Seven Things I Love About Blogging: Celebrating my 7th Blogiversary!

7 Things I Love About Blogging

It’s true readers, Returning Videotapes turns 7 today! At least, officially. I dabbled with blogging a little before 2011, but the true date of publishing with some frequency is April 19th, 2011. Woo! Longtime readers will know my blog(s?) has been through ups and downs, multiple languages and platforms, and many different faces. Most of the time, it wasn’t even called Returning Videotapes!

I don’t think I have ever celebrated a blogiversary but this year it felt different. And so I thought I’d mark this date with a post about the things I love the most about blogging. After seven years of doing this, there’s certainly a lot to be thankful for, and a big part of it is you. And if you’re wondering wether or not you should start a blog, this post could be insightful, too. So let’s look at some amazing things that happen when you’re a blogger.

Seven Things I Love About Blogging:
Celebrating my 7th Blogiversary!

7 Things I Love About Blogging

01. Having a voice

I have always enjoyed talking about the things I love but let’s be honest, there’s no 24/7 audience in real life. However, log on to Twitter any time of the day, and you’ll find a film community that is always there. Better yet, a post can make a conversation last days, or even weeks. Your thoughts, written down on the internet, can spark conversations years after you hit publish.

With blogging you have a lasting voice that can reach a huge audience or, perhaps most importantly, the right audience. Of course such a near-eternal medium has its disadvantages… Sometimes you will look back at things you’ve said and cringe – it’s inevitable. But you’ll learn to deal with that and, perhaps, being more patient and forgiving towards yourself will be something else you learn through blogging.

02. Having a creative outlet

Writing is one way to express yourself, but owning a blog can be about so much more than the written word. You’re effectively creating a space for yourself on the internet, and you can decorate it and fill it with whatever you want. I took full advantage of that and have always enjoyed playing around with my blog’s design.

From graphics, to illustrations and photography, video and audio clips – on the blog itself or social media accounts – there are so many ways to exercise your creativity, if you wish to. I’ve found that with time, my love for all these things has grown even more, and they’re honestly half the fun when it comes to blogging.

7 Things I Love About Blogging

03. Constantly learning and discovering new things

Would I be so damn excited for Infinity War if it weren’t for a handful of bloggers sharing their own enthusiasm for MCU all these years? Would I ever have gotten into Old Hollywood if it weren’t for the classic movie bloggers I followed 6+ years ago? Probably not. Blogging is for me as much about creating as it is about absorbing. Reading other blogs, following people with the same interests on social media – without that, this blogging thing would be pretty weird and boring. Perhaps worse than that, I would never grow.

And then of course, there is research. When planning out content, you intentionally search for subjects to talk about – in my case, movies, tv shows, books. I watch and read far more than I would if I didn’t blog, not because I write about everything (god knows I really don’t), but because being in this culture bubble makes you thirsty for more. And so, you never stop learning.

7 Things I Love About Blogging

04. Developing skills, both old and new

Pretty much everything I know about graphic and web design, podcasts and more, I learned through blogging, because I had to. I wanted to change my blog’s look, make custom graphics for posts and social media, and so I went out and learned how. Writing? English? Definitely something that gets better with practise, too. Even today I’m still learning and am sure I always will be. Right now I’m practising audio and video editing, for our podcast and a future project ๐Ÿ˜‰. Hell, instagram is making us all get into photography!

05. Finding an alternative path

So I’ve blogged for over 7 years now, of my own volition. It was never homework, or a job – never a chore. That’s the way it is for thousands of bloggers who simply do this because they like to. A couple of years ago I would’ve wanted to make it my full time job, but always dismissed it as what it has always been – a hobbie. But these days? Blogging can be your business, or at least the stepping stone towards the career you want. Even if it doesn’t work out, having that option is vital for me.

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06. Giving back: helping + inspiring people

I wrote about all the things blogging and its community gives to me, so it makes sense that, as content creators, we are giving something back as well. I don’t expect this blog to be life changing for you, but I always aim to send a bit of joy and inspiration your way every time I can, mostly through sharing movies, tv shows and books that I enjoyed discovering. More directly, I love helping people in whatever way can! Advice on a given decision or move, business plans, graphics, or just a boost of confidence – I can’t explain it, and it won’t necessarily be your case, but it gives me so much joy.

7 Things I Love About Blogging

07. Making Connections: specifically, the film loving/blogging community

Finally, the last one – which is actually the best thing about blogging. I know you hear it so often it’s becoming clichรฉd, but it really is the truth. As I said above, writing into nothingness and without seeing what other people are doing is not for me. I mentioned specific things we give each other through publishing and interacting on here or social media; but another side of blogging within a community is what we can achieve together.

That could be through web events and shared features, such as blogathons, or in collaborations. The most obvious example in my case, is one of the things I’m most proud of: the movie podcast Nikhat, Mette and I created, of which Getter is now a part, too. It never ceases to amaze me that we do it! I know there will be more projects like this, and collaborations with other creators is definitely something I will strive to have more of from now on.

