It was 2003. I was 19 and was finishing high school. I had just gotten back from two months in El Salvador. I had broken up with one boyfriend and started seeing someone new. I wasn’t sure what I was gonna do with my life.
That was when a friend introduced me to the wonderful world of blogging.
As someone who loved to write, blogging was the best possible invention. I could write anything and post it where everyone could see, if I wanted them to. It wasn’t too long before I became addicted.
At first, my blog was basically an online diary. I actually wrote all about my day, no matter how tedious and boring, in minute detail. I would update as often as possible and would write about absolutely nothing I’d want to read now. eventually, I got tired of LiveJournal and moved to Blogger. I still use that blog, although it’s mainly on my life and what I’m up to, for those I don’t see often.
It wasn’t until much later that I discovered WordPress. And while I do love it, and the ease of which I can find other blogs, I’m still unsure if I prefer it over Blogger.
Sure, the posting is easier. And the tag, link, and related articles suggestions is super fantastic.
But it’s hard to customize without paying. I found a Theme I like, and really do plan to get, but I’ll have to shell out $45 for it. That may not seem like a lot, but no one wants to pay for stuff like this. Especially since as much as I love writing, this isn’t really a professional endeavor. Although to be honest, I may splurge on it anyways.
Now, I try to write less of a “Dear Diary” format. My last blog, which was soccer-specific, still gets hundreds of hits per week, even though I haven’t updated it in two years. This time I wanted to write just what I thought on anything and everything. But while I like having a forum where I can write about anything I want, I feel like I should try to maybe narrow down the blog topic to something a little more specific. But I have no idea what to pick.
Maybe I’ll just keep writing whatever I want. People seem to want to read it. Okay, not a lot of people, but still, some. I don’t really publicize this blog. It feeds to my Twitter, but to be honest, I don’t really use Twitter, so I don’t have many ppl on it. I think I’ve only mentioned it to maybe two friends and my boyfriend – and I’m pretty sure it’s not them reading it!!
So I guess I’ll just keep writing, and hope that it’s interesting enough for people to want to follow and for new readers to be interested. I don’t think I could ever actually stop blogging. It makes me happy, even if no one reads it. I can’t imagine life without writing. And yes, I do still do some of my writing on paper.
And if you have any topic ideas, or ideas of how I can get more readers, feel free to let me know!!
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