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Why I Blog


Everyone’s reasoning behind starting a blog is different, some are motivated by money, free stuff or simply by the desire to share their thoughts online.

I’ve been blogging in some shape or form for a very long time, I found out the other day I've been writing on my Live Journal since 2007 a few days ago! LLYMLRS in it’s current state has been around since 2009, although I did have blogs before that that I never committed to or simply just used them as online journals.

Becoming a full time blogger was never something that came into the equation when I started bloging. Purely because it wasnt really something that was a thing way back then. My blog has grown considerably and far beyond my wildest dreams. 

Here are my very personal reasons on why I blog and why I love what I do:
  • Being able to express myself online freely
  • Allowing myself to be surrounded by creative and engaging people from all over the world
  • Sharing my experiences so others can learn from them
  • Being part of a predominately female-led industry full of smart and powerful women
  • Having a visual record of my life from leaving university till whenever I decide to stop. 
  • Trailblazing my own career out of a hobby
  • Meeting likeminded people who are have become life long friends
  • Countless life-changing opportunities.
  • Travelling the world and seen place I’d never considered visiting
  • Encouraging and inspiring others
  • Challenging myself to learn new skills and expand my knowledge
  • Spreading a message of positivity
  • Boosting my self esteem and confidence
  • Making a hobby financially viable
  • Using my voice to influence and advise others
  • Being part of a digital revolution pioneered by young creatives
  • Knowing people care and that my opinion matters


Those are just a few of the reasons why I blog and why I love it so much. Blogging totally changed my life and I like to look back at how different my life was compared to when I started. While I don’t think anything was wrong with my life before, I just was never sure what I wanted to do with it. I never had a career goal but I knew I wanted to be successful and known for something but I didn't know what exactly would bring me in that position. There was never really a moment in my blogging story where everything just clicked. It felt right from the start, it made sense and I knew what I was doing was going to become part of my life and be one of my greatest passions. 

Id love to know why you blog, it's such a personal thing and I'd love to know your reasons!

62 comments

  1. amazing post, you really inspire me!
    xxx
    www.dominiquecandido.com

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  2. Blogging is something I have always gone back to, like you I had other blogs before I started my current one but the other blogs I never really stuck at before. I definitely blog for me though, I think it's nice to have something to look back on.

    Victoria x Toria Annabelle

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  3. I have only recently started blogging but I find it so exciting, I'm constantly learning new things and it give me an outlet to share my thoughts online. Very inspiring and encouraging post!

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  4. Aww I love this post! I've never even considered the point about it being a female-led industry but now I'm realising just how true (and awesome) that is.

    My main reasons are my love of writing/photography/editing - you get to be researcher, features writer, content editor and editor-in-chief everyday for your own little slice of the internet! I get so much enjoyment from blogging and engaging with the community and that alone is enough reason for me to keep posting :)

    http://arthurandvogue.blogspot.co.uk/

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  5. I just started my own blog and I did start because I like to share my own thoughts and I love writing, so this is the perfect combination for me. I also love the idea of meeting other bloggers online, who may have the same interests as I do.
    Lovely post Lily, it's so nice to see how far you've come!
    Patti www.pattiblue.blogspot.com

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  6. I had never really thought about the fact that blogging is a female-led industry, but that really is part of what makes it amazing! x

    poundingyounghearts.blogspot.com

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  7. I blog as a hobby as well as making it financial for myself!

    www.angerawrs.co.uk

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  8. totally agree with you about expressing myself!
    blogging always seems to me a very interesting hobby which can help to know myself better and to tell about myself to the world, like who I am and what I like. But I always been afraid to start for a long time and when I finally start I just felt it's mean a lot for me and I can be helpful for others on my own pages, like inspiring others to follow their own path or talk about some important topics at the time:) totally enjoy your blogging story!

    x
    mynameiskristina blog // bloglovin

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  9. Interesting list. Many of your reasons are the same for me - funny to see that. X!
    www.lemontierres.com

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  10. Hey! I love this post :) I love the one reason where you go on to say about looking back at our life and having a visual journal, I feel thats like me too, i can one day look back and see how i was and share it with others:)

    Leanne's Lifestyle Blog

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  11. This is such a lovely post! I couldn't agree more with the point about being part of a predominately female-led industry, it's so inspiring to see so many amazing women elevating their blogs into careers.

