I was you.
I was the person who somehow found a few blogs and started reading them. I don’t remember how I came across them or even how I found them as I wasn’t on social media, except for Facebook and none of my friends were bloggers. I remember reading these blogs, lifestyle blogs I later found out, and being amazed on two fronts. I was amazed that people so willingly opened up and shared their lives and moments with strangers. And I was amazed at how many people, myself included, could relate to these complete strangers.
I never commented on blogs; I stayed under the radar but read them and enjoyed them and found more and more to follow. I found that I was being taught things, entertained, inspired, and motivated by these bloggers and their words.
I began to wonder. Could I do this? Would anyone read my thoughts? My stories? Did I have anything of value to share? Did it matter? All I knew was that as time went on I wanted to try blogging.
I had no idea where to begin or what to do and did not want to ask for help. I wanted to do this on my own, in fact nobody knew that I had a blog.
So I was you. I was the person reading blogs wondering if I could become a blogger.
I am here today telling you, the wanna be blogger who is unsure of herself and doubting herself, to go for it.
Do it. The returns on hitting “Publish” are amazing. You will gain so much, no matter what your niche or following is.
You will create a space that is all your own. My blog has become like home away from home for me, as odd as that sounds. I have created a space that is to my liking. I don’t have to share it with anyone and it is a reflection of me.
You will learn to flex the creative muscles you may or may not know that you have. I would not call myself creative by any stretch. I can’t draw. I can’t paint or play a musical instrument to save my life. You will find that creativity comes in many forms though. It will shine through your words and it will shine through in the graphics and pictures you create.
You will learn time management skills. You may be a stay at home mom, blogging during nap time or preschool. You may have a full time job and a family and blog in between dinner and bedtime. No matter what you are you will learn to carve out time and get things done.
You may find that you build friendships with bloggers from all over the world and be amazed at how close you can become despite the fact that you may never meet in real life. You will see that distance has no bearing on friendships.
You will see that your story will matter. Someone will relate to you and be inspired by your words. On the flip side, someone may be able to provide you with the needed encouragement that you need.
You may even become a teacher of sorts. Your knowledge on a certain subject will light the way for others.
You will find yourself being proud of something that you have created on your own and that is such an amazing feeling; an empowering one as well. Everyone starts somewhere and builds from step one. It’s getting the courage to take that first step that is the hardest.
You will find that you will need to give yourself some grace. You may get sucked into the comparison game and the numbers game. It’s easy to do after all. You will hopefully find that the journey is what you make it and that you will forge your own path. You will learn to do what is best for you and your blog.
You may find yourself and your voice. As women we play so many different roles. We give and give and give and more often than not we give ourselves the short end of the stick.
I have said from Day One that my blog was a gift I was giving myself. I wanted to try my hand at being a blogger. I don’t think anything could have prepared me for the benefits and positives that it has brought into my life.
So as I sit here writing you, the wanna be blogger who doesn’t know if she should try her own hand at blogging, all I can say is this: Go for it. Do it. You are worth it and you will love it.