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The Pros & Cons Of Having My Own Website - Shreya Sachdev

Hi everyone! I hope you’re all having an amazing day! For todays blog post, I wanted to speak a little bit about the pros and cons of having my own website. As many of you know, I started my website on the 2nd of June in 2018 and starting this website is something that has really changed my life. When I first started my website, I wasn’t as committed to it as I am now. Before, I would just play around with it and was more interested in seeing which icons and buttons I could add to my website, but now I’m genuinely very focused on the different types of content I can add and am much more dedicated to growing my website and even making a career out of it. It’s really become a passion of mine and I’m so grateful to be able to have my own website and work on it everyday. With that being said, there are definitely cons to having my own website and having my life open to the public, and that’s why I thought it would be a good idea for me to talk about the positive sides of having my own website, but also the negative sides. If any of you have your own website, Youtube channel, app, or anything business related then I’m sure you can relate. Let’s get started!

The downfall of having my own website is that literally anybody can read what I write. Even though many people think that the purpose of starting your own website is to make your life open to the public eye, it takes a lot of effort to not care when somebody you know goes on your website. I have lots of visitors from around the world that go on my website and this is of course something I encourage and something that doesn’t bother me because I want my website to get more and more traffic. However, when I get visits from people that are stationed in Switzerland or France I can’t help but get worried. People who go on my website that are stationed in these two countries most likely know me and every time I see a notification that has these two countries on it, I think that people in my school are judging me and that they’re making fun of what I’m writing. As I do have many personal things on this website such as my personal blog, bucket list, and creative writing, I’m always wondering whether or not people are laughing at the things I post about behind my back. I’ve been in situations in high school where I’ve walked past a group of people staring at my website and laughing at it, and it’s quite difficult to not notice and to not feel embarrassed.

Another con to having my own website is that if I want to say something negative about someone else, then that person can easily find it if they check my website. Something similar actually happened to me a few weeks ago. I wrote a blog post titled “What I’m Going To Do Once My Exams Are Over” and in that post, I had written about how I was going to write up a complaint about all my teachers that didn’t know how to teach properly and teachers that often said very inappropriate things. It wasn’t long until the school found out about my blog and the head of my year spoke to me about that blog post. She wasn’t mean to me about it at all but rather spoke with concern and wanted to know if everything was okay between my teachers and I, but it was definitely an awkward situation to be in. Soon after, I believe she told my teachers what I had been saying about them on my website and this resulted in an even more awkward situation. This time, however, it impacted me more because I’m forced to see my teachers everyday and I didn’t want them to think that I had issues with them without knowing the full story. If any of you are wondering, that blog post has since been deleted just because I realized I shouldn’t have posted something like that on my website, even though it was pretty funny and I wasn’t lying about the quality of teaching in my school.

Onto the positive side, I love how through this website, I have detailed accounts of my day to day life and can look back on each post. I’m sure that when I’m preparing for exams in college, I will look back at all the blog posts I wrote about in high school when I was stressed for those exams and will remind myself that just like I got through my exams in high school, I’ll be able to get through my exams in college as well. I’m sure I’ll feel very nostalgic and it will remind me how far I’ve come since high school and this will motivate me even more. Therefore, one advantage to having my own website is that I’ll be able to remember a lot of key events in my life since as long as the internet lives, so will my memories. Another advantage is that I am able to showcase my creative writing to a wider audience. As I do want to go into the field of screenwriting and into the entertainment industry, it’s a good idea for me to be able to have a platform where my writing is easily available for anyone to read. This way, if people like my work and want to read my screenplays, then they can reach out and contact me.

Lastly, it’s honestly a great feeling to know that I’ve built this website entirely on my own and I have something, other than my school work, to be proud of. Not everyone starts a website because it takes a lot of effort and a lot of courage, and for me to know that I made the bold decision to start my own website makes me feel really good about myself and gives me a lot of self-confidence. It’s always nice to know that unlike most children who just go to school, come back to do their school work, and then go to sleep, I always have this website that I need to make time for and prioritize along with my compulsory academic work. Along with this, having a website really makes you grow as a person. When I spoke about the negative sides of having a website, I mentioned how anyone can go on your website, read what you write, and judge you behind your back, but in a way that’s also a positive thing. Since starting my website, I’ve had more confidence in myself and have began to not care what other people think of me. When your life is open to the public, you don’t have a choice but to ignore what others think of you and once you’ve done that, you gain a lot of power. If any of you are in a position where you have your own website or Youtube channel and are upset about people making fun of it on a daily basis, then I promise you that there’s nothing wrong with what you’re doing. It’s honestly quite pathetic for someone to go onto someone else’s website and make fun of it when they haven’t done anything themselves. Those people are doing nothing with their lives and you should never let them make you feel bad!

Shreya Sachdev