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Again, thank you SO much to everyone who reads or stumbles upon this blog,
and to fellow bloggers who help me and inspire me, and make it all worth it!

What are the things YOU love the most about blogging, or following blogs?

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15 Comments

  1. April 19, 2018 / 5:51 PM

    It’s been seven years already?! Damn girl, Happy Anniversary!

    I’ve been reading (and enjoying) your content for ages and I’m so so proud of what you’ve accomplished. You’re right – definitely one of the best things about blogging are the people you meet online. I’ve met some amazing people through blogging and through the classic film online community, and you’re certainly one of them!

    • April 20, 2018 / 11:18 PM

      Thank you so much, Vanessa!! ๐Ÿ˜š I’m happy to have met you this way, too – you’ve inspired me from the start and still do, so much!

  2. Stevee
    April 20, 2018 / 8:01 AM

    Omg well done! I remember discovering your blog like it was just yesterday – I was (and still am) in awe of your aesthetics and content! Aw this post made me miss blogging, but I totally agree that the best part of blogging is all the connections you get in this community

    • April 20, 2018 / 11:21 PM

      Aww thank you, I really appreciate it โ˜บ๏ธ I’m positive everyone around here misses your blogging, but at least you’re rocking instagram ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. April 20, 2018 / 6:38 PM

    Seven years! That’s great. I really love a lot of what you said here, and saw myself in a lot of your words, but this might just be my favorite part: “Sometimes you will look back at things youโ€™ve said and cringe โ€“ itโ€™s inevitable. But youโ€™ll learn to deal with that and, perhaps, being more patient and forgiving towards yourself will be something else you learn through blogging.”

    Exactly. So much of my old stuff (or just most of it, to be honest) can be so cringe-worthy at times, but it doesn’t bother me anymore. It’s who I was/who I am, right?

    Cheers to another 7 more!

    • April 20, 2018 / 11:33 PM

      Oh man, don’t get me started on the shit I’ve said over the years ๐Ÿ˜‚ I’m going through all my old posts to adapt them to wordpress, and sometimes I just want to slap my old self.

      Now I remembered how I never kept a diary, because two days after writing entries I’d tear out the pages! Everything would sound so silly after the fact.

      But yeah, it doesn’t bother me as much now, either. What you said about who we were/who we are now – that’s exactly it. Nothing to be ashamed about. What would be sad, is if we never changed our minds!

      Thank you so much! โ˜บ๏ธ

  4. April 21, 2018 / 12:59 PM

    Omg, seven years? That’s amazing! Happy Blogiversary! What you said about blogging is so true, especially the part about the blogging community. Blogging wouldn’t be the same, this beautiful, rewarding experience if it wasn’t for the connections within the community.

    • April 22, 2018 / 3:25 PM

      It’s true! Thank you! โ˜บ๏ธ

  5. April 22, 2018 / 7:26 AM

    Congrats Sofia! That’s awesome! I really love your blog and what you post so I hope you keep going for at least 7 more years!

    • April 22, 2018 / 3:26 PM

      Thank you much, Rebecca! I hope so, too โ˜บ๏ธ

  6. April 22, 2018 / 9:42 AM

    Congratiolations on your seven years!! Seven, being my favourite number, means your seventh blogging year will be the beginning of the new phase – world domination!! ๐Ÿ˜€ Just kidding, no but honestly, you could and should be world known!

    I love all the points you make. “Blogging is for me as much about creating as it is about absorbing. ” – is something I still struggle with, and need to find more time to do. Helping others? Well, for someone who has asked for your help so many times, I can vouch for that, and I’m so happy to have you as a blogger and as a friend in my life! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Blogging is such a weird little community of people who never meet face to face, yet they share so much online, it’s crazy. I don’t think anyone at work would understand me if I started hyperventilating at a Chris Evans poster, but one tweet, and I would have all of you supporting and understanding. ๐Ÿ˜€ I guess that’s what makes this experience fun.

    Here’s to the next 7, and more! And keep up the amazing work, your blog has been an inspiration from day one, and it will continue to be as long as I can type! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • April 22, 2018 / 3:34 PM

      Aww Getter, that’s so nice, thank you!!! ๐Ÿ˜š I’m really happy to have found you and have you as a friend, too, you know this.

      Oh that is so true, we can say the weirdest things on twitter and it’s totally normal ๐Ÿ˜‚

      Thanks again, here’s hoping for seven more for you, too!

  7. April 22, 2018 / 7:11 PM

    Happy blogaversary! I can’t believe it’s been seven years! It’s been so much fun to visit your blog, read your insight, and watch your space grow. Your list is a wonderful reminder of all the things that we learn and grow from with blogging, something I always forget about. Can’t wait to see what the future brings for you. ๐Ÿ˜€

    • April 25, 2018 / 12:11 PM

      Thank you so much, Katy! ๐Ÿ˜š

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