*This is Day 10 of the 30-Day Blogging Challenge*
I started blogging in 2008 when blogging was gaining in popularity. Early in my blogging journey, I blogged about music. Specifically R&B and a little Hip Hop. From the time I was little my parents would play R&B music on Sundays. Even after their split when I was five, they still kept to the tradition of playing R&B all day after church. My parents were ultra-old school. It was the classics and only the classics. This is why I knew the words to way too many Marvin Gaye and Chaka Khan songs than the average kindergartner.
Before personal blogging, I found personal blogs to be blah. The ones I’d read would offer little information besides what the writer ate that day. Nothing wrong with that, I’m sure there are people interested in that kind of stuff but for me, I like to read things for edutainment. So when I thought of creating a personal blog, I was against it at first. I thought to myself who will care about my personal life and the lessons I’ve learned along the way? But personal blogging has proven to be very therapeutic.
I like sharing all I’ve learned and experienced with others because something amazing happens. There’s that moment I learn that I’m not the first or only person to have the experiences I’ve had. I love personal blogging for the connections that are made through it. It’s a way to get the thoughts out of your head so you see it on paper. It’s like free therapy and The Learning Annex all in one.
I blog because I believe that even if it’s for a moment, I’m making someone’s day slightly better. Whether it’s providing information, offering entertainment, or giving them a reason to think about something, I’m making some kind of impact. I blog because it’s like my personal online time capsule. I look back at my old blogs or articles and can remember the place I was in when I wrote them, I’m nostalgic like that.
I blog because I love writing especially without restrictions. I make my own rules… and deal with my own typos lol. I write for others as a part-time freelance writer so it’s nice to come here and just be me. There’s no editor (though I love editors!) to add red marks to my posts or to tell me it isn’t good enough and needs work. I’m my worst critic so it’s refreshing to just write and not have a little voice in my head worried that what I’m writing isn’t click worthy or controversial enough.
I like having a little place on the web to call my own where my thoughts are unfiltered and free of fluff. Blogging is my blank canvas there to be whatever I make it. Plus, I love the sound of my fingers tapping on the keyboard. It’s the little things for me.