So what has blogging done for me? This year is the first time I’ve ever done anything like this in my life. But for some reason, when I saw on social media they were looking for people to contribute to the Student Blog, I decided to go for it. The piece I submitted for it – ‘Loneliness’ (Loneliness – Student Blog (dundee.ac.uk)) seemed to come together remarkably easily, almost as if it was already in my mind and I just let it out.
And that’s how it’s felt for many of the things I’ve written. There are lots of things that I don’t talk about with other people, but I have shared them on here, which in some ways has felt like a weight off my shoulders. Due to being a naturally quiet person as well as the pandemic conditions, I haven’t really had any opportunities to get into deep conversations about particular topics for a long time. It sounds dramatic, but blogging gave me a voice when I felt like I didn’t have one.
A voice which, to my surprise, other people noticed. Through my work here, I was asked if I could contribute an article to a prestigious architecture magazine – RIAS Quarterly. Opportunities like that don’t come along very often, so I’m incredibly grateful that it came to me. The piece is called ‘Studying architecture during a pandemic’, which gave me the chance to reflect and draw conclusions from the past year. Understandably, it felt quite mentally beneficial for me too. (Read it here: RIAS Quarterly – Issue 45)
But the most significant thing that’s happened since I started blogging? I’ve realised I like writing. I’m a hopeless speaker; the words that are in my head rarely come out right, if I manage to get them out at all. But putting words on a page, or rather, a screen, seems like something I can do. I’ve always got a thousand plots for a thousand stories in my head – maybe one day I’ll let those out too.
So, if like me, you see an opportunity and something in your head just says ‘go for it’ – then go for it.