Blogging? Who does that? What’s the point?
I’m sure each and every one of you has gotten this question before at least one time or another. Whether from family, close friends, or that hubby you make snap your “outfit of the day” pictures. And you probably have just as much trouble putting into words the exact appeal of blogging. Particularly if. like me, you know very few people in real life that blog.
Now, I’m not a style blogger, not a mommy blogger, a foodie, fitness, or DIY’er. This makes it all the more difficult to verbalize the “point” of my blog. And although I make a bit of money from sponsorship’s, I clearly don’t do it for a living.
At my very first Ohio Blogger meet’n’greet this past summer, we began discussing how it took so long to open up to our friends and family about our blog. (First of all, my mother was scared out of her mind to know I would be “meeting” people I only knew over the internet…think Craigslist killer-esque. I eventually calmed her fears by telling her how these people had documented their daily lives and couldn’t just “make all of this up”)
The overall verdict was that in the beginning, we were either embarrassed to be blogging in general (doesn’t exactly sound like the “cool” thing to do) or sharing things we wanted to keep “personal”…Which seems kind of ironic considering we’re putting it all out there for the world to see, huh?
When I first began blogging two years ago, as part of a 30 day challenge sparked by cousin Megan, I didn’t intend for it to grow into anything more than a journal for myself. I was very protective over my blog. I refused to give even my own mother the url or let her read it, and when she told me she’d found my blog, I genuinely panicked a little bit. Not because I don’t trust her or I’m ashamed, but because I thought blogging is quite a personal thing.
You can have a blog that is completely unrelated to your day-to-day life, but by writing posts about the things that interest you you’re putting yourself out there to be judged. Putting yourself on the internet to be judged is relatively easy when you don’t know those judging you. But when it’s your closest friends and family, that’s quite scary.
Still to this day, when new guys come into the picture and discover I have a blog, I don’t like to talk about it. Many see it as a time-waster or pointless. Some are even afraid I will write about them. And reveal their deepest, darkest secrets (Doubtful, unless they happen to screw me over , then I may pull a T. Swift)
So what exactly is the point?
I blog for release, for inspiration and for community. Blogging has given me a platform to share my thoughts and opinions, make new friends, create new experiences. . Many things have happened since I started blogging! I’ve started college and moved into a new house along with countless other things. It’s nice to be able to take a virtual trip back down memory lane every so often.
I never would have imagined that I’d actually meet people through blogging, let alone start friendships. I’ve connected with some amazing women over the last couple of years that I’m so honored and proud to know!
Scratch that. It has MADE me a writer. I never really thought of myself as a writer before I started blogging. Some have been moved to tears and others to laugh while reading my blog, and that’s kinda neato if you ask me. We all have the power to affect one another in positive ways and blogging affirms that sentiment for me.
. I get to work with major brands like…Blogging has brought out the inner-entrepreneur in me! I see so many great things to come for me and my family, all from me taking a chance to see where this blogging thing can go.
Don’t ever be ashamed by your blog, it is your outlet to do as you please!!