My Blogging Journey

This isn’t my first rodeo. I’ve been blogging for quite some time or at least that’s how it feels. I do not consider myself an expert on all things blogging and honestly, I am not a professional at anything. Over the past couple of years, I have been getting kind comments asking me questions about why I started a blog or asking me if it was hard to start a blog. I don’t know if other people realize how much these comments and messages mean to me.

I wrote an article about starting a blog, you can find it here. I should stop rambling now and just get into my story.

I started my blog in the summer of 2016. I started it on WordPress and I continue to use WordPress. At the time, I had many thoughts and ideas and nowhere to put them. I honestly felt alone and that’s the main reason for trying to carve out a corner of the internet. I was just getting into photography and I was interested in makeup and skincare. I enjoyed seeing other people’s reviews so I think that’s why I started doing that. I focused mostly on beauty. That wasn’t fulfilling to me though. I slowly transitioned into writing posts about lifestyle and my general thoughts. I made that change because beauty blogging was unsustainable. I enjoy pampering myself sometimes, but I use minimal products and I didn’t want to focus so much on materialism. For a while, I only did photoblogs or personal essays. I wrote some pretty angsty things and it did help me process my emotions. I still post personal articles and lifestyle content, but it isn’t my only focus.

Even though cooking and baking were passions of mine, I avoided posting about veganism or plant-based food for nearly a year. I used to be a silent vegan. I thought that people would be annoyed if I talked about it too much. I started to share more because I noticed people had a lot of questions and it was becoming more mainstream. People are becoming more aware of the effects of animal agriculture. I might as well spread a positive message.

Presently, I find joy in sharing vegan food and my photography as well as some personal posts. I try to find a balance, but my passions can change. That’s why I put “authentic” in my website name. I always stay true to myself. If I get burnt out from posting food, then I’ll post something else I love. I have also been pretty lucky because I have some loyal readers that lift me up. Something that I find funny is that I used to keep this a secret from friends and family. For whatever reason, I was so embarrassed. I only have been pursuing this as more than a hobby for about a year. The experience has been liberating and I should’ve opened up about it sooner.

It’s not hard to start a blog. There are many platforms that can help you with building a website. The hard part comes when you can’t figure out a design you like or when you have writer’s block. It’s okay to change your blog as well. I started out doing completely different content than what I’m currently doing. I frequently change my logo because I want something that truly reflects “authentically vegan”. You don’t have to put yourself in a box. You can write about anything you want on your blog. If you are going back and forth on whether you should create a blog, I say go for it! You can figure out the technical aspects later. I started this with no ulterior motives. I didn’t do it because of free products or validation. My intentions were just to share. I am in disbelief that I have almost 2,000 followers. I am even starting to make a small amount of money from this creative outlet. Starting this blog was an amazing decision and it has been a gratifying experience. Thank you so much for reading!

P.S. Since the photo is coffee, I am counting this as my third coffee chats installment.


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  1. Hey Kaley!

    I’m really enjoying reading your blog – sounds like you’ve been on quite a journey!

    I’ve just started blogging again after nearly 2 years on a break (I got a job in communications for an animal charity).

    I have a lot of content I want to get out there but could really do with some advice to get back up and running again! If you have time – would love to ask you a few questions?

    Thank you!

  2. It’s a great idea to diversify and let yourself write about whatever you want. Recently, I was frustrated reading posts about growing your blog where they say not to write about yourself because ‘no one cares’. Whilst I’m interested in these, I much prefer reading more personal, authentic blogs and I don’t see any reason why you shouldn’t be able to grow a blog posting in that way. I’m glad you’re doing what suits you and it’s refreshing to read! Keep it up ๐Ÿ’š๐ŸŒฑ

    1. Thank you! I think being genuine and consistent are the biggest things that grow blogs. I donโ€™t want to read something that sounds robotic.

  3. Love this! I am currently trying to find confidence in my writing. I love feels like home to me. I’d love to make it a career one day. This post was just what I needed to see today…I keep feeling like I have to keep my blog content in one box…how untrue! Thanks for the boost of confidence!

  4. So true it is important to be authentic! Thats how I believe I keep my writing flowing. We are never just only one aspect of ourselves and if we only write about one thing and had blocks thats just called your other sides would also like to get out for a stride! let it come out to be another post and then when your one side has rested enough then it will wanna come out for a ride again! Nice post, thank you:)

  5. Thank you for sharing this! I just started blogging about a month ago. I spent forever going back and forth about whether I should take the leap. I’m enjoying it so far, but I’m definitely still trying to find my way and what exactly I want to share. I appreciate your approach and dedication to authenticity!

  6. Great post! I love hearing about your blogging journey ๐Ÿ˜Š Love your blog and your pictures are gorgeous! I also think it’s important to stay true to yourself more than anything else ๐Ÿ˜„

  7. Totally keeping with your theme of authenticity, this post is very inspiring. Proud you decided to end your silent vegan rein. People like us need to be loud and proud. Love your blogging journey!

  8. Hi! Could you help me with suggestions on how to improve the reach on my website on WordPress. I’m really having a tough time to get more readers on my page!

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