You don’t have to be a blogger long to know right away there is something amazing about the blogosphere on the internet. I love that whether you have been blogging one minute or ten years, for the most part, everyone will welcome you. You can constantly find answers and help from supportive bloggers on any social media outlet at any time of the day which is an even bigger bonus. I started blogging just under two years ago and it really has changed my life completely in so many ways.
Bloggers both starting out and ones that have been here from the beginning, inspire me each and every day. They might just inspire me to be happier on a particular day from a post they wrote and shared or go as far as making me want to start my very own business. That’s the beauty of the blogosphere, people encourages each other and advise each other on following their dreams, whatever they may be, all the time.
I have friends that have done just that like Morgana from Butwhymummywhy starting Little & Fierce which is a very trendy little girls’ and boys’ accessories shop. And Fritha from Tigerlilly Quinn running her shop on her blog full of unique gifts, homeware, children toys and fun trinkets. These are just two of so many amazing bloggers that have added on from their amazing blogs to create their own businesses. I admire them for the risk they take and the strength that they both have to run a family, blog and a full time business of their own from home. That’s one huge job. They are both lovely ladies in person too, who share their experiences all the time.
I have made good friends with a handful of bloggers in real life that have gone on to inspire me to be a healthier fit person, better parent, and happier in life (thank you Lucy). I now couldn’t imagine my life without blogging and the people in it because of it. Each blogger puts so much heart, soul, sweat and tears into their space online. It’s hard work. I feel like I can relate to them more than I can sometime other friends because they understand how much it takes to keep your blog going and everything else that requires your attention in a given day. If you are a blogger full time you really understand that it’s probably harder work than you did at any job to date. If you disagree I would love to know your secret.
I have always wanted to own my own business while I probably will never own or create a business online those that have done it continue to inspire me to further my passions into something I can do for a living. Something that will challenge me and I can create into something meaningful and great. I have heard many call themselves pinterest failures or say they can’t stop comparing themselves to other bloggers and blogs. In my mind, I think of it the other way around, comparing is good, it’s positive, and it motivates me. It makes me think outside my comfort zones and get my creativity flowing.
It’s not just bloggers on their blogs that I am influenced by. Bloggers on instagram inspire me with their amazing home decor shots (thank you Rachel), their wardrobe selfies (thank you Emma), their weekend bakes or foodie captures of the day (thank you Emily) their gorgeous garage kids’ photoshoots (thank you Katie) and last but not least the amazing flower power (thank you Lucy). These are just a few of my favorite categories that have thousands of amazing bloggers within them sharing and tuning in together.
No matter what I will forever be grateful for those that have become my real life friends through blogging and those that have become my close online friends via social media for always encouraging me to be better, do more, and achieve higher. When I fall they are always there to help guide me back up every step of the way. Being an expat I can say I only have a true handful of friends in this country and blogging has filled that whole I had so very much the last two years.
Who knows where I will be in ten years time and if I will still be blogging but I know I will look back and feel like I was apart of something great. I will have a record of it and all the memories along with some many other amazing bloggers out there. I look forward to meeting new ones each and every day. I may not run out and get a loan to start a business tomorrow but it is possible it could be sooner than I ever thought it could be.
To all the bloggers out there, thanks for stopping by LTM, thanks for your continual support and thank you most of all for all inspire me in so many ways, each and every day.
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Katie @mummydaddyme says
Ah this so lovely Jenny and you inspire lots of people too. You inspire me for being so happy, cheerful and kind to others, as well as supporting your friends always. Thank you for mentioning me. xx
Of course darling you are always worth a mention. I love to spread happiness and positivity as much as I can where I can. Those that give back well they deserve it all the more from me too.
Life at the Little Wood says
You are a darling Jenny, and will always be one of my favourites. I think you might possibly have been the first person to comment on my blog, all those months ago, and I instantly loved your happy, sunny personality. You’ll always be the one i look up to for your professionalism too – i need Jenny time management lessons, definitely!! ☺
Thankyou for mentioning me sweetpea xx
I am always here to share hahaha Yes I remember when you first started your blog. You have only soared higher since lovely. I say the more we are sunny the sunnier it will be around us. 🙂
Capture by Lucy says
Oh wow, I am so honoured to be in amongst those who inspire you. But really we inspire each other. Every comment, every shared passion, every photo or post we each share that gives us another idea. The thing I have found over my relatively short time blogging is to surround yourself with like minded kind people. People you can text late at night in a panic or people you can message when you should be asleep, who will help you the next day. In case you didn’t know I’m one of those for you lady xxxxx
You have come so far in those two years – we have been blogging about the same amount of time – and I feel exactly the same as you. The blogging community is a really amazing, empowering and beautiful thing x
Rachel @ The Ordinary Lovely says
Oh Jenny, thank you so, so much for the mention. Your sunny outlook is hugely inspiring too. And how you constantly strive to improve. It makes me sad when I read about how bloggers/blogging makes some people feel sad or how Instagram makes mums feel inferior. I love both and find them amazingly inspiring. I get so many wonderful ideas from both and they fuel a creativity that I didn’t even know I had. It’s an amazing community if you’re willing to see the good and the positive in it.
