Hi hi hi. Happy Thursday!
I’ve had people ask me a question lately that I just couldn’t answer without writing a post about it (typical, I know).
Why did you start blogging?
My answer to them, one that is very confident, unlike my famous “I don’t know” answer – I started blogging because I loved to write, I had a true passion for it, but I went to school for dental hygiene, not journalism. Working as a dental hygienist, I found myself writing in my notebook all day long, about anything. (I carry notebooks with me everywhere I go – try it.) Tips the patient gave me, life advice I learned that day, where I wanted to move to, what color combo the woman outside was wearing that looked amazing, more tips the next patient gave to me.
Writing was, and still is, my safe my place, my go-to. I love it, it’s as simple as that. I used to write stories about my day, every single day, in 5th grade, but would only read them to my mom. I told her not to tell anyone… or else. She locked her lips and threw away the key, then told me to always do what I love.
So, long story short – I started a blog to write more, and to be able to share that with people. I wanted whoever decided to read my blog to get the tips I was receiving from my patients as well. I wanted everyone included, everyone involved. I wanted a community, a place they felt as a go-to as well.
Then one day I woke up and decided that I’d create a website with zero knowledge on the topic, coding all the wrong codes and crashing the site numerous times, crying at the thought of getting it all back, staring at the computer screen for far too long, crying more, figuring it all out somehow, then, I blogged, and I blogged, and I blogged.
Transformation has happened, as with any platform, with any person, with anything. I’ve found more of myself, which means my blog finds more of itself. We change together, we come as a pair. You want me? HA it’s your lucky day – you get a package deal! Me plus the blog. Always.
Now: I blog to write more, still. And I blog to find myself, while helping others do the same. I blog to slow my roll, to stay true to my passion – writing, to find myself lost in the words that were cooped up in my head all day long.
I blog because I love it – nothing else. I didn’t start the blog to make money, to become something I’m not, to pretend I love taking pictures of things all day long, to talk about myself, no. None of that. I do it because I have a passion for it. Simple as that, really.
Blogging may not be for everyone – but there is something for everyone. And I truly believe, no matter what school you went to, if you went to school or not, if you don’t have a job in that field, if you don’t have a degree in that passion – it does not matter. You have all the time in the world (I know – it seems like we have none), put everything you have into it, and there you go.
Easy. If you want to find a passion, start doing random things. See what you like. Write, draw, paint, scribble, do math, study science, run, walk, skip, ask the neighbor if they want your burnt cookies. I found out that I loved writing because I did it daily, and I saw myself do it through my worst and my best. I saw myself continue to write when I didn’t feel like doing anything at all. See what you love to do, even at your worst, and go do it.
If you have a passion – go for it. Stop pushing back the launch date, stop saying it will never work, stop ‘forgetting’ to reach out to people, stop. Stop. Stop. Rewind. Step back. Go for it.
My best tip? Not everyone will like you – and that’s ok. Don’t be afraid. Get your butt out there. Start doing what you want to do. See where it takes you. If you want to take it far – you’re going to have sleepless nights. Don’t worry, you’ll get them back one day. You’ll find new passions within that one passion you journeyed into. You’ll find so much more to life, to yourself.