What I Love About Blogging

I started my blog Lemontierres back in July 2014 and I just received an e-mail notification that my Tumblr blog turned four years old. Time flies, and this made me put things in perspective. I've been questioning my goals in life and what I'm actually doing a lot lately and even though I have many things on my mind at this very moment, I see blogging as an activity I wouldn't want to miss.



I love putting my ideas on paper (in this case on screen) and I see my blog as my home on the internet. Even though I don't feel like all of my blogposts have a deep and profound meaning (I write reviews et cetera as well), I like scrolling through older blogposts, looking at pictures, reading words I wrote earlier and see how I've improved (or how I've gotten worse). 

Blogging is such an enormous thing now, and it feels as if everybody runs a blog nowadays. Even though I really enjoy it I sometimes feel like I'm just a little person in a very big crowd (which I am, I have to put things in perspective) but I've accepted that that doesn't matter: I don't want my blog to be my fulltime occupation and even though I love blogging I don't want it to become an obsession. I get obsessed really easily (bad habit of mine).  I only thought about my blog last summer vacation, which taught me that that isn't healthy in any way. I don't post articles on a daily basis anymore, I simply don't have enough inspiration and time for that and it just feels right this way.

Back to why I actually blog. I've always wanted to write a book: I'm only 17 years old and my mind is flooded with ideas so I might as well write one, one day - but thus far I haven't finished one (I did start writing a few books, but my original idea always bored me after the first few pages.) I feel like blogging is a good way of improving my vocabulary and the way I put my ideas to text (sounds really boring) but I can clearly see how my writing skills have improved since July 2014, especially in English (as you know, I'm a native Dutch speaker).

I also think the blogging community is amazing. Reading comments on my blog is so motivating - they usually are positive which is great, but when they're negative I try to see it as constructive criticism, which I find very helpful; you can't improve yourself if you don't know what you're doing wrong. I don't have a Twitter profile but I think Instagram is a great way to connect with other bloggers as well - I feel like I'm part of a little community and it feels great. 

I mentioned my Tumblr blog earlier (you can click on 'Tumblr' to go there) and that blog is a photography blog I was very active on. Ciaokje used to be my baby - I used to post about 20 pictures a day - but I started neglecting that blog when I started this one. I don't regret it as I didn't feel like I was part of a community like I am now but looking at that blog takes me back four years, when I just turned 13 and a new camera and wanted to put my photographs out there. I think that is where it all started, when I wasn't interested in writing yet. Tumblr isn't really a place for written texts, hipster-ish photographs do better there, so that switch from Tumblr to Blogger came naturally. 

Even though it isn't a lot, I've earned some money with my blog as well. I wrote a few sponsored articles back in 2014 when I just started blogging but I don't think I will write articles like those again - they were for websites I didn't genuinely like but I just liked the idea of getting money for something I wrote. Receiving presents (as I see them) is something I like better - like the glasses I received and the package All Naturals sent me - those were the most recent ones. I see things like this as an extra - I've come to a point where I wouldn't write about something I don't agree with like I did in the past. I might regret this quote in the future, though, as I currently don't have a lack of money but this might change. Receiving things for blogposts is awesome but it's not what I blog for.

I think what I like best about blogging is the freedom. The freedom of publishing something people will actually read. I am quite an introvert and speaking up can be hard and sometimes feels unnecessary in real life. When I'm blogging I don't have that feeling: I can speak up without being interrupted and finish my sentence without being corrected halfway through.

My blog is my online diary as well - when I'm feeling down, I write a personal post and when I'm feeling good I share happy pictures I took. It's a great way of sharing my feelings with others and this is very helpful. I have so many posts I didn't ever publish, because I only wrote them to clear my mind. Other times, when nothing crazy is happening in my life and I just want to talk about new things I got like clothes, makeup products et cetera, I like sharing that as well - even though that hasn't happened that often lately. I still like fashion and beauty but everything is so expensive and I currently have other things to spend my money on, which is too bad.

When I started my blog in July 2014 I didn't think I'd still be blogging in May 2015. I've had other blogs in the past but I never updated them. I don't know why Lemontierres makes me so happy - maybe the fact that my readers (you!) are so lovely? Maybe because I finally feel like I can write about what I love - because I can write about everything I want? I don't know - but it works.  

10 comments

  1. Love this post, made for a really interesting read!!

    Katie // http://www.zzandh.com/

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  2. amazin post! It's the same with me with wanting to write a book but getting so easily bored of my idea. But who knows someday maybe :)

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  3. Thank you for this post, Sjoukje. With school and personal things happening in my life (as they do for everyone), I've been doubting blogging lately. Why am I still doing this? Does anybody ever even read my blog other than my friends and my parents? Is this a waste of my time? These are questions I've been asking myself, but for some reason I couldn't bring myself to stop writing at least a few posts per month. Blogging just makes me smile and feel productive and happy, and I also feel like it has the power to make other people happy. I know that Lemontierres is one of the first blogs I discovered and one of the few that I rush to read whenever a new post is up. I guess my reaction to other blogs is what drives me, because I feel like if even one person followed Artdogsandfood as loyally as I follow other blogs, I would be over the moon. I was reading a book for school a few months ago, and a quote I wrote down from it was "Il est beau d'écrire ce qu'on pense; c'est le privilège de l'Homme," which translates to "It is a beautiful thing to rite wha we think; it's mankind's priviledge." I believe the book was Candide, by Voltaire. Anyways, I hope you keep writing, whether it's online or on paper.
    Marianne :)

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  4. I totally agree! I love looking at it as a diary but without the deep dark secrets. It's so much fun to reflect on past posts, and how proud you feel!

    Stephanie
    petitepastels.blogspot.com

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  5. Wat een ontzettend sterke post!
    Bloggen is gewoon zo heerlijk. Zo'n fijne plek om even te kunnen zeggen wat je wilt.
    liefs Lonneke

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  6. Hello Sjoukje!! I think this is such a great post! I agree so much with it! Im loving how the blogging family is beginning to realize the best thing about blogging is authenticity and honesty!

    Ps, i love reading your blog so much! Keep writing, no pressure! xx

    Rachel x
    thehappybits.blogspot.com

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  7. Hello Sjoukje!! I think this is such a great post! I agree so much with it! Im loving how the blogging family is beginning to realize the best thing about blogging is authenticity and honesty!

    Ps, i love reading your blog so much! Keep writing, no pressure! xx

    Rachel x
    thehappybits.blogspot.com

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  8. I enjoyed reading it !! Thanks for sharing your thought!! Xoxo

    http://www.sweetsimpleday.com

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  9. Thank you for sharing why you are blogging - sounds like we have many things in common :)
    xx from Germany/Bavaria, Rena
    www.dressedwithsoul.com

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  10. What a lovely post, Sjoukje!

    Blogging really help me express myself, as I'm quite a shy and introverted person, I usually don't talk about the things that make me feel bad (or good). I just keep it for myself but sometimes it's just too much to deel with. And writing about those things really clear my mind.

    Also, writing a blog and reading blog really helped me improve my English.

    I think blogging really brings a lot.

    xx, much love, Renaud

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