My Journey into Blogging

Why did I start a blog? What am I hoping to achieve? What's my driving force, mission, and purpose?

Prior to finally launching my blog, I had been dreaming about blogging for years. I had drafts ready, ideas for blog names and pictures ready, but I just never got around to actually start a blog. Until one day in November 2018, I just decided to go for it. I am not entirely sure what made me do it all of a sudden after putting it off for so long, but I think it could be a combination of having finished my reading challenge for the year and following a bunch of inspiring people on social media, in my case, mostly YouTube.

I woke up really early in the morning of the launch, got a template for Blogger from Etsy, got myself a domain name and started writing! My first 5 posts were articles I had already written in the hopes one day I would start a blog. I had already made a goal for 2019 to start my blog, but I kind of new I would just keep putting it off due to my perfectionism (I wrote a post about it here). Clicking the publish button on my first post was so so scary and exciting, I think I will never forget that feeling. I keep telling myself not to worry too much about the mistakes I make in the beginning because that is the only way to figure out the right things to do.

One reason for writing this post is to remind myself why I started whenever I feel low or demotivated. I know the beginning is hard and this is something that requires a lot of work and consistency. I have posted several articles, I think most of my traffic is just me checking how my blog looks, and I have no comments so far. The blog world is so saturated and it is difficult to stand out, but I love writing, I love reading long articles, and that is what I am going to do on my blog. My ultimate goal is to reach more people to create a platform for like-minded people to learn and grow together. That is going to take a while, but I don't mind. I am so excited just to be able to express myself, think of interesting ideas to write about and put myself out there. I am the kind of girl who never posts anything on social media, so this has been a huge step for me. If there is anyone out there reading and if you can relate, let me know. I know I am not the only one. I have decided not to let my fear of failure to stand on my way. I have amazing things coming up, and I can't wait to share them! I have big plans for where to go from here.

I am actually dumbfounded by how easy it was to create a functioning website. Granted, it is nothing exceptional, but hey, this is day 3 for my blog. In my mind, I imagined it to be way more difficult and time-consuming. I guess it is true what they say about just doing it. If anyone reading this can relate or has been starting a blog, I can honestly say the right time to start is now. Planning is good, but if you never put those plans into action, you are just wasting your time. This applies to everything in life, and I am going to make this blog an example for myself and for others of what it means to face your fears and give time for great things. I am so excited about seeing my blog getting visitors from several continents. When I first noticed someone had visited one of my posts (accessed with a browser I don't have, was how I knew it wasn't me) I got such a surge of energy and motivation. Now I know why some people track their followers so diligently on different platforms. The feeling of connecting with others is exciting!

I have always been telling people I like writing, yet I never wrote anything but essays and I certainly don't enjoy writing essays. Now that I've started writing consistently, I feel like I've found myself again. My phone is full of notes about things to write about, I jot down random ideas I get while running, listening to podcasts, reading or talking to other people. I make a mental note of expressions I like (especially important as I am writing in my second language) and try to read as extensively as I can to experiment with the style and structure. At the moment, I am taking several courses on Skillshare related to blogging, and I am so excited about learning new skills and applying them in practice. I wish I could somehow describe the determination I suddenly found. I am set on exploring every nook and cranny of the world of writing and content creation. I have started to believe there is something for everyone, some outlet of creativity and expression that you can find your passion in. All it takes is to start. I used to think everything I've said so far just doesn't include me, but I was wrong. I have a lot to share with others and my input can eventually inspire and help others. That is my driving force.

As said, writing is the most natural way for me to express myself, and that's why blogging was a great way for me to make it into an actual hobby. I am hoping to become more confident over time and perhaps try and make some videos, too. I look up to many content creators on YouTube and I admire the effort they put into what they are doing. Watching videos is a great way to learn and also to relax. Getting out of our comfort zones is what helps us improve, and that is why I will just write this little dream of mine out here to publicly share it, so I can't keep putting it off forever.

Do you have a similar story to mine? Is there something you are proud of doing despite all the fears? Let me know in the comments below ♡

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