personal blogging is personal

For those who know me in real life, they understand that my brain moves a million miles a minute.
Every. single. moment. of. every. single. day.
I'm hyperanalytical, hypercritical of myself and prone to worry.
It's who I am, and I've been this way as long as I can remember, really.

I was sitting in my apartment with a cup of cocoa last night thinking about a million different things,
and realizing that I'm a constant maze of thoughts at any given time.
I usually have to write them down to keep track of them all, too.
Come to think of it...that might mean I'm crazy.

Regardless of my inevitable insanity though, there are some things I've specifically discovered
just by starting this personal blog.
If anything, this blog is helping me learn more about myself...things like:

1. I envy fashion bloggers. Guys, I have zero sense of fashion, and you know how some bloggers just have this innate sense of style? Yeah, I'm not one of them. Truly. My work is lucky if I show up wearing anything other than jeans and a v-neck sweatshirt, a scarf and a top-knot.

2. I don't fit in with the Mormon blogging crowd, despite the fact that Ryan and I are Mormon. We're both such students of religion, if that makes sense. We are faithful. We believe in the Word of Wisdom. We follow it...but we have questions, and our questions tend to make us think a little more than some of our Mormon friends think is necessary.

3. While I'm calm on the surface about wedding planning and dress drama, trust me, there are a thousand little panicky voices screaming reminders at me all day every day. January 4th can't get here fast enough.

4. I love friends. Really, I do. If I can offer one person a sage piece of advice a day or make someone smile, that's enough for me. It truly makes my day.

5. I'm a really, really impatient person. If I had a dime for every time I said "impatient" on this blog, I'd have about ten dollars.

But here's the thing...despite the fact that some days I worry that I don't really have anything planned to post, and despite the fact that, without fail, I always forget to take pictures of events to blog, I really do like this personal blog. 
I love documenting this crazy little life of mine - if only to remember the important moments later.
I think that, at the end of the day, this is why I blog.
Why do you blog?

32 comments

  1. I am the same way! I remember when I started blogging, people said you have to "find your niche". I am not a fashion blogger, I post recipes but wouldn't consider myself a foodie blogger, we move around a lot but I'm not a travel blogger. I finally figured out that a personal blog about my life is a niche, and it's the only thing I really know how to write about anyway! Keep it up! I think you have a great blog!

    XOXO
    Chelsea
    http://www.anchorsaweighblog.com/

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    1. Thanks, doll! It's so strange, isn't it? I will never be a fashion blogger or travel blogger, despite the fact that I love both. Thanks for your sweet words :)

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    2. I'm so with you! I like reading "theme" blogs, but I actually think I like "life" bloggers the most! It's fun to read about other peoples lives and emotions as they go through life. Keep up the good work! :)

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  2. Agreed! It's a documentation of your thoughts...your life...the ins and outs of what make you YOU!! xx

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    1. So, so true! For some reason, I had a really hard time coming to terms with that!

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  3. I totally envy the fashion bloggers--I follow them hoping that some of their fashion sense rubs off on me (it hasn't yet). Lifestyle blogs are the most fun to read in my opinion though--I love getting to know the little things about people! xo

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    1. Right?! Why I have no fashion sense?! Oh wait...I'm poor ;)

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  4. Agree! Sometimes its better to post just for what makes you happy than just to try and get readers/views/etc. Blogging should always be about you first! Think of how fun this will be to look back on down the road :)
    www.amemoryofus.blogspot.com

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  5. I totally keep a notebook with me with tabs that separate my multiple lists and notes of things to remember so I can totally relate! I blog to remember and record all the recipes I make, experiences I have had, and to connect with others.

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    1. I definitely use it for the connections...especially with other MilSOs. They've been a Godsend!

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  6. so you're telling me jeans and a v-neck sweatshirt, a scarf and a top-knot isn't fashionable? sheet. i better go change.

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    1. I was informed of this yesterday lol apparently I have no fashion sense. Whelp.

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  7. All the big bloggers have really created such a niche that it makes it harder to get any edge, and not even to have a huge following, but just to be read and appreciated. I faced this a lot when I decided to start writing a day of k again, but I think consistency is way more powerful than it seems to be. Rather than fashion, I envy the bloggers with awesome cameras/awesome photos. I don't, and I thin there's a huge link between image quality and the popularity of a blog. But there is still good in being one of the little guys - those bloggers have all written about the struggle to keep it up, the expectations, etc. We can just write, meet people we like, and enjoy this for what it is. I've gotten way more satisfaction out of writing whatever I want, whenever, and making "new" smaller blog friends than I did when I followed all 4000+ ladies. And the lists is good! I keep them on a sticky note on my computer :) Sorry for the novel...

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    1. I love it, and I totally agree! It took me four years to build my other blog (iswimforoceans.org), but I don't know that this one will ever grow. I just want to connect with others, and I really want to connect with other MilSO bloggers because it's such a crazy lifestyle :) now I just need to remember to use my camera...

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  8. I'm the same way when it comes to blogging - the only niche I really work well in is the personal/lifestyle one. But the whole point of blogging is you. You writing what and when you want to write. Keep it up girl, and Jan. 4th will be here before you know it!

