I wrote about this a few times but often times someone will say “I wish I could blog BUT my life is not that exciting…”
For some reason I have the tune of Beyonce “Put a Ring on it” stuck in my head while typing this. If you’re exciting, then you should put a header on it..or something blog related like that.
I can assure you I live a normal and unexciting life. I don’t get paid millions to come up with short stories to entertain people with. I started LOLZ (formally known as lolzthatswim) to document my personal life journey. When I first started my blog in 2011, I was just beginning to run college cross country. I was a typical college student. I enjoyed hanging out with friends, going out, swimming and just starting to run. I had never run before (in fact I nearly failed the mile in high school gym class).
I didn’t know where or how to begin a blog. I just started a wordpress hosted blog and went from there. I didn’t spend too much time blogging. I just jotted down my thoughts about life. As I hard as it is to believe, my blogging grammar was even worse back then. I can normally string some coherent sentences down now. If you know me,then you know I normally speak a mile a minute like I blog. As my blog has grown, my writing and grammar has improved (a little bit), I’m nowhere near perfect but no one is.
So back in college when I started LOLZ, I was also doing a winter sport (swimming; something I had been participating in since I was very young). I wanted somewhere I could gather my thoughts…so I just randomly decided to blog. It seemed like a good idea at the time (and I still think it was a good idea).
My college life was more eventful then my post grad. In college, I could ramble away about college life, running, swimming and being busy. I had a total of two readers (I think?). As I aged, my life changed. That’s normal. My blog changed as well. That’s normal. Unfortunately I needed to delete a lot of earlier blog posts because of an ex boyfriend. I cleaned up and removed a lot of older posts but continued to blog.
After college, I entered the work force in the community health field. I didn’t talk much about my previous job and that’s fine. For the year of 2012-2013, I worked, ran and did my thing. I still blogged along the way (as I have since 2011). I choose to talk about running and interesting aspects of my life the most. I don’t choose to talk about the days I went to work, ate and slept. Why? Because realistically there isn’t much to say about them. I don’t live an overly dramatic or exciting life. I live my life which contains stories along the way. Today I chose to blog about blogging. I didn’t choose to blog about my daily life…because it’s boring and I’m not doing too much today. I don’t have much to say because I don’t live my life to blog.
My point is, you don’t have to live an exciting life to blog. You don’t have to post everyday. I like to post everyday so I normally do. I don’t feel a sense of responsibility to post everyday, I just like too. If I really don’t have anything to say, then I don’t post. Just as working out, blogging still exists the next day whether you posted or not.
Anyone can blog. Anyone can share their story. You don’t have to have any overly dramatic life or lifestyle. Heck most of my Facebook friends post more interesting and dramatic Facebook statuses than my blog posts. You don’t have to go to the movies, go on friend dates (or relationship dates) everyday and don’t have to be a world class athlete. It takes time and effort to realize what you like to blog about. More importantly it takes time to realize what you like to blog about. Life is to short to do things you feel miserable doing.
My point is this: there are no rules for blogging. It’s your space to blog about what you want when you want. You don’t have to be exciting or live an extravagant life to blog. You just have to want to blog.