Today I thought I’d talk about why I started blogging nearly 6 months ago! I’d like to start by saying those months have flown by since I started wanderingmeg.com and, would it be bad to say I’m pretty proud of myself for even having the balls to start it up in the first place?
I have been an avid reader of blogs from my early teens, beauty blogs, travel blogs, lifestyle blogs, you name it I’ve read it. I love blogs that provide nerdy printouts for organising your life, blogs that document travelling to various destinations and what to see when you’re there, blogs that give reviews on the latest ‘Holy Grail’ foundation to save you money when it turns out to be shit. Basically I’m a blog kinda gal, then Youtube happened and I was into that too, I dread to think how many hours I have spent over the last 7 years or so, watching my favourite Youtuber’s vlogging days out, holidays, haul videos, conscious consumer videos- again I’ve watched it all. I don’t know exactly at what point I started to think I wanted to do this but I remember just realising one day I really really wanted to. I’ve also always been pretty good at English and my writing has been up to scratch my whole academic life, right up to now whilst I’m in Uni. My point being I stopped thinking I wanted to do this blogging malarky and started thinking that maybe, just maybe I could. Due to my job, people were always asking me for beauty recommendations as I’m usually quite clued up on the new releases. Then I realised, as I’ve got older I’ve gone on quite a few more holidays and trips and I would love to document those to be useful to others and to look back on over the years (Internally curses self for not blogging last summer when I went on 3 holidays and a trip to London).
The final straw that pushed me over the line and made me set up my blog one cold January evening was me and my housemate Amy giving each other a motivational pep talk. See whilst I was itching to start a blog (but also too nervous of being laughed at), Amy wanted to start a Youtube Channel to post weekly vlogs. Long story short, we gave each other a kick up the backside, deciding if we didn’t start now while we’re at uni we never would and the next day Amy whipped out her camera and I got typing. Also since stopping swimming at around 13 I have never really had a hobby since, unless you count reading. Now I can firmly say blogging is my hobby, something I’m passionate about, haven’t got bored of and I genuinely don’t know how I used to spend my spare time before I spent hours writing and taking photos (or making Josh take photos) of the most random items for my blog.
I’d also just like to say everyone has been overwhelmingly supportive of me, my main worry before starting this blog was that people wouldn’t read it or they would basically take the piss. Then I realised I actually don’t give a sh*t if anyone else likes it, I write these posts for me and if people want to read them then thats’s great, but if they aren’t keen, that’s also okay. I’ve been brave enough to set up a blog Facebook and instagram, received blogger mail and grown my confidence in interacting with others a ridiculous amount, I’ve even participated in a bit (a lot) of shameless self-promo to my family and friends who are probably sick of seeing it!
I’d love to know how and why some of you started blogging, please let me know in the comments below or you could even write a post of your own to share your own blogging journey. I’m well aware my blog is young at just 6 months, but it is something I hope to continue to grow and put effort into for a long time! Thanks for reading and all your lovely comments and support! Also don’t forget to check out Amy’s Youtube!