I decided to bring the series back again, but these time asking bloggers how they got into blogging.
The task is simple and I’d love you all to join in below in the comments. Just answer the question:
How did you get into blogging?
Lets start with me.
I started this blog almost 4 years ago. Simply because one of my friends had started a dress blog for Dressember – where you wear a different dress every day off the month. After talking to her about it, I decided to make my own. Unfortunatly, she stopped blogging around March of 2013. But I carried on as I was in love with it.
I’ve had other blogs in the past, a photo blog in 2007, I had a blog when I lived in France. I had LiveJournals and Xangas (also under the name skinnedcartree) back in 2001 and journal threads on forums. So writing down my thoughts and feelings wasn’t a new thing to me and was always something I loved. Until I started this blog, it had been about 4 years since I had any form of online journal, apart from trying my hand at Vlogging on YouTube.
I love blogging now and most of my friendship circle is made up of bloggers that I’ve met through events and Twitter. It scares me to think of what my life would be without blogging, to be honest. Lonely, probably, because almost all my social events are either blog events, or meeting up with those I’ve met through blogging.
I think, ultimately, I was always going to end up being a part of an online community.
So that’s my story, let’s check out some other bloggers stories.
Vanessa from Wanderness.
Way back in 2012, when I was a student with far too much time on my hands, I was doing a mid-nightly crawl through Tumblr when I came across a feed discussing women on the internet. I only gave it a glance but a link stood out to me, with two people discussing that this person was “sooo good”. The link was to The Londoner, and after just 5 minutes of being on her blog I was totally addicted to reading about this beautiful woman’s life. Where she visited, where she ate, what she was wearing – it all seemed super glamorous that she had her own website for that. Scrolling the comments I saw a handful of other people linking to their own blogspot blogs, and thought to myself, ‘cool another way to procrastinate!’. I opened a blog (not under the blog name I use now), and took to twitter searching for the hashtag #blog. I found loads of other people with blogs and started following them too, and within a month I had my own little network of blog buddies, some who are still around, and some who have disappeared off the face of the blog world. For the best part of a year, no one seemed to read it, but I loved that I had a creative space to escape my boring degree, and over time I noticed that my photography was developing, and that I was getting out more, and decided to put some real time and effort into it. Four years later and I’m only now just finding myself in my blog, but I had never imagined how much that it would mean to me years down the line, and I am so thankful to that I did find it by complete accident.
Jess from Jessica in your ear.
I started reading blogs whilst in my first year at university. I was an English student with barely any lectures (yay for a literature degree) and I had finished my exams before everyone else. It was the student dream but I was also really bored. So I turned to the internet and started reading amazing style blogs by A Little Bird (now J for Jen), Liv Purvis and Wish Wish Wish and figured – why couldn’t I do it myself? So I joined Twitter and Instagram and wrote my first post on Blogger and I quickly fell in love with the wonderful world of blogging.
Mel from Geek Magnifique
I’ve always loved writing, and have blogged in various forms since I was a teenager. Somewhere, out there in the vast online universe still lives a hideously embarrassing Livejournal account from 2006 that I’ve locked myself out of. Last post: 16 September 2006 @ 08:47 am: “Make this feeling go away…” Ah, to be an angsty teenager again…
I of course, like most people my age, also had a brief but shameful foray into the emo world of Myspace blogs (I managed to delete that account though, thank goodness!). Now though, blogging for me is less about dumping every ‘profound’ thought or ‘subtle’ comment about a boy I like onto a page (seriously 18 year old me, sort it out!) and hitting publish, and more about building my brand and having my own little place on the internet. FYI though, the boy in my blogs is now my husband, so perhaps there’s something to be said about writing an ode to your crush online. I wish I was joking…
It wasn’t until last year that I realised how much blogging had evolved. Here were all these amazing writers sharing their life experiences and running their very own beautiful, glossy websites. It was a million miles away from the blogs I remembered as an awkward teenager and I wanted a piece of the action.
I want Geek Magnifique to be fun, but I also want to talk about the things that are important to me, and hopefully meet lots of interesting people along the way. Come find me on Twitter @geekmagnifique – I’m always up for a good chat.
