I don’t know about you, but I really love to hear stories from other bloggers on how they got their start! What’s cool about the blogging community is that everyone comes from different walks of life. There are certainly more bloggers that never had a formal education in regards to blogging (this girl included!) There is no required education for blogging, you just need a vision. While I don’t have a degree in social media marketing or creative writing, I am happy to share with you how I got my start and a few things I’ve learned along the way.
When Did You Start Blogging?
In February of 2016. I was a freshman in my second semester in college. You could often find me doing a boatload of research in regards to blogging in my dorm room. I had been thinking about starting a blog for several months, even though I barely had a clue what blogging really meant. In fact, at the time I started blogging, I didn’t even follow a single blog online. Other blogs might as well have been unicorns or leprechauns to me. 🙂
The kickstart to my blog was the result of a disappointment. Unfortunately, I had a lot more time on my hands than I had anticipated. I hadn’t gotten into the big musical of the semester that I really thought I had a chance of getting into. (I’ve since learned a lot about how to get into shows too!) So all the evenings that I thought would be used for rehearsal were open and I had nothing to do. I spent a lot of those evenings figuring out the logistics of blogging. I am glad that I turned a disappointment into a time of personal growth.
Why Did You Start Blogging?
Like I said, I had been thinking about starting a blog for several months. It goes back to the summer before college, when I worked at camp. Working at camp had been a time of great personal growth for me and everyone on staff. I had learned so much about myself, and about God, and about personal relationships. I felt like I had a really positive message to share. I just didn’t know how.
I hadn’t ever really considered myself a “writer.” You know the type: people who just have a natural thirst for writing. That usually means they’re pretty good at it too! That wasn’t me, but I knew I had some thoughts and ideas I wanted to share.
My blog has evolved quite a lot from my original visions. I always planned on writing content about faith and my life though. Then I discovered the college blogging community and I realized that blogging was a great way to meet other people! Now I love writing content about college; anywhere from writing papers to study help. I would call my blog a lifestyle/faith/college blog, which are most of the topics I write about.
Here is a special treat: this was the first header of my blog! I don’t know why I wanted an off-center orange theme, but that’s just what I had envisioned!
Why Do You Like Blogging?
My blog was the first thing I built completely from scratch and completely by myself. I had to go through some really frustrating moments to get what was in my head onto the screen in front of me, but I’m really glad I did! Starting my blog really taught me to dream big and pursue my goals. Furthermore, people are impacted and respond to what I write. I didn’t think there would be something in my life besides theatre that would have an audience! The months after starting my blog was when I felt the most empowered I had ever felt in my life.
The cool thing about my blog is that I can make it whatever I want it to be. If you are thinking about starting a blog, I would absolutely recommend it! Please feel free to reach out to me and ask questions. Most people are quite willing to help out a new blogger!
If there is a story behind the start of your blog, I would love to hear it!