Why Do I Blog? (2021 Edition)

Happy first day of October everyone! I figured I would kick off Blogtober by sharing why I started blogging in the first place, as well as my journey.

I officially became a blogger in 2010. I started a blog and started writing blog posts full of my insights of my daily high school life. I had always loved writing, and I knew that I wanted to have a career in writing. I figured by writing about my day to day life, I would have a space to grow as a writer. My best friend at the time started a blog as well, and we constantly used it to talk about our lives.

What I learned during that time is that you never know who is actually reading your posts. I remember my friend (who I had a crush on at the time), knew that I liked him based on the posts that I wrote. I was heavily inspired by Carrie Bradshaw at the time, and referred to him as “Mr. Big.” Yeah, I was obsessed with Sex and the City. He found out, and I basically had to learn the hard way about sharing too much on the internet.

Fast-forward a few years later, my blog began to evolve into the lifestyle blogger category. I was in college at that point, and remember sharing so many blogging insights with my friend. I also followed many lifestyle bloggers who were in college, and savored their experiences. I would blog about things that I would do in my day to day life, my thoughts about college, and probably my lack of relationship, since I was single during the majority of college. That blog was called Finding My Voice, which I stopped regularly blogging around April 2016.

This blog began around August 2016. At that time, I was going through a lot of changes. My ex-boyfriend broke up with me over FaceTime (classy, I know). I was about to graduate college that December, and had to find a job because I was a part-time student worker at that point. I was also working on myself a lot and dealing with anxiety. It was called Natalie’s Little Corner of the World, and I wrote non-fiction essays, some poetry, and even some musings about the 2016 election.

My blog remained small until 2019. In 2019, I began to watch a lot of lifestyle vloggers, which have helped me get a new sense of passion in my blog that I didn’t have since 2010. I started writing reviews, lifestyle posts like I did back in 2013, and of course, started What I Love Wednesdays (which is now Friday Faves). I began joining blogger groups, and even started a separate Instagram for my blog (follow me here, BTW).

Around COVID, my blog began to truly grow since I did it so frequently. During that time, I decided that I also wanted to start featuring small businesses in my day to day life as a Connecticut resident. I figured it was a great way to help them generate business in a way that wasn’t draining to my bank account. By interviewing businesses and featuring various restaurants and shops, my blog had become more and more of Connecticut features. Which I think is amazing.

That was when I decided to rename this blog to the new name that it is today — the Nutmeg Millennial.

So, after over 11 years of blogging, you may be asking, why do you do it?

For me, blogging has always been something I did for fun. I love everything about it — from taking photos to writing the posts, even though it’s sometimes really stressful (especially during Blogtober and Blogmas). I have made so many different connections during my time as a blogger, and I just love being able to write. I have a Bachelor’s in Journalism, which probably explains why I enjoy writing as well. Blogging for me has become a fun hobby — something that I will continue to do just because I love it.

With the rise of Instagram fashion and lifestyle bloggers, I have heard the phrase that “blogging is dead.” I disagree. I think that blogging is blogging, whether it’s writing a long post like this, or by sharing an Instagram post. I do think blogging evolved from the days of writing about my daily life, but I still think that there is value in blogging in things such as recipes, crafts, and work outs. I think that there are so many bloggers out there, and I am proud to call myself a blogger. Therefore, I will continue to blog for a long, long time.

Are you a blogger? Why do you blog?

9 thoughts on “Why Do I Blog? (2021 Edition)

  1. I have been blogging since before it was cool (about 2003!) I blog for myself, and when the world of influencers sprouted I just felt it was too much and took a break – popping throughout the years. Hoping to get back into ‘just blogging’ again as I seem to have found a new sense of purpose with it.

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  2. I’ve been blogging for about the same amount of time–also started in 2010! 🙂 Thanks for sharing your blogging journey!

    I blog because it’s a fun way to record my thoughts about the books I read and connect with other readers. Plus, I’ve got two degrees in writing, so I should use them somehow, lol!

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  3. It is fantastic that you started your blog while you were still at school. I bet you had plenty to write about. Eek about your crush finding out about your blog.
    You have been on a great blogging journey.
    I blog to record our family life and have since the end of 2012 x

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  4. I love this. Oh dear about your crush! I can relate in a way as in my first LiveJournal I’d write completely not thinking of the people I’d mention reading it. now I’m a lot more aware, which is a shame in a way lol. I also love SATC! I’m a blogger too. I started just to write about our daily life and adventures to keep as memories. It has evolved into a full-time job. I’m trying to get back to writing “just because” and “just for me”- while making money to pay the bills too, of course! xxx

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