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