After Writing 101 ended, I kind of crashed and spent my free time binge-watching Netflix for a solid week, leaving me a bit behind on the blog. I’m slowly catching up on awards.
A couple of weeks ago, Shannon from If You Captured Your Life in Snapshots, What Would It Look Like? nominated me for the Blogger Recognition Award! It’s designed to spread love among the blogosphere and recognize sites we love. Part of the award includes sharing
I don’t know if sharing your blogging story is part of the award, but Shannon did in her post, so I’ll continue the trend.
When I was fifteen, I was deep into the Harry Potter fandom. This was before Tumblr was a thing and, in order to engage with my fellow nerds, I entered discussions on fan forums. I ended up becoming a core member of a forum dedicated to a particular podcast and, in the process, made my first online friends. Anna lived in Chicago and liked to knit. Cathy, who is a fantastic poet, lived in California. We were all roughly the same age and would spend hours on the forum talking about life, love, and Harry Potter.
One day, Cathy brought up the subject of blogging. I was an aspiring fan-fiction novelist at the time, so writing was always on my mind. Being a fan of my work, Cathy suggested I start a blog. I thought about it for a while and thought, “… why not?” Having a corner of the internet to myself sounded like fun.
After doing a bit of research, I ended up getting an account on Blogger. I stayed there for five years, recording the woes of high school and occasionally posting snippets of my writing. The only people who read my site were fellow writer friends. Thank GOODNESS. Blogging back then was a messy affair. I used my site as a spewing place for all my thoughts and emotions. Looking back, I’m thankful to not have a wider readership.
When I studied abroad two years ago, I knew that I wanted to start fresh and make a travel blog. I also knew that I wanted to switch over to WordPress. So I did! In the Bellow and the Uproar was born. Named for a Virginia Woolf quote, it was home to my travels and adventures in England for three and a half months.
When I came home, I knew I didn’t want to go back to the old Blogger site. It reminded me too much of my high school self and didn’t reflect where I wanted to go from here. But I still wanted to write. So, a year and a half ago, Keep Your Feet was born. I’ve been here ever since.
That, friends, my blogging story! Starting young has allowed me to grow into myself as a blogger. I’ve been told I have a distinctive voice in my writing. Friends say that, when they read my blog, it’s so me that they hear my voice in their head. There are a lot of things I wish I could go back and un-say, especially on my first blog, but I’m still thankful for the chance to always learn and grow.
Now for Shannon’s bonus question: If you could go anywhere, would you go to a Where or a Who?
My first impression is to say Where. There are so many dots on my “To-Visit” map. But I’ve done a great deal of traveling in the past and, although solo adventures are exhilarating in their own way, they’re also a bit lonely. Seeing the world isn’t as fun if you don’t have someone to share it with. So I think my answer is Who. I don’t have many super close friends–only a few people in the world truly know and appreciate all the corners of me, messy bits and all. The older I get, these few souls seem to move farther and farther away. One of my dearest friends lives in Japan, others live in Austria, and I’ve got people all over the United States that I miss so much my heart aches. Seeing them again would make my month. We’d drink tea and talk for hours.
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