Why Do I Blog?

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In mid-March 2020, I watched for the first time as the entire country came to a standstill. I watched as people were forced indoors, not able to go to work or to school. I watched as people frantically ran to the stores to stock up on basic household essentials. It was as if the apocalypse was here.

But one positive effect to the coronavirus pandemic is the sudden explosion of creativity. People suddenly found themselves with more time than they ever expected. Suddenly, they were given an unlimited amount of time off from work and school. This meant that people were now free to do things that were on the backburner previously. They could now pursue hobbies that were on their bucket list. Some chose to plant flowers; others chose to learn how to knit or crochet. Some decided to write a book; others drew pictures.

Me? I remembered my old blog from college. I decided to revive my old blog. I had started this blog five years ago, after a Social Media class I took in college. I had started this blog then as a way to document my thoughts and feelings. I had named it Crispy Confessions because these are my confessions. Ultimately, I chose the adjective “crispy” because I thought those two words sounded just fantastic.

During these past four months, I have used the social media marketing and content creation skills that I learned from my college class. The hope is to cultivate a brand that is both positive and inspiring, filled with content about living your best life on both social media and in the real world.

Since re-starting this blog, I have enjoyed the entire process immensely. I enjoy the writing part in that it allows me to express my feelings in the best way that I know how. At first, writing felt really awkward for me. I knew how to write, but arranging the words in the most elegant way was a challenge. I would just stare at a blank screen, at a total loss for words. Why? Because I haven’t written for so long that it felt so foreign and different.

Now that I’ve been writing nearly everyday for the past four months, I feel a lot more confident in my writing abilities. I feel like my writing has improved tremendously since taking a rather lengthy and unintentional writing hiatus. There is definitely some truth to the saying that if you don’t use it, then you lose it. That is what happened to me.

Now that I’ve rediscovered my love of blogging, I am more determined than ever to keep blogging. I want to explore the very ends of the blogging world and beyond.

As someone who has been blogging since the early 2000s, you would think that I would already be an expert. I have had blogs on many different blogging platforms, but wordpress is the one that I have always come back to, much like a trusted and loyal friend.

What I love about blogging is that you can write and express yourself to a seemingly unknown audience of peers. It gives you the freedom to publish your thoughts on the Internet for random strangers to read. It also gives you the validation that I believe is part of human nature. Let’s face it, humans crave validation. We need to be accepted. Without acceptance, then who are we really? Without acceptance, we are just here, struggling to live our very best lives.

When we feel accepted by others, our entire outlook on life changes.

That is what I hope to ultimately do with blogging. I hope to use my words to change or influence someone else’s life. I hope that my own experiences will influence other people. I hope that other people will be able to leave my blog with the tentative thread of hope surrounding them.

For without hope, we have nothing.

I blog so that we will no longer have nothing. I blog so that we have hope. I blog so that we can all be validated.

What new hobby did you learn during the Coronavirus pandemic?

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Hi! I'm Helen and I am a 32 year old biracial millennial mom raising two multiracial children. I am a writer, English consultant, and social media manager. I am a self-proclaimed chocoholic.

42 thoughts on “Why Do I Blog?

  1. Loved this post, Helen! I enjoy reading about people’s blog journeys. I resonated with this as I was one of those people finally pursuing my hobby of writing because I finally had the time. 🙂

  2. I love the name Crispy Confessions – it’s creative, cool and catchy (just noticed that I unconsciously picked adjectives starting with C!😂) Glad to hear that you got back to blogging. Looking forward to your new posts.
    It’s been a very similar story with me. I decided to rekindle by blog from years ago because writing brings me joy.

    1. Thanks, I’m glad you like. I’m glad that you started blogging again too. Blogging again during the pandemic has been one of the highlights of 2020.

  3. I picked up my writing during quarantine as well XD I’m looking to inspire hope through my fictional stories and share life lessons I’ve had to learn the hard way vicariously through my characters. Including:
    Don’t look down on ANYONE. You never know when you’ll find yourself in their shoes.
    Nothing is ever as it seems on the surface. First impressions are rarely correct, so don’t assume anything. And more lol

    1. Those are very important lessons! <3 Making assumptions are part of being human but we can do our best to curb that by not focusing on appearances and first impressions.

  4. I’ve been blogging randomly since the 90s I guess… None of those sites even exist any more. And this is one of the first platforms I got serious with. Such ease here. Writers seem to congregate here because of how easy it is. That’s helpful.

    I’m glad you’re back to blogging. I look forward to more posts.

  5. So true! I feel the pandemic was, and still is, a terrible thing but to take the silver lining it allowed for a lot of new passion projects and side hustles from many people. Seemed like an excuse or an opportunity for people to finally take something new on!

    Great post!


  6. You really make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this topic to be actually something that I think I would never understand. It seems too complicated and extremely broad for me. I am looking forward for your next post, I’ll try to get the hang of it!

  7. Great post! And kudos on being consistent with writing! Consistence brings competence and competence breeds confidence

  8. I’m really loving the theme/design of your website. Do you ever run into any browser compatibility issues? A few of my blog readers have complained about my site not working correctly in Explorer but looks great in Safari. Do you have any suggestions to help fix this problem?

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