To Blog, or Not to Blog

38 comments

As bloggers, we all have a blogging story to tell. And while each story is unique, it’s often a familiar one.

With that in mind, I figured it was time to share my story. So please bear with me.😊

A False Start

I started blogging in August of 2015. It was right after a five week road trip with my other half. I was exhausted and needed some type of creative outlet.

Before then, I dabbled in the creation of some pretty awful YouTube videos. Each video included copyright free images, music and my unedited words.

Although the videos truly were awful, I did enjoy the process. But they were time consuming, leaving little time for actual writing.

I ended up taking them all down. Surprisingly, no one noticed.πŸ€”Thus marked the end of my short stint as a “Youtuber”.

giphy.gif

Starting OverΒ 

It was time to move on and try something different. I had this vague notion about starting a blog. I wasn’t even sure what that entailed, but I went online and looked up the best blogging hosts.

WordPress was one of the suggested hosts, so on I went to sign up and get started. I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. But after some fiddling around, I had what appeared to be a reasonable blog page.

Since then, I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve changed my theme and layout Β – the latest makeover being around three weeks ago.

Within a couple days of signing up, I started writing. Again, I had no idea what I was doing. The hours spent creating the aforementioned videos weren’t much preparation for sharing my thoughts on a blogging platform, but I managed to write my very first post. And I wrote a few more. Man, was it fun!

giphy frog.gif

My posts weren’t getting any views outside my family, but I didn’t care. I was feeling rather pleased with myself. Despite those early posts being too long and written as though I were still in school.

It didn’t take long for me to realize that I wanted my writing to more closely reflect the real me.

Although I wasn’t exactly sure what that meant, I knew that I was no where near where I wanted to be.

For the Love of PoetryΒ 

It wasn’t until I wrote my first poem that I began to find my voice. I also found my true love as a writer (wanna be). Yup, you guessed it. Poetry.

My blog then became centered around my poems. I wrote nothing else. For me, poetry became the only form of expression that mattered.

Readership had also begun to grow. Slowly – ever so slowly. If there had been a finish line, a snail would’ve gotten there first.

giphysnail

As it turns out, poetry isn’t very popular among readers. The average person simply isn’t going online in search of poetry. And the average poet will never know fame or fortune. Let alone a bloody amateur like me.

A fact that I had to accept or move on. I decided to stick with it. For the first time, I was happy with my writing. I had finally found the right fit.

giphyrobin

Flash ForwardΒ 

As I approach my second year blogging anniversary, I felt the need for a new challenge. It was time to step back outside my comfort zone.

I decided to start a second blog. Once again, I had no idea what I was doing. And as usual, I dove right in.

After a huge learning curve, my brand new blog was born. Of course, then I had to decide whether to maintain both blogs or marry the two.

After some thought, I decided to use my new blog to host my poems and experiment with other forms of writing. I’m still figuring that one out.

giphyMW.gif

I would use my first blog to try some honest to goodness blogging. Its original intent. But something I haven’t actually done much of. Time to find out if I can.

For now, blogging still feels new to me. And I lead such an ordinary life. So my greatest fear as a blogger is that I won’t have anything to share outside my poems. I’m not about to let thatΒ stop me. I’ve always enjoyed learning as I go.

I’m not sure where I’m headed, but it doesn’t matter. I’m happy just enjoying the open road. I plan to take my time and enjoy the scenery along the way. I’ll get there when I get there. Wherever that is.

giphy-downsized-large.gif

Until next time, remember to always be kind to yourself.

Photo credits as they appear:

https://giphy.com/gifs/i-give-up-MLBar70TGTf0Y

https://giphy.com/gifs/XIqCQx02E1U9W

https://giphy.com/gifs/family-guy-turtle-slow-Cl7zPbqByClyw

https://giphy.com/gifs/dead-poets-society-poet-club-honor-BXdiVyfljpd16

https://giphy.com/gifs/foxhomeent-3oz8xZvvOZRmKay4xy

https://giphy.com/gifs/pQ6h6hJxVEP5e

38 comments on “To Blog, or Not to Blog”

  1. Hi Brenda! I always worry that I won’t have anything to post about – especially because my main Blog is dedicated to crocheting and I can’t crochet fast enough to spotlight my work! – so I started a second blog too. Tanglewood Tapestry is for all of the other threads that weave my life. And yet – I still get stumped about what to blog about!! I love leaping before I look too! πŸ˜€

    Liked by 2 people

    1. I discovered at some point that I also tend to leap before I look lol πŸ™‚ I’m not sure that I’ve seen your other blog. Is there a link on your page? I’d love to check it out. πŸ™‚ Thank you for commenting btw! πŸ™‚

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Brenda, I always look forward to your posts. I wouldn’t worry about what others think about what you write. I write for myself and I am thrilled when I get a compliment. I write poetry also, and enjoy it. I don’t care if I don’t have a huge following. Just keep being who you are.

    I have two blogs, one being dedicated to poetry and quotes. I link my blogs to each other and added a widget to both for easy linking.

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Thank you for your kind words and support, Eugenia. πŸ™‚ I took your advice and linked my blogs together as well. I’ve also given up on worrying about the number of followers. I write for the love of writing, and will continue to do so for as long as I can. πŸ™‚

      Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you, Jacqueline. πŸ™‚ I do love writing and blogging. And I love changing it up from time to time. It keeps things interesting. πŸ™‚ Wishing you a wonderful week ahead!

      Like

    1. Same to you, Brigid. πŸ™‚ And I think you’re right. It’s probably inevitable as we continue to learn and grow ourselves. I can find it very difficult keeping in touch with everyone as well. The older we get, the less hours there seems to be in a day. πŸ™‚

      Liked by 1 person

  3. This was such a great post Brenda and it was nice to find out more about your background in blogging. I think we all feel the same way, that maybe our lives aren’t interesting enough for others to read, but I think we all do. We all have so much in common as writers and artists. Even though I don’t have the time now to read as much as I like (your blog included) because of my new job I love the connections online. Happy blogging into the future Brenda.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you for your kind words, Miriam. I hope your new job is going well. πŸ™‚ It can be so hard to find the time to do everything that we want to do. Quite the juggling act at times. I agree that as writers and bloggers, we all have a lot in common. It’s one of the reasons I enjoy blogging so much. I love connecting with so many like minded people. Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Wow your blogging adventure sounds like mine … really not knowing what I am doing and kind of letting the process unfold by itself. I worked hard at getting an audience and for years I blogged so much I wore out keypads, no lie. Then I arrived at exhaustion and wanting to branch out dabbling in writing and not just wisdom sayings. I also am gaining more confidence of telling true life stories about my life revealing more and more of who I am behind Petals. And now today my real life is so big I’m having trouble blogging regularly. No way could I even ascertain opening a new blog. OMG! I would kill myself! And yeah I’ve gone through a lot of themes just like you too. I seem to be settling into a smoother routine one that says I’ll blog when I can. LOL Good luck with all you are doing, Brenda!! πŸ’

    Like

Don't be shy. I love hearing from you :)

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s