Claire @ Clarina's Contemplations says
This is lovely, Jenny, and I have to admit, I feel just the same as you.xx
Carol Cameleon says
Such a positive, motivational, humbling post, oozing with gratitude Jenny 🙂
This is so lovely Jenny, and you are an inspirational too. I love your positivity! xx
Mama, My Kid Doesn't Poop Rainbows says
Love this. I feel just the same. I thought the internet was a scary place full of mean trolls. I was wholly unprepared for all the nice and supportive bloggers.
Claire at Life Love and Dirty Dishes says
I have been overwhelmed by how fantastic the blogging community is. Everyone offers help and shares in each others successes. #sharewithme
Baby Isabella says
We love being inspired by the bloggers through Pinterest. It’s great that everyone supports each other x Good luck on your future endeavours x #Sharewithme
Rebecca U says
That quote is brilliant – comparison can be such a positive thing to motivate and inspire. Blogging has really changed my life and given me more confidence #sharewithme
What a lovely post! It is wonderful that we are able to inspire each other in these ways. Long may it continue! #sharewithme
Tracey Abrahams says
I love the veriety of different people I have ‘met’ already in my blogging. Some great people who are helping me learn new things, and see things in different perspectives #sharewithme
It really gets us all sharing and thinking outside the box doesn’t it? I love the new things is sparks in my life whether it’s a home decor change or a food recipe I try or a new outlook on a situation. Everyone is so supportive too.
Such a lovely post Jenny and a great reflection on what a wonderful place the blogosphere can be. I love being part of such a wonderful supportive community too and getting inspiration from other bloggers. I love your linky too for helping find inspirational posts as there are always such a great selection of posts to read. Thank you for hosting 🙂
Megan - Truly Madly Kids says
I agree with you entirely. Consorting with other bloggers makes you a better blogger. I love visiting your blog, especially while you’ve been in the states, It’s so bright and cheerful. And, you run a brilliant linky 😉
Haidee@Maybe Baby Brothers says
I have made some wonderful friends since starting my blog 5 months ago! It’s such a wonderful community. Thanks heaps for hosting! #sharewithme
What a fresh perspective on blogging. As much as these people inspire you, there are others out there (including myself) that YOU inspire as well. Your take on comparisons is an interesting one, and something I never even considered. But you’re right, comparison shouldn’t border on the negative, but the positive as well. It should be used as a catalyst to do what you want, to be inspired to keep going. And that’s always a good attitude to have in the blogging world. Thank you for hosting us this week, on #sharewithme, Jenny! Have a great rest of the week 🙂
Emma's Mamma says
Lovely post! I wasn’t sure about the whole blogging thing and started doing it mainly for me, but once I got a taste of the blogger atmosphere I was hooked! I love the support and inspiration! 🙂 #sharewithme
Becky, Cuddle Fairy says
The blogging community is amazing! I never knew how wonderful it was until I became a blogger myself. And, I was welcomed & helped by everyone both new & established. Having a blog is like starting your own business! #ShareWithMe
Random Musings says
I couldn’t agree more – the blogging community is fantastic! I love how you point out that sometimes comparisons can be positive, I had never considered that before. Thanks for hosting #sharewithme
Silly Mummy says
Lovely post! It is such a supportive community. #sharewithme
Rachel @ The Mama Files says
I’ve been blogging for years and recently started again in the parenting sphere (as a new parent) and have found it so welcoming and friendly. Not quite my experience with my other blogs, which has at times been a slog. So this really resonates with me. Thanks for hosting the link-up – my first time this week, hope you enjoy my post. 🙂 Cheers Rachel
Congrats and good for you for coming back as a parent blogger too. Fantastic. I love how much it changed my life and the amazing people that it has brought in our lives too. Welcome to SWM and I really hope you like it and come back soon. Look forward to reading your post.
Mrs Tubbs says
That’s lovely. The blogging community is, on the whole, a really friendly supportive group. Getting to know everyone has been really fun. #sharewithme
You’re right Jenny – I’ll admit sometimes I do walk the line between being thrilled and inspired by people like those you have mentioned and a little bit down on myself for not feeling like I will ever be in their league but I do love it and enjoy it every day and the community and friends I have made are wonderful. Xx
You Baby Me Mummy says
I feel exactly the same as you. The blogging community is totally amazing and we are all blessed to have the friendships we have from it x
Mummy Fever says
Oh lovely – a very refreshing read 🙂 #sharewithme
becca farrelly says
A lovely post! i haven’t been blogging properly for very long, i didn’t realise just how massive blogging is and you quickly see the friendships that have formed via the people that you ‘meet’. Its a great thing to be part of and i’m glad you have had a positive experience too! 🙂
Lovely post! Your blog is always such an inspiration!
Kirsten Toyne says
You are so right Jenny. I too have been amazed at the blogging world. I had no idea that it even existed for a long time. Now being part of it, it is great to build connections and have feed back from so many people. and it is an amazing resource for anyone else too.
