Blogging: A Beginner’s Thoughts

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I have sat at this computer nearly all day reading other peoples’ blogs trying to find inspiration on what to write about. Still, as I sit here typing this, I have nothing. As a beginner at this whole “blogging” thing, (as I’m sure you all have) I’m struggling with trying to come up with something that other people will want to read. I just came to the conclusion that I DON’T CARE about what everyone else thinks a blog should be. I’ve watched YouTube videos from famous bloggers giving their advice on how to be successful at blogging and I’ve also looked through countless websites on issues that could be appealing to readers. Screw that.ย This website is mine, and I can write about whatever I please!

I’m still relatively new to this, but before I become obsessed with trying to write about what I think others want to hear, I want to remind myself and others that a blog belongs to the writer.ย We all started the blogging process for different reasons. For me, I wanted an outlet that I could express my thoughts and share my story with people from around the world. And what an amazing concept that is! We have the power at the tip of our fingers to put our thoughts onto a canvas for anyone and everyone that wants to read it. I have always considered myself to be a naturally eloquent writer, and now I have the perfect opportunity to share what I love to do with people that have the same interest. Maybe I’m a nerd, but I think that is absolutely incredible!

I graduated high school in 2015 and from there I did a semester at Eastern Illinois University before I enlisted in the Army National Guard. I did my military training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina from May to October of 2016. I returned back home to Illinois and decided to continue my education. Currently, I’m attending John Wood Community College and I will graduate this May with an Associate of the Arts. From there? I have absolutely no idea! I still have two more years of school before I achieve my goal of a Bachelor’s degree. College is a long, expensive investment in the United States, so I want to make sure I don’t waste any time in studying something that I won’t be happy doing. That’s part of the reason I decided to try out blogging in a more consistent way. I think blogging can teach anyone more about themselves, especially if you just sit down and put your feelings and thoughts onto the page.

As part of my blogging experience, my goal is to talk to new people from all over the world. I’ve always had a fascination with learning about new cultures and how people live their everyday lives in other countries. That being said, I’d love to hear from some of you fellow bloggers out there in the WordPress world! Feel free to leave a comment introducing yourself in the comment section of this post. I can’t wait to hear from some of you and learn along the way!

My advice:

Don’t try too hard. Everyone’s pace is different. If you aren’t comfortable feeling like you have to post something everyday, don’t. Wait until you have something worthwhile and meaningful to you before you try to force words onto the screen. However, sometimes it’s fun to just sit down with no leads, type whatever pops into your head, and see what it turns into. Everyone’s style is different, so we shouldn’t feel like we have to conform to what our idea of a “good blog” is. Let your personality and style be revealed through your work!

Don’t be afraid to try something new! I think some bloggers feel as if they haveย to stick to one topic. I think that’s crazy! We all evolve throughout life and our interests change! Write about the things that you care about most, regardless of if you think others will like it. Having passion is hard to come by. Like I said before, you’re the writer, so own it!

 

11 thoughts on “Blogging: A Beginner’s Thoughts

      1. That’s a great start. I’ve learned that bloggers on here talk about so many different things, and I think that makes blogging THAT much more interesting. I’ve been to Texas one time. I went with a friend to the World Paint Horse Show in Fort Worth. I would definitely love to visit again!

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  1. Great read! I started my first blog on Tumblr several years ago. At first, I too struggled with audience engagement. I worried about what I would write about, if anyone would want to read it, and so on. I made hundreds of posts and very few people read them. It just felt good to write! It’s fun to put thoughts on paper. ๐Ÿ™‚ I definitely want to focus more on building a community this time around. However, I feel like it’s less important to worry about what you write and more important to focus on the social aspect! The more you branch out, the more like-minded individuals you will find.

    You said you want to talk to people from all over! I’m from Victoria, BC. Just west of Vancouver up here in the great white north. Vancouver is a much larger city, not even comparable in size. Victoria is more like a hipster town. However, Victoria is actually the Province Capital. We are a prime destination for tourists because of our warm winters and amazing views. I’ve been here my whole life and I absolutely love it here! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m just getting started here on WordPress as well and I would really appreciate it if you could take the time to come check my blog out!

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      1. Great! Off to a good start in this blogging adventure. I hope I can keep up with it. I start working from home a few days from now so I imagine I will have more time for this side project.

        Victoria is sort of hard to describe. This city is a mixture of hipsters, millennials, rich people, and retirees. To me, it is most comparable to a place like Portland. I’ve never been there but the way people describe it is pretty close to the way I’d describe my home city. There are many beautiful and well dressed people in the heart of the city. There are great restaurants from all sorts of different cultures and so many independent coffee shops. Couples enjoy a nice movie at the Imax or a trip to Beacon Hill park before walking along the inner harbor or break water. Aside from the occasional bum, people are polite and friendly to one another and there are always tourists taking pictures of the city. The air is clean, city is green and water is close in every direction. It’s a government city with a parliament building sitting right in the core. We’re a prime location for tech startups and housing will cost you your whole life savings.

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