The Power of a Blog

Fingers crossed this will be the last wordy post from me for a while, do you ever find that sometimes you just have a lot to say…whereas other just pictures will suffice?

We all know how blogs have grown in power over recent years. It’s well know (and probably experienced by us all) that companies now use blogging as a powerful tool for advertising; something I personally don’t have a problem with…I’m all for supporting high street brands and companies with price points that I can afford rather than looking to the runways and high-end focused magazines to get an idea of the trends, plus a massive feeling of frustration that everything is so far out of my grasp.

But that’s now what this post is about, not really. I want to talk about the Power of Blogging as a healing support network, intentional or not, because I’ve found through both personal experience and from reading other blogs, tweets and e-mails that people are constantly surprised by the kindness of others.

I was completely blown away by the support show when I was sick last year, from the pre-hospital support and encouragement to the sheer volume of comments, letters, e-mails, texts and even VISITS from people who I would once have considered strangers but now believe to be friends.

I think blogging is more powerful than we realise in helping us feel less alone, whatever we are going through…from exam stress, personal crises, bereavement, illness and all that’s in between. And I would like to take this chance to thank you ALL for being an all round, utterly amazing group of friends. I firmly believe I wouldn’t be where I am today without all the extra, un-expected support I have received through this blog…I think I drove everyone made last Summer when I constantly spoke about how I couldn’t wait to get back to blogging and show people how far I’d come, and how I’d make them proud. I know that won’t apply, or even work for everyone, but for me it did. And now, on the other side of that, my blog has proved invaluable in re-building confidence, and getting used to my new body and getting more adventurous in what I wear.

Of course there is a negative side to every story, and there is the issue of Anoymous hate comments and attacks on formspring (deleting mine was the best thing I ever did), but on the whole I’ve found blogging has opened up a whole new community, and at the bottom of it all we are ALL human, we ALL struggle and we ALL need support and I think we can all, to an extent, relate to each other and offer invaluable advice and support when it’s needed most.

Away from the words now, here is what I wore yesterday!

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This was me trying to get Flash’s attention and make him do something cute. Epic fail!

How has blogging helped you?

Do you agree/disagree with this post?

Whatever your opinion, don’t be afraid to share it.

xxx

P.S. I lasted all day in those trousers, felt infinitely better for doing so and intend to embrace and wear them more. I truly was humbled by the comments left and the e-mails/tweets received. Thank you again.

52 comments for “The Power of a Blog

  1. Ooh I love the outfit! and I find everyone on the blogging community so lovely, and I never really have negative feedback, so its all good haha! πŸ™‚ X

  2. I am quite new to blogging but I am amazed by how kind everyone is, not experienced any hate yet. People seem to go out of their way to be nice. I think blogging is one of the best things I have done, I love the community.
    Wooooo for wearing the trousers all day πŸ™‚
    Love the leopard print skirt!
    Sophie
    x

  3. It’s great to get comments and feedback. I’m lucky never to have any real hating, but it’s a shame that there people who try and spoil a really supportive community.

    Love your skirt tw!

  4. I feel so lucky to have amazing readers, who cheer me up and support me every day πŸ™‚ I’ve also been very lucky this far – I haven’t had a bad comment yet! I don’t understand people who send hate mail, nobody is forced to read a blog if they don’t want to. I’ve gained a lot of confidence through blogging πŸ™‚

    xxx Charlie
    Enter my Lipstick Giveaway!

  5. First of all, you look stunning in these pics – maxi skirts def suit you!

    On a more serious note, your words are just perfect. Personally, I’ve gone through massive changes since starting blogging. Some of that is undoubtedly due to being at university of course, but having that reassurance and friendship in the blogosphere has certainly had a massive effect on my confidence and self esteem. I’ve no doubt about it πŸ™‚

    xxx

    p.s. yay for the trouser day – now you need to go get yourself ten pairs πŸ˜‰

  6. love the skirt !!!!!!!!!!

  7. I defintiely agree with you! Blogging is such a powerful tool and I have been overwhelmed by the niceness of the whole community as well.
    I’m so gla it was able to help you out when you needed it the most!

    Love this outfit. The skirt is so pretty.

  8. You have got to be one of my favourite blogs, you have this enticing personality and you seem so genuine and lovely πŸ™‚ I actually prefer your more wordy posts i just think you shine through everything you write πŸ™‚

  9. Blogging has been a revelation to me too, I had never expected to forge relationships like I have. It’s just amazing to meet and chat (usually virtually) with likeminded people, when you don’t have likeminded people around you in your ‘real’ life. Blogging is a big part of my real life now too, I refer to you all as my friends in conversations with people.
    Hugs
    Kandi x

  10. I definitely agree about how incredibly encouraging and supportive the blog community is. It’s strange to say, but over the past 2 years, my blog has become so much a part of me, and I feel like I’ve “met” so many wonderful people because of it.

