Why I Started Blogging

If someone ever asked me “why did you start blogging,” I could answer this question with ease because I remember the day that I started the blog and what was going through my mind at the time. I remember I was going through a lot during that time mentally and starting the blog was definitely a way for me to cope with everything.  

When I got the idea to start a blog, it was intended for me to use it as a platform to publish my poems and short stories. I wanted to use it as a gateway to get my writing out there because I wanted to start making my own writing opportunities since other bigger establishments wouldn’t give me any. 

After I signed up for a blogging platform (wordpress) and wrote a few posts, I started reading other people’s blogs and doing my research. I found out that blogging is serious, and it can be a writing career also. You just have to be consistent and you have to grow your blog. A niche is important too.  

That brings me to how long It took me to find my niche. I started out with writing about informational topics regarding health, beauty, poems, I was venting, I was just writing about anything, but then I got bored and my blog wasn’t growing. So, I deleted every post and started over. I kept a few that I thought would go good with my new idea. I started to write about topics that I cared about and that could be helpful for others. I still change some things on my blog here and there, I’m still learning new things, and to be honest, I still don’t think I even have a narrowed down, specified, niche. 

I’ve been blogging for two years now and if someone was to ask me “why do you have  blog?” I would probably tell them it’s a platform for me to publish my writing and a safe space for me to be myself in my writing.  

Showing Yourself Love

Showing yourself love is important. Especially, if you’re the type of person who always spreading love and showing love towards other people. When you’re constantly showing love to others, then you sometimes you can get trapped into not showing yourself enough love. If you’re not showing yourself love, then how are you going to spread it properly elsewhere. Everyone deserves to show themselves love. Here are some ways to show yourself love:

  1. Be kind to yourself. Being kind to yourself will consist of deleting an app, muting a group chat, saying no to another commitment, cutting down your to do list, limiting your consumption of bad news, and spending less time in toxic environments. My favorite way to be kind to myself is to not answer my phone when I want time to myself.
  2. Take care of yourself physically. Taking care of yourself can consist of listening to what your body needs, exercising, watching your diet, visiting the doctor, moisturizing, using body and hair products that doesn’t consist of harsh chemicals and reading to exercise the brain. My favorite way to take care of myself physically and is to watch what I put in my body. I’m not on a strict diet or anything, but I do tend to read labels and I try to buy healthier options.
  3. Paying attention to your emotional wellbeing. This looks like seeking counseling services or a therapist. Limit your consumption of bad news, ask for help and advice with difficult task, wear clothes that make you happy and cozy, turn off your notifications, listen to music, plan something to look forward to, say no to things that make you feel bad, and stay away from toxic environments. My favorite thing to do for my emotional wellbeing is reading (books, poetry, articles, essays, blogs) that help me learn and understand emotions.

Showing yourself love is important. When you feel whole, then you are able to share your love with others. It’s okay to take time for yourself, regroup, and get your thoughts and feelings together. Always take time for comfort, wisdom, motivation, healing, rest, self-control, peace, and clarity. That’s showing love to yourself.

A Writing Tip

I love to write. It’s my favorite thing to do. It’s my passion, it’s what I want to do as far as a career, but I wish there was two important writing tips that I wish I would have learned while spending all those semesters in college. I guess that’s what experience is for. Now, I can share my tips and experience with everyone else so that they can become great writers, especially if it’s something that they want to make a career out of.

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