What Blogging means to me

by - 19:25:00

Hey everyone, hope you're well! It's almost Easter bank holiday which means a few things... Chocolate and Bank Holiday's woop! Although I thought ahead and booked the whole of next week off work so I am very much looking forward to a chilled week, some fun adventures and creating lovely memories with friends. 

I wanted to write this blog post today because of a very proud moment for me - I got voted for the Highly Commended Well-being blogger in the UK Blog Awards 2019. 

| Here's the YouTube clip of my award - it should start playing at 53 minutes in. 

I actually filmed it on my phone whilst the lovely Jillian Ritchie was saying her amazing speech, and I felt that because I didn't blog as much as I would have liked the past few months I didn't think I'd get either the Highly Commended or the overall winner - I guess this shows that I need to believe in myself more! However, I was so grateful and excited to be included as a finalist and watching the awards ceremony was so exciting. In the video I recorded, when she then says the words 'Chloe Chats' I screamed, jumped up and down and cried a lot (I guess you could say I was pretty overwhelmed and shocked!) and my boyfriend who was sitting next to me and watching at the time pretty much did the same and said a few swear words hahaha so I won't share it out, it'll just be a video for me to have so I can look back on as it makes me laugh a lot - an amazing memory that I'll always have with me. All the bloggers in the well-being category are all amazing, talented, creative, who all should be proud of themselves, with me especially, I often don't realise how we are impacting people in such positive ways. Not just those that were in this category, or in the final etc of the Blog Awards but every single blogger out there is so special, amazing, just all-round brilliant at what you do and the impact you have on others around you and those that read your blog posts. We should all be so proud of ourselves, our accomplishments, our creativity that we put into our blogs and the hard work we all do.



The blogging community is everything to me

I would have given up blogging years ago if it wasn't for the amazing support of the blogging community. Of course, when I started blogging I had no idea about the community so it wasn't the reason that I started to blog in the first place, but it has made my blogging journey an unforgettable experience.

Especially to the blogging community on Twitter, this platform is where I met some incredible bloggers and I even have come across some lovely bloggers who I now call my friends. If I'm having a bad day I know that if I chatted to some of the blogging groups I'm involved in, or even if I just tweeted out that I was having a bad day - I know that there will be so many amazing bloggers who will be encouraging and lovely to me. The support and encouragement that I get may that be from people interacting with me on any of my social media's, the blogging groups that I'm involved in, the interaction/comments that I get on my blog posts all mean the world to me. I also love supporting other bloggers, commenting on blog posts, chatting on social media, sharing others blog posts on social media, having amazing guest writers on my blog who share their stories, giving shout out's to others in some of my blog posts, I love to support others as much as I possibly can because I want the world to see how incredible you all are.

That's a favourite thing of mine about the blogging community, no one compete's against each other ever, we all just support each other and it warms my heart. Whenever I think about writing blog posts like this I always want to mention those that have made my blogging journey amazing but I always worry that I'll miss someone out and seeing as I follow over 2000 people on Twitter I think this blog post would be a tad bit too long if I included you all so just know, that YOU reading this, and all of those that I have ever spoken to on any of my social media channels and those that I speak to regularly, I love you all. ♡ 



How blogging can be good for your well-being

| Related: How blogging helped my mental health 

I wrote about something similar before but I wanted to renew it but add to it. The reason I started a well-being blog to begin with is because I wanted to share my story and in doing so, I hoped that it would help others to feel like they could share their story or talk to someone about what they may be going through. I learnt that talking about what I was going through was a massive weight off of my shoulders, it made me realise that I had people around me that were willing to listen and help me as much as they could. It changed my outlook and mindset, and of course, I still have my bad days but I'm no where near that place I was in before.

The big thing about blogging that I found helpful was just being able to write down my thoughts and feelings. Writing for me is extremely therapeutic, it helps me reflect, it helps me gather my thoughts, it helps me be creative and gives me a purpose. I've always enjoyed writing, ever since I was a little kid, I would write so many stories, I had even hand-written a story that went across two full notebooks and it's still incomplete, but I just loved creating stories. I chose to do English Literature as an A Level at school because I loved/love it so much! Sometimes I think back to the days where I would sit and write stories and I think to myself, why did I stop? But I haven't really, I'm still here writing away but it's just in a different format, it's on my blog instead. I don't think I could ever lose interest in writing and who knows, maybe that'll be my career one day.

