Day 8 Blogtember topic: Discuss ways that blogging or social media has changed you.
I feel that the blogging world has changed so much since I started reading blogs a few years ago, it's become so much more commercial and more about branding and follower statistics.
Some blogs that I loved to read because of the authenticity seem like they've turned into one big advertisement, and it's easy to feel pressured into that way of blogging.
And sometimes it makes me feel like quitting, because I don't want to have such a blog.
But then I get the sweetest comment on a post I've written or I read a beautiful article a fellow blogger has posted and I realize there are so many positives to blogging as well.
It can be so inspirational and connecting and encouraging and sometimes it gets me out of my comfort zone.
This is what I wrote in my very first post about why I blog:
"I want to remember the little things, his first smiles and giggles and temper tantrums.
I want to be able to look back in a few years and know what was going on in our lives right now and how our God has blessed us.
I want Micha to be able to stumble upon my blog one day and read about our first years together and know that we loved him from the start and always will!"
My reason to start blogging was to document our lives as a new family, and I'm so happy I've kept up so far.
But in the last year this blog has become more than just an online journal.
It's been a way for me to stay creative with my writing and with life in general.
It's been a way to stay connected with family and friends and it's given me new friends.
It's opened me to new possibilities and has been an outlet for my thoughts.
It's helped me to see the little things in life.
It's influenced me in more ways than I thought possible.
How has blogging influenced you?