I will be honest, I started to blog as a means to fill my time. I had moved to Thailand, didn’t work, and it gave me something to do – it meant that I had to go out and see things so I had things to sit and write about.
I never expected my blog to open the doors that it has for me.
It got me a job in Bangkok, complete with a visa and a work permit. Through my blog, I began to write some articles as a freelance writer, and I now work full time for a company I wrote one article for, and I manage their online magazine and websites, writing content, editing pieces, I am the social media manager and I film things for you tube.
And that in turn gave me the idea and confidence to start filming my own things.
I have been to places that I otherwise would have never experienced: kayaking along the River Kwai, staying at a 5 star spa in Koh Samui, celebrating Loy Krathong at the Swissotel Nai Lert Bangkok, an amazing dinner cruising along the Chao Phraya River, sampling food around Bangkok on a food tour with Taste of Thailand, a hair treatment with Zenred, and afternoon tea at the Amari in Hua Hin.
All lovely things and fantastic memories, but probably things I would not have done were it not for my blog.
It’s also starting to give me confidence in myself. When I first started blogging I kept it quiet. Only two people who knew me knew about my blog. I was interested to see why, where and who was reading it and I wanted people to read it for what it was, and not just because they were my friends. I also had in my head that I didn’t want former clients etc to know it was me in case I went back to my former life of being a lawyer.
In June 2013 I posted a photo of myself on my blog for the first time, and thanks to working with my funny Thai colleagues started posting some more personal stuff.
In turn that got me more confident with social media. I created a Facebook page and invited all of my friends to like it. That was a massive step for me, and it took a few goes to actually publish it until my friends Natalie and Julia persuaded me.
I started posting more things on twitter. Most cities around the world have a twitter account. In Bangkok, someone set up an account called @bangkoking for a different person who lived in Bangkok to tweet from each week. Ours has now just changed to @thailander making it a country not a city account, and thanks to my friend Krib I was the first ever @thailander. I was so nervous and tried to tell Krib many times that I shouldn’t do it as I would freeze, but he convinced me that I wouldn’t, and I am so glad that he persuaded me as I had the best week interacting with different people, I loved it.
And then on top of all of that I received the most unexpected and amazing email at the end of last week.
Expat Blog voted my blog one of the top five blogs this quarter worldwide.
I was so taken back and stunned when I read the email. I never expected than more than a handful of people to ever read it, let alone be told by a company that they thought my blog was special.
And this is why I love to blog. It’s giving me more confidence and helping me develop self belief. The experiences that I have had, the many people that I’ve met through it, and the fact things happen as a result of it that make me smile are all amazing. I wouldn’t be where I am today without it.
Photo credit: Toothbrush Travels