Sophie @ Mum, M & More says
What a lovely post. You are one of my blog inspirations. I just love the way you write. Lovely post xx
I feel I’m at square one at the moment and have a lot to explore and discover. I’m pleased to find you and I keep mulling over the idea of a business reading loads of interesting posts.
Sara | mumturnedmom says
Love this post Jenny. The blogging community is wonderful, and I feel very lucky to have found it, and bloggers like you. I love your positivity, it shines through in everything you do x
I love this post! It’s so very true, I have only been blogging for 10 weeks and everyone has been so very helpful and welcoming… I love it :0)
cathy lavictoire says
What a lovely post Jenny and congratulations you have achieved so much in a short space of time and thank you so much for hosting #sharewithme it’s a lovely linky.
Cathy x x
Michelle Reeves (The Essex Barn) says
Completely with you on this one Jenny – the blogging community and the blogging life for those of us who do it full-time is an amazing space to be in and like you it makes me sad that some people feel intimidated by it. I don’t know what would have happened to me if I hadn’t put finger to keyboard five and a half years ago and started writing on my first blog. Years later since those dark days and now with two blogs on the go (one of them due to lauch this month *squeeal*) I feel so blessed to have found my creative outlet and be able to make it my career. I’m inspired everyday by the words I read and the images I see from other bloggers. Long live blogging!
Oh I know it just takes that leap of faith and jump in with it and learn as you go, doesn’t it? I haven’t been blogging that long but still so much to learn and discover along the way but hopefully I will be doing it long from now too. Thanks Michelle.
You are one of those inspiring bloggers Jenny, always so bright and happy. I love your blog so I do hope you are still rocking it in 10 years! x
Oh thank you ever so much Katy that really has made my whole week. You are too kind. I am just glad someone likes it and reading it besides me and my mother haha
Isabella @ www.fairiesandpirates.com says
This is such a pertinent and timely post, as I have just posted my 100th Blog post (also on #ShareWithMe) and taken stock of my first few months of blogging, and I have also said that the blogosphere and community is amazing! It’s great that you are still inspired by other bloggers, but you and the success of your blog definitely inspire others, me included! And running a blog is definitely like running your own business, as I discover more and more each day, the more effort and thought I put into it, the more ambitious you become.. I love your take on comparing yourself, too! Definitely the right attitude and an inspirational post in itself! 🙂 #ShareWithMe
It is such a great community to be apart of and you sound like you are doing wonders with it too. Congrats on the 100th blog post too. That’s great. I am still learning and discovering everyday that’s what I love about it.
Merlinda Little (@pixiedusk) says
I value the people from blogging world too! I dont have real life friends but come to think of it I do and they are my blogging friends =)
Yes me too. So many of my online friends are now real life friends too. It’s such a supportive community.
Claire at Tin Box Traveller says
You are right – it is brilliant to be a part of the blogging community. I’ve come across so many lovely people and amazing writers. Lovey post #sharewithme
Thanks Claire, it’s really an amazing community to be apart of. I can’t imagine my life now without it all.
I love the blogging community and am inspired by it in so many different ways but I am a little intimidated still as well! Your sunny nature inspires me for a start and some of the bloggers you’ve mentioned inspire me to be a better blogger, a better mum and a better person all around. x
Oh you are doing wonderful hunny never be intimidated all bloggers are only people like you and me and started somewhere. I still have so much to learn and discover.
Mummy here and there says
Definitely blogging can help feel positive and motivated. It has helped me. With depression and drive And knowing that I am not.alone with some feelings and situations 🙂
Oh no not at all so many are in the same boat and feel the same. It’s really changed so much for me and I know for others too. Thank you.
James Thompson says
I was introduced to being a blogger by some young people I met when trying to recover from the death of my wife Jane. Blogging has made a big difference to how I feel about myself and I have also made lots of new friends.
Blogging is very therapeutic and I know so many that have suffered a loss of some kind and it’s really helped them and gave them a forum to vent and seek support and the blogosphere is a very supportive community. You can meet many that might have been through a similar loss and find others that understand it with you. That’s great news. Glad you found blogging.
How lovely, Jenny. You are such an inspiration to others as well. I’ve been blogging less than a year, but I’ve found this to be such a supportive and encouraging community where bloggers help each other and build each other up! It’s so uplifting to be a part of something like that! Keep up the great work here!
I couldn’t agree more Sharisse, it truly is an amazing community to be apart of and so supportive. I have learned so much from other bloggers as I have going through it myself. I hope to be doing it for many years to come.
A Moment with Franca says
What a lovely and very moving post!!! I haven’t been blogging for long but I can relate with this already. Blogging is already changing my life.I love this community, the people really is nice and helpful. It is really to be part of this. I love your blog you are also a clear inspiration to people and I love how positive you are. Thanks for sharing and for hosting #sharewithme which is one of my favourite lnkies.. xx
Julia @ Rainbeaubelle says
Only just reading this but it’s great and so true! You have mentioned a lot of my faves too, and I would actually love to start my own business, it’s why I started blogging really but life got in the way of business so my blog took a different turn! Love how many amazing women there are in the blogging world. x
Well it’s never too late maybe someday soon. Always follow your dream. Thanks for reading and hope to see you again soon.