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.
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.
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?