Why I Blog
I help bloggers on a weekly basis via The Wonder Jam. Sometimes I’m redesigning their blogs (like this one, or this one, or most recently this one!), sometimes I’m consulting and other times I’m teaching them how to take photos! I’m constantly helping bloggers grow their audience, increase revenue + improve their content.
Sometimes it feels weird because I don’t usually have the same goals. I don’t blog to make money, I don’t display ads and heck…I don’t even post that often! So why do I blog? To be terribly real.
I love this quote from The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls. With the recent news of Robin Williams (and so many other hurting individuals), I remember how much I hate to think of people feeling lonely. Since I was a kid, I would reach out to the kids who had no friends. I would have the girl over who had pet snakes (but everyone teased) or the kid who lived with his grandma (that everyone ignored). It never really made me popular either but I couldn’t bear to think of someone sitting alone or feeling rejected. As an adult, I experience anxiety and know that certain times can feel really dark. I can’t imagine what it’s like for those struggling with depression.
My goals for blogging have changed over the last 5 years but I now know why I continue to post: I love connecting with you all without bias. I come to this place with the desire to hear what you think, how you feel and who you really are (without all the superficial shit like how much money you make, what you look like or if you were homecoming queen 15 years ago). I hope that’s why you continue to visit and please know that if you ever need to talk or find yourself in pain, you can reach out to me.
I’ve met so many wonderful people ALL OVER THE WORLD because of this blog and that makes me smile. I promise to continue to bring honesty, authenticity and my true self to this space for however long it lasts.
*Photo of me bent over laughing…by Meghan Newsom
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This post is so good to read, you’re a great woman!
Your blog is honestly one of my favourites. I really enjoy the way you write, it’s natural and candid and doesn’t feel put on (like I find with a lot of bloggers out there). And your content and photos are always a joy to see. So thank YOU.
Xo. (blowing a kiss)
Thank you for being real. Thank you for being YOU. ‘Cause you’re awesome and I’m so glad the interwebs brought us together as friends. xx
Love this post! And I relate to you so much. It actually pains me to hear of or see someone alone. News like Robin Williams’ passing is a terrible tragedy, but I am happy on how it seems to be a wake up call to people that we need to take care of each other. I feel the same way as you about my readers. I appreciate that they give me a space to be (weird) self – and I love to be able to help and encourage them in return. Blogging is such a two-way street!
I absolutely love this, Allie! You have such a good heart to see past the superficial things that people all too often worry about. I’m so thankful that we’ve met, and I hope we do again! Thank goodness for this little Internet thing! :)
I love your blog. I usually follow beauty and fashion blogs, but I love that your blog is personal. To me, you’re someone who’s just doing her thing and rocking at it, and taking the time to connect with pals. It’s really refreshing. :)
In short, you inspire me!
I stumbled across your blog and I love it! Have totally added you into my RSS feed.
This was a beautiful read!
Really resonates with me too, so many people seem to blog about blogging and sometimes I feel like, I dont know, maybe we’re all reading about doing it instead of just doing it? I really don’t want to offend because I know you do a blogging series and that so helpful, and I know I’m a stickler for reading post after post about how to make my blog better instead of just enjoying it.
Found this via your Show Your Real on Bowdenisms. Incredible quote. Beautiful post. Thanks for being real.
Love this and you! As long as you keep writing, I’ll keep reading. Deal?
Reading your blog legitimately makes me smile. Glad that I can come here and read your honest thoughts and opinion about stuff. Keep blogging, Allie!