Thursday, January 24, 2013

Why I Blog

 Can I let you guys in on a little secret? Okay awesome. When I first started this little blog nine months ago (I cannot believe it's been that long) I didn't tell a single person about it. Not a soul. In fact, I don't even think anyone read it really for a few months. And guess what else? I still haven't really told anyone about my blog. Ridiculous, I know. But a few months ago I posted links on twitter, instagram and pinterest and slowly but surely people have made the discovery of this little part of my life. I guess I was a little self conscious. Would my friends and family like it? Would they get it? Would they think it was stupid?

Recently some of my very best friends in the world (and my mom, of course) discovered this little part of the internet. And guess what? They do like it. And I think that's just awesome.

I started this blog for a few different reasons, but mainly because I wanted a creative outlet and I wanted to have something to keep me busy. At the time I had just graduated from college, was in the middle of job searching and had oh so much free time. Now I blog for so many different reasons. Just to clear up why exactly I blog, let me share a few quick reasons with you here.

1. Creative outlet. My day job has nothing to do with my major in school (architecture) and it just doesn't fulfill me creatively. That's where this little blog (and of course my internship) come in. They fulfill that creative aspect of my life that I just need to have.

2. It keeps me learning. Constantly. Not only am I learning about myself and my interests through what I write, but I'm also learning about fellow bloggers that I keep up with every day. I also am constantly learning more about the Adobe Suite. Even though most of the graphics I make for the blog are relatively simple, it's still so important that I stay up to date with InDesign and Photoshop. That way when I do get a design related job someday, I'll be good to go.

3. Blogging serves as a resume in a way. It shows employers (at least ones that care about design and may have a blog on their website) that I can create graphics and cohesively discuss various topics. It also goes to show that I can follow through with my commitments. I put up five posts a week and that definitely takes a bit of time and forethought.

4. And then there are the fellow bloggers and the inspiration they provide. There are legitimately bloggers that have become my friends. Well okay, my internet friends. It sounds weird, I know. We e-mail sometimes, comment on each others posts and instagrams and are just always supporting each other but we've never met. These bloggers keep me constantly inspired and entertained and I'm always thankful for that. In all honesty, I'm not quite sure where I looked for most of my inspiration before blogging.

5. Because I love love love it. You guys, blogging is fun. And it's fascinating and it keeps me constantly learning and on my toes.

Okay that's all. I'm done explaining myself, promise. Just wanted to clear that up.

I'm off to find a Jackie O. inspired outfit for the day. Yesterday one of my coworkers said, and I quote, "I like your style...You know who it reminds me of? Jackie O." And with that, she became my favorite coworker ever. Such a great compliment. I'll see what I can pull together. Happy Thursday everyone!

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  1. great post :) couldn't have said it better myself. and it's kind of rewarding to be able to look back on what you've created

  2. I love this post...above all blogging for YOU is the most important. Also, that coworker would be my favorite person ever too! Such a compliment!

    The Glossy Life

  3. I agree with this entire thing! I started my blog as a creative outlet, too. I originally was a journalism major, then ended up switching and getting a job in a different field. This is where I get to share my love for things like fashion, makeup and music- things that I don't work on during my 9-to-5. I love writing and it also provides me with tons of writing samples for my resume/portfolio. I even got a magazine gig because of my blog! And making new friends/hearing awesome comments just makes my day, too!

  4. oh i was totally the same way when i started blogging. it took me like six months to finally start linking it on my FB and twitter, because just like you, i thought my friends would think it was dumb. but once you take that first step you get over the hang up. and just like you i started blogging to have something creative in my life. i worked as a secretary and felt like my dreams were slipping away from me, so i started this to start working towards what i want to do- which is fashion and writing. And you really do meet a lot of lovely ladies on here :D

    xo Marlen
    Messages on a Napkin

  5. i did the same thing! i didn't tell anyone, just let people find it through twitter/insta/etc... it was a fun process. thanks for sharing your thoughts, such a great reminder!

  6. I love this! And your blog is so so good, and I know that someday soon one of those employers is going to see it and you'll be golden :) And yay for blog friends for sure!! And hopefully real life someday soon too :)

    Instagram that outfit, Jackie O! Can't wait to see it :)

    <3 Josephine

  7. i am the same way -- i still haven't told most of my friends about my blog. even my mom doesn't know it exists! sometime, i think that's half the fun.

  8. I really enjoy reading your posts Jackie. I was exactly the same way- I didn't tell anyone about the blog when I first started. In fact, I never really did tell anyone, but my close friends found out about 1.5 years into it. Thankfully, they like it fine and don't mind when I sometimes post random pictures of them :)

    The best part of blogging is the community and finding other people out there who have the same tastes as you and that you can relate to, and you're right, it really is a ton of fun!

  9. I feel the same way! Although I'm taking a wee break from spending time writing blog posts myself, I totally get your reasons for blogging and for keeping it a secret! Glad it's going so well for you.

  10. I could have written this myself! I kept mine a secret at first, too... Having readers is SO MUCH MORE gratifying!

  11. This makes me so happy! I'm so glad you blog too and that we've become internet friends. Or real friends. Let's go with real friends, shall we? :)