I know not everyone is interested in blogging or writing stories, but even if you have a special notebook that you keep by the side of your bed where you can write down your thoughts of the day, writing down any positives that may have happened that day, or writing down the negatives but carrying on to see the positives in those negatives or what you can do to change them. You might not be someone that's got an interest in this and can't see how it can help you if you're struggling, but I would really recommend giving it a try, after all, you don't know until you try it. I'd start by writing down 3 positives that have happened or are going to happen every day and that way it's something you can look back on, and it can really make a difference of how you see things.

The great thing about blogging as well is you can write about so many different things. You can write about what you're interested in, may that be travelling, gaming, art, sharing photo's, reviewing books or films, jotting down about what you get up to day to day - there's so much that you can talk about, and being a part of a blogging community you'll be able to find groups that talk about the same things, and from there you can make some wonderful friends. I know that when I moved out of my home town to a city where I knew no one but my boyfriend I found it pretty lonely for a while, I couldn't see my friends as easily as I could have before, and I couldn't just walk downstairs and chat to my family, so having the blogging community helped me feel less lonely, knowing that I had people I could speak to every single day.

Of course, blogging is not something that everyone does or wants to do, there's other hobbies that you can take up where you can meet others with similar interests, finding something that gives you a purpose is always so helpful for your mental well-being. It can even be something small but keeps you busy every so often - could be that you have a pet cat that needs feeding 2-3 times a day, that'll be in your thoughts and therefore gives you a purpose every day. Going off track a little, but that's why it is well known that pets can be super beneficial for your mental health - I wrote more about it last year which you can read here.

I just wanted to say thank you 

I wanted to write this post as a thank you to everyone that reads and supports my blog. I have been totally overwhelmed with all the well done's and congratulations on Twitter/Facebook/Instagram, it definitely makes me realise that I need to believe in myself more. The love and support that I get from my family, friends, and the blogging community is so lovely and I just can't thank you enough for giving me the encouragement and support that I needed. Thank you for being amazing, you're all the best



Do any of my fellow bloggers feel the same about blogging? Let me know in the comments below!

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42 comments

  1. Lovely post and congratulations on the award 😊

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  2. Congratulations on your award, so proud of you xx

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  3. Huge congratulations!! Well deserved xx

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  4. Huge congratulations on getting highly commended, sweetie! I'm so proud of you!
    And it's amazing to read that we are so similar - I too am thankful for the blogging comm, especially on Twitter, and in fact I have made some really strong friendships through blogging! It too helped my mental health a lot as it provides a way for me to write down my feelings and discover 'the solution'.

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    1. Thank you so much! <3 I love the blogging community on Twitter, everyone is so supportive it's lovely to see and be involved in! I'm happy to hear that blogging has helped your mental health as well! xx

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  5. Aww this is such a cute post! I love the blogging community too :)

    www.chloexlizabeth.com

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    1. Thank you! The blogging community is pretty awesome! xx

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  6. Congratulations on the award! Blogging and the community behind it also means a great deal to me.

    - Nyxie

    www.nyxiesnook.com

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    1. Thank you so much! <3 It's an amazing community xx

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  7. Aw, huge congratulations on your award Chloe! 🎉🎉🎉

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  8. Oh wow what amazing news- congratulations on becoming a finalist, such a well deserved spot! I feel the same way about blogging, the community is just amazing and it's done such incredible things for my confidence and provided me with the most wonderful opportunities!
    Soph - https://sophhearts.com x

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    1. Thank you so much! <3 Blogging and the community has definitely helped with my confidence too, it's a lovely community to be a part of! xx

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  9. The blogging community is amazing! I had no idea when I started mine that I'd feel like I was part of something like that and Twitter is great for that. It's a little weird when you think of the idea of having lots of friends you've never met at your fingertips, but that's what it feels like! Huge congratulations on the award too!! This is such a lovely post x

    Sophie
    www.glowsteady.co.uk

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    1. I agree, I had no idea there was even such a community until I got onto Twitter, it's such a lovely community to be a part of! It is weird when you think about it, all these people that you haven't even met in real life but know just from a Tweet you'll come across some lovely people. Thank you so much! <3 xx

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  10. Amazing post Chloe. Blogging can mean SO much to people, like any other job or hobby really. It gets looked down upon but there is SOOOO much good that comes from it! And massive congrats on your highly commended award - so well deserved!

