Today I’m going to be discussing the reasons I started this very blog that you’re currently reading! I’ve been posting on here for a little over one month now (since the beginning of summer), and I can’t believe how fast the time has flown. Starting a blog has been a wonderful creative outlet for me, and it was much easier than I originally thought. I’m still new to this (my blog is relatively simple, as you can tell) so I’m not claiming to be an expert, but I just thought I would talk about my rationale for beginning this online journey.
I’ve always loved to write and I knew I wanted to have a place online where I could share my thoughts. Initially I thought I should start a YouTube channel, but I realized I didn’t have the skill to film, edit, and upload quality videos- plus, it wouldn’t allow me to use my writing skills. I would still be interested in starting a YouTube channel sometime in the future; starting a blog just seemed better aligned with my current interests. Also, there’s a big difference between posting little articles and anecdotes online and actually making videos that show your face and more direct insight into your life. I wasn’t ready to get that up-close-and-personal.
Therefore, I knew I wanted to start a blog. My parents thought it was a nice idea and would let me explore my creative side more- they suggested I start it at the beginning of summer so I could write about our vacation. I was so busy at the end of the school year that I literally forgot about my plans to start said blog; I was sitting at our gate in LAX waiting to board our flight to Paris when I suddenly remembered. I quickly Googled the best free website to start a blog for beginners, and I found WordPress.
After speeding through the account making process (I didn’t officially design my page or figure anything out until after I returned from my trip, I just wrote and posted while I was away), I started typing my first post introducing myself and explaining the trip I was going on. **Self-promo: go check out the posts I’m referring to covering my Europe trip! It was my first time out of the country and I went to France and Italy; it was the best time ever and those posts are very different than what I currently write about- go check them out!
Throughout my trip, I didn’t think too much about the specific details of running a blog. At the end of each night before I went to bed, I made sure I had a comprehensive record of the entire day’s events, uploaded pictures of notable sights, and posted for the day. Once I got home and adjusted back to everyday life, I realized the types of content I’d be posting would be very different. I currently dabble in basic lifestyle stuff and opinion posts, but I’ve also mainly written about school-related things and advice. I’m still experimenting with different categories; I pretty much write whatever idea for a post comes into my head, since I try to post everyday that I’m not super busy.
I think blogging is a very underrated form of self-expression; you can write about whatever you want, and there’s always going to be an audience out there for it somewhere. I’ve always read different types of blogs based on whatever I was interested at the time; there really is a blog covering any type of interest or topic you can imagine. Starting a blog isn’t as time-consuming or scary as you may think- you can put in as much time as you have/want! If it becomes a more serious part of your life then it may become a bit more demanding, but I haven’t reached that point yet. It may be difficult to manage still posting consistently once school starts and my schedule is full, but you can always schedule content to go up in advance (I’ve been working on doing this!).
If you’ve always wanted to start a blog but you were unsure about committing to it or thought you wouldn’t know what to write about, JUST DO IT! Once you get your first post up there and start designing your site, you’ll see just how fun it can be. It doesn’t have to be a stressful time coming up with ideas; just run with whatever pops in your head and write about it.
This post in itself is definitely very different than what I’ve been writing about lately. I hope you guys enjoyed it and possibly got inspired to start your own blogs- trust me, if I can do it, you can too! Let me know if you have any questions about starting out as a blogger or any requests for more content. New posts are coming soon!