My history with blogging is a turbulent one. It kind of looks like this:
(Free) Wordpress > Tumblr > Blogger > Self-Hosted (Virb) > Self Hosted (Wordpress)
So I've moved around a lot, because I could never seem to find something that was satisfying. And then I decided that none of it was satisfying at all, so I just stopped because I had no a) time, and b) ideas. I felt that posting several times a week was too much work that I wasn't willing to do. So every once in a while when I actually did have an idea, I would throw up a post and then several people would see it and whatever. I was having feelings like,
If no one's reading then why am I doing this?
But that's not really the point of blogging though, is it? Sure, if I was looking to build a gigantic base of "followers," "readers," and then if I wanted to start charging fellow indie bloggers to guest post and advertise on on my site, then this would have been a problem for me.
But that wasn't the real reason I started blogging. The real reason? I started to try to promote my Etsy shop, and then after a while I was like,
hmmmmm....I kinda dig this blogging thing.
I was never a writer, and I had some choice feelings about English class because I was never able to write in my own vernacular. I always had to write in a style that felt really stiff and forced for me. A style that was trying to sound eloquent. So when I started blogging and just writing as if I was actually speaking it to another person, it was a game changer. But then I started having all these feelings like,
I have to post on the blog. This would be good to post on the blog. People want to see a, b, c. Maybe this will get me more followers. Shit, I don't have time to post this week.
And that was when it became a chore, just like English class. It wasn't fun anymore because I felt like I wasn't being true to who I was, and what I was actually into.
So I revamped everything and wrote this post. But the truth is, I miss blogging.
I miss writing, I miss getting an email notification about the occasional comment. And I feel like I can keep up a consistent blog if I approach it from the position of:
Well, I'm just going to write about and share the things I like. Things that I would share with other people, in person.
I'm excited to have an excuse to take more photos. So here's to new beginnings, and a new journey. Hopefully you'll decide to come along with me.