Blogging is something that I was introduced to during Graduate School. I was constantly having to document my thoughts in blog form in response to what I was learning, which I thought was much more fun than formal writing according to APA format with certain requirements. The more I began to blog, the more my personality was coming out. My professors began to take notice and the feedback I was receiving was very positive. I’ve always loved to write, other than those dreaded research papers of course. Those I just did not enjoy…. Which is pretty typical. (My apologies to those of you who enjoy writing those silly things!)
Once I was formally introduced to blogging, I found myself following more and more blogs and reading more and more too. I truly look forward to reading posts from some of my favorite bloggers. I began thinking to myself, “I think I could do this. I think I would enjoy this. This would be a good thing for me to pick up as sort of a hobby, right?”
The more I conversed with myself, the more I kept getting in my own way. I would argue back in my mind saying “No one would want to read your thoughts.” or “You have nothing to offer others.” which deemed very successful in putting off my blog launch for a very long time. For a normally positive person, I was having very negative thoughts about myself, thoughts that I needed to get rid of.
I then started the process of research to build the case against myself of why I should start a blog. I literally typed “Why should a person blog?” into the Google search bar during one of my insomnia binges. What I found was all in favor, stating everyone should start a blog and document their life experiences, interests/hobbies, thoughts, opinions, or contributions to help others in some way.
Once I was grounded in research, I still had my doubts. I’m very self-conscious and am working on not taking what other people think of me to heart near as much. I constantly have that worry of, “What if someone doesn’t like me or what I write?” That question was on my mind forever. After much thinking and praying, I came to the conclusion that I was no longer going to let that be a constant worry. Instead, I was going to change that complex of mine that so many contributed to, via words of hate, into my motivation; motivation to launch my very first blog. After all, I’m not writing for them. I’m writing for me. If you, as my readers, enjoy what I write, that’s the icing on the cake!
So, as I take the leap and begin this blog, I’ve created purpose for this space. I want it to be a record of my thoughts, experiences, and contributions, but I also want it to be positive for both me and my readers. My hope along this journey is that you find something that touched you in some way or even made you laugh. You may have read something that brightened your day if even just a little, or that little bit of encouragement you had been looking for.
As I come to a close of this undeniably challenging first post, I hope you enjoyed reading and will continue to revisit!
Be Pretty, Witty, and Wise