When it is about being a Difference Maker, no I don’t aim to be one, in particular, to get called my name. But we all have so many stories in our life where we did make that worthful decision that eventually guided us to where now we stand. A good slice of experience, where we made a difference for ourselves, can inspire other to get the courage may be they need badly right at the moment.
Today I felt like to share some words about my blogging journey as my word to be a ‘Difference Maker’. If you’re feeling like to start blogging or a brand new blogger already, dreaming about the shiny side of blogging then my short story might help you to determine your future path.
In 2011, when I was in London doing my MA, out of nowhere I decided to write a blog. Inconsistent me actually re-started blogging in 2012 when I felt the need to blog again because there was none in the context of Bangladesh. I started as one of the first few bloggers of Bangladesh. Even then I didn’t really know anything about my niche, technical facts, the craze in the blogging word but only one thing was In my mind that I want to share my thoughts and experiences so that BD people get at least something when they search the web for help.
Long story short, after a couple of years I kind of got hold on things and started working with a few brands, and more importantly, as a beauty writer for the most popular national newspaper of Bangladesh, ‘Prothom Alo’, as a beauty blogger. It was a blessing that for the first time a national publishing media valued words of a beauty blogger.
However, there is always the dark side of the moon. Through my blog and my words I was always promoting truthfulness and tried to teach people, there is more than aesthetic. And within another year one of the biggest beauty company who rules the beauty market of BD approach me.
What did they want?
They wanted my blog to be their words for their product and obviously with some other clause.
I asked, why would I do that?
They said, ‘ah, you’ll be paid a handsome amount’… with a big smile.
I still remember that moment how surprised I was! I literally asked the same question three times. I’m sure the facing person was surprised to seeing me asking the question over and over when they already offered me a handful of money to sell out my ethics, my passion, my truthfulness and my little immature baby blog, ‘GreenStory’. Although I was literally nothing as a blogger that time I did happily turned them down. Don’t be doubtful, I don’t work for free, I do care for the value of my work and time but I wasn’t/will never be poor enough to sell out my principles.
Its been around 5 years, being different didn’t change who I am. I wanted to make a difference to my country, as one of the few niche Bangladesh bloggers. It wasn’t easy but I finally got there & stuck to my principles as a blogger, as a writer. I’m not a full-time blogger, my blog doesn’t feed me but that is OK bcoz it’s my passion and I do take passion AKA blogging very seriously. If I don’t sugarcoat, being a blogger is not a walk in the garden that leads you to a comfy Jacuzzi. I went through a lot of lush proposals, community difference, some said, “Why you’re so modest, you’ve no idea what you can do”, bullies, cons also with pros, sometimes nasty competitive behavior by blogging buddies; besides everything my commitments has always been solid.
On an international scale, most is usually American or British so the world doesn’t know much about Asia and us. I might not be the most popular blogger ever, I might not earn a K-figure through my blog, I might not make a huge difference but I believe I do MAKE A DIFFERENCE.