Ten years ago, I started my first blog.
As far as blogging origin stories go, mine isn’t that exciting. A friend from a Harry Potter fan forum recommended the hobby and I followed her advice. Clearly, this girl was onto something because while she and I lost touch years ago, I’m still here.
I don’t know if I’m very good at blogging. Frankly, I’m not really interested in being good at blogging. I couldn’t care less about statistics, follower counts, and publishing content on any kind of schedule. Blogging, for me, isn’t about performance. It’s something I do for myself. I write because I love it and don’t want to stop.
Over the years, blogging has taken on a variety of forms and functions. Keep Your Feet has been whatever I needed it to be at any given time. During my final years of college, I talked a lot about transitioning from one stage of life to another and figuring out where to go next. When I was solo-trekking across Europe, I wrote about my travels. These days, you’re likely to find me gushing about whatever book I have recently fallen in love with. I’ve written for a variety of reasons over the years: to process, to clarify, to share, to remember, and to grow.
I didn’t start my blogging journey on Keep Your Feet. I’ve actually bounced around quite a bit. When preparing to write this post, I did some sleuthing and can confirm that my original blog from 2008 still exists on the Internet. As I read those initial posts penned by my fifteen-year-old self, I was a bit shocked to see how much I’ve grown. My writing has shifted and changed as I have.
Since ten years feels like a significant milestone, I thought I’d share some nuggets of blogging wisdom I have acquired over the years. This is by no means a conclusive list, nor do I claim special expertise. However, the act of writing this post has helped me reflect on how and why I blog the way I do, which has been a fruitful line of inquiry. Enjoy!