In case you didn’t know, I’m a high school student.
I’m not particularly a fan of high school (I’d much rather be home reading), but I feel like the combination of high school and book blogging has been very beneficial to me. Blogging has helped me in school, and school has helped me with blogging. And both together have helped to prepare me with the skills I need for the “real world” aka college, jobs, etc.
Without blogging, I wouldn’t be as challenged.
Sure, I take AP courses. Yes, that challenges my brain. And yes, it’s all somewhat time consuming. BUT, after recently stopping tennis for this school year to focus on grades and college stuff, I do have some more time on my hands. Blogging is another commitment that I have to myself. No one knows that I blog except for you and I. Shh.. don’t tell anyone, okay?! But the point is, I technically have no one to keep me in check about whether I put time into blogging or not. It’s all on me.
Also, blogging adds another little challenge to my daily life. I try my hardest to post reviews on certain dates for publishers and authors, but I also have to have time to read them. Therefore, the combination of blogging and school has taught me even better time management. Sure, I still procrastinate – it’s inevitable for me, but I know that I have deadlines to make for both school AND blogging, and I work hard to get schoolwork done so I can have time to read books and blog for fun, too.
I know how to be professional.
Before blogging I got nervous about emailing teachers about a grade or homework assignment. Did I format this correctly? Is this professional enough? But now with blogging (and the help of some awesome experienced bloggers), I know how to contact “important people.” Emailing publishers, authors, and other bloggers has become something I do frequently now, and I couldn’t be more thankful for the opportunity to do so, but also for the lessons that it’s taught me. I know how to be professional now whether it’s about requesting an ARC, asking a high school teacher about missed work, or even talking to people at colleges.
It’s brought my out of my comfort zone and made me more confident.
I used to be SO shy. You could barely hear me when I spoke in a classroom setting. I didn’t branch out and meet new people. Blogging has totally transformed me. I’m louder, more outgoing. Blogging has helped because it took me being behind a computer screen to realize that meeting new people isn’t hard or meant to be nerveracking. Once I realized this through blogging and interacting with people on Twitter and blog comments, I saw that it’s not so different in person, either.
All of these things translate into the “real world.”
Soon I’ll be in college, most likely working a part time job and I really want to still be blogging too! Adding this little extra bit of “work” I’ll call it, although it’s really a fun, enjoyable hobby, is something that I think will gradually help me for when that time comes, and even after college when I’m all by myself at a job doing all the “adult” things that have to be done. Also just the social aspects of it has already helped me so much!
So thanks, blogging. You’ve really helped a girl out.