Saturday, August 23, 2014

Why Did I Start Blogging?

I recently saw a question on the #lbloggers tag on Twitter, and it asked everyone they started blogging. I spent a solid hour looking through other people's answers, and was both fascinated and inspired by all of the different answers. So many people started their blogs as a way to get out of a period of depression or as an outlet in a stressful life, and they ended up finding their passions from it. I find that truly inspirational, and reading all of these stories really warmed my heart. It also got me thinking about why I started blogging.

I've been reading blogs for years now. I started off reading beauty blogs as a way of getting real people's opinions on different products, because I was more inclined to trust the opinion of a blogger versus a sales associate trying to sell me the product. It was through reading some reviews that I found blogs that really stuck with me, and they were ones that I found myself returning to daily (many of which I still read to this day). I can pin point the first time I truly considered starting a blog myself to one day a few years ago, but it was a thought I brushed under the rug because I didn't have enough confidence in myself to write anything of interest.

Now, when I first started this blog back in March, I wrote that it was because I was nervous about my impending college graduation and wanted a place to write about my passions (fashion, beauty, life) freely. While that is certainly still true, there was a bigger reason for starting my blog, and it's one that I don't talk about as openly.

I've been struggling with anxiety (both generalized and social) for a large portion of my life, and a few years back I was officially diagnosed with it. It's something that I've learned to cope with (and I'm certainly doing better with it than I had been a few years back) but it's still a daily part of my life. I won't go into too much detail about it because I don't want to bore you with it, but the point of me bringing it up is to say that my anxiety has kept me from doing a lot of things I would have liked to do in my life.

Throughout high school and college, there were so many times that I stayed in instead of going out with friends because my anxiety would tell me that people wouldn't like me, or I'd embarrass myself, etc. So when the idea of starting a blog came about, I had that same fear. I thought that my writing wouldn't be good or interesting enough, that I was ugly and people would comment about it whenever I posted pictures. Just about every horrible thought imaginable ran through my mind. But one day in March I decided to just say screw it to all of that. I wanted to blog, and dammit I wasn't going to let my anxiety take one more thing from me. And now I find myself here, five months later and still blogging (with no intention of stopping, I might add).

I hope this post doesn't come off as depressing or self-pitying because it's certainly not meant to. Honestly, I hesitated writing all of this down because of that, but after seeing so many inspiring answers on the #lbloggers tag I wanted to put into writing my own thoughts on the subject.

So now I turn to you bloggers out there reading this, and I want to ask you:

Why did you start blogging?

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  1. I've been diagnosed with anxiety back in March, but I've had it for a few years. I've also dealt with depression on and off the last few years...college has really taken a toll on me. But, now I'm taking a little hiatus from school and focusing on myself for a while. Blogging has really helped a lot and makes me feel like I'm doing something while I've been job hunting. I think it's good to share these problems because so many people out there are going through the same thing, and it helps to know you're not alone. This was a really great post. :)

    xx Sierra
    lovelygatekeeper.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much, and thank you for sharing your story as well! Blogging has done the same thing for me, keeping me busy and feeling productive while I'm job hunting. I've read so many posts from other bloggers detailing their struggles with anxiety as well, and how blogging has helped them tremendously in coping with it. There really is a nice community within the blogging world, and reading about everyone else's struggles helps to realize you're not alone through all of it. Just another reason I've loved the experience of blogging so much!

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  2. I think it's great to see that you denied the anxiety this and did it anyways. Honestly, I admire you for being able to do that. And for the record - you're a very beautiful person and I love reading your blog! Make sure you keep it up ^.^
    My reason for beginning to blog isn't as deep as many peoples are. I started because if you want to be a writer, it's so good to have an audience and have an email subscriber list. So, I started to work on building that. And then I found out that I love blogging altogether. So um, my love grew and now I read a lot of blogs!

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    1. Aw thank you so much, that is really sweet of you to say :) ! And I think that's a great reason to start blogging! Everyone may have their own reason for beginning, but we all have fallen in love with it just the same.

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  3. Anxiety is also one of the reasons I started blogging. It's great as it helps me switch off and and not to worry about things. Wish I would've done it sooner. X
    Anna
    WWW.MADEUPABOUTCURLS.COM

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    1. I know exactly how you feel, blogging really is a wonderful way for me to take my mind off of things while still feeling productive. And I totally agree, my one regret is not starting my blog sooner!

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  4. Similar reason! My major in college was apparel merchandising, but I worked at a boring office job. I really wanted to get more involved in fashion so I started a blog as sort of a creative outlet. It helped feel the void in ways my job couldn't!

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    1. I completely understand how you feel, blogging has become much more of a fulfilling creative outlet for me than work has been. Even though I work in fashion (retail, at the moment), I feel like I'm not able to express my creativity nearly as much as I'd like, and blogging has been a real life saver for giving me a platform to do that! :)

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  5. I started blogging because I found that Morrissey had! FollowingTheMozziah.blogspot.com

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  6. I loved reading why you started a blog =) I started blogging over a year ago as a way to improve my writing and to write creatively. I recently started grad school so my writing consisted of only APA style papers and discussion posts.

    I wanted to hopefully connect with women who are like me in that I'm smart, driven. girly, late twenties (now 30!) and deal with anxiety and mental health issues. I wanted a place where I could write out my happy days and also write about days where I don't believe in myself. I am so happy that I started blogging b/c I have met so many other amazing women from all over and have made really wonderful friendships, as well. <3

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing your story, that really brightened my day to read :) I completely agree, blogging has been a really comforting platform to express both my good and bad days, and reading about why other people starting blogging (and seeing them write openly and honestly about their lives) is so inspiring and has made me feel even more invested in my blog.

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  7. I started blogging as I was in my second year of Law school and I came to realization I wasn't doing something I truly loved. I was looking for an outlet, a happy place, that could keep me going! Blogging has done that for a year now. I've decided to finish my degree as I have already put so much work into it, but blogging really has opened my eyes to what is my passion and what I want to work towards when I graduate.

    MD | http://byourbself.blogspot.ca/

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    1. That's so great to read, it's really wonderful how blogging has become such a fantastic outlet for people to express their creativity. I feel like in your 20s there's a big focus on "finding your passion", which is much easier said than done. I started my college degree with a major in Psychology, and didn't discover until my Junior year that it was not the best path for me to pursue. I ended up changing to Fashion Merchandising that year, and while it took an extra year for me to graduate, I'm glad I did it because it ultimately led me to blogging and other creative opportunities which is where my passion really lies :)

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  8. So great to read a post like this. I started blogging because I feel as I've gotten older, I've lost so many friends and felt so lonely. Through fallings out that can't be repaired, to people getting into relationships and forgetting about me, to my friends having children and not having time for me. It's really lonely when everyone else is enjoying their life and I'm sat at home feeling sorry for myself because everyones got someone. But since I've started blogging i don't sit at home feeling sorry for myself, it's not healed the wound by any means, but it's made life a little bit easier! One of my personal resolutions this year is go to a meet up and meet some new people through blogging :)

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