I started my blog one and a half years ago, during exam period of my second year at university. It’s something I did quite spontaneously; I was bored and figured ‘why not?’ I didn’t have a particular interest in writing, and to be honest I wasn’t much of a reader either so I didn’t really think about blogging long term, but it’s something I wanted to try out in that moment.
The idea had already been suggested to me a few months earlier by my flatmate, in relation to me being vegan, but I laughed and replied that I would never actually start one, I didn’t think I had anything to say and my main thought was “what if no one reads it?”
I’d been introduced to the blogging world by my best friend, whom I met at the beginning of my first year. When she first told me she had a blog I thought it was interesting, but so strange. I didn’t understand what a blog actually was; I thought it was more like a diary where someone would write about their day, and so I honestly didn’t really see the point of it. But I started reading her blog; at the time she exclusively wrote about mental health and I found it fascinating. I was learning about so many different things, and it made me realise a lot about myself (you can find her wonderful blog here). I guess at some point I realised that I wanted to have a similar impact on people: help them feel better about themselves and letting them know that they are not alone.
It’s mainly thanks to her, and my boyfriend at the time, that I started this blog; she was supportive since day one and showed me how I could create the website. She introduced me to other bloggers online and made me feel like I was a part of a little community. She is still my number one fan to this day and has proof read many of my posts, whenever I second-guess myself and don’t feel confident enough to post them on my own.
I started off anonymously, I was called ‘The Simple Writer’ and didn’t want to share my real name. I was very self-conscious and honestly quite embarrassed, scared of being judged and mocked for this new found interest. It took me a while to feel confident about it, a little more than a year, and to share my blog on my personal Instagram and Facebook with my friends and family. My blog is something I’m very proud of now, and I love sharing new posts on topics that really interest me. Seeing that people actually read and appreciate what I write is incredibly satisfying, and if it can help a few of you, then it’s serving its purpose.
I haven’t found many bloggers like me (well, I haven’t exactly thoroughly looked) and so I don’t really feel part of a blogging community per se. I’m more focused on the written content of my blog rather than its aesthetics. I’ve never been someone who likes all cute and pretty things, so it’s not something I necessarily bother much with on my blog, as opposed to beauty or food bloggers for example. It took me a while to find a layout that I love and feel comfortable with; however, I still don’t put in a lot of effort when it comes to pictures for example, because I’m just not interested in it that much. Maybe I’ll become an awesome photographer one day, who knows. But in the meantime, finding a picture for every post is a real pain.
So to answer the main question of why I started blogging (properly), it’s mainly because I realised I have a lot of things to say and that I’d like to share. I want people with similar views and opinions to have something stress-free to read and to know there are others thinking that way. I want to educate and inspire. I want people struggling to know that they are not alone. I want LGBTQ+ people to know that they are valid and shouldn’t be ashamed. I want to promote love (for others and for yourself), kindness and acceptance. And, I realised that I love writing (on my own terms. I hate essays.) so it’s also a way for me to decompress and externalise whatever I’m thinking and feeling.
Thank you for reading and for being supportive, it really means the world to me when someone says they appreciate what I write.