A lifestyle blog written by a Welsh lady living in Wales.

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Why I started my blog


You may be reading this as someone who follows welshandwonderful.com, or you may be a reader who has stumbled across my little corner of the internet completely by accident (if so, welcome!). As someone who is very new to blogging, I've reflected on why I started my blog, and thought I would share my thoughts with you.

I wanted to create something
I wanted to create;  it's a productive use of my free time, and it utilises my skills and provides me with an opportunity to share what inspires me. I wanted to use my creativity and make my blog a bit different and unique.

I wanted to showcase Wales
I'm very proud of my little country. I think it has so much to offer, and I wanted to show off Wales to its best.

It's a challenge
It's a challenge to create quality, consistent content. It also takes a bit of courage to put yourself out there on the worldwide web.

I love reading lifestyle blogs
There are so many great lifestyle blogs out there that I love reading. I just find it so interesting to read about someone's review of an awesome hotel or restaurant, get inspiration for future holiday destinations, and pick up some health, style and beauty tips. Some of the travel blogs I read are so well written and have such beautiful photography that they can make me feel like I'm on a virtual holiday! I love that blogs are so current; the content is constantly updated, which makes them relevant and on point.

I wanted to connect with other like minded bloggers 
One of the nicest things about blogging is connecting with other bloggers. It's so lovely when someone has taken the time to comment on one of my posts. As a blogging newbie, this has been one of the unexpected and rewarding bits of blogging. It's so exciting having readers from all over the world.

I love taking photos
Photography is one of my hobbies. I take my photos with a compact camera because it's easy to use and carry around, and I'm really pleased with the results.

I wanted to share experiences
A blog is a great outlet to share experiences with others. I love thinking of new ideas to share with my readers.

I wanted to learn a new skill
Blogging is something completely new to me, and I'm self-taught. It was a bit daunting purchasing a domain, choosing a platform and clicking on "publish" for the very first time. But here I am, several posts in, and I think I'm doing ok!

It's fun and rewarding!
It's fun. It's rewarding. This is why I blog.

Why did you start blogging? Are you thinking of starting a blog?  I'd love to hear your story!

Angharad x
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10 comments

  1. Hey I'm a new reader, and am on your blog literally just because you're Welsh and so am I! Firstly, I agree with you on all these points - the photography, Wales being a great place, etc aha.

    Have you ever been to Swansea?

    Amy;
    Little Moon Elephant

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    1. Hi Amy! Welcome to welshandwonderful.com :) I'm very familiar with Swansea, it's a great place. Thank you for reading! Angharad x

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  2. I love your blog and I love Wales, as a kid we went there for all our holidays! My mum's welsh (my name's actually Bethan but shh) and my family home is across the bridge in Somerset :) so we're neighbours. I started blogging because I had a lot of daytimes free between singing jobs and it's been amazing as originally I didn't intentionally start as a baking blog but that was where I was finding the most joy so rolled with it :)
    Betty x
    The Betty Stamp

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    1. Hi Betty! Thank you for your comment, I'm so pleased to hear that you're enjoying my blog and it's lovely to hear about your affinity with the Welsh! It's lovely to hear how you started blogging and your passion for baking certainly comes through on The Betty Stamp. Have a lovely weekend, Angharad x

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  3. Welcome to the blogging community! I've been blogging for over two years now, and it has gone from a creative outlet to a passion and a career for me. I love creating content and engaging with my readers. I've met so many wonderful people through blogging that have now become contacts and friends. I'm glad you have been enjoying the process and I can't wait to see what's to come from you and your site!

    www.livinginsteil.com
    Vanessa

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    1. Hi Vanessa! Thank you for your warm welcome to the blogging community, I really enjoy reading your blog livinginsteil.com. It's inspiring to hear your personal blogging story and how it's developed into a career. Your words of encouragement are much appreciated :) Angharad x

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  4. This is such a lovely post, Angharad; I loved reading the reasons why you've started your blog! I couldn't agree more about connecting with other bloggers through networking, it's been such a wonderful experience for me, too, having met some amazingly talented and inspirational people! I also love the fact that I can get a heads up on products and brands before having to commit to purchase, by reading so many reviews. It's definitely saved me both time and money! I'm glad we've connected and I hope we stay in touch :) Thanks so much for sharing and I hope you have a wonderful weekend, beauty!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    www.thestylecontour.com

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    1. Hi Jalisa! Thank you for your comment, I really appreciate it. It's lovely to hear about your positive experience of blogging, in particular how you've connected with other inspiring people. Have a great weekend too! Angharad x

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  5. I love this post Angharad and can fully relate! It's lovely having your own little piece of the internet where you can express your thoughts and views - it's such an added bonus when you receive feedback from other bloggers who love what you're doing also and makes it all the more worthwhile :) xx

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    1. Thank you, Maggie. I think that once you start blogging, you appreciate just how much work goes into it, so it's lovely to make contact with other bloggers who have similar interests and encourage you. Have a great week! Angharad x

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