August is my blog’s bday month and we’re turning five this year. Well, I technically wrote my first two posts at the very end of July back in 2009, but I like to say August instead because those first two were just testing the water.
After five years into blogging I’ve learned I’m not good at the “blogger/model photo shoot” side of things. Which makes sense considering it took me about three years into blogging to even start adding photos to posts. I have one smile and that’s all I can give. And I also only have one pose I am comfortable doing and that’s crossing my legs and trying desperately to do something with my hands, thank God I have a chambray shirt around my waist in this one.
I’d be interested to know how other bloggers do their “photo shoots.” Mine typically take under two minutes to capture and they consist of me fidgeting and twitching and trying to make sure no one else is watching while Chris is behind the camera yelling “stop making that weird face” until I just get frustrated and say “forget it let’s go inside.”
Did you get it? Here’s another photo just to make sure.
One more. This photo is really different than the others, you know because there’s sun on my face.
I feel like we all have our own reasons for why we start blogging. Some people say it’s because “Everyone was always telling me I should start a blog so I finally did!” That’s not my reason, in fact I’d like to know who these people are that are going around telling other people to start blogs. And what are they looking for? What makes someone “blog worthy?” In my opinion if you have a computer you’re probably blog worthy.
I’d like to say I started my blog just for myself but I think we all know that’s probably a lie. If I wanted to start a blog just for me I would have continued to write in Microsoft Word like I did all through college and let’s just call that a computer diary- not a blog. I can’t help but think that if you’re putting your stuff on the internet, that means you want people to see your stuff.
And I wish I could say I started blogging because I was so inspired by all of the blogs I read by other people, but that would be a lie as well. Up until about 2011 I thought Perez Hilton was the only blogger, because I’m just kind of oblivious like that.
The reality is my blog started out of boredom. I was sitting in my cubicle one day at this awful job I had in college and thought hey I should start a blog right now rather than work. And boom a blog was born. I put zero planning into it, zero thought, and pretty much zero effort into it. I just started writing.
And I never thought that five years later it would be one of the most consistent things in my life. And one of the most enjoyable things either. You can call me a loser for admitting this because I feel like it’s the cool thing to act like you hate blogging, but I actually love it.
And I love the opportunities that have come my way because of blogging. I never thought I would be able to get to go to New York fashion week, or the Kentucky Debry, or take a free trip to Paris (insert other fake places I’ve been because of blogging that might make you jealous)… Okay so technically I didn’t get to do any of that stuff, but I know of bloggers who did… But hey, last week I got a free Spinbrush Toothbrush in the mail and I thought that was pretty awesome. Talk about a helluva an opportunity.
I know it’s faux paux in the blogging world to admit this, but I love getting free stuff. I do. I get jollies every time I get a new package in the mail of something to review. The thrill hasn’t warn off for me and I hope it never does. I know some readers get mad when bloggers start to “sell out” but when you get a chance to make money off of doing something that you put hours into every day, you have to take that chance. In all honesty the whole “sponsored posts” topic is a tricky one for me to talk about because to a certain extent I see both sides. No one wants to read a blog that is all paid ads about someone else. I sure don’t. But I like to think there’s a happy medium between writing good content, and writing good content that you get paid to write. And maybe I’m just kidding myself here, I have no idea. I just know that when you start to see more than a few sponsored posts on my blog in a week cough cough I ask that you understand I’m not doing it because I hate you, or I hate blogging, it’s simply that I am feeling broke as hell. Harlow’s not a cheap mouth to feed.
And this post has officially turned into a ramble, which I’m kind of okay with because it’s like a throwback to my early days of blogging. So on that note, thanks for five years of documenting my random life, Blog. It’s been fun. Let’s see how long we can keep this relationship going.
Happy Friday, thanks for stopping by.