    Can I also say that you are definitely one of my earliest and dearest blog friends, and I’m so happy to know you.

    xx

  11. Wordy blogs are good! It’s really interesting to read and to get an insight on these things, especially as I only came across your blog a few months ago.

    I’m glad blogging has helped you though πŸ™‚

    p.s. Didn’t get a chance to comment on your previous blog, have no idea why the photos weren’t loading but you look gorgeous with trousers on, very lovely pics

    Bhav x

  12. You’re a real inspiration to me. You’re a great blogger and such a lovely person that I can’t help but like you (and feel like I know you!)

    As always, you look delicious! I love this skirt xx

  13. Hi Laura, I agree 100%! I felt this most when my mother died and when I became pregnant for the first time. When Mama died, people from all over the world sent me their support at such a difficult time. Then when I had Vito last year, I got so much congratulations and gifts! So in bad times and good times, blogging helped me.

    In fact, my blogger community has given me more than my own flesh and blood has. In terms of lve, friendship, support and even material gifts!

  14. Okay, this has given me chills.. I woke up thinking the same thing, and just did a post on it:
    http://streetstylelondon.blogspot.com/2011/03/any-cloud-and-all-that.html

    AMAZING coincidence. Big hug. xo

  15. Very well said πŸ™‚

    We must meet up again soon lovely, it seems like AGES!

  16. Well said, you stylish lady! xxx

  17. Meg

    Agreed, I’ve only been blogging a few months and on more than one occasion I’ve felt supported by readers or on twitter, for the most part it’s such a lovely community x

  18. What a lovely read.

    To quote my dear mother, strangers are only friends we have yet to meet. You have met a few now but others are still to met in person. That doesn’t mean we are not friends.

    Whilst you had one hell of a year last year, this one is looking good. It is obvious you are growing in confidence and rock any outfit you choose to wear. Keep it up Hun!

    Big hugs.

    X x x x

  19. I totally agree with your words. Not only it was also an honor to help you during this year, (the best way I could), but I’ve also experienced lots of support everytime I had some trouble, personal or professional. I found a new friend in you and It was (as I said) an honor, to be considered as a friend by you as well πŸ™‚
    I’m happy you wore the trousers all day! They look incredible on you***

  20. I 100% agree with you. When Dustin and I were going through our money issues last year it was amazing the outpouring if support we got. Whenever I was feeling sad and worried I just had to read the comments and emails and I felt better and more hopeful. Blogging can be an amazing this and I think the good definitely outweighs the bad.

  21. Lil

    This is a great post and I’m so happy that the blogging community has helped you so much. I really love the blogging world and have been fortunate enough to not experience much negativity.
    I’ve recently been going through some problems with anxiety and depression which have come out of nowhere, and while I haven’t talked about it directly on my blog, I’ve experienced some amazing support from some of the friends I’ve made. Even just blogging in itself helps me get through it because it gives me something to do, something to get excited about!
    Lovely post and I hope we all continue to help you!
    Lil xx

  22. This is such a fantastic post Laura.

    I think a lot of people try and paint a perfect picture of themselves on their blogs (i.e Miss the crap parts of there life out) But I have always felt that you are always so honest with your readers, truth is life isn’t perfect and we all have struggles, and your struggle really was one of the toughest, but sharing this with your readers has truly shown how kind and sincere people can be.
    I know when I posted a couple of weeks ago about not feeling too great about things in my life, the response and kindness (including yours) was truly overwhelming and did make me step back and know I had that support behind me.

    The blog you have created and the friends you have gained along the way is something you should truly be proud of xxx

  23. hey beautiful, what a great post. I agree, blogging can truly change our lives. I can’t go a few days without reading my favourite blogs and I couldn’t give up blogging even though I don’t blog daily. it’s a great outlet for random thoughts and I have got to know amazing people like you by blogging.

    xoxo

  24. Couldn’t agree more, great post. Something I don’t really mention in my blog posts is that my Dad’s terminally ill. Every day is hard but blogging gives me a space to focus on the wonderful things, however small, that brighten every day.
    xx

  25. I tweeted you earlier saying how much i loved this post! The blogging community seems to be so close at the moment! Blogging is my way of expressing how i feel without having to be too in depth about what im actually feeling. It’s so nice to know that when you were ill you had so much supoort from plenty of people! AMAZING post Laura! xx

  26. This is a lovely post.

    So many people are quick to whine about the blogosphere, and how bitchy it is etc, but it is wonderful to hear the views of someone that has been personally helped by their readers.

