Stepping Out Of My Comfort Zone & Blogging in Another Language
Published by Yella Hawk on Sunday 7th October 2018
Hello lovely people,
When my good friend Lucy (the girlbaws behind Bleet) asked me if I wanted to write a little post for this page I felt pretty honored since I'm a pretty small blogger still and I've never experienced someone valuing my work like that before. After the first five minutes of euphoria tho it got to me that this meant not only had I to actually get my ass to write a fricking post again after basically neglecting my own blog for the last few months because starting my new degree turned out to require more time and dedication than I could have ever imagined. But also the post had to be something special to make Lucy proud so she wouldn't regret giving me the time of the day (which probably will still happen at some point).
Anyway, that’s the reason I’m now sitting here trying to reinspire my brain and searching for my creativity when I thought it might be a good start - since Bleet is all about blogging and bringing bloggers together - to just talk about some of the experiences I made since starting www.yellahawk.com and all the social channels that go with that.
Deciding To Blog In English
Some of you might know that I'm from Germany and therefore not a native speaker when it comes to English. When I wanted to start a blog I was looking for a creative outlet and also wanted to do something new and a little out of my comfort zone. I've been following British and American bloggers and YouTubers for a long time and related the most to the UK blogging 'scene' and those were the blogs I kept coming back to. That was why I decided to write in English myself and engage with mostly UK bloggers via Twitter.
I started all my social channels from scratch and twitter especially was so amazing to find like-minded people quickly who didn't seem to care too much about my follower count of 30 people at the time haha. Apart from that, I love travelling and the decision to write in English gave me the perfect reason to visit London and meet up with the lovely people I met online.
Stepping Out Of Your Comfort Zone
At the time I started blogging I wasn't at a good place in life and struggled with my mental health quite a lot, so making new friends and then travelling solo to meet up with them was a huge step for me and I don't think I would've done it if it wasn't for blogging.
If you're struggling with overcoming anxieties, stepping out of your comfort zone from time to time can be such a life changer in your healing or coping progress and will be worth it in the long run. I find the blogging community is such a great place for experiencing that as many bloggers deal with similar stuff and will be happy to help or give advice. There are also loads of posts out there that might be of help.
Another reason why I'm happy I've chosen the (mostly) UK blogosphere over the German one is Twitter. In Germany, the platform isn't that much of a thing as it is other countries apparently especially when it comes to smaller bloggers. The regular blogging chats different accounts are hosting on there each week are such a good way to engage with others especially if you're just starting out.
Since engaging is one of the most important things in blogging and, for me twitter is just the easiest way to do so. Although there can be quite a lot of drama from time to time, if you decide to not take part in that and instead spread positivity, share your fave's latest blog post or tweet a reassuring ''yas queen" under your mutual's OOTD it can be an amazing source of support and motivation to keep you going!
I'm by no means saying you have to blog in another language but what I hope you can take from my experience is that it's always worth to try out something new even if it might seem somewhat scary at first. Stepping out of your comfort zone is where life and personal growth starts and you're more likely to regret the things you didn't try out since even the ''bad'' experiences help you get to know yourself and find out what you want - or don't want - in life.
Well, this post turned out to be more rambly than expected but I hope you've still enjoyed reading. I'd love to hear about your experiences with stepping out of your comfort zone. What's something you always wanted to start or try out? Let me know in the comments!
Also, thank you to Bleet for giving me the opportunity to share my thoughts on here!
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