Why I Started a Blog
And Why You Should Too
After graduating college last year, moving across the country (which is a totally different blog post in and of itself), moving back, finding a job, and now volunteering in the mornings before work, many people look at me like I’m crazy when I tell them that I am also starting a blog as well as a YouTube channel. Most people look at my schedule and think I’m absolutely nuts for wanting to spend even more time working on social media. But the truth is that I absolutely do. There are so many great reasons why starting a blog, regardless of the small amount of time you may have, is an absolutely fantastic idea. Here are my three main reasons for why I decided to take the plunge and start a lifestyle blog right now:
The Importance of Creativity
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been a creative person. As a kid, I used to make printables and force my friends and little sister to fill them all out. When middle school hit, I started writing scripts for plays for my neighborhood friends and I to memorize and act out. I also picked up music and loved it. I ended up going to an arts high school to really hone in on my music and writing. Then, college came about and I let most of my artistic hobbies subside to work on other things.
But I missed it, and I knew I wanted that creative imagination back in my life. So I went back to my trusty neighborhood friends. I planned these very intricate over-imagined parties and was so excited when they agreed to take part. The parties ranged from murder mystery all the way to team competitions (complete with t-shirts!). Planning those parties were the absolute highlight of my time home from college. But as time went on, the expenses for these parties increased and the stress of making sure everything went as planned overwhelmed me. So, they ended up ceasing after the summer of 2015.
Now, a year later, I have a huge desire to find my next creative endeavor, and lifestyle blogging seems right up my alley. Spending these past few months learning about all the details and products needed to start a blog has relit my creative fire and pulled me back into imaginative bliss. I am so excited for how this blog is shaping and the possibilities that lie ahead in the future, and it is all due to keeping that creative drive alive.
The Mystery of Living an Unstructured Life
My time spent in college did a lot of great things for me. One of the biggest things that my three and a half years in college taught me was scheduling. This skill has helped me immensely so far, but it’s hard to keep working on it when it is mostly out of my hands. My workplace schedules when I work and for how long, and that takes up so much energy that I don’t want to commit to anything after work for fear of being too exhausted to show up. But I have a plan to take back my days.
I need to add more structure back into my life, and I feel that this blog can absolutely help me with that. I want to fill my mornings with interesting things, blog about what I’m up to, and take the time I need for myself in the evenings. This will give me so much more of that control that I desperately need back into my day that I’ll be able to be way more productive, be able to do the things that I love, and be able to share my adventures with all of YOU.
The Desire to Learn More
So I’ve sort of been alluding to it a lot, but I absolutely loved school. It provided me with steps to learn new skills and information, encouraged to meet like-minded people, and allowed me to intern and work with the coolest nonprofits around. After college, I found it a lot harder to find access to topics to learn about that interested me. But in creating and working on this blog, I have been able to find so much information on writing, search engine optimization, video editing, photography, and even business startup because having the goal of starting this has boosted my learning skills right back into gear, and I am 100% certain that this trend will continue as I work on more posts. Not only that, but creating weekly blog posts will have me learning things in a new way: learning by experiencing. Instead of reading and taking notes, I will get to learn through traveling, creating, running, dancing, swimming, eating, and all-around adventuring, and I think that’s pretty darn neat.
But What About You?
So that’s my story as to why I’m starting this blog. But I want to know about you, the reader! Would you ever consider starting a blog? What would you blog about? If you already have a blog, what is your niche?