On December 15th, 2014 I finally gathered the courage to press publish on the first Notes from Joana blog post. It was not my first blog post. Before NJ I had had two blogs but I was not passionate about any of them. After a six-month hiatus away from blogging, I was itching to come back. I not only missed having a blog but also the community around it. Notes from Joana was born.
I wanted a place to chat about what I was passionate about and be able to connect with people that felt the same way. And, even though it has not always been easy, it has definitely been a wonderful journey.
During these two years, I’ve been trying to find my voice in the blogging world and I feel like it’s getting clearer and clearer. As a very indecisive person, my mind has changed a lot during these two years as I’ve been trying to find my voice in the blogging world. I’m still figuring out things like my niche or the direction I want my blog to take but I’ve realized that is okay. It’s okay to change your mind. It’s okay to make mistakes. It’s okay if you’re still learning. It’s okay if you don’t have a strict niche. As long as you’re doing what feels right to you, it’s okay.
Anyway, here are a few reasons why I’m glad I’ve made the decision of starting a blog two years ago and all the things I’m grateful for. I would also like to take the opportunity to thank each and every one of you who visit, follow or comment my blog. It really means the world to me to have a platform to share my thoughts and have you that side of the screen reading and hopefully enjoying.
Blogging allowed meeting some wonderful ladies along the way that I wouldn’t have met otherwise. My levels of social awkwardness are very high and the Internet makes things a little bit easier. Plus, it’s the best feeling seeing the same people in the comments section post after post and knowing they like your blog enough to come back – a BIG THANK YOU!
As a very shy and introverted gal, blogging gave me a voice and is something I completely recommend if these are things holding you back. It is a great platform to chat about things I’m passionate about and meet some people with the same interests. I promise you will have lots of “You too? I thought I was the only one!” moments.
As I’ve said, having a blog taught me lots of things, from writing to photography to networking to social media. I’ve learned so much and am pretty sure I wouldn’t have my current job if I hadn’t moved past my fear of sharing my blog on my CV.
Blogging has also been a great tool to help me improve my relationship with myself. By exploring my passions and discovering the world of self-improvement, it has helped me get a better understanding of who I truly am.
For some reason, blogging helped me believe that as J.K.Rowling puts it, everything is possible if you’ve got enough nerve. Reading tons of blogs from passionate, empowering and entrepreneur young women, made me realize that yes, it is possible. I’m not that weird from being a big dreamer and if they can do it, so do I.
Do you have a blog? If so, what do you love about blogging?