What was the reason you started a blog?
I think a lot of blogs start for one of the following reasons:
1) having a baby and being a new mom
2) working a shitty job
3) being completely bored with life
4) seeking a creative outlet
Which one are you?
I started mine years ago for reasons #2, #3 and #4 with a strong emphasis on #2. And yes I chose #2 to reflect shitty jobs on purpose. (Get it….?) Anyway..
I first started exploring the world of blogs back in 2009. I just graduated college, completed an internship and was ready to hit the ground running with an exciting adult career. Instead, I found myself in a job that was nothing like I had ever experienced before. And not in a good way. It was a giant wake up call for little ol’ Nancy because that is where I got my first taste of being taken advantage of and I quickly learned that if you don’t stand up for yourself people will walk all over you.
While I was working there
(or as I can now jokingly call it the The Dark Days without rocking back and forth sucking my thumb while crying) I stumbled upon a web page. At first it appeared to be an online journal of sorts chronicling the daily adventures of an Elementary School teacher. I was instantly intrigued. It was VodkaMom.
I browsed through the web page, found other sites and realized that there was a whole community of these online journals called blogs. Mostly from new Moms (see reason #1 above) but also from students, young adults, fashion models, music enthusiasts, etc (see #3 and #4 above.)
And just like that, I created my own account, and then… nothing.
The thing about having a shitty job is that sometimes it breaks you down so badly that you just want to go home and drown yourself in a glass of Pinot instead of pursuing hobbies or trying to better your shitty situation. Or at least that is what happened to me. I felt like I needed a creative outlet but I didn’t have the energy to do it. So instead I wrote sporadically but mostly just drafts and never actually published anything.
I managed to survive at that job for two years before I finally got the courage to find another one. I was confident that I would be happier with this transition therefore didn’t really feel like blogging.
But I actually did the majority of my blogging the second year into that new job. It was okay at first, much better than the one I came from but I still wasn’t happy. I realized there was no room for growth in that position and I started to become overwhelmingly stressed with the work. To put it lightly, I was miserable. Therefore – I blogged. Not well or consistently but I blogged.
Rewind to this past year. I realized that I needed a serious change. I started to step up my job search game and found one I was really interested in. I applied for it in January. Didn’t get a response until February and didn’t interview until May. I started this new job June 1st and for the first time since 2009 I felt like blogging for a completely different reason. Not because I was bored, or mad, or sad. But because I was overwhelmingly excited about the changes happening in my life.
So what does that mean for upcoming posts? Will I lose my snarky, sarcastic, negative Nancy ways?
Not a chance.
But I am interested to see what #4 Nancy has up her sleeve without #2 and #3 riding on her coattails.
(And no… reason #1 isn’t happening yet. At least not until after the Honeymoon…)
Sincerely & always Sarcastically,