I think it’s important to take inventory when sharing so much of yourself with unknown reaches of the internet, so today I’m asking myself the “why” behind my blog.
Over the past year, my blogging journey has come a long way and it still has a long way to go. There were ups and downs that I avoided sharing on my blog until I’ve processed them and there were some things I shared that I never in a million years thought I would be sharing.
So why do I keep a blog?
I enjoy the format and setting in which I can connect with others. Standing in my authenticity and truth has had positive repercussions. I’ve been able to open doors to conversations with family, friends, and acquaintances that I otherwise wouldn’t have been able to have. The Universe truly rose to meet me and surround me with amazing people and connections the moment I was ready to trust my process and share myself.
I want to be an influencer. When I say that, I don’t mean the type that only posts pictures, outfits, and travel photos to humble brag or talk about consumer products trends. I want to use my blog to have deeper conversations about why things matter to me. I want to share my opinion about why I enjoy certain things over others or what I’ve come to learn about a company, a product, an environment, or myself. I want to influence others to pursue their own truth and authenticity in whatever form that looks like. Whether it’s making art, sharing dog photos, talking about their pregnancy journey, sharing insight they gained from a job interview, or why their favorite pair of yoga pants are so comfortable. You know, the important things.
I’m tired of seeing people with tons of followers and no substance. Discount codes for makeup in plastic containers and cruelty-laden products, a push for purchasing during a new sale every weekend, fast fashion, and the continual need for more. I’m sick of it. I’m tired of sitting on the sidelines and observing as everything and everyone around me continues to participate in the greed machine of capitalism and consumerism. More does not mean better. A high follower count does not imply the impact they’re having on the planet. I’m done sitting on the sidelines of our evolving culture and society, I want to be involved. I want to have a voice, even if no one reads it. I want to speak up about things that matter to me even when they don’t seem to matter to the rest of the world.
I want to create something amazing, but I have no clue what that is yet. I’m not coming to you after taking an e-course on blogging, Instagram, or algorithms. (No shame if that’s your path, it’s just not mine.) I created a blog because I was literally forced by the Universe to create a space to share my voice. To create my own channel of expression and to allow the chips to fall where they may. I was lead in a certain direction and this blog’s existence is a direct result of pushing past my own limitations and allowing myself to create. Hence, the inconsistency. Hence, the overall lack of theme/niche. I don’t have an angle I’m trying to push or a product I’m trying to sell. I’m straight up just trying to share myself with people who get me. That’s it.
It’s therapeutic. I enjoy being able to express myself in written form. I keep a personal journal that I write in daily, well mostly daily, where I decompress and share random blips of my day. I am someone who attended college with the intention of one day becoming a therapist. I believe deeply in the healing benefits of therapy, I am educated on therapy, and I benefit greatly from being the subject of therapy as well. This is a form of therapy for me. Through my blog posts I have been able to dive deeper into self exploration than I ever imagined. I have been able to vocalize my thoughts, feelings, and actions in ways that were before unimaginable to me. I have been able to share some really amazing and really awful things that have happened to me with people I care about, and people that I believe need to hear about those experiences. If you were drawn to my page or stumbled upon it, I genuinely believe there is a reason.
That’s pretty much it.
Sometimes I wish I had a more specific purpose for my blog, but I don’t. Not right now at least. My blog is my creative space where I can share basically anything I want with no rules about if it’s in line with a promotion, financial goal of some sort, or “trendy” right now. None of the products I talk about are paid advertisements yet, so there’s no hidden motive. I’ve made $1 (that I can’t cash out yet) over the past year of monetizing this blog. This truly is my space, that I own, where I create and share.
I’m glad to have anyone and everyone who reads this blog along for the journey and look forward to the authenticity that you will inevitably bring to the table some day.