Why I Started Blogging

Just over two and a half years ago, I started my own space in the blogosphere.  (Thank you, Jonny, for naming Itz Linz!)  When talking about my blog, I often get asked, “Why did you start blogging?”  So now let me reflect.

william bandana

He’s reflecting.

And sneak in some super cute pictures of William.  Because that’s just what I do.

A few years ago, I didn’t read any blogs except for my sister’s, who chronicled Jacob’s life.  (And now she photographs his, Audrey’s, William’s, and thousands of other babies and families.)  Her blog consisted of adorable pictures, funny anecdotes, and special moments from her first-born.  This was the only blog I knew. Then, Annette, my childhood best friend, began posting her blog Enjoy Your Healthy Life on Facebook.  Curious, I checked it out.  This blog was different.  It had workouts.  It had recipes.  It had product reviews.  It had many things related to health and fitness.  I was hooked.  Much of what I read related to my own life.  I learned from and was motivated by her blog.

Then I discovered there were other blogs in this same healthy living field.  Peanut Butter Fingers, Clean Eating Chelsey, and Healthy Diva Eats were among the first blogs I found through Annette’s.  I began reading them regularly where I discovered there was a whole world of bloggers out there.  I wanted in.


Just like William clearly wanted in on this picture with his cousins.

As I found more and more blogs, I noticed anyone could blog.  You didn’t have to necessarily be a certified trainer, group fitness instructor, or registered dietitian.  I found myself thinking, “If they can do it, why can’t I?”  I’ve always enjoyed fitness and healthy foods, and many times, my friends and family would ask about it.  A blog just made sense to me.

Plus, I love to write.  I always have.  Writing has forever been my favorite and best subject.  In elementary school, high school, college, and now as a teacher, too.  I love the endless possibilities and the unique personalities that come alive through writing.  I love that writers can do what they want and never be “wrong” when sharing their opinion or creating a story.  Itz always been an outlet for me and now I get to share it with you.

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Yeah, dude.  I love writing, too.

I suppose I should mention product reviews and sponsored posts.  My hesitation with bringing it up in this post is that itz not why I started blogging.  I thought they were only for “big bloggers” (whatever that means).  Now itz a perk.  I enjoy learning about and trying new products, clothes, food, places, etc. and sharing my honest opinion with you.  I find personal reviews much more helpful than commercials.  Blogs are written by real people, and the blogs I like most are the ones that I can relate to.  Blogs are about the connection between people, bloggers and readers alike.  I’ve made true friendships through blogging, and appreciate each and every one of you who take the time to stop by my little spot in this big blogosphere.

Bloggers, why or how did you start?  Non-bloggers, do you have any desire to blog?

29 thoughts on “Why I Started Blogging

  1. I didn’t know THAT about you and Annette – how cool!!! I am much the same and I also wanted to share my struggles in the past (and current triumphs AND struggles) with others…I think God gives us those tests to share with others to help us and them grow…blogging provides a perfect outlet to help us help others with hardships, lessons learned, and allows us to learn from others!

  2. I love this! I was totally drawn to the community as well. It just seemed so amazing to be able to connect to all these different people in such a uniquely personal way! I’m so glad I’ve met you through your blog 🙂

  3. “He’s reflecting.” — So cute!!!

    Lindsay, thank you for sharing this. I always think it’s great to reflect on why we started blogging, as readers find our blogs at different points in our lives and may not know the backstory. I think the reality is that blogs evolve as we do. I appreciate what you said about sponsored posts and blogs being written by real people. My blog has evolved as I have and I am so grateful for the business it has grown into over the years. At the core of it, no matter the business, it is a place for me to share my thoughts, passions, and fears with a community that I hope is looking for someone to relate to. I don’t do it for the money, never have, but it’s a true blessing to see what fruit can come from hard work. Ok– end rant. Thanks for sharing Linz!

  4. I started blogging as an outlet after my daughter was born and I became a SAHM. I needed to connect with other moms and fitness enthusiasts and the blogging community became the perfect venue for that. I’ve made so many awesome friendships and gained so much knowledge. It’s been the perfect outlet for me.

  5. Thank you for sharing!! I began in a similar manner and wasn’t sure what I wanted to share. As the boys have grown and our journey continues to change, so does my blog 🙂

    I never realized how much I would love reading and interacting with fellow bloggers!!

  6. I can totally relate – I started blogging because I really wanted to connect to the blogging community too. I couldn’t imagine life without blogging and my blog friends now!

  7. I actually started blogging as a failed attempt to make a little extra money. That didn’t pan out as expected, but what I’ve gained in friendships and inspiration makes it all worth it. Oct will be 5 years blogging for me! Glad you found your space in the blog world!!

  8. I love this story!! I’m so glad I could help ya bring out your creative side to blog land because your blog is so fun & such a joy to read every day. This has been even more awesome for our relationship too, and of course, we all get to see tons of William. WIN-WIN!!! love you mucho!

  9. Love your blogging story, Linz! I was reading blogs for a while and was inspired by a few to start my own, but I so, so hesitant. It took me a while to really delve into it, but Justin also encouraged me to just do it, so I did and I’m SO happy that I didn’t let my fears hold me back. It’s been so much fun and I’ve “met” some amazing people!

  10. I started blogging to share my story of recovery… then I found out by writing that I was in fact, still in recovery and didn’t realize it. It started turning into a place where I had friends that understood and could talk to. I’ve met such great people! Soon I hope it turns into a wonderful recipes site and have my own cooking show!

  11. I started my blog with the intention of just promoting my YouTube videos, but then I realized blogging is a COMPLETELY different animal than YouTube/Videos and….. Whoa baby! I could write pages as to why I started my blog, but I will just let you know that I am so happy I did because I have “met” so many amazing people over the past 2 years!!! I wouldn’t go back and time and change anything!

  12. I can’t believe you’ve only been at it for such a short time because you have such a big following and I definitely get the feel that you are an ol’ pro. I started a few years ago when I stopped working and became a full-time stay-at-home mom. I wanted to have something to “work” on other than just mommy duties. I love my little blogging job!

  13. I think one of the main reasons I started blogging was to have an online place to store all of my recipes and to share them with others… and to become famous (hah!!) 😉 Little did I know, the best part about blogging would be the friendships that I have made!

  14. I started blogging as kind of an outlet for me – to jot my thoughts down, etc. When I studied abroad, I thought keeping notes on my travels and how living halfway across the world was really like. Then it kind of evolved as I began reading other bloggers posts about life, running, fitness, food, you name it!

  15. I started my senior year of college, 4 years ago, to write about how I was starting my fitness journey and I wanted to document my races and stuff. I used to run XC in high school but barely ran or exercised in college. So 2010 was when I re-started all over. I also got certified as a personal trainer and found my passion for fitness…and have been blogging ever since!

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