    Jenny
    http://www.jennyinneverland.com

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    1. Thank you! I 100% agree, it does get looked down upon, but I guess it's one of them that you don't know until you come across it or your involved in it! Thank you so much! <3 xx

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  11. Congratulations!!! So well deserved, you should be incredibly proud of what you've achieved! I loves reading this. After being in a blogging rut for the past few months this post reminded me of what's so great about blogging, so thank you for sharing x

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    1. Thank you so much! <3 Aww I'm glad it has helped, I know how horrible it can feel when you're in a rut, but it's definitely helpful to see the positives of blogging! xx

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  12. Chloe, congratulations!! I watched the video and hearing your name was SO COOL! You totally deserved it. And as always, great post!! Blogging and the blogging community is so amazing and really beneficial to my health and well-being. I am so glad I've met and interacted with so many wonderful bloggers. Keep being awesome!! <3

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    1. Thank you so much!! Ahh, it was such a surreal moment! <3 It really is a wonderful community and blogging is such an amazing thing, thank youuu, you keep being awesome too!! xx

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  13. So well deserved, Chloe! I had the biggest grin watching the video and hearing your name being called so I can only imagine how you must have felt! Amen to everything you said about the blogging community as well, so many amazing and wonderful people and I'm so glad I've met you all! Great post, lovely! x

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    1. Ahh thank you so much!! It was so surreal, it makes me laugh thinking back to it now as I just started blubbing as soon as she said my name haha! The blogging community is the best! <3 xx

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  14. You really nailed it there. The difference with blogging is that no one is competing and we all support each other wholeheartedly. I couldn't have put it better myself. BTW a huge congratulations on the award. What an incredible achievement.

    Sxx
    daringcoco.com

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    1. Yeah definitely, that's why I love it so much, no one compete's we all just support one another! Thank you so much!! <3 xx

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  15. I think exactly the same.. I write because it feels good, not necessarily because I'd like people to read it. And it's so helpful <3 x

    Ana C, www.adreamersland.com
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    1. Writing is definitely such a therapeutic thing <3 xx

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  16. Such a lovely post, Congratulations on the award :D
    It's so lovely, as someone just starting their blogging journey, that there is such a strong community out there to help!

    Thanks for sharing :D

    Rachel | The Modern Bohemian

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    1. Thank you so much! <3 It is such a lovely community, everyone is always so supportive! xx

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  17. So happy for you Chloe!! Congratulations on getting second! It is such a huge accomplishment and I know you definitely deserved it! I love your content as always and I know you will continue to make more great content. Blogging has definitely helped me document my journey and it was a great way for me to meet awesome people, just like you!! Congratulations again girly! <3

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    1. Thank you so much Ger!!! That's so sweet, you're the best! <3 I'm glad to hear that blogging has helped you too, and I'm so happy that I have met you too! Thank you! xx

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  18. Congratulations lovely! It's amazing how kind and supportive the blogging community can be xx

    Gemma • GemmaEtc.com ❤️

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    1. Thank you so much! <3 It's such a lovely community! xx

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  19. First of all, huge congratulations on the award, so well deserved! I definitely feel the same as you about blogging. I didn't know about the community when I began, in fact I had no idea. Now it's one of the best things in my life. It's lovely knowing there's always someone out there to chat to. I was reflecting on this the other day and I think it's also made me less insular. My life revolved around my work previously and the limited places I visit. My friends are all mainly linked to my work in some way. So blogging has broadened my horizons and brought me in contact with such a wide range of people. Love it 😊

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    1. Aww thank you so much Alison! <3 I'm glad to hear that blogging has had such a positive affect on you and your life, it's pretty amazing hearing how it has helped so many people! The blogging community is pretty awesome! xx

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  20. Congrats on the award! You brought up some really good points. I really like the writing aspect of blogging as well.

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    S | Je M'appelle Chanel

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    1. Thank you so much! Yeah definitely, writing is a great part to blogging <3 xx

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