This is one of those absolutely classic blogger posts. It’s the ultimate nose into someone’s life and why they chose to do something that has spiralled into something far bigger. I love reading about why people started blogging, or why they continue to blog. There’s just something about it that keeps me really interested and entertained.
Personally, I started blogging because it felt like something interesting. I knew of a few people with amazing blogs (hi Rhianna and Amy) but I knew nothing about what it was all about. It just looked kinda fun, and the next logical step up from scrolling Tumblr endlessly in bed.
n&b was born in the spring of 2015 in my tiny student house bedroom in Durham, one evening. I think my first blog post was about Easter or something, idk. It was pretty bad, whatever it was. It’s long been deleted.
Blogging (or whatever the hell I was doing back then) kept me occupied while stuck in that little bedroom feeling sorry for myself. It distracted me from second year uni stuff, and gave me a little bit of a creative outlet that was different. I had a pretty decent camera and I was quick to pick up things like SEO and promotion – I basically jumped straight in and worked really hard, changing and learning as I went along.
But that’s why everyone starts, right?
I know countless people who have started blogs, got really into them, and then suddenly just stopped. Life caught up and they had to prioritise and maybe they just weren’t interested in the biz anymore. Everyone is different.
For the past two-ish years, I’ve blogged pretty much every single week. I’ve had busy months, posting a million times, and quiet ones where I’ve been lucky to get three posts ready and out there. It varies, but it never stops. It’s always been continuously ticking on, post after post.
Blogging is still a distraction, but in so many different ways. Instead of distracting me from my uni house or whatever, it has distracted me from being alone in Paris, from being bored at home, from doing as well in my dissertation as I should have, and from everything else. And the more I blog and the better I get, and the more opportunities that come my way, the more everything else seems to become a distraction from blogging. I love that.
BLOGGING IS JUST FUN, TO BE HONEST
If I’m honest, the reason my blog is still here and still moving forward is that I just really enjoy doing it. I *think* I do it well, and I have fun taking photos, editing photos, writing posts and everything else that goes along with it.
I’m not a particularly social blogger. I probably won’t be caught in a conversation with someone on twitter, or at blogger events, but that’s cool. As I said above, everyone is different. I love the ‘blogging community’ but I’m not necessarily in the circle – I have made some amazing blogging friends irl (Joe wrote a really good post on *ahem* me, here) but I’m normally a little more reserved online.
I love having a space that is completely my own, and a space to share my thoughts and opinions and photography and life. It’s all very millennial and narcissistic, just like me.
I’m not going anywhere for a while, I don’t think. I’ll stop and start, slow down and speed up, but it’ll take more than a few external priorities to shake me. Blogging has gone from my hobby to my passion, and in some cases, my job.
I dig that. I really dig that. x
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