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    1. Thanks, doll! I swear my impatience is starting to get the best of me now ;)

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  9. I started blogging because I needed a creative outlet. I kept doing it because I just love it!

    and wow you're close to your wedding date! good luck & best wishes to you :)

    xoxo, Amy @ Interpret As You May

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  10. I think that blogging can both make you wish you more of something else and at the same time make you appreciate how unique you are. I needed a way to express myself and to generate a new hobby. :)

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  11. i love this post so much b/c i ask myself sometimes why i blog sometimes. i think people get so caught up in gaining followers and trying to sponsor/market their blog etc that they miss the focus. Don't get me wrong--there's absolutely NOTHING in the world wrong with those things. I think it's awesome and OF COURSE it feels great to be appreciated, it's just that I don't want to forget the reason i started this blog in the first place! I want my blog to be interesting to my readers, but I want to be authentic to what my life is like too.

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  12. Hahaa...if you're crazy, then I am too! My mind runs the same way. I also have to take notes...otherwise I forget everything lol.

    I think you're too harsh on yourself in the fashion dept. I was looking at your pics (on your "about me" section) and you definitely have style. Trends can be so complicated and weird. It's easy to feel as if you're not fashionable when there are a million new trends popping up like every day. But like I said...you've got it!

    Just found your blog and I'm glad I did :) I really like it! I'm excited to read more of your posts. I'm now following you on GFC and Bloglovin.

    xo Azu

    www.raven-locks.blogspot.com

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  13. This is so true! I'm new to blogging, and I get so stressed out about what am I going to write, and if people will want to read it. When really, the only thing that's important is documenting my life, so I have something to look back on. As long as I'm enjoying what I'm doing, I shouldn't be so stressed. Thanks for the reminder!

    Brittney
    http://www.bsknees.com/

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  14. I love the idea of re-reading what you wrote, I started my blog in April of 2012 after I motorcycle accident we got in had me laid up at home. I came across Little Baby Garvin & decided, hey, we are trying to have a baby, maybe I should start a blog about the journey, I had NO IDEA that a year and a half later I would be writing about my infertility journey.

    Blogging is a great way to get to know yourself in a way you might not if you didn't write it all down. I am totally impatient & overanalytical & and overthinker as well. I like to say "I'm Type-A all the way!" because I totally am. I want control over everything! Its nice to be able to relate to others in blogland!! Great post!

    xoxo

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  15. I posted something similar to this a few months ago. It's interesting learning the different reasons why people blog. I personally blog because I enjoy it, I love all the friends I've made, I love that I have a little place I can vent and have some awesome support. I literally cried at all the positive support I was given through my miscarriage last March. Some of my best blogger friends sent gifts for my baby. There are seriously so many AWESOME, wonderful people out there. Some days I don't have much to blog about, and that's okay. I end up just rambling! I'm so glad I stumbled across your blog! I can see bright things in your future;) xoxo

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  16. You know what, you shouldn't envy fashion bloggers, or worry about being part of a certain niche. Every single person who has commented on this post have shown by their comment that they have read your posts and had something constructive to add to it.

    I am more 'fashion blogger' than anything else, but the comments I get are not as thoughtful as the ones you get, everyone is wanting to be a fashion blogger and everyone is wanting to get views and followers. I very rarely get comments about my actual content, it's just looking at the pictures and people saying 'nice dress'.. 'great blog' etc, despite how thoughtful my comments are on their blogs.

    I really like blogs that do talk about lifestyle, because people are interesting and it is interesting to follow peoples live stories and it enables us to connect to them.

    Plus style is subjective. I'm hardly ever 'on trend'. I love cute dresses, therefore I post cute dresses. You don't have to be up to date to be a fashion blogger, just post about what you like!

    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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    1. I love this, Corinne :) thank you for putting things into perspective for me. It's so easy to get lost!

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  17. My mind runs in a million different directions all the time too. I guess I started really blogging to meet some other military girlfriends/fiances/wives. It's turned into way more than I ever expected it to though!

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  18. I love this post! When I grow up I want to be a fashion blogger... first I have to get a fashion sense! I blog because I like connecting with other bloggers. I also like having a reminder of what I do! Blogging has been a fun outlet of what goes on in this crazy head of mine!

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  19. OK First-I am not too fashionable either! Even if I was, I am too broke to be a fashion blogger. How do they have so many different outfits each day? And then they tell you where they bought it from, like we could even go out and afford the same thing.......haha Also, I am so glad I didn't plan a huge wedding. It started off as a big celebration, but ended up in Vegas on Friday the 13th :)

    livingincolormom.com

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  20. ah, i can completely relate to your number five! i say that all the time. i loved your post here about blogging, it's something i always forget to blog about... the actual act! haha. i started blogging so i had another outlet to showcase my photographs and adventures!

    lindsey louise

    hellorrabbitblog.com

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  21. I am not a fashion blogger but I can pull off some posts showing off my "clothes" . I am just a student who loves to write and I am glad there are some people who actually read those words . I always write down what I ahve to do next , and don't worry . I think you're already GREAT enough :)

    Noor | Noor's Place

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