Thoughts On My Blogging Days
For the longest time, I've struggled with this idea of oversharing. It's something I'm still wrestling with. As a natural writer whose thoughts flow more freely typing rather than writing (you don't even want to see my handwriting after finishing a couple paragraphs....) I find it so easy to type up personal things that 100% shouldn't be on the Internet.
In days where our privacy is negated for a big payoff, and sponsored content ranges from in your face, to so hidden you can't even tell the difference, sometimes I think it's best to retreat and no longer participate in this monster we've created as a culture. However, it's not possible. I enjoy writing personal stories, I love the feeling of rereading my thoughts on a particularly hard day, and love the pride I feel when someone reaches out to say they needed to read what I wrote, that it helped make their day better. The hard part is finding that thin little line to walk, between sharing enough that you feel satisfied, but not putting it all out there, where it seems unauthentic or attention-seeking.
I think back to the days of when I started blogging and sometimes it puts the worst knots in my stomach. I wish I would have shared more real moments, I wish I would have saved more photographs that were honest, and I would give anything to reread my writing without that awful sugarcoating dripping off every word I typed. There's a reason the only content I kept when I combined my portfolio and "blog" was my travel, because that was real. The photos put a smile on my face, they bring back memories and if I close my eyes for a couple seconds, it's almost as if I'm there again.
Of course, I am so thankful for the two years I spent trying to find my way as a "fashion blogger." For one, it gave me some pretty sweet side income as a broke college student while also supporting my shopping habits. It also led the way to my current career, one that I enjoy doing, which is a rarity I have found. By being on both ends of the conversation, both as a blogger and now as the brand/agency is a strength that has given me valuable insight into this ever-changing industry. Influencer Marketing is still new, a toddler that is just learning to walk if you may, and it gives me the upper hand to have experienced both sides of the partnership.
In addition, the blogging days brought me some great friends, some of who have been lasting friendships, and some that may have fizzled but nonetheless were still incredibly impactful. Blogging taught me to network and how to step outside my comfort zone by attending events where I knew not a single soul in the room.
Sometimes I get asked for advice when it comes to blogging, and the one thing I can say is to share more real moments. Not for engagement or for likes, not because it's the trendy thing to do, and certainly don't overshare to the point where you might regret it. However, share photos and honest writing that you can look back on after your blogging days are over, that bring a smile to your face and spark your memories.