Why I Blog

I have no idea why I blog.
In the beginning I was a blog lurker. 
For years I just read.
Didn’t leave a single comment.
 

 
Then I was like, if they can do it, I can do it.
So I started a blog. And for a long time, my Mom was my only reader.
Because that ish was boooo-ring.
 

 
Don’t look at my archives. Just don’t.
At first I wanted to blog about how I was trying to save money and be a real grown up.
That was my first mistake.
Why? Because I’m not that great at saving money. I’m not a grown up.
And it basically left me with zero interesting subject matter.
 
I have no idea why anyone started reading my blog.
Somehow, 100 people found me and I was like, how?
 

 
Overtime, it evolved into something else.
I changed my blog name. 
Kept writing.
And somewhere along the way, I found my voice.
 

After living on the east coast for a year, I still had very few real life friends.
Blogging gave me a community that I craved.
It gave me something to do besides set a world record 
for the number of consecutive hours of Netflix watched.
Oh and it also made my days in my cubicle a lot less dull.
 
These days, I try to write articles mixed in with personal stuff.
I don’t want my blog to just be me me me.
I wanted to entertain.
I just like the challenge of it all.
Basically I pretend like I’m a future Buzzfeed writer.
 

I think I really like the cause and effect of blogging.
When I write a crap post, there are less comments.
When I write a post that’s really great, people respond. 
It encourages me to become a better writer.
And hell, I didn’t even know I wanted to be a writer.
But I guess I do.
 

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  • I was a lurker too! Then I wanted to join in the fun 🙂

  • Hahaha a blog lurker! I was one too – you’re not alone! And then I started commenting, and then finally figured out that I’d kind of like to start a blog myself!

  • I was totally a blog lurker too! I loved reading other people’s blogs and one day I got the courage to start my own. It’s still small but it’s slowly growing and I enjoy having a place to voice my opinion and document my life.

    p.s- your blog was one of the first blogs I stalked! 🙂

  • I lurked for SOOOOO LONG!!!! Felt so weird commenting on other people’s lives…..but now, I love to comment and write a blog too!

  • I’ve been on the same path. High five bad archives!!!

  • I never really lurked. But I was a boring blogger/ sporadic blogger for awhile. Just used it to keep my family up to date with Gracie and our lives. But now it’s so much more and I love it 🙂

  • You just wrote exactly what I’m going through right now. I just really started writing posts about two weeks ago, save for the occasional random one every couple of months, and when I get a comment (like the one I received from you earlier) I GO NUTS. I get so excited. I’m like a puppy who’s waited all day for her owners to come home. No followers yet, but I’m working on it! Haha.

    Also, LOVE that episode of New Girl!

  • I still lurk. Sometimes I just don’t know what to say. I’m a super sporadic blogger and I’m pretty sure I am boring. I wish I could convey my humor better thru my blog. Maybe someday!

  • I was such a lurker and I still am. If there are “big” blogs with tons of followers and comments, I don’t comment.

    And I think Buzzfeed is the greatest website in the history of websites. It is my go-to time waster at work.

  • Hahaha, love this, Nadine. Especially since I just started blogging umm 2 months ago. So I still consider myself a lurker. I think I’m at the phase where I don’t really know what I’m doing, and I’m sure my family are the only people who visit. I love it though. I hope to be where you are some day.

    I’m glad you’re learning, writing, blogging – and I’m especially happy I found you!

    Happy Friday! xoxo

  • hey hey i’m a new follower. i love your writing style. you’re witty and funny, i must read more of this blog! loves it.

    dropping by from the linkup
    mybagofsunshine.blogspot.com

  • Telling us not to go look at your archives is like saying don’t press that red button. You won’t know what happens until you press the red button, but seriously, dont’ press the red button.

    I love your blog and your ariel voice.

  • I was a blog lurker too! It’s hard to find your voice, something I still struggle with, but you’ve done a great job of that! Also, the Ariel gif is the best. 🙂

  • now that we are friends, I can honestly say I stalked you for a whiiiiile. you inspired me!

  • I just went through this a few weeks ago! And, my mom is still the only one that reads my blog!!

  • You have now made me want to go back and look in your archives.