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

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  12. I love this post so much, I feel like you've put into words about why I blog!
    Jodie xo // Jodie Loue

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  13. some lovely reasons! i've always thought you were a very down to earth blogger, and these just prove that! :) x

    A Little Treat | Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

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  14. I really love the post. And your hat! :)

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  15. Love this post!

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  16. Gorgeous and heartfelt blog post. I loved your personal reasons why you started blogging. I wanted to highlight the point you made about being part of a female-led industry. What I like about the blogging community is on most parts we all try and support each other. I find it inspiring, many bloggers and YouTubers inspire me in many ways creatively and personally. This has led to me developing my own blog and connecting with people more online. Really great blog post and well said on so many points!! :-) xx

    Helen | Helens Fashion & Beauty Blog

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  17. Such a lovely post. I love blogging as it's such an enjoyable little hobby :) x

    The Belle Narrative

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  18. Lovely post, these are all such inspiring reasons! It's crazy the opportunities that blogging can bring! I began blogging last summer in the hopes it shall aid me on journey in becoming a fashion and beauty journalist! That would be a dream come true.

    Toni x
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  19. This is so amazing and honest! I remember reading your blog, back in 2010 and thinking that you'd go places. Guess I was right! ; )

    - Elodie x
    www.elle-yeah.com

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  20. Hey Lily, such a great post! A few of those reasons are even why I blog too. I've only been blogging for just over 2 years, and even now I love looking through older posts from past for that nostalgia! You're a real inspiration to me Lily and I love your work :) I even plucked up the courage to post my first YouTube video, so thank you!

    Meg ♡
    www.meg-riley.blogspot.co.uk

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  21. SO inspiring. These are the same reasons why I blog. Thanks for sharing.

    Liv

    www.livforstyle.net

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  22. These are great reasons I especially the being in a women led industry one, that's one of my loves too! I love blogging because it allows me to express myself and makes me feel like part of something. I love discovering new things through blogging and reading other peoples! It's just so great! :)
    Em x
    Life of Em | www.lifeofem.co.uk

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  23. I started my blog purely to learn the technical side of starting a website, and how to manage and develop it even further, all whilst developing my photography skills after many extensive hours doing ootd pictures outside!

    The content writing is actually my least fav part and one I leave to the very end!
    www.article21.co.uk

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  24. Fab list - you make some really great points! :)

    Style Sunrise☀

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  26. Such great reasons to blog that i can relate to. I simply do it because i love fashion, and taking pretty pictures gives me confidence

    Emma at www.collagemepretty.blogspot.co.uk

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  27. I've followed your blog for years and it's great to see how much you've grown! I blog because I want to inspire others with photography, healthy living and positivity, to connect with others and find myself as a person. The fact I can curate my own content and others enjoy it is spectacular!

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

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  28. I wish so much that my blog could turn into a full time job! I love it so much, and I've been doing it for years!

    http://www.gemmacarey.com/

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  29. Posts like these always remind me why I blog and motivate me to keep going, it's so nice having an online journal and sometimes I really do forget how much i learn from blogging and from reading other people's blogs <3

    The Quirky Queer

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  30. Exactly the reasons why I blog! Brilliant post. Even though I haven't got a large following, it still makes me smile when I know someone's read my post.

    www.beckieeschle.com

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  31. What a beautiful, soft and inspiring post <3

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  32. Like yourself, I have been blogging for a long time. I have changed my blog name three times now andI have changed the layout several times! I am finally happy with my blog and I am trying to work my ass off to make it work. I don't blog for money or the free stuff - even though it is amazing when someone does send you something - I love to blog for the community.

    I love asking open ended questions on my blog, hoping to start a discussion. I love giving honest advice about products - or even life advice. I just love sharing.

    I have always read your blog and you are one of the reasons why I started blogging. I just loved the fact that you used it as a diary, so that really inspired me... jeeeez. This sounds really cheesy! haha.

    Georgie
    xoxo

    TheLipstickDaily

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  33. Wow! This is an amazing post and so inspiring. Especially to someone like me that just started a blog yesterday! Thank you for being so open, honest and truthful.

