In late 2011, I was realizing that I needed a small space in the world just for myself. I was in a wonderful relationship and had a secure job. On the surface, everything seemed perfect. But, inside me, I wanted to do something for me. I wanted to do something fun and different, but also something that really reflected who I am….or was at the time.
In November of 2011, I wrote my first post on a free blogging platform.
When I started blogging, I needed a creative outlet in my not-so-creative-life. I needed a reason to put myself into the world and experience more. I needed an excuse to connect more to the online world. I wrote only for myself, and I had one reader, my sister. I didn’t really care if people read my blog. I didn’t advertise at all. I needed to blog for my soul….for my mental health.
After just a few posts, I was addicted. I was blogging about life in Washington DC, my relationship, and various other activities. I blogged for accountability. But, always, blogging was for me.
Then, I found a blogger/small business networking group, Femworking. I was a happy little blogger who didn’t even realize how big the blogging world was. After a few meetings, I realized my blogging career had a lot of room for growth and improvement. I jumped on the chance to make my online space better. By August 2013, I had a “real” website, with a fun domain name and my own hosting. I created social media accounts for my website too.
Within in 6 months of having a “real” website, I became a small business owner and the Life Coach at Climb Out of The Cubicle. Blogging has been an essential part of how I run my business. It’s my way to communicate with my audience. The blog lets people know that there is a real person behind the business structure. I’m not willing to give that up.
Just a few weeks ago, I attended the BlogHer conference. Even though I’ve already written about my experience, I’ll just say again that it was life changing. I got to meet other bloggers and gained so much knowledge about the art of blogging.
I’ve come a long way since my first post in 2011. Just as I have changed and evolved, so has my blog. I don’t know where I’ll be in the next year, and I surely don’t know what my life will look like. What I do know is that I’ll be blogging. I need this little space in the world to call my own. I need the creative outlet. I need my online community.
And, I thank you, my dear reader, for being a part of the journey. I couldn’t do it without you. *muah*
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