Today was one of those days when I could not figure out what I wanted to write about! I had a million ideas, but none of them sounded exciting enough for me to type up today. Finally, though, I came up with one that I knew I couldn’t pass up.
I’ve been blogging for almost a year and it’s been a bit of a rollercoaster. So tonight, I thought there was no better thing to do than talk about all of that nonsense and talk about why, through it all, I haven’t stopped.
Before we get into Blithesome Brunette, I think there needs to a backstory. A lil’ bit-o-history, if you will. I’ve been in love with the internet since middle school. And that’s a long time to have a love affair with something. I think that after that amount of time, you know it’s something you’re going to love doing forever.
So, naturally, I had a blog back then.
I somehow figured out how to have my own domain name and pay nothing. I also knew how to do everything on the back end of a website & didn’t use an easy platform like WordPress to do it all. Plus, I designed my entire layout by hand, all through code. If you asked me to do any of that now, I’d laugh at you.
My blog was literally about the news. By that I mean: I actually wrote stories about what I heard about and called it news, without any sources. Yep. I know. I sincerely wish I could remember the name of that blog, because it would be the greatest trip down memory lane ever.
The more that time went on, the more my passion developed. I loved what the internet could offer. The sense of community and purposefulness was amazing. This was something I could do & people would be interested enough to communicate with me. I loved being creative and having an outlet for writing.
After that blog, I went on to create one on Blogger. I wrote about a huge mess of things, with no real focus. I wrote a lot of posts where I knew nothing about what I was saying. That’s always a smart decision.
More importantly, I found a huge passion for writing posts that inspired people and really came from my heart. I liked writing posts where I could share my ambitions and knowledge on different subjects. Those were always the ones that were the most effortless to create. Blogging was an outlet for what I was experiencing in life.
Fast forward a few years…I started my first real blog. What I mean by that: it was my own domain name, Miss Millennial, and I worked my butt off to make it look professional. The thing I lacked, though, was consistency. That killed my blogging and my passion. I wasn’t seeing results and that frustrated me.
That frustration led to more long breaks between blogging and trying to promote what I was writing. Soon, I left the blog completely. I deleted the entire thing.
After closing Miss Millennial, something felt off. I felt this huge void all of the time. I soon realized that what I was missing was writing online, for an audience. It had honestly become my outlet for life. I loved reading other people’s blogs and feeling the inspiration that came after. I knew I wanted to do what they were doing.
So, I purchased a new domain name, this time something that could grow with me. I taught myself how to navigate HostGator & WordPress and, after that nightmare, wound up here. I can’t say that it’s been perfect, but it’s been worth the trouble. I feel so fortunate to be able to call this a hobby. I may not be what most people call a conventional writer, but I’m still a writer in my own regard. I may not have a book published in print, but this blog is my novel.
As a wise person named Rumi once said,
When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.
I feel that river every day with this blog. It might sometimes not flow as swiftly, but it’s always there. I learned that loving something never comes easy. You have to work for it. It’s always worth it when you see the outcome, though.
For example, I’ve met a huge handful of beautiful people through this community, and even am lucky enough to work with some of them now (through Tribe 21)! I’ve also grown a small following and couldn’t be more thankful for that. I even earned my first tiny amount of money through Amazon Affiliates.
I’m not really sure where the next two months (until my Blogaversary!!) will take me, but I know it’s gonna be good.
What creates that river in YOU!? Comment below and let’s talk. With love,