Why Do I Blog?

Recently, I’ve been tagged on Twitter to answer the following question: Why do you blog?

Why do I Blog?

And while some might be able to answer this easily, I found it hard to answer. It got me to think: what has motivated me to start a blog? And, even better: what has motivated me to keep it? To be able to answer this correctly, I need to take you back to the beginning. This is why today, I’m getting a bit more personal and sharing with you why I blog and my blogging story.

A Wanderer’s Adventures is actually not my first blog. Three years ago, the year after I finished high school, I created a small blog on Blogger called The Amelie Diaries. Back then, I had just started watching The Carrie Diaries and had watched the entire Sex in the City show. You can guess where the inspiration for that name came. 😉 Watching those shows made me want to be Carrie Bradshaw. I mean, don’t we all? She lives in Manhattan, has amazing girl friends, and, God, that wardrobe! *insert heart eyes emoji here* But, most and for all, she is a writer. Carrie Bradshaw was everything I aspired to be.

But things didn’t go as planned and I didn’t take blogging very seriously. When I look back on it, I chuckle a little because I was so clueless! I didn’t know half the things about blogging I know now. I just wrote. About my life and what was happening back then. Until I decided that this was enough. I didn’t feel like keeping the blog anymore and just deleted it.

One thing you should know about me is that I’ve always loved to write. I think my love for writing came from my love of reading. My grandmother likes to say that I was born with a book in my hands. I’ve always been such an avid reader, and I think my love for writing came naturally. Since I’ve learned how to write, I’ve been told that I was great at it. I was assigned tasks that included writing since elementary school. I’ve been told many times by my French teachers in high school that I had a great style, and that made me want to write more. It is no surprise, really, that I chose to major in communications with a minor in writing.

Through my teen years, I’ve tried many outlets to satisfy my need to let my emotions out through words: journals, diaries… I even had a sort of blog thing on Hotmail when I was thirteen. But it was never enough. I needed to be heard, and those outlets didn’t allow me to be.

While I wanted to be heard, I was also afraid. Afraid that I would be made fun of, or that what I said wouldn’t matter at all. I put so much pressure on myself that I was afraid to put myself out there and actually take a step towards my future. I wasn’t even sure I wanted to major in communications! Because, as my mom so kindly put it, what would I do with a major like that? I wanted to become a journalist (because I knew that my childhood dream of becoming a writer would never come true), so I chose a major that I thought would help me reach my goal. But I doubted myself, despite all the compliments from people who told me I was a good writer.

Last year, I decided that I had to stop being afraid. So I took the plunge and created A Wanderer’s Adventures! At first, it was only a way to pass up time during the summer break, but it quickly much more than that! I realized I could fulfill my passion for writing through my blog.

WHY DO I BLOG?

As I mentioned, I wanted to be heard. At first, I wasn’t very consistent. I mean, I created my blog at the end of the month of April and only wrote my first “real” post in June! And after that first post, radio silence until August. Sometimes, I like to pretend that my blogiversary is actually in August, since that’s when I started posting more regularly.

A Wanderer’s Adventures wasn’t always a college lifestyle blog. I started it as a travel blog, in the hope that it would motivate me to get out of the house and do stuff, but that didn’t happen haha. Then it turned into a lifestyle blog so I could talk about anything I wanted, before I fell into the college blogs universe.

As I discovered more and more college blogs, I realized that had my fair share of advice that college students could benefit from. That’s when I realized: I could join my need to be heard and my advice on college life through my blog.

I also thought that most of the blogs I read offered the same kind of advice, and maybe the college niche could benefit from having a different perspective. Most college bloggers are from the US, and as a Quebecer, I often found that I could not totally relate to what I read online. And I realized that I might not be the only one feeling this way.

The more I work on my blog, the more I realize that I want to help college students thrive in college. You can do so much more than just survive in college. It takes a lot of efforts to be a successful and happy college student, but it is so worth it in the end! And while I don’t want to brag and say that I can help you do just that, I know that I might be able to at least help you take a step towards that goal! You have no idea how happy that makes me when people tell me that I’ve helped them or that I motivate them to work harder at school. This is why I do it.

Why do you blog? What is your blogging story?

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  • I am obsessed with The Carrie Diaries and she is an inspiration to me too! I still need to watch Sex in the City though. I can relate so much to your story, too. I love being able to share my thoughts and possibly being able to help others in the process.

    • Sex in the City is one of my favorite shows! It’s more mature, but I can relate to it a lot!

  • This is an amazing post, and it’s so inspirational to hear why you started blogging. I started blogging for very similar reasons (my love for writing and my desire to help others), and I wish you all of the best as you continue on your blogging journey! xx Alyssa (www.thewisewillow.com)

    • Thank you! I’m so glad you enjoyed, Alyssa! Good luck on your blogging journey as well!

  • I love this line: ‘The more I work on my blog, the more I realize that I want to help college students thrive in college. You can do so much more than just survive in college.’ – that’s such a wonderful goal to have and I bet it really drives you to keep going. For me in the UK I’ve also found it difficult to find university advice through blogs as so many are from the US, and like you that’s one of the reasons I’ve shifted my direction to focus on students more than anything else. But one of the things I love about your blog is that although your college posts are predominantly aimed at Canadian students, I can still find loads of helpful & interesting advice by reading them!
    I hope life is sunny where you are 🙂
    Lx | Lightly We Go

    • I’m so glad you can still find something to help you! I try, just like you, to aim my focus at students in general rather than were they’re from, so I can help people from all over the world!

  • This – “I realized I could fulfill my passion for writing through my blog.” – is me! 🙂 Great post!

    • Jennifer Antonio

      Me too! 🙂

      • amelieboucher

        Glad you could relate!