Hi there!! So, now that I’ve been blogging for a few months, I thought I would tell you why I started my blog in the first place. If I’m being completely honest, I’ve never really been good at social media or the internet thing in general…and I’m a millennial!! Don’t get me wrong, I love it, but I’m the type of person who needs to make a conscious effort to post. I like to think I’m an old person living in a younger person’s body (because that’s completely rational, right?).
Anyway, I had always wanted to start a blog but many factors played into why I kept putting it off. Would I be good at it? What would I write about? Would people read it? Not to mention, I am terrible at keeping a journal so how on earth could I possibly keep up with a blog? I let those thoughts mull around in my head for a couple of years until one day this past May, when I experienced something that made me so angry that I wish I had a platform where I could speak about it. I wrote about it in my journal after it happened so I wouldn’t forget how I felt. Here’s a little snippet of that journal entry.
After dinner tonight, I decided to go for a walk. Today was a pretty nice day for one. Plus, Oma is at our house this week and I needed space. Towards the end of my walk, I could see a car coming up behind me in my peripheral vision. I moved to the side of the road so that the car could pass me and as it did, the driver slowed down so that he was just ahead of me. He then proceeded to turn around and look me up and down. I think then I made a face and he drove away. At that moment, and even now, I felt so violated. This stranger’s speechless actions made me feel degraded and exposed. Just because I’m a woman doesn’t mean he has the right to objectify me. I have a lot more I want to say on this but I’m going to stop here for now. I think it says a lot on its own.
They say that inspiration hits you when you least expect it and, as odd as it may seem, I knew at that moment that I wanted to start a blog. I wanted to have a place to go where I could talk about things that I had experienced and start a conversation. I wanted to be part of a great and supportive community. I’m not gonna lie, I was still anxious about it but this time it was a good anxious…this time was different and it felt right. The doubt that had kept me from doing it before was gone and I knew that I could navigate the unknown world of blogging.
And that’s just what I did. I’m a niche-less blogger, though I sometimes write about my own mental health experiences. I like it that way for now; if someday I find a niche that I fall into, that’s great too! I’m figuring it out along the way and have even learned some tips and tricks from other bloggers. I’ve found a new level of confidence I didn’t know was there and I couldn’t be happier! It’s funny how such a negative experience could turn into something so positive, am I right?
As always, thank you for reading! Let me know in the comment section what your inspiration for blogging was. I love reading those stories–it gives me the chance to learn more about my readers. Don’t forget to follow my blog if you aren’t already!