I thought today’s post would not only be a great way to get to know me a little better, but it also might help you if you’re thinking of starting a blog. Regardless, I hope it can inspire anyone who is thinking of starting something new!
To most people that know me, starting a blog probably isn’t that much of a surprise. I have always been a writer, and even when I couldn’t write, I was always making up stories.
In high school, I wrote for the teen section of my city’s newspaper, but when I was no longer able to participate (aka I got old), I knew I needed to find another way to write. Blogging became that outlet.
I started my blog over three years ago, which is crazy to me! After somehow stumbling upon fashion blogs–I think my first was The College Prepster, now Carly the Prepster–I really began to love the idea of having my own space to produce content, share my thoughts, and also explore my love of fashion.
I started off on Blogger before switching to my own domain and self-hosted WordPress, and then getting a new domain again. Trust me, this blog has gone through a lot of changes in a short time! However, it’s been the best way to write creatively and connect with other people.
To some people, having a space on the Internet that features pictures of myself may seem odd. But after 3+ years, I can’t imagine doing anything else. And let’s be real, fashion is fun! I love seeing an outfit come together, and I’m so happy when someone tells me, “I read your blog!” or “I love that dress you featured!” Trust me, I think any blogger will tell you that he or she still doesn’t believe it when someone says that they read their blog. I didn’t start this out thinking that anyone would actually care what I have to say.
And don’t get me wrong, blogging is work. I’ve spent countless hours making this space something I can be proud of, but I’ve gained so much from this hobby-turned-passion.
Why You Should Start a Blog
Get in the habit of writing
My day job includes a lot of writing as well, but even if you don’t have a job that requires a lot of writing, having solid writing skills is important. Know how to write. Know how to put together an eloquent email that gets your point across. Having a set space to write every day is not only therapeutic, but it’s just a good habit to practice.
Learn stuff you never thought you would
HTML, SEO, hosting, I could go on. There’s a lot I have learned on the backend of this site that I never thought I would. And while I definitely don’t know a lot, nor will I ever, it’s helped me with my day job and vice versa.
Whether it’s with other influencers, readers, or brand contacts, I never would’ve had the opportunity to connect with so many people had I not started a blog. You never know where that like or follow can take you. Blogging may seem cutthroat, but I promise you, there are a lot of great people in this industry.
If you’re curious to know more about blogging, I encourage you to check out this post I wrote last year about lessons I learned in my first two years of blogging. And of course, if you have any questions, please ask!
And if you’re a blogger, I’d love to hear what inspired you to start!