Welcome to my blog. This is far from the first blog I’ve had, but this time I’m taking a more relaxed approach to it.
Let me back up and explain.
In middle and high school, I really wanted to be a fashion blogger, but didn’t feel like I was “right” for it because I didn’t look a certain way, have expensive clothes and a lost of other excuses I don’t remember anymore. I think I had a Blogspot account at one point where I mostly discussed fashion using photos from magazines or talked about “National Treasure” (I had a major phase with that movie in eighth grade). I wasn’t confident in my abilities, so I just stayed content with being a loyal reader of other blogs.
In college, I created a blog, which I kept up for about 2 years on and off. It was mostly fashion and lifestyle. In between schoolwork, campus involvement, jobs and internships, it got harder to find the time and the energy to blog. I also was doing myself a huge disservice because I was trying to narrow my focus. I made a mistake that I think too many people make when they start blogging: I thought I had to choose one thing to blog about.
My perception of blogging was that it could only be successful if you choose one topic and stuck to it. If I wanted a fashion blog, I couldn’t also talk about new movies I’d seen or the book I was reading or why I was so stressed out during a certain semester. The idea that no one will care about your blog if it doesn’t focus solely on one topic is so wrong.
Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of successful blogs that I love that focus on one topic, like fashion. But there is so much room in between for blogs that want to mix and match.
Another concern I had was: “Well, everyone and their mother blogs. Why bother adding to the noise? Aren’t there enough blogs out there?” Well, sure, maybe. But who cares? If you want to talk about what makes you happy and share it with others, do it. YOLO. Or whatever. (This does not apply to hate speech, get away from me with that sh*t).
Once I realized that I’d been approaching blogging all wrong, I was pretty damn excited. I love to write, and blogging is a great way to get my regular writing in now that I’m no longer on the school newspaper staff or writing stories for journalism classes.
I’ve been out of college for about a year and started a full-time job a month ago, but before I got that job, I was doing a lot. I was always working, but not enjoying myself. I never felt like I had free time because I was working retail and interning at a startup, then added social media consulting to my plate. Then I started doing more freelancing and consulting, but stopped working retail and got a part-time job. I probably worked over 40 hours a week but felt like I was going nowhere, just spinning in circles. Like in the cartoons when a character thinks they’re running as fast as their little legs can go, but someone is holding them just slightly off the ground by the collar of their shirt. I know most people can relate.
So now I have a full time job, I’ll (hopefully) be moving out of my parents’ house soon and I have free time again. I’ve done freelance writing for websites, but I decided I wanted to own my content and make it mine. I wanted my voice to be as genuine and colorful as possible (I’ll censor the curse words but they will definitely still be there).
I also want to push myself to try new things, and there’s no better motivator for a writer than when they realize they have nothing to write about. If you have nothing to write about, it means it’s time to try a new podcast or explore a new neighborhood. Much to my surprise, I found that after graduating college, I wanted to travel more. Travel gives me anxiety and I was never all that fond of it until I realized that I was free to explore the world, no longer tethered by school or the fact that I had to spend every summer working retail. In the last year, I’ve gone to: Denver and Boulder, Colorado; Los Angeles; Orange County, California; Washington, D.C.; Portland, Oregon; and I’ll be going to Iceland at the end of May. ICELAND! International travel gives me the most anxiety, so if you told me I’d be going on an international trip a year after graduating, I would have thought you were crazy.
So, to recap, I’m blogging again, and I want to do it right this time. I want to write about everything and anything that suits me, push myself to try new things so I have things to write about and not limit myself. I think that’s a pretty good place to start.
To learn a little bit more about who I am, check out my “About Me” page. And tell me about you in the comment section!
- Caroline (not gonna sign off regularly but I will for the first post!)