Wednesday, February 15, 2012

So About What I Said Owner Melissa Blake Guest Posts about the Power of Blogging

I am thrilled to have Melissa Blake of So About What I said as a guest. I read her blog everyday, and it has been an inspiration to me. Please enjoy her hearty take on the power of blogging. 

Melissa on her 29th birthday
Hello, everyone! My name is Melissa, and I blog over at So AboutWhat I Said. As a writer and journalist, words have always been my passion. In fact, it's hard to remember a time when I wasn't writing, whether it be for my college's newspaper or for a magazine article after I graduated. I was, am and will always be a writer -- plain and simple. So, it only seemed natural when I found myself starting a blog 3 years ago. All writers should have blogs, I thought. At the very least, it will keep me writing and help me stay focused since freelancers don't have typical 9-to-5 jobs and it's easy to get distracted sometimes.

When I started blogging, I knew I wanted to write about love and my physical disability. But what I didn't know? How much I'd grow over the next 3 years and how much my blog would grow with me and help shape the person I am today. Because truthfully, I had virtually no idea where it would all take me or the lessons I would learn along the way. Here are my Top 3 (Unexpected) Blogging Lessons of the last 3 years...

Blogging gives you a sense of community
Ask any blogger and they'll tell you that the sense of community in the blogging world is unlike anything that you could ever imagine. I've gotten to know people I never would have had the opportunity to meet. It's such a supportive community, and everyone genuinely cares about each other. We've laughed, cried and even shared our dreams with each other. 

Blogging gives you insight into yourself
Not only does it give you the chance to get to know other bloggers, but blogging gives you a glimpse inside yourself. For me, blogging has forced me to write truthfully and honestly -- sometimes about painful things like my father's suicide and my struggles with depression last year -- in a very candid way that I'm not sure I'd be able to do in real life. Blogging was just the outlet I needed to help me get through a very painful time. And, I was glad that readers could identify with what I was writing about; it's good to know I may have helped someone else going through the same thing.

One of the many positive messages from Melissa's blog.

Blogging helps relieve stress
For some people, chocolate is their go-to when they're stressed and overwhelmed. For me, it's blogging. Any time I need to relax and unwind, all I have to do is start writing a blog post. My favorites have always been my LettersTo My Future Husband since I'm a hopeless romantic. 

What about you, friends? What has surprised you the most about blogging? How has it changed you for the better? I'd love to hear from you! xoxo


  1. wow, this post was very inspirational. This woman is very intelligent, I will surely see her blog.
    Since I just started blogging, I can't really talk about my experience. I think the starting part is the hardest part, but I still enjoy it a lot. Hopefully, I can write you an answer in the future.

    Much Love,
    Julie -

  2. This is a wonderful post and great interview!!!
    I will definitely check out Melissa's blog! I like her writing style: it's not complecated but very smooth and interesting to read!!!
    Thank you for sharing!

  3. i'm surprised about how supportive complete strangers can be. it's like making internet friends everyday =] xx

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  4. Great post! Thanks for sharing your wonderful words :)

  5. "Be as happy as possible." AMEN.

  6. Awww..this is very inspiring! :) Blogging has changed my life a lot too! :) It build up my self-esteem. :) |

  7. How inspiring! I relate to her being a writer myself, and I am sure every blogger can relate to her "lessons." Thanks for sharing!


  8. This post was so inspiring to read! I feel like I've grown from blogging too. :)


  9. Wow, congrats for such a great initiative. I worship Melissa's blog! She is a rock star! What a nice and fulfulling post!


  10. Wow, congrats for such a great initiative. I worship Melissa's blog! She is a rock star! What a nice and fulfulling post!


  11. This blog has really encouraged me to keep at it! I can definitely agree about the people. I have only been blogging a short while and have already met so many super sweet people!

  12. Like you blogging causes me to be VERY transparent and real with myself and readers.


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