Why I Love To Blog

Posted on Jan 21 2014 - 3:36pm by Bangkok Girl

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.

 

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Photo credit: Toothbrush Travels

 

22 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. zoe January 21, 2014 at 3:52 pm - Reply

    Lovely post anna :) Well done !!

    • Bangkok Girl January 21, 2014 at 3:54 pm - Reply

      Thank you Zoe!

  2. Laneeyb January 21, 2014 at 4:01 pm - Reply

    What a joy to read this honest straight from the heart piece. Well done x

    • Bangkok Girl January 21, 2014 at 4:02 pm - Reply

      Thanks you so much Elaine, I really appreciate it xx

  3. Krib January 21, 2014 at 4:22 pm - Reply

    To set the record on @Bangkoking straight first and foremost, it was Cod (@fishmyman) who started it all and it was passed on to Kurt (@in0nymous) who looked after it for a period and the baton was passed to me.

    Like I said all along, you’ve got what it takes and you’ll love it. Besides, I only asked you to do it and when you said yes the first time. I ain’t gonna let you back out. (Didn’t have anyone lined up for it yet, truth be told. So I had to convinced you to do it.) I’m glad and excited that the experience of being @Thailander was enjoyable for you as well as it was for us to have you as our first @Thailander so thank you.

    • Bangkok Girl January 21, 2014 at 4:26 pm - Reply

      Thanks Krib :-) I wouldn’t have done it if you hadn’t asked so thanks for the push! :-)

  4. Joe January 21, 2014 at 4:40 pm - Reply

    Love reading your blog!! Can’t wait for your every update!

    • Bangkok Girl January 21, 2014 at 4:42 pm - Reply

      Thank you Joe! So nice of you to say :-)

  5. Alison January 21, 2014 at 5:36 pm - Reply

    Brilliant blog entry and such a massive achievement. As someone who has been reading your blog from its early days I have seen how your growing confidence, and knowledge of the country, has been reflected in your writing. Well done Anna, and I look forward to seeing what the next year holds!

    • Bangkok Girl January 22, 2014 at 5:15 am - Reply

      Thank you Alison and thanks so much for always taking the time to read and comment, I really appreciate it xxx

  6. Moretonboy January 21, 2014 at 7:29 pm - Reply

    OMG Anna, what a superbly described journey and such accolades not just for this but all your previous insights and ability to feel and smell your amazing time in BBK.keep at it girl,you are a star.

    • Bangkok Girl January 22, 2014 at 5:15 am - Reply

      Thank you so much :-)

  7. Goodisongirl January 21, 2014 at 10:33 pm - Reply

    I am so proud to be your mum. Your blog gives me an insight into your BKK life and although I miss you so much I love to read each and every blog. I can actually hear you speak as I read. Keeps the blogs going and well done on your award xx

    • Bangkok Girl January 22, 2014 at 5:14 am - Reply

      Awww thank you so much, so nice to read xxx

  8. Daisy May January 22, 2014 at 8:05 pm - Reply

    Great achievement Anna, keep up the good work. I always look forward to reading the next instalment! X

    • Bangkok Girl January 23, 2014 at 1:31 am - Reply

      Thank you :-) really nice to hear x

  9. Jade January 23, 2014 at 9:54 pm - Reply

    Look how awesome you are & how loved you are in the bloggersphere! It inspires me to be a better blogger. I can’t wait to read more from you in 2014!

    • Bangkok Girl January 24, 2014 at 2:18 am - Reply

      Oh wow Jade, what a lovely comment – thank you so much!

  10. Court Star @ StarSystemzFitness January 28, 2014 at 9:38 am - Reply

    LOVE, love + LOVEEEEE I had no idea your blog helped you to land your job + CONGRATULATIONS on your blog winning an award, it truly is a MUST READ in my day! xo C

    • Bangkok Girl January 28, 2014 at 2:24 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, I had no idea that I had never told you my blog eventually led to my job! And my blog also led to us becoming friends! Thank you for the support xx

  11. Annie January 28, 2014 at 12:31 pm - Reply

    Great post! This whole blogging thing is surprisingly fantastic. It started out meager for us and now I feel like I have friends around the world…love that part!

    • Bangkok Girl January 28, 2014 at 2:22 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, and yes I agree! I am so happy that I started to blog, the whole community is amazing :-)

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