Monday, November 11, 2013

Confessions of a blogger






















So I was contemplating what to write about for today--a recap of the trip to the zoo I took on Sunday? Yeah, probably not. A tirade about the stress of school loan bills? Ugh, kill me--when I was notified on Twitter that Lix at A Classic Notion had tagged me in her own Confessions of a Blogger post.

I always think it's interesting to see how other bloggers got their start, so with a glass of wine in hand*, I'll join the party.

1. When did you first start blogging and why?

I started in May after my friend Crystal (is this something I've repeated 1,000 times and you're just hardcore rolling your eyes right now?) basically forced me into it. Seriously, I think she hassled me for the better part of a year to start one. It was out of love though, because she knew I loved to write and didn't get to do anything in my own voice for my then-day job.

Confession: I bought my domain name and a design template probably 8 months before I ever used them. If this is also you (i.e. sitting on a domain name), you should probably just start your blog now and then send me a link. It always nice to have supporters at the beginning.

2. Have you had any past online presence?

Nope! Well besides Facebook. Never did Xanga or anything because I liked anonymity way too much as a pre-teen/teen. I did comment on AOL message boards a lot when I was a teen (I think my favorites were the fashion boards). I even had a pretty signature and everything with quotes from whatever dumb movie I was into at the time.

3. When did you become serious about your blog?

Definitely when I moved back home to Colorado and suddenly had all this free time (in-between job-hunting) to spend on my blog. That was at the beginning of August and growth for my blog has just improved steadily since then.

I always wanted to be serious about it, but my last job was working as a reporter, so the last thing I wanted to do when I got home from work was write more.

4. What was your first blog post?

This bad boy. Basically just a "hey! I started a blog!" notice. I made sure to include my love for the Real Housewives, because why on earth wouldn't I?

5. What have been your biggest challenges blogging?

I compared myself to other bloggers way too much in the beginning--which is a terrible attitude because you have to remember that those bloggers with thousands of followers were just starting out once too, but they've put in the time and effort.

Also, time maintenance. I take WAY too long writing blog posts. I keep hoping one day it will just change and I'll be able to write posts in 20 minutes. (hah)

6. What is the most rewarding thing about blogging?

Whenever I gain a new follower (especially when it's not during a giveaway), it always makes me smile. Just that people like what I've written and actually want to see more. It's so encouraging.

Also, I've met some pretty awesome people through this here blog.

7. What is the most discouraging thing about blogging?

Probably when you see a post on a really popular blog that is just the blogger clearly taking a day off and they still get like 100 comments, and then a post I feel like I worked on a long time doesn't get nearly the amount of views as I would like. Does that sound bitter? (yes)

Ugh, I don't want to sound bitter but as if no blogger has thought this.

8. What is your lasting inspiration or motivation?

Definitely the people I interact with daily/weekly in the blog world. Also, I'll read just really great posts either because they are so well-written or they have a really creative angle, and I'll just hope that maybe one day I'll be as cool.

 9. What is your blogging dirty little secret?

I never write my posts on the day they come out? No? Not sordid enough? Okay, yeah, I know lots of bloggers do that.

How about I can't help rolling my eyes hardcore when bloggers say their blogs are only for them. As if. If that were the case you'd just write in a journal. Every blogger wants people to find their blogs or they wouldn't have opened them up to the public. Stop acting like you don't care or that your blog becoming popular was just an accident.

10. What is your current goal as a blogger?

I started this blog with the intention that it would be a mix between style, beauty and my own musings, because I wanted to show you could still have intelligent commentary in between nail DIYS and etc, but it's definitely been heavier on just my commentary since, well, the beginning.

So I'd like to do more beauty and fashion related posts, but it's just hard to be inspired to do that when I'm on my computer job-hunting and not out being, well, fabulous. I've gone weeks without doing my nails, which is pretty much unheard of for me.

11. Have you learned or become passionate about anything through blogging that caught you by surprise?

I can say my interest in home-decorating has increased exponentially. I just want to be a craftier, better person.

 

14 comments:

  1. I'm awful about taking an eternity to write my posts. Then, once it's written, I take another eternity to find the perfect pictures/gifs to go with it and making sure they are the right size. I rarely used pictures in the beginning, then I read several places that people don't like it if it's all words. Which is SILLY to me, but I've used pictures ever since, and as you can see, I've been quite neurotic about it.

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  2. I often shake my head at the posts with eleventy billion comments that basically say "I had nothing to say today!"

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  3. this was really interesting, had no idea when you first started!! and i compare myself all the time, i need to quit it. now..

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  4. I definitely compare myself too much... Especially when I'm scrolling through my feed and all of these "popular bloggers" are writing about the most vague things and getting hundreds of comments, while I'm sitting here dying for a shred of inspiration. LOL, it's probably also the reason I've changed my theme so many times... I shouldn't be allowed to edit my template any more!

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  5. haha i hear you on the new followers who follow because they like your stuff! it's like christmas every time i get a notification from bloglovin or i see a new face around my site :)

    -kathy @ Vodka and Soda

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  6. Ugh, the picture rule. I try to always include some kind of image too after reading that, but then I remind myself if I like the person's content enough, I don't really care whether there's a picture or not. It's like some bloggers have amazing photos, but not the most interesting content, and then other bloggers have good content but not-so-great photos. And then some bloggers have both and I hate them. (just kidding, I only highly dislike them)

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  7. I'm glad that I encouraged (harassed) you to start the blog because it's been pretty much amazing since DAY FREAKING ONE! DAY ONE!

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  8. I totally compare myself to others too much, since I feel like I don't fit in somewhere. I started out as a travel blog, turned into a lifestyle blog, but there's still part of me that just wants to be a straight-up travel blogger and I don't know how to mix the two.

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  9. Amen to #7! And while I also love getting new followers, I also have a lot of real life acquaintances who don't "sign up" to follow, but they'll send me private messages and tell me how much a post meant to them. That's such a great feeling.

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  10. Thanks, buttercup. Your cheerleading outfit that I promised to get you months ago is officially in the mail.

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  11. Yes! It's hard to figure out direction when you're just starting out. I've questioned my blog name because I just don't do enough style posts. I'd like to but I just haven't been inspired recently, so I question if I should change my name to something more lifestyle bloggy.

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  12. Oh, that's so nice. I do find that whenever I start feeling inadequate or whatever, I'll get encouragement in some way, which helps so much.

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  13. I totally agree with the second part of #9 and I so feel you on #10! I want to do beauty and fashion but I just... don't have a reason to get out much. I'm a homebody anyway, and while I shower and get dressed every day for personal reasons, I go for comfy over striking. And I rarely put on makeup.

    I'm amazed by this though:

    "I bought my domain name and a design template probably 8 months before I ever used them."



    I could never justify that. I mean, I'm obviously still working on parts of my site (portfolio, shop) but I got my blog up as soon as I paid for my domain. Wasting months I paid for is just not an option for me.

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  14. Yeah, I've been putting on make-up less and less now, or at least only foundation and mascara if I'm just running errands, etc. About the domain name, I ended up spending about $20 for the pre-made template and domain name together, so it wasn't too bad, though of course that's all relative. If I'd spent more that probably would've inspired me to start earlier.

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