If you’ve followed me since the beginning, you might wonder why I stopped blogging. My very first blog post was on December 4, 2014. It was 1:00 AM, and I was feeling wide awake and in a spur of the moment decision, I decided to Google about blogging. I found WordPress immediately, and without another thought, I jotted down my random thoughts and made my first blog post (you can find it here). It felt so good to write for no reason except for the joy of it. I never thought anything would happen beyond letting my thoughts become written words, but I remember one person liked the post and two people followed my blog between that night and the following day. I couldn’t believe that people actually took the time to read my post and decide that they might want to read more.
After that I was hooked. Over the next few months, I would jot down any thoughts or ideas I might have. The best part…I was the only one who knew about it. I didn’t tell my family or my friends. The thought of people I know reading and judging my writing terrified me. Not only that, but without telling anyone else, I would be able to freely write anything I wanted.
However, my secret hobby didn’t stay a secret. Before long, people started finding out about it and reading it. They would mention things here and there about it, some good and some bad. Before long, there were posts I wanted to make, but I couldn’t out of fear of offending people I knew. I still have drafts of posts I wanted to finish and publish, but refused. What was originally a very strong passion of mine became too stressful. I wasn’t allowed to be free any longer.
To try to get my rhythm and passion back, I even tried to start a completely different blog, one about the adventures I would take while in Florida and beyond. However, I still couldn’t quite find my voice again.
Two and a half years later, I stand here, determined to rediscover the passion I once so strongly had. I hope that you will stand with me.
If anyone else has any stories of their blogging struggles, please feel free to leave them in the comments. I’d love to hear about them!