Pride of Reading is the reason I own this blog…

Hey guys, I wanted to write a post about Pride of Reading again, but I didn’t want to write that it had been 2 years (I know I kind of just did), but I wanted it to be different. I wanted to write about why I own this blog. I wanted to put in a little bit of recognition as to why I own it and why I made it in the first place. I don’t really know if that makes sense or not and I know I just said it had been 2 years but that’s not the point. It has been a very important part of my life so far and I am very grateful for it.

Before I begin I just want to say thank you to those that popped up over messages (etc.) and gave me more tips on how to deal with nerves, I shall try to use them next time, so thank you! Also a big thank you to those that said that the blog post is relatable and that it may help them in the future, that really does mean a lot, its good to know that I’m helping people!

A massive thank you to those of you that have filled out the questionnaire that I put at the bottom of the last blog post, I have read through most of the responses and they were really nice to read, so thank you so much! If you haven’t already filled it out then I would be really grateful, it only takes two minutes and its completely anonymous! I’m going to be using the responses to help me better this blog. https://goo.gl/forms/UpJ1xOyvskATDyFi1

Last year I wrote a blog post about it being “One year since Pride of Reading and my experience.” The response I got back from it was awesome! However, this year I didn’t want to do the same thing, I wanted to do things a little bit differently.

This blog is the result of being awarded the Young Person of the year award, I didn’t know that the experience was going to be the thing that pushed me to write. It had been on my mind for a very long time, its something that I wanted to do, and it is way better than a diary. Its kind of like a release, putting negative energy (sometimes, depending on the day) into something positive, or putting something positive into something positive. I’m just hoping that I can help more people, I know (from the messages that I have been getting) that I have been helping some people and it means ever so much to know that I can help people!

I put everything into writing a blog post each week, its kind of like my pride and joy, I just love to do it!

On the night of Pride of Reading, I got told so many times that what I do is important and a good thing, that I shouldn’t give up, that I really am helping people and making a difference. All the kind comments meant so much to me! It was great to know that I could make a difference. At the time I didn’t really believe it all whenever I got told but that night really opened my eyes. It’s a night that I am very proud of and very grateful for!

Okay, so as I have already said, Pride of Reading is one of the main reasons that this blog exists, it’s the event that pushed me to do what I do.

The response that I got back from it, being told that people look up to me and being made to feel as if I can help people through bullying, made me feel on top of the world, as if I could conquer anything with or without being bullied.

Knowing that I could carry on doing something positive and help people with my experiences really meant a lot, a blog seemed like one of the best ways to get that across to people. As well as it being something that is always there and can help at any time, after all the internet is amazing like that!

When getting a lot of responses back from people knowing that I own a blog, I got told that it is something really different. There are tons and tons of blogs out there, however, I got told that what I’m doing is different and it’s really good to hear. Writing on my blog is something that I really enjoy, its something that brings me so much happiness, knowing that I can help people by writing really does mean a lot.

The support that I have been given since Pride of Reading has really helped me to pick up my confidence and get writing, I wasn’t really sure it would at the time. I got a lot of hassle because some didn’t think that I deserved it, that’s not what bothered me. At the time, what I was doing, helping people, going through what I went through, was normal to me, so them saying I didn’t deserve it didn’t really bother me.

Being nominated and then winning the award put me on top of the world, it was a confidence boost, a massive change to my life, it’s a big thing. I’m really very proud of it.

So yes, Pride of Reading is the reason I own this blog, the reason that I created it in the first place, because although I already had the idea, this was the push that I needed to actually get started with it.

Before I finish this post, I just want to say a big thank you for all the support I got during the time of the nominations and the winning of the award, it honestly did mean a lot. It made me believe that I can make a difference so thank you so much! As well as the support I got from my dad throughout all of this, he has supported me writing my blog so much, he truly is amazing!

Thank you to those that have been supporting me ever since. I have the best bunch of friends and family ever. Thank you so much! You guys are the reasons and inspiration for why I write what I write.

Also one last massive thank you to the ones that have gave me a reason to write, because although you essentially put me through hell, you have made me into who I am today, you are the ones that give me the ideas and the negative energy which I turn into positive energy, because although you did make me believe a lot of negative things, you have made me believe that it’s not me, that its you. I’m not saying thank you for what you put me through, I guess I’m saying thank you for making me turn into a better person. I know it was me that done it myself but it was the experience… I don’t know if that makes sense.

Here’s the link to the questionnaire that I mentioned earlier. https://goo.gl/forms/UpJ1xOyvskATDyFi1

Okay so that’s it for this blog post. As you can probably tell Pride of Reading is a massive deal to me and means ever so much. Thank you for all the support! New blog post up on Thursday! Have a good week! Much love – Alison xx

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