  • Perfect post. I’m convinced we are the same person.

    Archives = the worst thing ever. If you’re me at least. And you apparently haha.

  • oh, your archives… thank you for giving me something to do with myself for the last 30 minutes. 🙂 i love your voice and writing style – it inspired me to try to be more myself in my posts, and it’s why i decided to be a sponsor, too! hoping you can teach me your ariel ways.

  • Yazz! You are great. I was to a lurker (until about four days ago) and I love buzzfeed. The tactic applied is great, so excited to follow you!

  • love it! i’m still finding my blog “voice” – it’s always evolving. I’m shocked at how awesome the bloggy community is and I love it. have a great weekend love!
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  • I think that we’ve all gone through the lurking phase. And I’m pretty happy that you’re no longer a lurker and writing an amazing blog!

  • Excuse me while I go back and read all of your early posts!! Archives here I come!
    But seriously, this sounds so much like me a couple months ago. I haven’t formed a community in Indiana yet, so I was reading blogs all the time, the I realized I could write one too! I love this community so much, I am so happy I found it.

  • The blogging community is pretty amazing. I am so happy to be a part of it, and you are obviously doing something right. Off to visit your archives… 😉
    http://thegrassskirtblog.com

  • I agree! I look back at my original pictures, and I cringe. But am too lazy to replace them.

  • I was a total blog lurker!! Well, still am, until my blog is ready…But I love the blogging community, and that’s a part of why I really wanted to start a blog of my own.

  • This is a great post. I started my blog as a creative outlet, and it still is, but how far I have come. I just celebrated 1.5 years, and posts from even a year ago make me shudder a little bit! Keep on keeping on, I like what you are doing!
    xx
    Here&Now

  • I think blog lurking is all part of the evolutionary process!

  • I think all bloggers were once lurkers… I know I was. It’s all part of the process. I’m still working on the “finding my voice” part, but I’m getting there.

  • I also started as a lurker and one day thought…why don’t I have my own?! 🙂

  • Mine was kind of the other way around. I love to write and so that’s what got me blogging. The second I found out about this blog world I had my blog up and running! It’s so great that blogging has evolved into what it has for you. You are enjoying it and turns out you are pretty good at it too. BTW-Miss Treasure tromp sent me!!

  • Wonderful description about blogging! I’m still waiting for my big “wow!” moment to come… maybe I still need to figure out my blogging identity.

  • I am still trying to find my voice.

  • You had me at the Taylor Swift gif. I was a lurker for a long time – I started my blog this year just to have an outlet to express myself, but I’ve come to realize that the blogging community makes me feel loved and less lonely and I’m so grateful for it. Found you through the blog collective and would love a follow back!

    – Heather

    http://www.sarcasmandstilettos.com

  • I love this post, for months my mom was my only reader too!

    xx
    Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  • Loved this! Can you believe i forgot to turn in my link for this link up though!? I’m telling you brain fart city!

  • I WAS FOR SHIZ a blog stalker but my girlfriends who had a really successful blog encouraged me to start one of my own to display my inspirations of being a hair and makeup designer so I decided to. So far, I am in love with it and meeting such cool people along the way!!!!

    xo Dinah @ sunshine super glam

  • …and now I am going through your archives…

    Just kidding. I would hate it if someone went back and read the first few blog posts. Oh my gosh…the horror!

  • Adorable! But, seriously! Before I started, it was like – shouldn’t I have to take a training on this or something?! I’m just pushing Publish and bam! Out there. And, then, people started making comments about the writing. Wait. Like, I’m a writer? Whoa. Well, kinda, but that’s still weird to me. haha Love this post!

  • Kay

    I definitely spent years as a blog lurker! And in January decided to write my own, but mostly it’s crap and I just stalk everyone else’s! So this gives me hope! Sort of. Mostly I think I’ll just continue to stalk.

  • I love being a blog lurker haha, its better than watching TV 🙂 The blog community is a nice one, people support & encourage each other. I’ve just began on my own blogging journey and I’m very proud of what I’ve done so far.

    I love your posts, always so honest & uplifting 🙂

    Pam xxx

    http://www.lifeisajourney08.blogspot.com

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