Kara tagged me to do the “confessions of a blogger” meme! I very rarely do memes, but I thought this would be fun to do considering I’ve touched upon reconfiguring my blogging focus. If you answer this meme too, leave me a link in the comments! I’d love to read other bloggers’ answers to these questions.
When did you first start blogging and why?
I first started blogging in 2005/2006, although I stopped for about a year or two before taking it up again in January 2009. I’ve stuck with it consistently ever since! As to why, I honestly don’t know. I’ve always liked to write and I guess even as a teenager I wanted the world to know what I had to say. Mind you, it hasn’t always been interesting, but I try to keep people somewhat entertained.
Have you had any past online presence?
Like about 98% of people my age I had a LiveJournal account as a teen. Before that I was on Blogger briefly and also on Xanga. Let’s not talk about any of those things, ahem.
When did you become serious about your blog?
I’ve always been serious about my blog. Luckily even when I started blogging in 2005 I knew never to write about anything that would be cause for embarrassment to myself or others or something that I couldn’t stand by. I’ve never blogged anonymously, so my content has always been tied to my name and face. Even as a teen, I knew that starting out seriously would pay off dividends in the long run. (I was right!)
What was your first blog post?
My first blog post on Break the Sky was a post titled “Back to Blogging” in which I basically said hey, I’m blogging again. Cryptically, I didn’t mention what I had come “back” from! I remember being hypersensitive to the fact that I didn’t want the generic “welcome to my new blog” type of first post. Not sure I entirely managed to avoid that in the end, oh well.
What have been your biggest challenges blogging?
I tend to go through spurts where I am super inspired with blogging and churn out great content that resonates with my readers and larger blogging community. Those spurts are fantastic. But then I also go through periods where I’m experiencing the opposite; writing original and creative posts doesn’t always come easily to me. I think one of the biggest challenges is balancing the two. I’ve also struggled with balancing the time I spend on my blog and other aspects of my life. Somehow it was easier to juggle things when I was a student!
What is the most rewarding thing about blogging?
Hands down the friendships I’ve made through this blog. Remember how I said I wanted to go to Toronto in 2014 to hang out with a bunch of awesome people? Every single one of the people I named are ones I’ve met through my blog. That’s AWESOME. A close second would be my blog itself. I’ve been at this for almost five years, which shows my dedication and hard work like no other.
What is the most discouraging thing about blogging?
Sometimes, people just aren’t into what you write even if it’s something you love to write about or worked really hard on. There’s not always a rhyme or reason to my most popular posts or days where my blog stats go through the roof. It just happens, but I don’t like focusing on that too much or I tend to lose sight of why I’m blogging in the first place. My blog is a hobby, after all, it’s not my job.
What is your lasting inspiration or motivation?
I’m constantly inspired by other bloggers. I still remember the very blogs I was wowed by when I first started blogging, some of whom I still read to this day. (Those that I no longer read are ones that stopped blogging, unfortunately. I’d still be reading them otherwise!) As for motivation? The fact that I’ve stuck with this for almost five years and love it just as much as I did when I started. That kind of passion in life is hard to find.
What is your blogging dirty little secret?
I’m a horrible lurker! I used to be really awesome at connecting with other bloggers and commenting all the time, but in recent months I’ve entered hardcore lurker mode. I’m not proud of it as friendships in the blogging community are important to me and I’m not going to continue making them if I keep lurking!
What is your current goal as a blogger?
I want to elevate my blog to “the next level.” What that level is, I have yet to determine. But there’s a lot of untapped potential here both with this blog as well as my capabilities as a blogger. I just need to figure out what I want that potential to do, and what I want to achieve with it.
Have you learned or become passionate about anything through blogging that caught you by surprise?
My obsession with makeup and/or beauty products can be traced back to blogging after discovering the world of beauty blogs! I sometimes wonder what the state of my makeup collection (not to mention my bank account) would be like had I not discovered beauty blogs…