I’ve been blogging for about a year and a half now, only recently becoming very motivated to pursue it. In the early stages of Katerina Writes, I didn’t really know what direction I wanted to take my blog in. Makeup and fashion blogs were very popular and seemed like the best way to go as I watched my peers gain a loyal following for their reviews and suggestions. That seemed like a great community to join, but once I started dabbling in makeup articles, I quickly realized that they weren’t for me. It’s not that I don’t enjoy makeup because I do and wear it practically every day. What I didn’t enjoy was having to write about it. I enjoy reading blogs about makeup, one of my favourites being From Roses, but actually having to delve into the inner workings of products I only pay attention to for a portion of my day seemed laborious.
I wanted my blog to be about me; more specifically, about my thoughts. While my thoughts do include makeup and its place in our society, there are so many other topics bouncing around in my head that I think are far more entertaining to discuss with a group of people similar to me. This is the current path my blog has been on and I’ve been genuinely enjoying it. This is completely different than how I felt in the beginning of creating my blog and I thought I’d write a post about the emotions that many new bloggers must also be experiencing.
WHY START A BLOG?
Blogging has been one of the most satisfying hobbies I’ve ever had, other than running. In a way, these two activities are similar. Both work certain muscles and leave you feeling refreshed and accomplished once you finally feel like you’ve found your style of doing them. I first started with journaling, as many pre-teen girls do, and enjoyed the feeling of release I achieved when purging my thoughts on to paper. Even to this day I keep a journal for my personal thoughts and goals when I’m not discussing social topics on my blog.
I guess a main reason some people start a blog is for monetary value, but I won’t really be going into that. Not because I don’t support monetary gain from a creative project, but because I basically make pennies at the moment, but still enjoy what I’m creating in this online space. It had started as something I wanted to explore and decide if I liked to becoming a project that has encompassed many evenings and weekends. Realistically, I can’t tell anyone why they should start a blog. I can only explain why I started it in hopes that any readers feel the same way.
One of my best friends recently started a blog, Emulating Emily, after a few failed attempts with her previous ones. It quickly came to light that the reason she was having trouble sticking to her blogs was because their themes were so specific and didn’t give her much creative room to dabble in various topics. As I’ve gotten to the point in my blogging journey where I enjoy the content I am putting out, I would say the key to achieving this is not limiting yourself. We are all multi-faceted people with diverse personalities, so the idea of only letting yourself talk about travel, or makeup, or pottery etc. seems counterintuitive. You've taken the time to create this space of self-expression, you might as well put it to as much use as you can.
A BLOGGER SHOUTOUT:
I wanted to give a quick shoutout to a blog I’ve recently discovered but have completely fallen in love with. Whiskey Tango Flat White, has helped show me that I’m not alone in my desire to put forth my ideas in not-so-blogger friendly ways. Essay-style posts are a rare thing in the sections of the blogging community that I’ve been exposed to thus far and it was refreshing to discover a blogger that has no qualms with being personal and distinct with her thoughts and opinions. Her topics range from makeup to "rampant consumerism" and even a few videos here and there.
Are you thinking about starting a blog or stuck with the direction your blog should take?
I’d love to hear from you!