A while ago AbsentElement over on Short Stories and Sustenance put up a post about his blogging confessions and as I was just reminded of the thing again, I thought it’s high time I do this myself. Who knows, maybe I have some wisdom to spare? Lol, just kidding, but wouldn’t it be fabulous if I actually had?! Without further ado, here come the questions:
When did you first start blogging and why?
I first started blogging on August 9th, 2011. The actual reason, despite what I wrote in that first post, was that I had read one of Kathy Reichs’ novels and her characters daughter starts a blog and it goes viral and that’s what planted the seed in me. Pretty stupid, I know but look at me. Here I am over two years later, still writing which is an awesome thing. I love having this little soap box I can use in whatever way I need at any given moment.
Have you had any past online presence?
No, except for Facebook and various other social media accounts, I did not. The whole internet thing started for me when I created a Twitter account to follow Neil Patrick Harris (actual reason and I regret nothing). From then on out the rest just started happening one presence at a time.
When did you become serious about your blog?
After that first post I published in August, the blog just sat there. Sadly awaiting a future of being forgotten and abandoned right after conception until January 2012. Sure I had written a post in October 2011 but I still had no idea of what to do with this space of mine.
What was your first blog post?
Called A first one and I already linked it above but I will link it again because this is my house and I apparently have no rules whatsoever.
What have been your biggest challenges blogging?
This is not an easy question for me. There is no single biggest challenge I can pinpoint. It depends. Sometimes it’s the writing and coming up with something to share that I struggle with. Other times I feel sad as some posts don’t get any comments and really, I just can’t think of anything right now.
What is the most rewarding thing about blogging?
Interacting with other bloggers or people in general. Blogging has given me so much! An outlet when I needed it the most and there was nothing else that I could do than write through my struggles. It also provided me with some of the coolest people I will probably ever meet. I have friends in the US, Canada, India, Australia and many more places thanks to this thing I created because of a stupid reason. Even though I don’t live near them, I talk with most of them on a daily basis which is awesome. Here’s a group of people I feel like I fit in with because I lack that a lot in my day to day life off the internet. People who watch the same shows and get my nerdy references. Despite bestfriendboy there hardly are people who get me in that way and I’m amazed by it. Also, there is always someone to put you back together in the middle of the night after an emotional breakdown, thanks time zones!
What is the most discouraging thing about blogging?
Like I mentioned before, when I see how little hits or comments some posts get but it’s okay. You win some, you lose some and in the end this blog is about me and for me and it’s okay. What also discourages me is trolls who shit on my fellow bloggers happy places. Come on, that’s just something you don’t do! There is a fine line between being an asshole and a constructive critic and it should not be crossed.
What is your lasting inspiration or motivation?
When my grandpa was in school, about three German currencies ago, his friends wrote in the school paper about him that he is ‘against it on principle’. This is my motto. I have adopted (well I was born like this but whatever) this phrase because it’s who I am. At first I am against everything, mostly. It takes time for me because I need to mull things over in my head until I am ready to accept change. This may not be the best way of thinking but it’s me. But this is not what you asked. Getting there, I promise. So I’m a great oppositionalist and as such my main motivation is just to keep going and not become one of those million-y blogs that were once created and just disappeared suddenly.
What is your blogging dirty little secret?
Wit and sarcasm will get through the midst of boring people out there. Those who share this love for sarcasm and irony will be your guideline because they know people like that as well.
What is your current goal as a blogger?
Grow this little thing maybe a bit. Mostly, just keep on blogging and reading ad commenting.
Have you learned or become passionate about anything through blogging that caught you by surprise?
Well, thanks to Tumblr I can ship everyone with everyone these days but that’s not what you asked, right? I learned there are a million and one blogs out there I couldn’t care less about. Just call me a snob, it’s okay because it’s the truth. I also learned a lot about myself as cryptic (or maybe not) as that sounds.
So there you have it, my blogging confessions.