I could do a nice in-depth list on what drew me to the blogging world. I do like to make lists. It's probably my Type-A personality. But this isn't a list kind of post. This is the story of why I started blogging.
I've told bits and pieces of this story on and off since the blog began. Particularly when I was trying to brand the blog and figure out what I was doing. Now is the time to tell the whole story.
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I've been writing my entire life. Ever since I could pick up a pen, I was creating stories. When we got our first computer, I began writing there. I kept a journal all through high school. I wrote in it daily with a calligraphy pen, purely because I loved the look and feel of them.
I filled around 12 journals over the course of 3 years. I wrote about everything. Yes, there were plenty of details of my life as a 16-year-old high schooler, but I also thought a lot about my life. In a way, I was blogging long before blogging was popular. Only no one else could read it.
Words continued to reign supreme in my life as a Journalism major and English minor. I was in my element. I was writing, but now I was learning to write for a career. Words were my life.
Once graduate school ended in August of 2011, I felt disconnected from the creativity I once had felt. I decided I needed a place to express myself; to be able to write and let the words flow from my fingers once again.
So, A Glimpse Into Eryn's World was born.
It started as just a place where I wrote, similar to my journal back in high school. Then, as my photography business began to grow, it became a place to share my favorite imagery, which I quickly moved away from.
It's taken me a few years to find my niche and remind myself that I'm not blogging for business. I'm not blogging to make a living. And I'm not blogging to be blogger famous.
But this is why I started blogging.
You know how I said this wasn't going to be a list post. I lied. This is definitely going to be a list post. Because I love lists.
I started blogging to write more. As I said above, words were my life. And I needed them to be back in my life. This was my way of doing that.
I started blogging to remind myself that I have opinion. When it comes to controversial things, I don't like to openly express my opinions. I don't like to get into debates, and I don't like people telling me my opinion is wrong.
I don't discuss many controversial topics, but blogging has reminded me that I'm just as entitled to my opinions as the next person. And if I'm putting them out there, I need to grow thick skin and not get so offended.
I started blogging to allow my creativity flow. There are times when my posts are simple updates. Sometimes they are just a necessity of blogging. But my original thought was to write; personal essays, creative pieces, and more.
I started blogging to share my triumphs, success, failures, and more. I wanted a place, besides social media, to share all the good and the bad. I wanted to share in my success, and I wanted to bask in my failures (which are all learning experiences).
I started blogging because I wanted to. I didn't start blogging because everyone was doing it. I didn't start blogging because I wanted to make money. In fact, at the time I didn't even know I could. I started blogging purely because I wanted to blog.
And that's what I remind myself every day. Especially when I start focusing on the numbers and the sharing. I take a step back and remind myself that I started this for me. And everything that comes after it is just gravy.
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