If you speak to any blogger they will no doubt tell you that it’s a question they’ve been asked at least once. Whether it’s a genuine query on the reason behind starting a blog or a thinly veiled implication that you don’t have the right to post your opinion to the world doesn’t really matter.
What you may not know, blogger or not, is that most early social networking sites after the invention of the internet were blogs. People wrote their thoughts and opinions down and sent them out into cyberspace, and people commented on them. These evolved into forums, then sites like myspace and bebo before morphing into the well know social sites we all visit today.
My point is that anyone who posts on social media is, in fact, a blogger. They share their frustrations, triumphs, political views and life events with people over the internet. The only difference between them and those of us who have created our own blogs is the thought, attention to detail and joy that goes into our writing.
I started Possibly Vintage originally in 2012 when I got my first ‘grown up’ job at a marketing agency in Leeds. Everyone had a blog and I felt like an outsider. As a lover of writing I took to it like a duck to water, but as my life became more complicated I gave less and less time to it until I closed it down completely.
After a tumultuous few years I started it up again, buying my own domain in a bid to encourage myself to stick at it. I am once again in love with blogging and feel like I have an awful lot to share with career changes, mental health issues and life events. At 26 it’s time to sort my life out, get into some good routines and enjoy myself. For me blogging is as much about diarising thoughts and opinions as it is about sharing them, and whilst it would be lovely to have a gazillion readers it’s not the be all and end all for me (although please don’t stop reading if you already do, I don’t just want to be talking to myself!).
I’m terribly nosy so I’d love to know why you started blogging and how you feel about the idea that all social media users are – in a very loose way – bloggers.