I’ve been blogging for several years now. My first blog was full of awkward, young adult angst, and thankfully, it didn’t last very long. It wasn’t until I had an interview with a local newspaper that I decided I would start blogging on a regular basis and write about things other people might actually want to read. I was not inspired to do this because the interviewer was particularly encouraging. He was rather the opposite. After telling me I was a good writer, he told me to go to a community college to get some experience. On the surface, that advice sounds reasonable until you realize that this newspaper was one of those free, small town papers that exist only to help people gain experience working for a paper.
I went home angry. I was angry because I already had the experience he told me I needed to get. I was frustrated because some of his comments made me feel that the real issue was that I had the experience, but he didn’t want to hire someone who had gone to the good school in town while he had gone to the other one. Discrimination based on higher education is another topic entirely, but the point is I realized no one had to give me permission to write.
So, I started another blog. I wrote about fashion and beauty and whatever else popped into my head. I joined blog networks and started connecting with other bloggers. It felt good to be interacting with people who shared my interests and weren’t afraid to post their thoughts for all to see. I know blogging can be competitive, and while I am fascinated by bloggers such as Jane Aldridge and Leandra Medine, I know I will not be joining their ranks. There is some peace in knowing I do not need to be at the top. I write because it makes me happy. That’s why I blog, too.
At times I feel that my blog is nothing more than a glorified bookmark menu with a collection of pretty pictures. A lot of things are going on in my life right now, and it’s very tempting to just post pictures of things I’d like to buy instead of writing about interesting things like life, love, and the pursuit of happiness. There is no way every post is going to be an essay, but it’s time I got back to basics and started writing again.