It’s hard to pinpoint when I started blogging because it did start with Livejournal, but I also delved a little with WordPress and Blogger. If I had to put a pin in it, I’d say it started with Blogger; when I created my dating blog, Dateless in Dallas. It feels weird saying my old blog’s name, but that’s what I called it. I was dating and still was finding myself dateless because I couldn’t find the one (still haven’t, LOL). My dates were so ridiculous and hilarious, my friend suggested I blog about my experiences. So I did it in the summer of 2011.
Over time it started becoming more than just my dating escapades and failures. I started growing as a writer and really fell in love with the process of writing. It seriously caught me by surprise because here I was, graduating from college with a Business degree and the whole time I had a little writer inside of me I had no idea about. Writing found me. For that, I’m so grateful because it has opened up my creativity, my perspective and connecting with my readers.
Even though my original intention was to air out my laundry and share my dating demise, writing has evolved into something that I cherish and want to keep it growing. I take it more seriously now in that I want to make sure that people who read my blog, feel like I’m right there sitting with them, catching up and having a PSL coffee or something. Which is why I don’t like to do sponsor posts and why you won’t ever see those on here unless I absolutely believe in the product.
For the most part though, I want to make sure that people feel better after they read my content. I want you, my readers, to feel better than before you came here. I know that’s what I like to feel when I go to someone’s blog. One of my readers is a guy, who has been reading my blog for years, it blows my mind. Another one recently reached out to me on Instagram and he said he’s been reading my blog for a year, but he’s never commented. He finally did and I’m so thankful that I still get to hear from my readers through other mediums. So if you have been coming to my blog for awhile, feel free to comment and let me see you! Otherwise, I don’t know you exist.
But what my point is, is that people do want to hear what I have to say. As I’m sure, everyone deserves to hear what anyone has to say, but I’m gearing this specifically about me. While it is weird how some readers drop off and don’t ever come back to my blog, that’s okay because I’ve done it too. I’ve read blogs for years and all of a sudden stopped. Especially the bloggers who used to write about their life and now their blog is more like magazine ads to where you don’t hear their voice anymore. Some shut down their doors altogether and that’s fine too. Life changes you, blogs change along with it.
I’d like to think that my blog is evolving just like I am. I know this theme I have on here is ancient, but it works for now. Maybe I’ll change it soon, but it’s not a priority. I remember back in the Livejournal days, I would change my blog theme every other month or so. I much rather focus on writing than anything else.
Speaking of writing, as September is wrapping up and October (my birthday month) is coming around the bend, I hope these next 30 days before November I will have a solid idea of what I want to write in my book. In case you missed it, a few blog posts back I shared how I’m going to write a book. The goal is to write a book in 30 days for NaNoWriMo. This will be my first time participating and I’m stoked. Is anyone else doing this?
I got my haircut this weekend and it was way overdue. Here’s what it looks like in the back.
Hope you guys had a great weekend and have a wonderful week!
What are you passionate about and how did you find it/how did it find you? If you have a blog, why did you start blogging?