Reading a ‘Why I Started Blogging’ posts is definitely interesting as I can get to know why and what someone was thinking when they started a blog. 13 November 2008 was the day I signed up for Blogger and published my first ever blog post. I was a 13 year old girl at home on school holiday with a laptop who somehow managed to stumble upon Blogger.com from a blog I was reading. Everyone had a blog so I thought, “why not”?
I’m not going to talk about why I started a blog 8 years ago but rather why I relaunched my blog on February 19th this year. Before February, I micro-blogged on Tumblr with this domain (www.erinazmir.com) and I felt like I have more privacy there. I can post as much as I like per day without clogging up my dashboard and annoying my followers. I wrote about personal things on Tumblr and it was just easier to post photos, videos, music, or even a long text post (which I don’t recommend). But the thing is you won’t get as much engagement on Tumblr as you can on Blogger or WordPress.
One thing I do like about Tumblr is people can send you questions and I really hope Blogger can add that feature because it’s so much fun. I’ve gotten hate messages, nice messages, and people asking me when am I getting engaged/married haha. I can’t post there what I can on Blogger and that was one of the reasons why I started blogging on Blogger again.
I’ve tried WordPress.com too but I can’t use my domain there because you have to purchase a domain from them and it’s so expensive and to me that’s not worth it. So Blogger is the cheapest and the easiest alternative for a blogging platform.
The need to write
I personally think that anyone who owns a blog has an interest in writing as I do. I can’t imagine doing something I don’t have an interest on just because every else is doing it. I’m very chatty and I like to pour that out on a blog. I have so many things and ideas to talk about and I would like to share it with anyone who is interested to read it. Blogging is also a great way to practice your writing be it in Malay or English. However, I do prefer blogs that are using minimal short forms especially when writing in Malay.
Because Twitter is not enough
If I count all the tweets I have posted since I made my first Twitter account 6 years ago (my current account is my third one), I have about 150,000 tweets posted. All the more reason to get myself a blog so I won’t bore people with my endless tweets. As I grew older, the need to be on Twitter is lesser day by day and I’m not enjoying Twitter all that much to be honest. Of course I can tweet whatever I like but I need a suitable medium for my writings and I can’t exactly be writing makeup reviews on Twitter, can I?
Doing it right
Because I’m all grown up now so I don’t want to embarrass myself with childish and immature blog posts that I will regret one day. I think the majority of us have gone through a what-the-fuck-was-I-thinking-publishing-these-posts moment in our life. Right? RIGHT? #IWas13 #ForgiveMe
I’m an introvert
I like spending time indoors than outdoors. One time I went through three weeks without getting out of my house and my happiness level was still top notch. I need something that I can do at home to fill my time and blogging is exactly it. Blogging keeps my brain active because I’m constantly thinking of new content ideas and to me, managing a blog is not as easy as it looks.
I want to be a part of blogging community again
There’s nothing more exciting than visiting a blog for the first time and getting to know them from their writing. I miss getting and writing comments, I miss doing tag posts and I miss making new friends online. I like reading interesting posts and I’m inspired to write them as well.
Blog designing is fun!
To be honest, I have never spent a cent on blog design before nor did I feel the need to but Blogger never updates their templates to a new responsive and modern design and I’m getting bored of Simple template because I can’t code it to how I want it and the free responsive templates are just not up to par. I’m willing to spend some money on my blog because it makes me even more excited to blog with a shiny new gorgeous template from Etsy and I see that as an investment for my hobby.