Nicole from ThriftyVintageFashion
I started my blog in 2014, when I 15. In all honesty I wish I started it sooner. I did YouTube videos when I was in year 8 at school, which didn’t really take off (I can’t think why) I have always had a thirst for being on the Internet and creating content so it was pretty inevitable that I would find blogging one day. I used to be obsessed with fashion bloggers, vloggers and lookbook. I thought I was so stylish (I really wasn’t) and wanted a place to share that with others, so on the 29th May 2014, ThriftyVintageFashion was born and it still stands strong today! My first post wasn’t great, but they never are! If you are thinking about starting a blog! Go for it! My decision on that random day in May, was the best decision of my life so far!
Kariss from ShyStrangeManic
In simple terms I started blogging to make friends. I was self-employed and when work dried up I was forced to move back to my parents. I knew no one. and felt very lost and lonely. One of my friends had started blogging the year before for similar reasons, and she had this growing network of bloggers chatting to her online, going to meet ups and supporting her. I started blogging because I wanted to make friends with people just like that. It also became my creative outlet when I entered a more corporate world after a change in career. It took me a while, but I am happy to say I have made some of my best friends through blogging!
Christi from DreadedBeautii.com
I started my blog as most organically created blogs begin. I had a need for a creative outlet. But, not just for any reason. You see I’m a single mother of an amazing 12-year-old kiddo. She’s a handful and a huge blessing. I also struggle with my mental health. I have been diagnosed as having bipolar, extreme anxiety, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder(PTSD). I’ve lived a bit of a hard life (childhood and spousal abuse, rape, homelessness, the list could continue…). But, I refuse to allow my past circumstances limit my future.
All of those interesting facts can be daunting when faced separately. But, every once in a while all of these little creatures like to come out and play at the same time, and I find myself in a dark place. When that happens, I write. Then, I write some more, and some more. Creativity and self-expression are forms of therapy that seem to work well for me (most of the time).
Then, two years ago, I took a poetry class where the teacher took an interest in my work. So much so that she pushed me to post some of my work on an online forum. I reluctantly agreed, and that lead to me starting a catchall site of sorts on WordPress(dot)com. That decision lead to a chance encounter with a kind stranger (who I can only call an angel). He prompted me to pursue blogging seriously. He saw my pain, passion for building strong families, genuine heart, and willingness to teach others, and said that I should put it all out there and let the Universe (and God) do the rest. So, that’s what I did.
I took that leap of faith. I took the first step knowing that nothing is impossible, unless I chose not to try. That’s how I made it here today. DreadedBeautii.com is growing and thriving, through faith, determination and HARD WORK (Yes, I said it!!! HARD WORK! LOL). I’m swirling together my PASSION for helping parents build unified, strong, healthy families; with my DESIRE for all young people to be mentally, emotionally, spiritually healthy, and my HOPE to provide a stigma-free, non-judgmental place of refuge for all those who are struggling with depression or other mood instabilities. And… if that’s not enough… All of that goodness is surrounded by lots of love, yummy food, and good fun!
Envy from Lost in Translation
‘You should start a blog,’ one of my friends told me. I laughed at the idea, but my friend was dead serious. She waved the piece of paper with the short stroy I’d written on it in my face. ‘This stuff is good, Envy. You have to give it a try.’
I didn’t give it a try. I was only fifteen years old and no matter what people said, I thought I sucked at writing. But the idea of starting a blog was always there, somewhere in the back of my mind.
Time passed and as 2012 came to a close I found myself feeling lonely and isolated. My friends and I had grown apart, but tried to stick together in a way that didn’t work out for me. Every time I opened my mouth to say something they reacted with an annoyed: ‘Can we talk about something normal instead?’ I’d never felt so alone and since I had no one to talk to, I turned to the internet. “You should start a blog”. The words echoed through my mind as I wrote my first post. I used my blog as an online diary. For months I wrote about all the things I couldn’t tell my friends anymore. Thanks to the blogging community I felt appreciated for my stories again. I’ve stopped writing diary entries, but I stuck to blogging. I love how it doesn’t matter what I have to say, there’s always someone willing to listen in this community. I got into blogging because of the sad situation I found myself in, but I stuck to blogging for the amazing things it brought me.
A massive thanks to all these bloggers for contributing, please share your story in the comments below!