    Katie :)
    www.ClassyMomswithBusyKids.com

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  34. I love being able to express myself online in a public way, as well. I find that my other creative hobbies, such as writing, are private and things I don't really like to share. It's great to have a public outlet for creativity! x

    nueyork.blogspot.com

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  35. you've probably heard this before from other people, but i genuinely started my blog because of you. i started reading when you still lived at home, taking photos in your bedroom from a tripod! i think it was 2010/2011, and when i went to uni, i just thought i'd give it a go.

    i've always been a creative person and studied english literature and creative writing at uni, so it felt like a great outlet. i haven't always been as committed as you (something i'm hoping to change now i'm a graduate) and i recently lost all my bloglovin followers which was a massive blow but seeing you go from strength to strength is SO inspirational!

    and the predominantly female-led point is so spot-on. it's great reading and listening to women talk about actual women things; not being like the perfect female characters you tend to get on TV. and that whenever you've spoken about clothes or make-up, you've never once said 'wear this, boys love it!' it's always been about self-expression and confidence and individuality, which is sososo refreshing and positive.

    thank you for continuing to inspire me!

    Elena | Itchy Bones

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  36. Thank you for sharing this Lily!! Lovely post..

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  37. This is such a lovely post to read! i started my little blog in the hopes one day I can just look back at it and smile think I did some amazing things :) From your list I can tell you blog for all the right reasons, you definitely inspired me! You were one of the first blogs I read and you inspired me to dress differently and even start my own blog!
    http://www.elzbthchlmrspps.blogspot.co.uk

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  38. Amazing, inspiring post!!
    I also stared blogging, about one year ago. I would be honored if you'd check it out! seriously your blogs are so perfect and inspiring! I hope some day I'll be on your level.
    Probably in my next post I'll also write about why I blog x

    xx nora
    www.uploading-my-mind.blogspot.fi

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  39. This was such a lovely and inspiring post to read!
    I've just recently started blogging because I want to connect to people like myself, which have similar hobbies and interests!

    xxx

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  40. This was a lovely read Lily, I just loving having a bit of a creative outlet which is my own. I can just do/say what I want and connect with likeminded people! I think that's my favourite part of it really. It'll be nice to look back on one day too and see how my life has changed along the way...sometimes you don't even realise how much things have changed until you stop and think about it! x

    The Girl In The Tartan Scarf

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  41. You were actually one of the bloggers who inspired me to start my own blog! Great post x
    eleanor's adventures // UK Fashion & Beauty Blog

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  42. This is such a beautiful post! I had been reading blogs for a few years when I was accepted into a study abroad program in Ireland. I decided to start my blog to keep friends and family up-to-date back home. I found I loved the process or writing and curating content that I was interested in. When I returned from my trip, I continued blogging. It's very soothing for me, and I've met so many wonderful people through blogging!

    The What's In Between

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  43. always loved your blog and your reasons for blogger just reinforce why I look up to blog - x

    Lavinya Royes - Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

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  44. Love this post, started new blogs several times and i was always been thinking about getting a following but now i am just doing it as a passion and I feel more self motivated as I am doing it for my self.

    great post
    sihaam x

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  45. I've loved your blog for a long time Lily and I find that your realness truly shines through your posts.

    Keep doing what you're doing because it's great!

    http://ashleighlaurenbeauty.blogspot.co.uk/

    ALB x

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  46. Awesome blogging motivations you have! This is why I love reading your blog! i just wrote a similar post as my blog just turn 1! ;)

    Rachel x
    thehappybits.blogspot.com

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  47. Great post, it's nice to hear about your motivations for blogging, I always find your posts so genuine and fun to read! x
    http://beautyssimplcity.blogspot.co.uk

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  48. I blog simply just to write down all my thoughts and opinions. It helps keep me excited and motivated!

    www.trustinginmypath.wordpress.com

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  49. This post is really lovely and inspiring
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  50. These are absolutely spot on! Your blog was a huge inspiration for when I started mine (well it still is!)

    Cass | CassandraMyee

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  51. I've just found your blog and love it already!
    Blogging is new to me. I've only just set up my blog so the reasons behind it are very fresh. I'm headed to the wrong side of 'mid-twenties' and constantly feeling like I'm doggy paddling as I find a way in the world in a time when the world is meant to be at my feet (hence the name 'Feet Meet World'). Even just figuring out simple things like learning to be healthy with food and exercise to finding your own personal style as well as exploring new places and finding your career path etc. So I wanted to share my experiences so that readers can know we're all in it together!
    www.feetmeetworld.com

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