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.