you say without any barriers, right? I think not everyone understands blogging so it can be hard to tell people the benefits unless they have been doing it for quite some time.
      As for the strong opinions in R.S…honestly, I think no opinion is bad as long as it’s backed up with some type of reasoning behind your opinion (if you’re for or against something) although am sure there are few exceptions. I think sometimes people don’t realise that conformity can be quite damaging too? Self-expression is pretty characteristic so I think it’s about finding the right balance to tell it. xx

      • People definitely don’t understand unless they are bloggers. I’m glad my comment made you smile.
        And I completely agree. I think it’s about the reasoning behind. Everyone goes through life and experiences things that reflect and edit their views.

  4. Thanks for sharing πŸ‘πŸ˜‰ make me think over about the purpose of my blog since I just started about 4 months ago..

    • What do you think? Do you think you have found your purpose yet? I think everyone’s purpose for blogging is different but the same…the most important is that you’re enjoying the process and fulfilling what you want to share πŸ™‚ Thanks for reading!

  5. This was such a great read and glimpse into your inner world. πŸ™‚ I’m an introvert too but opinionated and vocal when required… I just much prefer to have alone time as much as possible! πŸ˜› I’ve learned to I pick my battles…

    Social media is definitely a love / hate relationship for me. I’ve been less interested ever since they changed the algorithm on the major platforms and now I’m force-fed whatever feed they want me to see.

    Writing is definitely a form of therapy! Introverts live so much inside their brains with all their thoughts rattling around in there. It’s good to let some of them out. Typing out and releasing the caged thoughts help to calm the mind, I’ve found. πŸ™‚

    Keep it up! πŸ˜€

    • 😭😭Thank you Stashy! Same! I pick my battles and if someone is really out of line, I will step in and say something. πŸ™‚ Ahh I love my alone time! I absolutely MUST have it otherwise I will go crazy. πŸ˜‚

      The algorithm on Instagram is beyond terrible! I haven’t really touched Instagram much this week and to be honest, I seem to have to manually search for all my friends’ accounts rather than it appearing on my feed. 😐 Not helpful.

  6. What a wonderfully written and interesting post! Blogging has definitely changed my life for the better and taught me many things about myself. Having a space on the internet to put forth your opinions and let out your thoughts can be beneficial to all of us. Wishing you a great 2018 and cannot wait to see all your posts in the New Year!

    • Thank you lovely! Blogging is definitely a huge step to self-discovery…it’s such a personal hobby but one that you can share with other people in the same boat so it’s a win/win situation really! Wishing you a great 2018 too! πŸ™‚ xx

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