Last year I challenged myself to blog for 30 straight days in September and this year I had no plans of going through that madness on my own. I think if you consider yourself a blogger then that challenge is something you need to do try out at least once. This year I went through the challenge options on Google search and nothing on there got me excited. All the topics were uninspiring and I thought to myself why are bloggers in Africa not coming together to make some noise about our colourful continent? No offence on the “Share your outfit of the day topics” but gosh they are tiring to say the least! I’m that one person who no longer wastes time hoping someone else will create something,I now make s*it happen! I spread the word on different social media platforms and wasted no time bringing African Bloggers in one space to get involved in what the group termed the #30DayAfriBlogger Challenge
When I started blogging I was still hurting over past relationships. I was in an a very bad space. I needed somewhere to bleed out my emotions. I had no idea putting my thoughts on my blog would actually help me heal. It was a tough journey but when I wrote about my experiences and I read through comments I realised that I was not alone when it came to some of the things I had been through. A problem shared really is a problem halved. When I look through my posts now I realise I have really come a long way and I can safely say I am happy and I let go of all the things that used to steal my joy. It’s a great space to be in. Sharing my story and being a part of the blogging world activated my mind to opportunities. Not only seeing opportunities but acting on them as well. I am currently a blogger for UnPlugged Zimbabwe and enjoying every moment of it. What’s not to love about pursuing the things that fire your soul?
The same time I started blogging was the same time I started my health and fitness journey. There is nothing that puts you under pressure as much as documenting an activity because now you have to actually show some results! However, it was a great move because if I had not done so I probably would not have lost 10 kgs in a year! The toughest year of my life if you ask me. It’s really easy to gain weight, it can happen in a space of days, losing weight on the other hand is a real mission! I have made new friends through the different challenges I set up each month. (I have also gone on to create another blog that is specifically for fitness and you should check it out!) Creating challenges not only helps me stay focused but those around me also get that extra drive to exercise because they can see that I am consistent and actually get results. Now I have the body I always wanted and I feel fantastic! I will tell you this for free…maintaining your weight is the hardest part of the journey. One of the best things that has come from my blogging journey so far is partnering up with Steward Health for both the September Challenge as well as working together on my vision of parkruns in Harare. It promises to be an exciting journey ahead.
There have been occasions I have been upset about something and all I want to do is rant about it on a blog post. The ironic thing is after a few sentences into the post I actually find that I am being petty but continue to write about it all the same. You see, life doesn’t really have to consume you with negativity. Fair and fine you will have a bad day or two but there is always something to smile about. Blogging has helped me through bad days because I have a few blogs that I follow that specialise in humour and there is never a dull moment there!
I have had access to some exciting events and partnered up with some digital savvy brands over the years, that’s definitely the upside of being a blogger. I have worked with #PPCZimbabwe #ZarkLaunchParty #ZimBiggestBraai #NafunaTV #UnPluggedZim #KidzCan #NaturalsZW #GoldenPilsenerGo4Gold
Blogging has given me the voice I didn’t realise I actually had. I am MaKupsy. The Blogger. The Fitness Consultant. The Traveler. The Naturalista. The Social Media Influencer. The Mother.
I would like to hear from bloggers…what was the reason you started and are still blogging? What are some of the lessons you have learnt over time?
For the readers, what do you enjoy reading the most from my blog and what keeps you coming back for more?
You too can take part in the #30DayAfriBlogger Challenge, the more the merrier.