How Blogging Completely Changed My Life

It’s been 2 years since I started my blog and nothing has made me happier. As a result of starting my blog, I  found out my personal mission, the best career path for my skills, and what I wasn’t going to tolerate in mu life: friendships, situations, everything.

A lot of the times you’ll hear bloggers talk about how they quit their full-time jobs after several months or years of blogging. Well it’s been the opposite for me. It’s always been the opposite goal for me and quite honestly I feel awkward for wanting to work and run my blog at the same time, like it’s some opposite cliche blogger success story.

So I want to share and explain my story – not because a blog is some sort of holy grail of salvation, but because it’s super personal and not every success story needs to involve well, success.

Here’s how my blog changed my life:

 

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Took me on a new career path

Before I was blogging I was attending a post bacc program at a medical school so I could earn the premed credits needed to take the MCAT. My bachelors degree was in History and Anthropology, thinking I would one day study those in greater detail. But medicine was by passion protect – I wanted to find a way to help those who also suffered from Steven Johnsons Syndrome, maybe even find a cure.

As I sat in statistics class in my post bacc, I realized the program I was in was draining me emotionally. Math and chemistry were never A, B, or sometimes even C classes for me. I just didn’t get good grades.

So I opened up my laptop and started writing while in class (bad, I know), but it made me happy. That night I bought the domain to The Petite Bijou, set up hosting, and published my first post – a mediocre (but fun) post on my new maple and brown sugar candle. I loved talking about my decor! Over the next 3 months, I started introducing outfit and beauty posts. 3 months in, I got my first sponsored collaboration.

I also started to get serious about social media management, blogging, and pitching brands. I researched and practices until I started doing tasks like that for other bloggers. About 5 months into the program, I quit. My skill and talent was always in communication. I held PR and social media internships throughout college. Half a year later I started in my current marketing graduate program and I am so happy I made the switch!

I graduate this may, am self employed, and on my way working full time at a marketing position!

 

Taught me who really supported me

I guess you can say I never really had close friends. In high school and throughout college, I had people I would hang out with on occasion, but only a few people who would go out of their way to invite me. This isn’t something that made me bitter, but it did make me sad. I never had high expectation from anyone, and it’s still hard to have those.

When I started my blog, none of the people I was close to even read it, shared it, or followed my socials. It wasn’t until I started growing that they started noticing. And by that time I had moved on. When you start a passion project, you’ll learn quickly who is there to support you.

I am most supported by my close blogging friends! So don’t be afraid to do meet ups if you feel alone in this space. We are here for you.

 

Taught me about being creative

It’s not enough to just post a half assed picture anymore (pardon my french). Which is why somedays I don’t post at all. Blogging has taught me that you need to be more creative and unique than you think you already are. It challenges you to wear all hats: marketing, public relations, creative. It challenges you to create beautiful words, images, and actions.

Above all, blogging teaches you skills that are useful in every aspect of your life – negotiations, communications, and aesthetics.

 

Taught me about knowing my worth

My first brand collaboration was a pretty neat feat. But as time went on, I started getting a lot more requests for brand collars. However, I was spending too much time and money making the magic happen for these brands. I invested in professional photography, fast site updates, etc. Blogging started becoming an expensive hobby.

I knew I needed to get paid for the work I was doing and so I did just that. At first it was really scary asking for over $50, then over $100, but all of what I earned got invested back into my business so I didn’t have to work harder to cover the expenses. The blog pays for itself now and it allows me to enjoy creating content for my readers.

My advice: if you’re a blogger, know what the minimum amount of $$ you’re willing to work for and don’t go any lower than that! But also make sure you have the skills to back it up.

 

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So, my blog isn’t my salvation, but it does make me happy. And I hope if you’re a blogger, you don’t feel the pressure of doing the “I quite my full time job” route. You don’t have to if you don’t want to. And if you want to go back to work or school (like me!), then go for it! Your blogging success story is so unique – embrace it!

 

What has your blog taught you about life? What kind of blogger are you? Leave a comment below and include your blog website so we can all check it out!

 

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Here's my journey just in case you feel shy to share:
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▪️Spent 5 years in undergrad getting a BA in History & Anthropology. Prepped to study abroad in Britain for my higher degree afterwards
▪️Decided not to pursue a higher degree in History, needed premedical classes I never took.
▪️Applied and accepted into a Post Baccalaureate medical school program. Started my blog during classes.
▪️During this program, couldn't pass Chem or Math (should have known), quit and took gap year doing more internships
▪️Took GRE but got rejected for Marketing and Communications programs due to  low "math" score portion of GRE....ok then...
▪️Applied to my last option, got in, and got my Masters in IMC (Integrated Marketing Communications). Best decision ever, should have done it first and sooner.
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