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Why I Started Blogging

I could do a nice in-depth list on what drew me to the blogging world. I do like to make lists. It’s probably my Type-A personality. But this isn’t a list kind of post. This is the story of why I started blogging. I’ve told bits and pieces of this story on and off since the blog began. Particularly when I was trying to brand the blog and figure out what I was doing. Now is the time to tell the whole story.

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A little background

I’ve been writing my entire life. Ever since I could pick up a pen, I was creating stories. When we got our first computer, I began writing there. I kept a journal all through high school. I wrote in it daily with a calligraphy pen, purely because I loved the look and feel of them. I filled around 12 journals over the course of 3 years. I wrote about everything. Yes, there were plenty of details of my life as a 16-year-old high schooler, but I also thought a lot about my life. In a way, I was blogging long before blogging was popular. Only no one else could read it.

Words continued to reign supreme in my life as a Journalism major and English minor. I was in my element. I was writing, but now I was learning to write for a career. Words were my life.

Once graduate school ended in August of 2011, I felt disconnected from the creativity I once had felt. I decided I needed a place to express myself; to be able to write and let the words flow from my fingers once again.

So, A Glimpse Into Eryn’s World was born.

It started as just a place where I wrote. Similar to my journal back in high school. Then, as my photography business began to grow, it became a place to share my favorite imagery. Which I quickly moved away from.

It’s taken me a few years to find my niche and remind myself that I’m not blogging for business. I’m not blogging to make a living. And I’m not blogging to be blogger famous.

Why I Started Blogging…

You know how I said this wasn’t going to be a list post. I lied. This is definitely going to be a list post. Because I love lists.

I started blogging to write more. As I said above, words were my life. And I needed them to be back in my life. This was my way of doing that.

I started blogging to remind myself that I have opinion. When it comes to controversial things, I don’t like to openly express my opinions. I don’t like to get into debates, and I don’t like people telling me my opinion is wrong. I don’t discuss many controversial topics on here, but blogging has reminded me that I’m just as entitled to my opinions as the next person. And if I’m putting them out there, I need to grow thick skin and not get so offended.

I started blogging to allow my creativity flow. There are times when my posts are simple updates. Sometimes they are just a necessity of blogging. But my original thought was to write; personal essays, creative pieces, and more.

I started blogging to share my triumphs, success, failures, and more. I wanted a place, besides social media, to share all the good and the bad. I wanted to share in my success, and I wanted to bask in my failures (which are all learning experiences).

I started blogging because I wanted too. I didn’t start blogging because everyone was doing it. I didn’t start blogging because I wanted to make money. In fact, at the time I didn’t even know I could. I started blogging purely because I wanted too. And that’s what I remind myself every day. Especially when I start focusing on the numbers and the sharing. I take a step back and remind myself that I started this for me. And everything that comes after it is just gravy.

Now I want to know. Why did you start blogging?

My Blogging Identity

As I took a step back to re-evaluate my little corner of cyberspace, it made me realize just how much I truly enjoy the blogging world. I like putting thought into what I’m writing and what I’m putting out into the world. I’m not a daily poster. I’ve tried in the past, and quite honestly, most of the time when I wrote daily my posts sucked. The content was horrible, and it was just me trying to fill a void. It was a way for me to make sure my blog showed up in search engines, on people’s newsfeeds, and a way to stay in front of everyone. But I was putting content out that was pretty horrible.

So as I re-evaluated, I decided that I needed a new look. Something cleaner. Tidier. Easier on the eyes. I also decided that I didn’t want my sidebar cluttered with ads and other things that aren’t me.

Which bought me to these questions.

Who am I in the blogging world? What’s my blogging identity?

Blogging Identity

I’m not a health blogger. I’m not a fashion blogger. And I’m definitely not a food blog. Even though, the blog has been through phases of all three. I came to the conclusion that this would fall in the generic lifestyle blog category. Simply because, it’s chronicling my lifestyle as it is in the here and now.

Even though it’s a lifestyle blog, it is more so a place for me to write. To think. To express myself. So in a way, it’s also a writing blog. But there will be times I share photography, so it could also have moments of being a photography blog.

So what did I learn? There is no specific blogging identity that fits me, or my blog. Nor should I have to define my identity. My blog is my blog, and it’s simply a place for me to express myself for who I am. My opinions, my thoughts, my writing, whatever.

My blogger identity is a menagerie mess of things that work for me. Which is perfect, since my personal identity is a menagerie of things too.

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