Blogging Prompt #2: Why do I blog?

My blog is less than a year old, and I’ve already learned so much. As a part of the New Year, I’ve challenged myself to write as often as possible.

If you missed my last post on  “Why I write,” be sure to check that out here.

For those who have just started reading this blog, I’m still fairly new to it. I kind of fell into it.

Halfway through 2016, I was making connections with people in the downtown Phoenix area through the yoga studio I was studying at. Those connections led me to checking out more local events, and meeting more people and discovering the abundance of talented people and brands that Phoenix has to offer. I find it all to be so inspiring.

During that time, I met a lot of normal people just like me, who were out there doing their thing, living out their truths. From artists, to entrepreneurs, life coaches, architects, and creatives, the one common theme was dream it, do it.

Here are some ladies that I’ve worked with last year. They continue to inspire me everyday!

Malori Maeva of Hoot & Holler
Marian Mellen of The Zen Bird
Amy Guerrero of Moss Points North
Stephanie & Madalyn Nault

I wound up not becoming a yoga teacher, but finished the 200 hour training. I made peace with the fact that yoga teacher training was a stepping stone for me, not a new chapter in my life. I didn’t really know what to expect when I began that training, but it ultimately led me down a different path.

If you would have asked me over a year ago if I would have ever considered blogging, I would have laughed uncomfortably because I’m awkward like that.

For starters, I didn’t know what the heck I was doing. At all. I didn’t know where to begin except with google and YouTube videos. I didn’t even know the terminology associated with building your own site, so truthfully I didn’t even know what to google. Ha.

But somehow, someway, I started learning little by little. Slowly chiseling away at my curiosity and tinkering with tools. I still have so much to learn, but I’m trying to be patient and not judge myself or the process. I have to remind myself that successful bloggers and site owners started exactly where I was in March of 2017.

So, to answer the opening question, “Why do I blog?” Here are my main reasons.

Creative Outlet

To be honest, my main driving force behind starting a blog was to have a creative outlet. I believe as human beings, we are made to create. I think of myself as a creative person, but was all over the place with what I wanted to do. I felt inspired by all of the creativity I was discovering by my new connections within the local maker community I had tapped into. I wanted in on it.

Spread the Local Love

Coupled with a craving to create, was my desire to share local brands and creatives in Phoenix with my readers. I am passionate about the small business movement, and hope to be a part of it someday myself. I appreciate that when we support local, we are supporting a community. When I order goods from a local vendor, the little things like receiving a hand written thank you note makes the experience much more special. When you support small, you’re directly supporting someone’s dream. Can’t beat that!

Lafayette Avenue Ceramics at Ruby Mint General.

To Challenge Myself

Like I said above, I had NO idea what I was doing when I purchased my site’s domain. At first I was overwhelmed and would find myself thinking, “What the heck are you doing here, Audria?” I had never built a website before. I didn’t even know anyone who personally did. I didn’t even religiously follow any other blogs for an example. I wasn’t consuming the content I wanted to create. Somehow though, over the course of the past year that has all changed. All it’s taken is a little faith, trust, & pixie dust. (Any other Disney dorks out there????)

Teach Myself New Skills

I was in a place where I was starting to feel unfulfilled in my job, and confused about what I wanted to do. A lightbulb went off one day and I realized that I was in charge of my happiness, and opportunities weren’t just going to land in my lap. It was time to create my own. I was going through the motions of taking trainings at work and learning new things when I had the chance, but the missing puzzle piece was that I wasn’t passionate about any of it. That’s when I strapped my hopes and dreams to a space ship and entered the blogosphere. Luckily there are a million resources out there to teach me the skills I need to grow within my new found roles as a writer, website builder, content creator, photographer, social media manager, and beyond. I’m now able to apply myself taught skills to my line of work, so it really has paid off!

Testing out my photography skills at a flower studio.

Foster Connections and Create My Own Community

This one has been a residual benefit. I quickly realized that an important component of owning your online presence is authenticity. In a world where we connect online, and we get to know each other without really getting to know each other, I think it’s important to nurture an authentic connection with the people we’re working with. Yes, connectivity through different online platforms is a blessing, but I think it can also be a curse. I think hyper connectivity is totally a thing, and it leaves me feeling kind of, um…. Icky sometimes. Any chance I get, I will meet with the people I’m working with over coffee or lunch, or offer to take some photos of them or their products. I think it makes a huge difference. That interaction can transform an online connection to a genuine support system.

It’ll be interesting to see if those reasons evolve over time as I continue this journey. My guess is that maybe I’ll add a few reasons but that these core reasons for running a blog will remain the same.

Thank you for reading! I hope you have a wonderful evening!

My next post: The biggest challenges I’ve faced as a new blogger.

Sending Sunshine,

Audria

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