I started blogging in 2008 if you can believe it. At first it was just an online notebook for me to put inspiration I was finding at art school. In 2010 I decided I wanted to make something more of it so I took Holly Becker’s Blogging Your Way class from Decor8. It changed everything. I started focusing on 5 main topics—art & design, food, fashion, music, and books—and left all the personal stuff out. I started putting more effort into my posts and I took a photography class.
Fast forward to today and I’ve changed my blog name (5 points if you remember what it used to be called) redesigned my site, and moved to my own domain on WordPress. My design aesthetic has gotten cleaner, my photography has gotten better, and my content has gotten more consistent. Blogging is a huge part of who I am, and I am so grateful for it.
I’m currently taking Holly’s Blogging Your Way 2.0 class and this week’s assignment was to talk about why we blog. So I’ve distilled it down to 10 reasons I Love Blogging.
1. I can find inspiration in so many different places—food, fashion, books, music, etc—and I love pulling it all together in one place.
2. I love that you can follow along for years and really get to know the blogger, and the blogger can really get to know her readers.
3. The blogging community is fabulous and I’m always meeting wonderful like-minded people.
4. I can show potential design clients another side of me without saying too much.
5. My blog allows me to design things I want and work on my own aesthetic without a demanding client that dictates the creative.
6. I’ve always loved writing, and my blog gives me an outlet to work on it.
7. There are so many opportunities to collaborate with other bloggers and help one another inside the community.
8. Growing up I wanted to be a graphic designer because of magazines. It’s still my dream to work for a magazine one day (or start my own), and I think curating a blog is the next best thing (if not better).
9. Like anything hobby you put your heart into, blogging gives me a goal to constantly work towards and get better at.
10. Perhaps the most important reason I love blogging, is because of my amazing readers. I can’t thank you guys enough for sticking with me. It’s so rewarding to have positive response to what I’m putting out there. Blogging can be a very solitary endeavor at times, but then I read your responses and it completes the circle. Thank You.
If you’re just getting started blogging, or even just thinking about starting, I can’t recommend Holly’s class enough. And if you’re already into this whole blogging thing, keep with it! Your hard work and time will eventually pay off. As one of my art professors always used to say, the journey is the destination.