Blogging 101: Who I Am and Why I’m Here!

 

 

Random Fact: I shaved my head in January and this is the succession of my hair growth over the past 8 months. 🙂

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Greetings!

I have decided to embark on a newbie blogger journey. I have done several random travel blogs in the past few years but nothing that I have wanted to sustain or keep up with until now. I started this blog a few months ago and still have very few followers and views. I am doing this little blogging class to get more experience and get some feed back on how to optimize my blogging and writing in general. The first assignment for this is just a little introduction which I will now delve into. Here are some of the questions they recommended I answer so I will just go ahead and utilize those.

Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?

Because I do keep a personal journal, and sometimes after I write something I think, “Man, I sort of want to share this thought with other people.” So I guess my desire for public writing comes from a sort of craving for a community of writers and thinkers. I also have people in my life who have told me they want to read my writing and since I don’t really plan on getting published anytime soon, (doubt I could) I think blogging is a really good way to get my ideas and sometimes rants out into the world for my friends and other people to read. I also think a big part of it is wanting feedback. Even though I haven’t got a ton of feedback so far, I think that is a big part of why I am doing the blog in general. I am used to being in school and writing essays every day (I was an English major) so I am used to professors and classmates giving me feedback on my ideas and writing and so in a way I crave that.

What topics do you think you’ll write about?

I don’t really know. This is one of the things I have struggled with determining. I am a feminist and a literary critic so I have a  feeling those topics will come up a lot but I don’t really want to pin it down to one or even two things because I don’t want to get to the point where I don’t feel like I can write random posts about my social media detox or why I prefer sweating in a gym and not in a forest because they don’t fit in with the theme or category of my blog. I realize that it is probably better for a blog to have a specific topic because then it has a certain audience to aim to but that just really isn’t what I want. So I really don’t know how to deal with that that but it is something I have been thinking about quite a bit and would like people’s feedback on.

Who would you love to connect with via your blog?

Other people passionate about the same things I am. Which, is actually a LOT of things. Reading. Writing. Feminism. Gardening. Permaculture. Education. Film. Cooking. Fitness. Traveling. There are just SO many things that I care about and am interested in. I want to connect with people who care about those things too. I want to be empowered by them and I want to do the same for them in return.

If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?

I want to establish a fairly large follower base. Not because I want to promote myself so that I can get to some certain place in my career or anything like that, but because I want people to hear what I am saying and thinking. Because I think I have important things to say and not in a narcissistic, selfish way but in a confident, self-assured way. I want them to tell me if they agree with my thoughts or not. I want to stimulate discussion and enable powerful realizations. I want to share the overwhelmingly confusing and complex things that come into my head. I want to form a sense of community really. Because communities do good in the world. We cannot make improvements to this world by ourselves. And ultimately, if we aren’t trying to better ourselves and better the world, what are we doing here?

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17 thoughts on “Blogging 101: Who I Am and Why I’m Here!

  1. Precisely! I love relaxing in the outdoors. Picnics. Walks. Swimming in lakes. I love it all! But I don’t like being in pain when I am trying to enjoy myself. 😉

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  2. I like your thoughts on a writing community. I was also an English major, and I came to blogging with the hope of feedback and learning how to be a better writer – only I didn’t want to be getting thoughts from people I knew, so here I am 🙂

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    • Yeah there is something appealing about anonymous (sort of) criticism. It can be very powerful because you don’t have the the tendency to take it personal. I would take criticism so hard sometimes because I am quite sensitive but with an online community it seems as if my skin is tougher somehow.

      Glad to know there are other people here for the same reasons as me though. 🙂

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      • That’s part of it. For me the draw was that I wasn’t trying to specifically impress one person; likewise, I knew that blogging meant I could get criticism from someone who didn’t know me, and thus didn’t necessarily want to appease me.

        I used to post on Facebook and had a couple of friends who would comment positively – always. It became harder to know if it was genuinely worth praise, or if they just didn’t want to upset me.

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    • Thanks Rachel! I don’t think I am quite to the awkward stage of regrowth everyone talks about so that is something to look forward too… :/ Haha

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    • Thanks! Being a fitness newbie is hard and great at the same time. It really does take some time to develop an addiction to fitness and health I think and that is when it starts becoming easier to motivate yourself to go to the gym all of the time. You start to crave the endorphins. It also helps to have goals and something to work towards. I just started training for my first triathlon! It’s nice because it is definitely something I need to work hard for, but it’s not some sort of number goal where if I don’t reach it I will hate myself, ya know?

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  3. Beautiful piece of writing! Got stuck to it all the way…I’m of the view that a rich variety doesn’t connote a lack of purpose. It’ll rather attract fans of different tastes and preferences. You see it has its own merit so keep it up

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    • Thank you very very much! You have no idea how much that means to me. 🙂 And yeah about the several topics, I think it will be good to write about different things just so I don’t get bored myself!

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