blogging confessions

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.

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  • Melbourne on my Mind

    I honestly think I’m one of the few people who’s on Tumblr and still doesn’t ship ALL THE THINGS. But I guess maybe I’m just a weirdo who only ships like three actual ships. The rest are all brOTPs or things like Angel/art or Mal/Serenity.

    • Wilhelmina Upton

      I don’t actively ship all the ships but oftentimes I see the potential but of course know there is no hope whatsoever so why bring more misery into your life, right? Tumblr once gave me feels for a spoon-fork-family. So there’s that.

    • Same same. My favorite relationships are non-romantic. (Except that Angel/Art and Mal/Serenity are totally deeply romantic.)

      • Wilhelmina Upton

        Agreed on Mal/Serenity

  • Tim

    If they invented a font to denote sarcasm (wit doesn’t need its own font, as wit by itself speaks volumes), I would be so happy. Also, thanks for using my blog as a point of inspiration (or whatever it is I did).

    • Vanessa

      Oooh a sarcasm font, I love that idea.

      • Wilhelmina Upton

        Me too!

        • wlreed

          My son wants to have a blinking neon sarcasm sign he can just pull a cord for when other’s don’t understand his sarcasm. Not much use online, but fun in real life

          • Wilhelmina Upton

            I agree it would be very helpful in real life, especially with that one coworker I have who doesn’t seem to understand sarcasm particularly well. Or that even in 2014 homosexuals are still treated like second class citizens by far and large even if she may always have had friends in that social group.

    • Wilhelmina Upton

      You’re always an inspiration to me. I wanted to do this after I first saw your post but I kinda forgot about it until I saw it pop up again in your monthly 2013 best of post.

      • Tim

        Yay! I’m an inspiration and stuff!

  • Vanessa

    I think a lot of people are gung ho for starting a blog, then it sits there ignored and alone for a while until they figure out what to actually write about on a more consistent basis.
    Also–shipping, ugh. I kind of hate the internet for making it such a thing. But I can’t seem to stop either.

    • This. Hello poor blog. I know I have just sort of dumped you unceremoniously onto the internet but I don’t know what I want you for yet! No voice.

      • Wilhelmina Upton

        Yes, this is precisely how I started out too :)

    • Wilhelmina Upton

      Yes, I can ship a lot of ships. Which is to say I see the potential but don’t actually ship them because they’re hopeless. Regardless some people would be awesome together, like May from SHIELD and Watson from Elementary for example.

  • Ashlea K.

    I joined Twitter to follow Joss Whedon! I’m so glad other people joined just to follow a famous person. I started off following SO MANY famous people, then I deleted a lot of them because they were so annoying and I would rather see my friends in my Twitter feed.

    Your point about talking to people every day really resonated with me. I look forward to seeing all of you on Twitter or on the blogs every day. I truly believe the people I’ve met on the Internet are some of the best people in the world. :)

    • Wilhelmina Upton

      There is a reason this post is tagged ‘blog friends are the bestest’ because they are ;)

      Haha, yes, you’re not alone. I started out like you, I followed a whole lot of famous people because I knew no one on Twitter. Then the blog came and I read other blogs whose runners were using Twitter so I started engaging with them and now I’m part of this big awesome family.

  • wlreed

    I love that you are talking about this as I’m just starting my journey. It’s so interesting to see what you think of your blog life so far. I started Twitter to follow Keven Smith and Snark Squad, strangely enough. I love that I now have a community of people that I can talk to whenever. Sometimes the people you have never met can help you more than the ones you’ve known most of your life. Weird how life works out.

    I’m terrible about commenting on things, although I’m trying to be better. I think the 50 shades posts were the first thing I ever commented on, and I’m branching out a bit at a time. Part of it is just time. I tend to read posts at lunch on my phone and that doesn’t lead to the ability to leave well articulated thoughts. But I am trying to get around to it when I get home or on the weekends. It may be late, but better late than never, right? Thanks for sharing

    • Wilhelmina Upton

      I’ll gladly be of anyone’s help if it’s possible. I’m not too good at leaving comments as well, I try but like you, sometimes I read posts at work and don’t comment there so I have to remember to do so at home. Or the posts sit in my inbox for weeks before I get around to read the. Like you said, better late than never.

  • This is fun. I might snag this on a day when I’m trying to keep on track but at a loss for what to say/do.

    Definitely agree, though, that the connections are the greatest gift I’ve gotten from blogging.

    • Wilhelmina Upton

      I enjoy doing a meme sometimes as you don’t have to come up with something entirely new. Looking forward to your answers :)

      The connections are definitely the best that came out of blogging.

  • cupitonians

    I will always be your biggest fan! < Self proclaimed!

    • Wilhelmina Upton

      I know <3