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Growing up, I was a ballerina. That was my identity. I lived, breathed, and dreamed dance. When I was happy, I would dance. When I was frustrated, I would dance to let out my emotions. It was my emotional release. But, I ended up getting into a skiing accident that ended all of that. Over the years, my frustrations grew. I didn’t have a way to release these built up emotions. As a person, I was unhappy. I felt lost. I was venting with a friend about these feelings, and she encouraged me to write. Cue the light bulbs! I knew how I could release these emotions! So, I started writing in a journal, but it wasn’t enough. I wanted a broader reach. So, why not start blogging?
My First Blog
Please don’t search for it. It’s out there somewhere. I decided I wanted to start blogging about a clean eating challenge. However, I had no fucking clue what I was doing. Literally no clue. And like the clean eating challenge, I couldn’t stick to the blog. I truly believe it’s because I had no idea what I was doing. I think there is 1 post on there, but my heart wasn’t in it. So, I gave it up. Whomp, whomp.
Fast forward a few years. I was starting to feel super frustrated again. You feel me? Do you ever get super frustrated emotionally and can’t get that shit out? Well, I was! But instead of just getting online and spewing random thoughts all over the place, I decided to be focused on something I am passionate about. My business. Why the hell was I not writing about my business?! It seriously was a forehead-slapping moment. Did I have the blinders on to not see this little bit of genius that was hanging out RIGHT there?But, hindsight is 20/20, amirite? (I’m too old to be using terms like that.)
When I decided to start blogging about my business, I was a little gun-shy because of my past experience with a blog. I didn’t want to set everything up and fail again. So, I found a micro-blog where I could post blog articles, but I didn’t have to do all of the work behind the scenes. This was AWESOME! I could write when I wanted. It fit what I wanted at that point.
And Finally, I Truly Committed
But, like in all things, I got bored. I could write an article and post a few pictures, but I didn’t have control. I wanted to create more. It should feel more like me, right? Why yes, I AM a control freak! How did you guess?! Ok, but really, I wanted a more personalized blog. But I’m not tech savvy at all. How the hell was I going to learn about plug-in’s, widgets, coding in HTML, SEO, color codes, and alt text?! I found a course that I could take that would teach me all of these things and more! My wonderful friend, Hope Hanson-Baker, was able to break things down for me. She spoke in a language I code speak, and taught me everything I needed to know. Now almost 2 years later, I’m at 120 posts. It looks like I finally found something that stuck. Why? HOPE! She gave me hope and direction. If you’d like Hope to help you, click HERE!
Well, you found it! This is my big-girl blog! It definitely was a struggle. I spent many hours behind a computer screen playing with things to get this blog to feel like “me”. Thankfully, the courses weren’t too insanely hard. There truly was only one time that I wanted to pull all of my hair out. (It’s the “Slider” on the home screen. You know, the part that says “Love your clothes. Love your body.” That bitch fought me, but I won!)
Honestly, I proud of this blog, my determination to get here, and that I’ve published a shit load of posts (This post makes about 120.) I didn’t give up. I have a tendency to give up when the going gets tough, so reaching this point is freaking amazing. In fact, I wrote a post summing up everything I learned from a year of blogging. HERE is the link to that post. And it’s freaking amazing if you’ve made it this far, too! I can be real long-winded! But, this is it. You’ve found my venture in blogging. I’m hoping you’ll hang out with me for a bit to see what else I’ve got to say! And trust me, I’ve got a lot to say! If you’re still not really sure who I am, click HERE!
Do you have questions about blogging? Feel free to send me a message HERE! And you’re more than welcome to join my shopping group HERE! We have lots of fun, I promise!
Blogging ♥ says
This is the first time I read something from your blog and I am impressed, because it’s like you are reading my mind.
To be a blogger is just amazing thing and I simply love it! Thanks for the insights and the nice words!
Devin Zarda says
Thanks Sam! I hope you come back and check out some of the other things I have up my sleeve!