Since returning from my weekend spent in Perth at Eat Drink Blog I've been in a bit of a daze, unpacking and trying to collect my thoughts. It was such an amazing opportunity to put faces to blog headers and absorb some wisdom from so many super talented folks (hello Emma Galloway and Adam Roberts).
I did however find myself feeling kind of overwhelmed and also a bit sheepish when telling people about my little blog because I wasn't sure where I actually fit into this crowd. I mean, I don't have really strong opinions about the service at Chur Burger or have sponsors who want to send me on an all expenses paid trip to Vietnam.
To remind myself why I actually do do this blogging thing, I thought I would share some of my thoughts on blogland. I also included a tonne of photos from the weekend for your viewing pleasure. I hope you are hungry!
Firstly, please indulge me in a little metaphor that describes perfectly how I feel about my blog.
The way I see it, the world has a new neighbourhood that you may have heard of. It's called the Internet. And blogs are the houses on the Internet (maybe social media and online shops are the bars and malls?) and is your piece of virtual land that you get to build, decorate (and keep redecorating) and do in what you want. Write stuff, post photos, share links - just make sure you have a place for people to visit. And if you just keep being yourself, have a comfy couch and good tea, eventually like-minded people who dig what you do will stop by to hang out.
I hope I haven't lost you already.. but my point is that if you treat your blog like your home, it makes it much easier to make decisions on things like who to write for (yourself!), sponsorship (would you really tell your neighbours about this or put that in your home just because it was free?) and so on.
Personally, my main reason for blogging is to attract people who are into the same things as I am, both to work with on professional projects and also just to get to know socially. Since I started this blog, I have met so many people whose paths I may not have crossed in real life. And meeting these people have led to some really amazing opportunities and friendships.
The other reason I blog is to practise my craft. By setting myself a goal to post once a week, I have a weekly opportunity to work on my photography, styling, baking and writing among other things. My blog is a visual diary of this practice and while I cringe at my early posts I keep looking back to measure my growth.
So! If you are thinking about starting a blog - DO IT! If you have never considered it - promise me you will look into it okay? And if you do blog, tell me, why do you do it? Are your reasons different/similar to mine?