When I typed up my very first blog post in 2015, I had no idea where this new online space would take me. I wanted to document my feelings in the hope that my words could reach someone else, I hoped that someone, somewhere, could resonate with what I was writing. Little did I know that this would actually happen and that blogging could change my life in more ways than I ever thought possible.
I was feeling extremely lonely at the time of creating My Blurred World , I was feeling overwhelmed and isolated because of my vision impairment and anxiety and panic attacks were a prominent part of my everyday life. I’d come home from sixth form and relieve those emotions by writing. Not every word translated into a blog post but the ones that did lead me to some truly wonderful people.
As my writing started to be seen by a handful of people, some reached out to me, sharing their experiences with sight loss and other disabilities and I soon realised that I wasn’t the only one struggling, I wasn’t alone in what I was feeling and, in time, this helped me to open up a little more about my story which allowed me to connect to a wider audience and I soon created some special friendships which I never would have been able to create otherwise.
Documenting my feelings down in a blog post is something I now do on a weekly basis, whether it’s a topic relating to my vision impairment or something a little more light-hearted such as my passion for beauty and fashion. So much of my life is now encompassed in this small corner of the internet and it has allowed me to share my story on other platforms also, allowing me to build my portfolio as a writer and gain confidence in sharing my story with the world.
It’s hard to believe how much blogging has changed my life, it’s pushed me out of my comfort zone on more than one occasion but I’m glad that it has because I desperately needed that nudge. But most importantly, blogging helps me realise that I’m not alone and that there are people out there who are willing to help and listen.
It’s now been 4 years since I published my very first blog post, I’ve grown and changed so much since then and my small corner of the internet has played a big part in helping me to make those changes.
Blogging isn’t for everyone but expressing yourself through writing, music or any other creative form might be the boost you need, it might just lead you places that you never thought possible.