Why I Won't Stop Blogging

3 years ago

Copy of Title Template (3)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*

 

 

 Amber is the Coach and Blogger at Climb Out of The Cubicle.  Follow her on Twitter.

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