March 24, 2015

Why I Write a Blog

I always love a good back story. Where do you get your inspiration? What made you open your blogger account and write your own post? It's especially odd since I don't remember what made me first think that this was a good idea.


I've always liked writing and I think there's always been a part of me that has wanted to share things with people. In college, I wrote about some ridiculous memories and made my friends laugh because our inside jokes were posted on the internet where everyone could see them, but no one would ever really find them or care. It felt a little dangerous putting it all out there.

Once I got married, I wanted to capture our adventures. We were young when we got married and we both thought it was a little crazy that we were starting this adventure that very few of our friends were even discussing yet. I posted pictures of our road trips and a few family get togethers. I shared the website with a few friends and I quickly lost steam.

In 2012, I needed a writing spot for nonsense, funny stories, things happening in the world, just a place to write. I created a 30 before 30 list and while doing some research, I discovered a blog where the writer had documented her adventures to cross things off her list. Sadly, I don't remember which blog it was, but it was the first that I really read through.

Throughout that year, I got into a routine of posting some nights while sitting on the patio. I discovered Whitney, Taylor and a few others and started reading their daily stories. I realized how many people enjoyed this weird habit of writing in a strange little corner of the internet.

I remember getting my first comment ever from Bonnie and I was so excited. Someone was out there reading. What a crazy concept when you think about how big the internet is and how many things are available for you to read.

Throughout 2013 and 2014, I blogged regularly about life, our move, our travels.  I made some great friends over the internet and it was weird to admit to people at home. I told my blog friend, Heather, my secret of moving to NYC before I told anyone at home, because it was a safe secret with her and she had recently made a cross country move. We drank beers together in person in San Francisco and it became real to me how awesome an online community can be.

I feel like the last three months have been inconsistent for me. I let my routines change a little. I tried meditation, read more, exercised more than never and relaxed. I guess I needed a little introverted time. It's nice to do a little reset every once in a while - I think that's what winter is for with the short days and long, dark nights.

Spring is here now. I'm ready to get back into the swing of things. I want to update some things on this space. I turn 30 in 2 months. We have tons of awesome adventures planned (and obviously, I need a place to share them.) I have a bunch of drafts that I'm excited about.

I write this blog because:
 - I love this blog.
 - I love writing.
 - I love email exchanges with readers about books, movies, weather, etc.
 - I love scrolling through beautiful pictures and funny stories of others.
 - I love having an excuse to take ridiculous amounts of pictures.
 - I love the blogging community.
 - I love the people in my real life that read this blog and send me notes.
 - I love sharing stuff with the internet.
 - And hopefully all the free stuff I will someday receive (send it to me anytime)

Now tell me, why do you write? Why do you read? Do you think I'm a weirdo? Tell me about it.

15 comments:

  1. I'm new around here. I've had my blog for 7 years and haven't been consistent for the last four, but I always come back to it! I think it's so important to have a place to express yourself. Also I really like your blog and I'll be back! Keep writing because it makes you happy and others too!

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  2. I think it's safe to say you know how happy it makes me that you started blogging (and continue to do so). Blogging friends are some of the best kind of friends....even if we've yet to meet in real life. Keyword is YET. xoxoxoxo

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  3. My list is mostly the same.

    I like to share and connect and sometimes just to expel. In the first two instances, blogging is just like talking. In the last, it's cathartic.

    I'm glad we connected through blogging!

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  4. Welcome to the Spring Swing! I had those inconsistent vibes. But really. Spring is doing something!

    doitfortheirony.blogspot.com / creative + lifestyle blog

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  5. I agree with the poster who said blogging is just like talking and also cathartic. I only blog about movies, but when I finish watching one, I feel like I need to talk about it - usually to vent about how something bugged me. Where else to pour negativity and snarky comments but to the internet? ;)

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  6. It's all about the connections and friendships I have made with other bloggers...this community is unlike anything I ever expected when I first thought about wanting to start a blog. So often its the first place I want to come when I have something exciting to share.

    Plus I love when I'm reading another bloggers post and end up nodding my head emphatically, thinking ME TOO!

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  7. I think one of the greatest things about a blog is that you can use one space-- your very own space-- to share/write/reflect on all of the things you love at the time. Even with different types of blogs, you're never really put into a box. I first came across beauty blogs and had no idea there were other types of blogs or that you could actually connect to other bloggers and become friends! So excited for all that is to come with your blog!

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  8. I write because it's like a therapy for me & it's my way to share my life with people.

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  9. Aw! This post almost brought a little tear to my eye! It's so crazy how the time just flies on by. Yours was one of the first blogs I ever discovered and I'm so glad I did (and so glad you've stuck with it!)

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  10. I write because I love to spend a few minutes every night being creative. Plus writing a book is in the 5-year plan, this is good practice :)

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  11. I write because I want to remember little things. I write because I like to connect with other bloggers. I LOVE to read the stories and adventures written by others - it makes me feel "normal".
    You aren't a weirdo!!!!!!
    Keep blogging.

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  12. So fun to remember why you started in the first place!

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  13. I love this post!! it' so interesting to look back and see WHY you started. and what has changed. my focus has hanged a lot, probably for the better. I think you were one of the first I started reading early on!

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  14. I always find it so interesting too why people started blogging. It adds another dimension to their little space on the internet. For me, I started blogging when I graduated. I felt confused, unsure, and out of place like 90% of other graduates and my blog was my way to work it out. It's changed since then, but even those beginning thoughts directed me to where I am today with the blog and it's focus.

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  15. I blog because as a man I am a bit unique as most guys don't write blogs. It's a fun hobby to communicate, share, and network with others who write about all kinds of topics. Plus, living in NYC offers me so many opportunities to write about. Plus, I like to make people laugh and put a smile on their faces. I can be myself and let loose.

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Thanks for reading my ramblings. It makes my heart happy.