Why do I blog? 10 Surprising Life Lessons from a Self-Confessed Blogaholic
1. Blogging is my friend.
2. Blogging is my creative outlet.
3. Blogging is my personal space when things in my life don’t work out the way I want them to.
4. Blogging = time out…
Blogging is my arena in which to:
5. … make mistakes
6. … win new clients
7. … make new friends
8. … learn new skills
9. … tell the world WHAT AN AMAZING PLACE UGANDA IS.
I was a blogger before blogging was invented.
At boarding school, I wrote long letters home. When I was a teenager, I kept a secret diary (well, I thought I did, until – horror of horrors – my mum revealed some years later that she had read it!)
When I traveled, I wrote long letters home. When my relationship was going nowhere, I kept a secret diary.
When I gave up my old life in London to leave for Uganda, I started writing my blog – even before I’d started packing my suitcase.
A blog – an online Diary – of a Muzungu was the natural progression.
[I’m embarrassed at its ordinariness now but this was my first ever blog post, in 2008. And my mum was the first to comment – don’t mums rock?]
10. A blogger has no time to be bored – the next story beckons. There are always ideas to research, to mull over, to discuss with friends.
11. “Are you writing about this in your Diary?” – has been an invitation to:
– meet the Omukama [traditional tribal King] at his Palace in Bunyoro, western Uganda
– attend the VIP launch of the inaugural Kampala Art Biennale
– experience Uganda’s solar eclipse! …
and so many other life-affirming East African experiences.
Some people spend a lifetime searching – but I Have Found My Niche and it is here in Uganda.
The five year evolution of my blog – from crappy updates on Blogger to self-hosted WordPress Wow!ness – reflects the development of my own aspirations and my professionalism as a blogger.
Diary of a Muzungu charts my progress. It shows me that if you really want something…
12. … JUST DO IT.
You don’t even need to put on those fake trainers 😉