Every single blogger is different, regardless of niche, town, background, or really anything else. We all have our reasons for joining the not-always-beautiful world of blogging. For some, it’s purely a business decision. They want to be self-employed, or they need a side hustle. For others, it’s more about connecting with people, and sharing something they’re passionate about. And for some, it’s both. In this post, I want to explain to you why I became a blogger in the first place, why blogging is so important to me, and where I see this journey taking me.
The Beginning of My Blogging Journey
So when did I start blogging? Well, honestly, I’ve started and stopped multiple times. I’ve had a few urls, all about different things. But none of them stuck. And I think that’s because I was trying to force it. I made blogging a chore, as opposed to something I looked forward to every week. At first, I felt like I was blogging about topics I was passionate about, but when I ran out of topics, I just would never become inspired again.
That all changed in grad school, when I found shutthekaleup on Instagram. She’s not really a blogger, but her passion and openness about living a real, healthy, enjoyable life inspired me to start looking after my health. I started caring about what I was putting in my body, focusing on my food, and just taking a bigger interest in my overall wellbeing. When I started following more and more bloggers and influencers on Instagram, I became more intrigued by the idea of sharing these interests. Then, I started sharing my food on Instagram. I know, I know. It can be annoying sometimes. But I was definitely “that girl” and I had a ton of interest from friends and followers, which just inspired me to share even more.
So I decided to start blogging! Not only was it an opportunity to share my food and recipes, but it was a creative outlet for me at a time when it was desperately needed. Through my blog, I found a way to analyze and write about my thoughts and feelings, while also making a point to share food I felt good about. But I was doing it sporadically, at best. I was using a free .wordpress url, and I honestly wasn’t very invested. I really didn’t have any idea what I was doing. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. I was enjoying it! But once I left grad school (thanks, health problems), I had a lot of time on my hands, and a lot to work through. And I was ready to get a little more serious about blogging.
The Role Blogging Plays in My Life Now
About a year ago, my sweet, incredible sister decided to surprise me with my own URL, self-hosting, and a beautifully designed blog. I’m so grateful for this badass graphic designer sister of mine. And having a self-hosted, fully custom blog was exactly the motivation I needed to start blogging regularly, and taking it a little more seriously.
I decided to set a schedule for myself, with new recipes on Tuesdays, and lifestyle posts every Friday. This allowed me to still get my food out there while really exploring topics that I was passionate about. And that schedule worked perfectly for me for the last year because I had the time to spend developing and photographing recipes, marketing the blog, building my social media following, and writing lifestyle posts. And better yet, I was pretty much always inspired.
Over the last couple months, however, I’ve lost a bit of that inspiration, honestly. And I hate that. I think I made it feel too mandatory, too much like a chore. I put pressure on myself to churn out a new recipe every single Tuesday and a new lifestyle post every single Friday. Then, I also started blogging for FibroAid, which I am incredibly excited about. But it all felt like too much, like I wasn’t really being me or getting my best work out there. Then, I got a full time job.
So now, here I am, after working another 9+ hour day, writing a blog post. But you know what? I’m writing this because I want to. Because it makes me feel like me. And blogging like this also allows me to get my creative juices pumping and my thoughts down on paper (so to speak). It’s my outlet, once again. And while I love my new job as a Tax Reporting Specialist (really, I do!), I also need this blog to keep me sane and creative.
So now that I’m employed full time and still trying to live my life, you’ll notice the blog schedule has changed a bit, and may continue to do so. I have decided to stop doing Tuesday recipe posts, as it was just too much pressure on the weekends, and I had absolutely no inspiration. But that’s not to say I will never do a recipe again. In fact, I’ve had a few ideas pop up recently and want to give them a try, but if and when I do, the recipe post will be released on Fridays, just as the rest of the posts I have continued to do.
Bear with me a bit here as I go through this transition and work through this new balance. I might find certain things work well for me, while others don’t, so Simply Shannonagins may be subject to change. I’m just incredibly grateful to have you all along for this ride. I don’t know how I would have gotten through the last couple years without this outlet, and I certainly don’t plan to give it up now! It’s just a part of who I am, and I wouldn’t have it any other way!