Archives for March 19, 2012

Blog Positivity Week: Why I’m Here & Why I’m Doing This

 

My blog started in November 2010 as a way for me to kill time. It grew into something that allowed me to share my passion for life. And even more so, it spawned an idea: to share my triumphs and struggles of an entrepreneur to help people. That idea was by far one of the best choices I’ve made in my life.

So what started out as merely a hobby, killing time with a blog post here and there, has transformed into something I live, sleep, and breathe. I go to sleep thinking about it some days, and wake up thinking about it some mornings. I do things just so I can write about them here and I tell Nathan “just five more minutes” over and over again so I can finish up a post, or send out a tweet, or email someone. I’ve lost sleep and cried over this blog. I’ve spent quite a bit of money on my blog and blogging resources.

But why?

Why do all this seemingly negative things for my blog? After all, to some people I’m just a blogger. And to others (even bloggers themselves), it’s not really that important. It’s just a blog. And that’s true. For them, it is just a blog. I am just a blogger. And at the end of the day, the blog isn’t a big deal. But for me? The opposite is true.

My blog is a place where I’ve met some of my best friends that I’d never have met otherwise. My blog is a place where I’ve learned more about myself and what I want out of life in the past year and a half than I have for the 23 years prior. It’s where I got to share my passion for living my dreams and helping others do the same. It’s how I documented my life for the past year and a half, remembering those special moments that I never want to forget. It’s how I stopped feeling limited by employers and fully accepted the sky as my limit. It’s how I came to terms with my past (just last week!) It’s where I realized how much I loved certain things like photography and cooking.

And that’s just my blog.

The blogging community has offered me SO much more. I’ve learned new things and tried things that I’ never would have tried before. I discovered new places, new recipes, new stores, new movies, and new ideas in the blog world. I’ve met people I’d never meet and learned about their cultures, religions, and beliefs. I’ve won giveaways and been given opportunities just because I have a blog. I’ve gotten deals and saved time, effort, and money just by being a part of this community. I’ve learned more than I did in school about certain business and marketing aspects. And most of all, I’ve realized I’m not alone and that my dream of helping other people can be achieved quite easily.

So when someone tells me it’s just a blog, it’s hard for me to agree because of how much I have gained for myself, and even my family, through blogging.

That is why I’m doing this.

Because my blog means a lot to me. Because it’s provided a source of income as I grow as an entrepreneur. Because without it, I feel like my life would be missing something.

And I don’t want the negativity to take over the blogging community. I don’t want the anger, frustration, sadness, or whatever else there is fueling the negativity that’s been here lately to win. I don’t want it to make me (or anyone else for that matter) regret starting a blog or being a part of what is otherwise an amazing community filled with even more amazing people.

I want this week to remind us all that there is good to be found here. That we should support one another. That we should be kind and accepting. That we should be able to share our views, struggles, triumphs, etc. without someone being rude about it. That we should treat everyone on here how we would like to be treated ourselves.

My hope for this week is to let both new and older bloggers know how wonderful of a place this is, be it through my blog or those that have joined forces with me this week to show you this.

But I can’t do it without you.

So tell me . . .

why are YOU here?


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