May 31, 2013

How blogging has changed my life {blogaversary}

One year blogging anniversary

The title sounds a little dramatic, I know. But it's true. Writing this blog over the past year has been therapeutic, inspirational, interesting, challenging, and life changing.

Blogging about both my college life and the city of Atlanta has forced me to be more aware. Aware of the developments in my life, aware of failures and successes, aware of events and updates in my city, aware of trends, but mainly more aware of myself.

Although my blog is public and I encourage others to read and follow my posts, these words are my own personal thoughts - racing through my head, eager to be written down. I always get a little nervous pushing the "publish" button on my posts because blogging, like all forms of expression, makes the author vulnerable to the public. So thank you for reading and accepting my words and ideas that have made up Real College Student of Atlanta.

It wasn't easy and I faced more than enough rejection during the process of really promoting my blog and wanting others to read it. Yet, the end result makes all of that more than worth it. I've learned and been reminded over and over again that rejection is a blessing and a sign that what you thought you wanted or thought you deserved wasn't for you, because there's something better in store.

This blog has also served as a personal history of sorts for me. The past year of my life (most of it) is on this blog, (and on my hard drive, of course)! And I love how I can look back at my archives and read older posts and wonder "...what was I thinking that day?" Or refer to older posts in my newer posts because sometimes old thoughts are still relevant.

I'm so grateful for the relationships I've formed with other bloggers who read my blog and comment and vice versa, with readers and younger girls, and with small & large companies who have sponsored RCSOATL. I appreciate the comments, questions, emails, tweets, and support. And I'm grateful for my family and best friends who continuously support my dreams and ambitions, regardless of how crazy they sound. With a great support system, anything is possible. Thank you all so much!

Blogging isn't for everyone and if you dread writing posts, then it may not be for you! But...there is something that everyone can say they love. What drives you? What do you enjoy doing so much that you'd do it for free? How do you want to positively impact the world? Find what you really love to do and then incorporate that love into your daily life. Happiness is sure to follow.

How has blogging or reading a particular blog impacted your life?


  1. Happy Blog Anniversary! Blogging has become such a huge part of my life now too.

  2. you always do a great job! i'm proud of you. blogging helps you grow. i look back at some of my posts and ask the same question. hahaha i've been back and forth with readers too. just know, sometimes some blogs don't fit a particular person. so it's best to let them leave. just keep writing and people that feel connected to your blog will come. it's not a reflection of's about where that person is in life.

  3. this is such amazing and inspiring post <3

  4. Blogging has changed my life in the positive way as well! Glad to hear it's made such a great difference in your life as well! :-)

    xoxo Miss ALK

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  5. Congrats on your blogaversary!

  6. Well, first, i think I should congartulate you for your anniversary
    and i think you did a pretty good job!

  7. Happy one year anny boo! So proud of you for making a QUALITY and INTERESTING blog! =) Can't wait to see the many many years to come!

  8. Happy one year blog anniversary!!!!! You have hit a big milestone and we sincerely wish you many more years of great blogging :)

  9. Happy Blogaversary!

    I know exactly how you feel. Blogging changed my life as well. I used to blog when I was much younger, but more serious and emotional occurrences forced me to return and blog on a more mature level. I think it's wonderful to be able to reflect and peruse your on archives and see how you've grown and where you can grow. A lot of people don't understand why people blog, but I'm glad that I've met so many other people who do. People like you and everyone else in my reader.

  10. I totally agree with everything you said on how blogging has changed your life!! It is so therapeutic and brings me so much joy!! Love your blog! Thanks for your comment :) xo Jess @ Forever Convinced

  11. Let me count the ways...

    First of all, congrats on your first year! You are so right; any time we put our all into something and set it up for the world to see, we are along ourselves to show our vulnerability in the spot light. People aren't always receptive to what we have to offer but I think that's the beauty in in because on the way you meet amazing people who are open to what you have to say and anticipate what you say next. I have found in my years as a blogger, that those are the ones who support you the most when it comes to your writing.

    I've been blogging since about 2009. Although I've gone by different names, I haven't stopped and it's amazing how much I've grown. I don't think I'll ever stop, even if I never get paid to do it, because I love it so much. Hopefully this blog, and any other endeavor you take through blogging, will bring you many more wonderful things in the years to come!!!



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