On December 15th, 2014, I pushed through fear and self-doubt and launched Notes from Joana. Back then, I was in my last year at university struggling to make up my mind on what I was going to do after graduation. I felt incredibly lost and with too much free time on my hands. The idea of starting a blog had been cooking up in my head for a while and it seemed the right time to make it happen.
The truth is that this was not my first blog – I actually had two other blogs before Notes from Joana but none of them worked for me at the time. After six months away from the blogging world, I hit publish on my first Notes from Joana blog post and I couldn’t be more thankful to my past self for making that decision. It was actually one of the best decisions I’ve made in my 24 years of existence.
Blogging takes a lot of work but it not only has taught me so much about myself but also allowed me to meet many wonderful people. I can’t even imagine my life without my blog! What would I do during those two hours that I spend taking photos for ONE blog post? 😏
Both my blog and I evolved a lot during the past three years. My old content is cringe-worthy but in a way, it’s nice to see the growth. Also, it’s funny to see how I’m always changing my mind about everything – even now I can’t make up my mind about a niche or blog colors. It’s just who I am, I am indecisive and like too many different things. I’m learning to accept that and do whatever feels right to me at the moment.
But the reason why I blog has remained the same. I’ve always wanted Notes from Joana to be a place to chat about my struggles and passions, and connect with like-minded people. To create more “me, too” moments. And I want to believe that goal was achieved.
To celebrate the blog anniversary, and because we are in the season of expressing love and gratitude, I am sharing five reasons why I’m grateful to have started a blog.
5 Reasons Why I’m Grateful To Have Started A Blog
Blogging gave me a voice.
I’ve always been very shy, insecure, and afraid to speak my mind and blogging gave me a voice. It became a platform to chat about everything I liked or struggled with. Almost like an online diary.
Turns out, it can be easier to open up online than to some people you know from your offline life. Who would know?
And the best part is that there’s a bunch of people on the other side of the screen who not only support and embrace your personality but are also in the same boat as you. There’s nothing like realizing that you are not alone in this – there are actually people who enjoy and can relate to what you are creating.
Blogging introduced me to wonderful people.
It’s impossible to talk about the reasons why I’m grateful to have started a blog without mentioning the blogging community.
Despite some drama and competition in the blogging community, starting my blog allowed me to meet some wonderful ladies over the last three years that I wouldn’t have met otherwise in my tiny country – isn’t the Internet the best thing ever? My levels of social awkwardness are very high and the Internet makes things a bit easier. I’m sure a lot of introverts can relate to that!
Also, it’s lovely to see the same people in the comments section blog post after blog post and knowing that they like your blog enough to come back – a BIG THANK YOU!
Blogging taught me a bunch of skills.
As I said earlier, running your own blog takes a lot of work behind-the-scenes and you usually have to do it all yourself. At least I do. Content creation, web design, photography, social media strategy, you name it.
I’ve learned so much about these topics and I believe that if it wasn’t partly for this blog, I probably wouldn’t have had my first real job after college in the digital marketing field.
While it can be scary to add your blog to your resumé, it shows so many great skills that are important, especially if you’re looking for a job in marketing.
Blogging taught me a lot about myself.
Back when I started Notes from Joana, I felt extremely lost and insecure. While I can’t say I moved past those feelings completely, I’m proud of how far I’ve come.
Blogging has always been almost like an online diary and writing about what’s going on in my head gives me clarity on who I am and where I want to go. It’s almost therapeutic, I guess. I’m learning to understand and accept who I am and I now know what I want from life, as cheesy as that may sound.
Blogging opened my eyes to possibility.
When I have some free time, if I’m not working on my own blog
or watching Gilmore Girls, you’ll most likely find me reading other blogs.
It’s so refreshing and empowering to read other people’s stories, and that opened my eyes to possibility. The possibility of doing something you love as your job, whether that means turning your blog into your job or starting your own business.
I dream about starting my business and running my blog on the side and this community showed me that yes, that is possible. If they can do it, I can do it, too. And so do you.
I can only imagine what the next three years will be like but what I do know is that I’ll keep working on this blog, making it better, and sharing with you my journey. A few exciting things are coming and I can’t wait to see what else is in store.
Before I go, I want to thank each and every one of you who have read, commented or followed Notes from Joana, whether you’ve been here from the very beginning or just joined today. I’m so grateful to have you here – THANK YOU!