In our series 'Why I Love', Lynda Hennebry tells us why she loves blogging.
Why do I love being a blogger? The free stuff, no hesitation.
 
Okay, I’m totally joking because if you’re a blogger you’ll know full well that the freebies you receive are 85% useless to you, 10% gone before you open the package and 5% useful and handy in your day to day life.
 
Being a blogger is something almost every second person you meet will call themselves these days, and yes, I include myself in this category. Blogging is becoming increasingly popular, especially amongst Irish teenagers and students and for a huge variety of reasons.
 
I started my own blog, Little Piece of Lynda, in 2013 to get my name out there after being advised it was the best way to get your foot into journalism. I’ll be the first to admit I didn’t have a clue what I was at, to be honest I had never even read a blog before I decided to start my own but two years later I can truthfully say it’s been the best decision I’ve ever made. And here are a list of reasons why:
 
The Opportunities
I think the best thing about blogging is the doors it’s opened for me. In terms of getting work experience in the media industry it’s essential and it really has given me numerous opportunities. In terms of reciveving emails about potential business opportunites and of course allowing me to write for websites such as campus.ie words can’t describe how great having a blog has been getting my feet in the media door.
 
The People
I’ve met some incredible people through the blogging network, some people my age who’ve gone onto become some of my best friends and some who’ve I’ve idolized and now get to work with. 
 
Blogging is a very social hobby and to build your blog you need to be liked by people and interact with other bloggers. The blogging community in itself is very strong and very welcoming with so many forums on the internet there to help you out, it’s definitely one of the best things about blogging.
 
The Interviews
I love meeting new and interesting people, be it a model, a sports star or a nurse, I love getting the opportunity to sit down and have a chat with people who I wouldn’t normally get the pleasure of speaking to. On my blog I have a section designated to interviews where I’ve gotten to speak to entrepreneurs, chefs, actors and even my idol, Laura Whitmore.
 
Freedom
Having a blog is like having an escape. No one can tell you to do something, to write about a certain topic or design your blog a certain way. It’s your blog to do what you choose to do. 
 
The feedback
There’s nothing better than being on a night out and someone comes up to you telling you they read your blog, that in itself is an achievement. At the beginning when someone would say they liked my blog I’d shyley mumble ‘thanks very much’ but now hearing that brings such a big smile to my face and I’m so proud.
 
It’s also lovely when someone tells you something you wrote helped them, or made them laugh or smile and of course when people share your posts. There’s no better feeling.
 
The obsession
There’s something about blogging that hooks a person and I can’t explain what it is, there’s just something about it. Being a blogger means that you’re regularly awake at 4.30am writing notes on your phone for new blog posts and everything around you becomes an inspiration, ‘wait, what did you say? say that again… yes! got an idea! It’s just the way it is.
 
The Blog Awards
It’s the ultimate motivation. Everyone want’s to win an award and when it comes to me, well lets just say the quote ‘always the bridesmaid never the bride’ fits quite well. Being nominated alone is obviously a huge thing but getting to the finals, well it’s a feeling! 
 
The Writing
First and foremost if you didn’t love writing you wouldn’t have a blog so it’s amazing to be able to write as your hobby everyday. For me, writing is a huge stress reliever so anytime I feel under the weather or stressed, writing a blog post always makes me feel better.
 
No Pants required
Oh yes, the number one thing about blogging is, it requires a lot of time and yes it can be hard work but you know what? You can do it anywhere, anytime, and you don’t have to wear any pants.