    Love this outfit btw, the skirt is gorgeous! And the trousers looked amazing too. They suit you so much.

    So glad you’ve enjoyed my LFW posts πŸ™‚ your comment made me super happy! <3

    x

  27. The trousers in the last post looked AMAZINGLY GOOD on you. Gonna have to hunt those out. I agree with every word you’ve said here – have met so many wonderful people through blogging and thank the stars every day that I made the leap into doing it. xx

  28. Yay for our little blogosphere!

    You look gorgeous, darling!

    xoxox,
    CC

  29. Yay for the all-day-trouser-wearing-success!!

    It’s true what you say, I love the little bloggy world sooo full of inspirational people πŸ™‚

    And good for you for deleting the formspring – don’t let them in xx

  30. Thanks for your comments on my blog I did not realise you suffered with low iron too.

    Yeah thats how I feel weepy and tired.
    That syrup stuff is just vile.

    I think the blogging community on the whole is very nice.

    xx

  31. Yay for blogging! I think blogging has really helped you grow and grow and hope that will continue <3

  32. I’m so glad you are feeling the warmth of the blogging community and most specifically your followers.
    Glad you stuck with yesterday’s trousers πŸ™‚
    Today’s outfit looks fab too x
    http://cgdn.blogspot.com/

  33. This post brought a tear to my eye. Human compassion always gets me. Oh, and that skirt is awesome!

  34. What a lovely post Laura. You’re right blogging can be a brilliant support. I’ve had a pretty weird year with my unexpected surprise and everyone has been fantastic to me x

  35. The blogging community has eruppted over the last couple of years. And It is a great place to find support and comfort. X

  36. what a wonderful post, i really love it. I agree blogging can bring such a positive impact in peoples lives and also bring strong friendships.

    πŸ™‚

  37. your maxi skirt look great!

  38. Love the skirt!
    Another beautiful post! πŸ™‚

    emmaobarnett.blogspot.com

  39. What a wonderful post πŸ™‚ It is so nice to see the kindness shown on blogs. Blogging definitely helped my confidence and allowed me to express myself and be who I am and love that. I just wish I had more time to blog and comment at the moment but life will ease at some point!

  40. The trousers look goregous on you and I think trousers are the hardest things for most girls to wear I dont really wear them that often and it is the one thing women moan about when they try them on at work. Both pairs look gorgeous on you the ones in the last post too they really were a fab shape on you.

    So glad you found support thtough the blog sometimes I feel a little pressured by mine but mostly I enjoy it and more the people who I have met as we all have the same thing in common clothes. Great post and you are an inspiration xoxo

  41. I totally agree with you! People are so supportive and it’s just wonderful.

    β™₯ Leia

  42. Love this post,it’s totally true that you wrote.

    http://www.cookiebyme.blogspot.com

    G.

  43. gorgeous outfit x

  44. aw this is a lovely post and very well written. i’m really glad blogging has helped you through difficult times, it’s great to think you have a network of people willing to be there for you. everyone should have a blog! xo

  45. I AGREE wf ur post πŸ™‚

  46. I agree, blogging is great! I started when my friend Rachel told me about her blog. I really liked the idea of having somewhere you can write a stream of consciousness. It really helped me when I was studying for my PGCE (teaching) and during my NQT (1st year of teaching). I was utterly miserable during that time and I really didn’t want to keep telling me friends that (although I did and they were lovely) and it was nice to know I could just say it. It also helped me keep in touch (and get back in touch) with friends who were teachers who could sympathise and share my experiences. And it’s nice to have somewhere where you can write random things that you think of or like! Plus, some old work colleagues and other friends have told me that they still read my blog (which most of them found accidently!)
    I also like long posts, you come across really well, a lovely person, very sincere. Parallel to that of course, I love the pictures!!!! You have lots of lovely outfits! Well done on maintaining a great blog and benefitting from it!

  47. I wholeheartedly agree! I think blogging is so great, and the support I have found has been more than I could ever ask for.

    And as far as formspring, I never had one, and I don’t plan on getting one. I have heard a lot about mean comments on there and I don’t want any part of that…

    another great outfit!

    Scott

  48. I am always amazed at how generous people are, I think people are quick to dismiss the internet as being full of people who just spew hate but I have made some amazing friends and have always found the blogging community SUPER supportive πŸ™‚

    Maria xxx

  49. agreed πŸ™‚
    i am very glad that i fell into blogging, and have been very lucky to meet some very lovely people – you included πŸ™‚ xxx

  50. i love the leopard print!

    and i agree wholly on what you are saying in the post .. ive acutally become very confident and even the negative side when ive recienved hatefull comments just helped earn a thicker skin .

  51. So well said Laura. Blogging definitely opens up your life to new and special people. x