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?