Just wanted to share a brief history of my blogging life.
I started blogging in 2007, when I was a student. I was introduced to blogging by a friend who used to blog about her personal life. It was a public blog. Back then, I didn’t know about the pros and cons about blogging, and it was an up and coming trend so I created a blogger account for the fun of it. I tried to mimic my friend in writing about my personal life, but I really wasn’t comfortable about letting the whole world know what was happening in my life. I also didn’t find the purpose of 2 types of blogs:
1. writing stuff indirectly such that someone who doesn’t know you might think you are crazy or something.
2. privatising your blog so you can choose who can read your blog.
What’s the point in blogging then? You might as well just keep a journal where you can write in with a pen. So because of these points, I found myself at a conflict with myself (it might serve me well to add here that I was extremely naive as a teenager). I loved to write. So I wanted a blog. But I didn’t want to write about my personal life, and I didn’t bother to explore the blogosphere because I was busy with my studies.
For 5 years, I went back and forth with the above mentioned blog – changing the name, writing just one or two posts, changing the theme, and then ignoring it. It was a cycle and I just hated it.
Then, last year, I read about a top blogger and it intrigued me enough to check out the blog. When I visited her blog I was taken aback! She had thousands of followers and she was earning a lot. She was getting sponsored for all sorts of things and man did I get jealous. I mean, who wouldn’t? She was living the life!
And that is when I decided that I am going to restart blogging and become a freelance writer. I saw a lot of potential in it. But, I just jumped right into it without bothering to do any research. So in effect, I was back to square one after a few months. I didn’t know what to write about and I started getting distracted.
Just like that, a year went by, and I thought, “this isn’t right. I have to do something about this.” Once again I signed in to my blogger account and stared blankly at my blog. My blog stared right back at me. I felt like if it had a mind of its own it would probably have told me, “I’m real tired of your shit missy.”
But this time I wanted to succeed. Desperately. I started reading up and gathering knowledge about blogging. I had plenty of questions before me – Which blogging platform to choose? What name shall I give my blog? I should be careful not to embarrass myself with my blog name and URL. How can I get followers? The list goes on.
But the biggest questions of all were, “What to write about?”, and “Should I have a niche topic?”
What was the deal with ‘niche topic’ anyway? Everywhere I looked, all advices said to pick a niche topic and stick to it. Well, I was defiant. I refused to pick a niche topic because I don’t really have an expertise in any particular topic. I just wanted the freedom to write about anything and everything, except personal stuff.
I thought and I thought. Then I thought more. Finally I decided that I will have the best of both worlds. I decided to start a blog based on a niche topic – writing – in WordPress and a blog about everything else in Blogspot. While my WordPress blog has taken off, on a pretty good note, I am still working on my other blog. I hope to get it started by this week and when I do, I will definitely announce its birth here.
I am learning something new everyday and I am probably the happiest person around because of it 🙂