This is not a #blogmas post.
In fact, it’s probably more like an anti-blogmas one.
I mean, really? 25 days of writing Christmas posts?
Let me explain.
I’ve been trying to blog on WordPress since 2015.
I say “trying” because I haven’t established much of an audience to use any other word. (I have this idea in my head that I can’t really be a “blogger” unless people who aren’t friends and family follow me.)
Anyway, before discovering this platform, I created a website about financial planning in 2010 using SBI. That was a time before “blogging” in its current fashion was a thing (either that or I was just blind to it) and I wrote content for my site for a few years, ultimately giving it up in 2013 during financially tough times.
That was a hard day for me.
Because I enjoy writing. I always have.
And every time I try to put it down, I end up coming right back to it.
In fact, this blog is probably the fifth or sixth one I’ve created. Or is it the seventh? Idk. I’ve lost track.
This and two others are what I have currently, but I honestly don’t write often for them.
So why start this one, you ask?
I’m not 100% sure.
But when I set out to do this one, I created two rules:
- Write every day
- Write whatever I want (so long as I’m adding to the conversation, not just rehashing what’s already going around)
- My other attempts have all followed the standard advice these days –
- Write what you know
- Pick a subject theme
And that’s fine advice.
But I started to crave an outlet where I could say what I really felt.
Especially where I could be anonymous.
I’m not saying I’m dishonest on my other blogs. Over there, I’m honest and speak my opinions, too.
But most of my readers are family and friends.
Not to mention those blogs are self-hosted WordPress blogs (on SiteGround) and took a lot of hours to create.
Here, I wanted to minimize everything and just get in the habit of writing everyday, sort of like a diary, but online for the world to see.
Not because I’m trying to be famous.
Because I think the blogosphere needs to return to its roots.
Let journalists and professionals write news reports and articles like “How to Decorate for Under $200.”
I’m not a professional anything.
I just like writing.
Writings not work for me. Honestly, nothing is “work” for me since I’m a stay-at-home mom. (Though, raising babies isn’t for the weak.)
I might get stumped at times, but as long as I keep the pen moving, the words eventually come.
And that’s what I want. To improve my writing.
And, so, those “blogmas” bloggers can do what they want and write about Christmas all month long, but I refuse.
Instead, I’m going to focus on writing my truth – like I just did.