So my blog turned one on the 18th of September, a month ago now, and I never wrote a post about it! I know, I’m a terrible blog owner. Anyway, I thought I’d share with you why I started blogging.
I’ve always loved writing. I wasn’t ever that sporty, or academically gifted (besides English), so I wrote. I wasn’t particularly good at it when I started, things take practice, but I enjoyed it. I would sit up late at night and just write. English was my best subject.
I used to have a blog, years ago, but it didn’t do too well, so due to my anxiety I deleted all traces of it. Therefore, you won’t be able to track it down! It really put me off blogging, just because it was so bad. My anxiety was telling me that I wasn’t going to be any good at it and that no one would even read it. In the end, I thought, fuck it! So that’s how I decided I was going to start a blog.
The first thing I did was come up with a name for my blog. It was a pretty simple decision. I have a tattoo on my wrist that says ‘Bandia’, which is obviously the name of my blog. It was my tattoo before, though. I spoke about it in my Tattoo Tag post – but it basically means ‘Goddess’ in Irish Gaelic. I just thought it was such a good name for my blog.
For the first few months on my blog, which was on Blogger, not WordPress, I hardly promoted myself. I didn’t use Twitter to promote my posts. I did use my Instagram a couple of times to promote, but my anxiety was still pretty high when it came to people reading and judging my writing. But then I started to get some views, and even some really nice comments that boosted my self-esteem. That made me feel braver. So in February of this year, I made a Twitter account for my blog and that helped me get more interactions – this boosted my self-esteem even more. I definitely started to feel better about myself and even happy.
I started blogging because I wanted some sort of outlet. I didn’t initially create this blog to turn it into anything big, but now I love it so much, I’d love to make it something I can make a career from. Writing is my dream career, whatever form. Writing for myself is the best feeling, though.
I’ve also met some really cool people who are so supportive and kind. These people have really boosted my confidence in my blog. The blogging community is just so wonderful and I’m very proud to be a part of it. If you’re a new blogger then you are welcomed in with no problems. It’s basically instant support from day one! Just make a Twitter, follow some people and you’ll be part of something great.
I will never regret starting my blog, it was probably one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life. I also don’t ever intend on giving up.
I really suggest starting a blog. You can write about anything you want. Write about anything and everything. It’s so fun, and you could even end up making some extra money from it, who knows!
Thanks for reading!