Blogging is special to everyone who does it, and everyone does it for different reasons.
I have my reasons for blogging and this post is going to go into that. I figured it’s about time I let you in on the reasons why I started blogging in the first place, from way back when I had a blog spot in high school, to the one I’m currently writing on now.
Blogging is a huge part of my life and has been for years, even if I haven’t been as consistent as I’d like.
A Tale of Two Desires: Why I Started Blogging
Why did I start blogging?
Well, the reasons have differed over the years. When I first started out, I was using it as a journal, which is something that was never going to get anywhere. I was using it as a way to figure out and combat the anorexia/EDNOS eating disorder I was dealing with at the time.
I can remember writing a blog post on my phone on the way back from visiting what would become the college I attended, laying in the front seat of my dad’s car, typing away about the experience. Pretty sure it never saved and I have no idea what that blog was called, but if you want to go find that, be my guest.
But, as time went on and I realized the impact blogging could have in my life, I had two main desires that caused my blogging career.
I Wanted to Write
I started blogging because I wanted to write.
I still want to write, and I still do write, so it’s part of why this blog still exists.
The core of my being is someone who writes. I’ve always written. When I was younger it was a Harry Potter fan fiction. Not many people know, but I’ve been writing that since I was in the 5th grade, and I still have all the completed years written that I wish to one day scan into digital to keep forever without lugging around 8 fictional years of a wizarding school.
Harry Potter changed my life and made such a huge impact on my life, but that’s not what this is about right now.
I remember writing them in my free time while I was in elementary school, coming home to write them in high school, and waiting until the summers to write them in college. And right now, I’m on a bit of a hiatus because I don’t really know where I was going and where I want to go with that.
But the moral of the story is I’ve always written, usually fan fictions, so it wasn’t until I graduated college when I started to write more blog post type posts that could be beneficial to other people.
Even when I don’t write here, I’m writing in my journal or I’m trying to come up with blog posts to write about in the future.
Depression and anxiety definitely get in the way of things. It’s why I’ve been on hiatus here for so long. With this new job of mine getting into a rapid, fast paced project that caused a lot of stress, my depression and anxiety reared their ugly heads and killed my creativity.
I’ve recently decluttered my living space, donated or threw out a bunch of stuff, and I’ve been writing in my journal almost nightly. It’s bringing my creativity back and I love it. I absolutely love it. Maybe I’ll get back into that fan fiction again.
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I Wanted to Help People
The second reason I started blogging more seriously was because I wanted to help people. I’ve always wanted to help people but all I knew was writing. It’s the only thing I knew how to do well, so giving my experience, researching new topics, and telling my stories was all I could do.
Hence, I started blogging.
When I went through my biggest identity crisis and I didn’t know what I wanted to do, I had to figure out, at my core, what the main thing I wanted to do was. After a lot of time thinking, researching, reading, and studying, I came to the realization that what I wanted to do was help people.
So, I figured a blog was the best thing for me to do. Or, other writing options such as ebooks, short stories, or poetry, which you can all find on Amazon right now!
But, in all seriousness, I just want to help people.
If my experiences, stories, and thoughts could help just one person, that’s all that matters to me. It’s what keeps me going on some of my tougher days when writing.
I’ve always been told I was good at giving advice, so I figured I could put that advice into 800 words or so, spelled out the best way for everyone to read.
So, there it is. That’s why I blog. Because I was born to write and I want to help people out. If you have any topics you’d like me to cover, let me know in the comments!
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