Monday, August 15, 2016

Why I Blog- Aaliyah @ Growing In His Image


Oh my goodness guys, I am SO EXCITED! Today, my FABULOUS friend, Aaliyah, is guest posting! She is the absolute coolest person ever, and I'm so beyond thrilled to have her posting here today! She blogs over at Growing In His Image, and if you don't follow her, I will personally chase you down and pelt you with grapes. You don't want to be pelted with grapes. SO GO FOLLOW HER!! That is, after you read her post, of course! I asked Aaliyah to share why she blogs, and her response was amazing. ENJOY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Hello, followers of the lovely Grace Anne!! I am so excited to help celebrate Totally Graced's second birthday! Blogversaries are so exciting. <3 EEP! This post is short and sweet but these are the three most important reasons of why I do what I do even when it's hard. Without further adieu, let's get into the post!

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The topic Grace asked me to write about is Why I Blog. 
At first, I didn't think much about it other than it was a very fitting topic for a blogaversary. But while I was thinking about what I would write it really got me thinking....

Why do I blog..?

When I began my blogging journey I was an eleven-year-old who just wanted to copy everything her big sister did. She had just started a blog and so naturally I thought it was a STELLAR idea. I never knew what an amazing journey it would be. My blog is now four years old. HOW?!?! I don't think I've ever stuck with something for so long in my life, haha! 

I'm going to tell you up front that blogging is by no means easy. Blogging takes time. I know a huge audience isn't important (unless it's your literal job but ya know), but if you want people to read your posts you have to take the time to write a good post. And then there's pictures that have to be edited, blog design, comments to answer, formatting, yadayadayada. Don't get me wrong, it's a blast. But it takes time and effort. Unless you pride yourself in being a crappy blogger. BUT I'M GETTING OFF SUBJECT. *laughing emojis* Sometimes I don't feel inspired. At all. Sometimes I just really don't have the time. Or sometimes I do have the time but I just don't feel like writing. Soooo why do I do it..? Why do I keep up with it..? Here's some reasons. 


The People

Through blogging, I have met so many people that I wouldn't have known otherwise. One of my best blogger friends is from South Africa. I live in Kentucky. There's no way our friendship could have happened if we weren't bloggers. I have friends from California, the Carolina's, Vermont, Missouri, Indiana, Tennessee, EVERYWHERE. It blows my mind that if I hadn't started a blog that I wouldn't have known these people exist. And these people are amazing people. They BLOW MY MIND. I love them. 

And also even the people that I'm not good friends with but they just read my blog. Their sweet comments and support keep me going. If I didn't have these lovely followers constantly giving me amazing feedback I don't think I would have kept blogging for as long as I have. The blogging community is literally one of the best things ever, I think <3

HAVING A PLACE TO SHARE MY WRITING/THOUGHTS

I love this. I love being able to share what's on my heart to so many people. And most of the time they are going through the same things. I love being able to inspire people, encourage them, and shine a light. And to be able to share my writing as well. To pull out my journals and copy it and share. Or, what I do 99% of the time, just write a poem on the spot. 

JESUS

Oh, Jesus. Blogging gives me a platform like nothing else. I can reach anyone in the world. ISN'T THAT FANTASTIC?!?!?!?!?!? I can share Jesus with everyone who comes across this blog. I have the ability to spread hope. 
And I can also share my struggles. I can tell people, "Hey, look! I'm here too. It's hard and I'm trying to be hopeful but I really don't see it from here." I can get encouragement. I can let people know that it isn't just them. And then sharing about coming out of those struggles and seeing His marvelous light in a completely profound and new way and sharing that too. 


These and so many more reasons are why I blog. The need to write. The need to share. The need to give hope in the darkness. And also to share my extreme love for buffalo dip BUT YA KNOW. ;)


Thank you, Grace Anne, for this wonderful opportunity. I enjoyed it!! MUCH LOVE FOR YOU!! :'''')
-aaliyah xx

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FOLLOW AALIYAH!!


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Don't run off without leaving Aaliyah some love down in the comments!! 



20 comments:

  1. I love your reasons! I agree with all of them. I have "met" so many amazing blog friends along my journey. It's so amazing how much in common we all have! :)

    With love and all joy,
    Allie D.
    www.alliesblogdesigns.blogspot.com
    www.friendlovesatalltimes.blogspot.com
    www.sevenbloggersandtheirdolls.blogspot.com
    www.sincerelyallied.blogspot.com
    www.spreadingmyjoy.blogspot.com

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    1. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!

      I SO agree!!

      I'm so glad you enjoyed it :) much love xx

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    2. Aren't her reasons the best??? <3

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  2. Those are awesome points, Aaliyah! (And your name is beautiful, by the way. <3)

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    1. Thanks so much! And wow thanks I like my name too hehe <3

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    2. I've always loved Aaliyah's name so much- it's beautiful just like her!

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  3. "There's no way our friendship could have happened if we weren't bloggers." <<< OMG THIS IS SOOO TRUE. So I know this girl in Kentucky and I would never have met her if it weren't for blogging so I'm like really grateful for that you know <333333333

    LOVE YOU BRO. LOVE YOU AND YOUR BUFFALO DIP OBSESSION. xD this whole post is literal golddddd

    *hugs and waffles*
    abbiee

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    1. <<< OMG THIS IS SOOO TRUE. So I know this girl in Kentucky and I would never have met her if it weren't for blogging so I'm like really grateful for that you know <333333333 dude can you stop b4 I die okay thanks


      DUDE I LOVE YOU MORE THANK YOU SO MUCH UGH

      and psh yes you know it
      buffalo dip > everything else

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    2. Kentucky and Vermont are quickly becoming two of my favorite states <3<3

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  4. THIS WAS SO MUCH FUN TO READ!! Loved each and every point x)

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  5. SO SO SO TRUE. Like honestly I think the best part about blogging is the fact that you can meet and talk to people ALL OVER THIS GLOBE. Like woahhh. The internet is cool.

    LOVE THIS POST AND YOU, AALIYAH <3

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    1. The internet is SO COOL.

      ISN'T AALIYAH THE BEST???

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  6. Um, yes!!!!! I concur with all of these motivations for blogging to the utmost. (Sorry, a little Jane Austen coming out of me right there.) And I write posts exactly like you do. Copy and paste the journal, poem on the spot. One of my goals is more planned blogging.

    You shine the light of Jesus so well Aaliyah!

    And Grace, you're doing so well with this series!

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    1. I love the Jane Austen ; ) <3 Still need to finish Sense and Sensibility!

      Doesn't she?? She's SUCH a light for Jesus, love her <3

      Thank you so much, Hannah!!! :)

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  7. Great job Grace Anne and Aaliyah! Love the post <3

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    1. Thanks, Isabella! Isn't her post amazing?! <3

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