I just want to start off by saying thank you so much for all the supportive DM’s I received on Instagram about starting my new job. It was very much appreciated and helped with my anxiety over starting something new. Everything is going great so far and I’m really loving the company and learning about everything. As part of orientation, I’m off to spend today in the store so I’m quite excited to learn more about the company and the customer first hand.
Anyways, I wanted to keep things casual and conversational for today’s post. During my week off last week, my “me week” if you will, I spent a lot of time working on my blog and it really got me thinking how much I love having my little corner of the internet. So today, I just wanted to share a quick post on why I love blogging.
Why I Love Blogging:
I’m gonna be real with you for a minute. I have thought about quitting blogging many, many, MANY times.
I won’t go too much into it in this post, but contrary to popular belief, blogging is hard. There are so many aspects that go into it and it’s so much more than just taking a pretty picture and posting a photo. You have to make sure your website is easy to read, the speed is up to standard, the design is appealing, SEO friendly and equipped to handle anything that this crazy and unreliable technology can throw your way. And you not only have to work on creating original and useful content, but then promoting that content and trying to get people to read and stick around and basically want to be your friend. And don’t get me started on Instagram. I’ll stop because I’m going off on a tangent. But, it’s a lot.
And there are so many times where I felt like I was freezing my butt off in the cold to take photos or staying up late at night working on blog posts while I dozed off just for nothing. It’s hard when you get caught up in the numbers and comparing yourself to others. But, again, that’s not what today’s post is about. It’s about why I love blogging.
Every time I thought about walking away from blogging or chose to take extensive breaks, I just found myself missing having an outlet to share my thoughts and my style. An outlet where I could pour my creativity, passion, time and effort into.
It’s no secret that blogging can be profitable. A lot of people get into it just to make money and it’s painfully obvious who is doing it to make a quick buck. I’ll let you in on a little secret, I barely make money from my blog and yet I can’t walk away because it’s something I do for myself and something I love.
I started Live Laugh Linda as a recent college grad and intern. I felt lost, kind of culture shocked going from taking naps mid day between classes to working full time and I felt like I had no control over anything. I was bottom of the totem pole in terms of title’s at work and for a lot of my career, I felt like the bottom of the food chain.
But, through all that, I had my blog where I could get creative and come up with ideas and didn’t have to run it by anyone for approval. It gave me a platform to share my highest points, my lowest points, lessons I’ve learned over the years and my love of fashion and beauty. It pushed me out of my comfort zone and it challenged me, but it also comforted me when I felt like I was losing control of everything else.
Living in New York City and working in the fashion industry is hard. Sometimes you feel like your voice isn’t heard and like you’re not important. Especially since I struggle with anxiety, I tend to retreat into myself and I just appreciate having a platform and outlet where I can share anything and everything and feel like my voice is heard.
So to sum up today’s post and answer the question, why do I love blogging… I love blogging because it’s something I do for myself. Yes, I want people to read and I want to provide style inspiration and life advice and all that, but even when the numbers aren’t favorable and it feels like no one else is on the other end of this computer screen, I feel like I accomplished so much by just putting myself out there and seeing ideas and posts come to life and challenging myself to understand things that were once foreign.
That’s all from me today.
Thank you so much for stopping by and reading why I love blogging! Hope you all have a great rest of the week!