IMG_2334For starters, a quick FYI, in case you don’t know, because I only googled this today myself. The word, “blog” is short for the word weblog.

According to blogbasics.com, “A blog is a frequently updated online personal journal or diary. It is a place to express yourself to the world. A place to share your thoughts and your passions. Really, it’s anything you want it to be…a blog is your own website that you are going to update on an ongoing basis.”

Essentially, I have a little piece of real estate on the worldwide web that I pay a small amount for each month so that I can write about whatever I want. To purge my soul. To spread awareness. To allow whoever wants to read it… to, well, do just that.

With, at least for me, the main goal being the reader can relate and hopefully take something positive or inspiring away from it.

I want to try to spread positivity and kindness, peace and love (cheesiest thing I’ve likely said all day), and humour. I want to support and help another feel a little less alone.

We all need to recognize, if we don’t already, that despite how ones life may appear on the outside that they too are facing their own unique set of challenges. And so, always, always be kind.

God, or the universe or whatever, sends us challenges. They are there, at least I believe, to make us stronger. And we can deal with them. We have the tools to do so. No matter how big that problem is, or how big it seems, we can get through it. I’ve struggled, and I know you’ve struggled too. I know this because you and I share at least one thing in common and that is our humanity. I know the struggle is and can be scary. I know the struggle is, as they say, real. But I’m right here with you, and I’m encouraging you to keep moving one foot in front of the other…

Anyway, somewhere along the way, I stopped writing. I went to university and my creative writing was kinda phased out. While I did pretty well grade wise, I didn’t feel like it was good enough. Especially when I was surrounded by a kazillion extremely bright people, who scored GPA’s higher than I! But what does that even matter? We do not need to compare ourselves to anyone else. We each have something to offer.

So I started back up. And since I’ve started, and in case you haven’t yet noticed, I can’t freaking stop! I’ve been writing off and on since I’ve been a little girl on my great grandmothers porch. All I have ever needed to feel at home in my own skin is a pen and a piece of paper. And now, I guess a blog and an iPhone.

I write because I love to write and I share what I write because I want people to read what I write. It’s that simple. That’s why I decided to start this blog. And that’s why I sincerely hope that you keep coming back to read it.

There’s nothing that provides more pleasure to the self-proclaimed writer than an audience.

So thank you a kazillion, million times over!

Mandy Elaine ❤

4 thoughts on “What’s a Blog, What’s the Point, and Why I’m doing it?

  1. I like your blog and your writing and I relate to being younger and loving to write and being naively confident in it but somewhere in the mix of university and college I don’t do it as much.

    I had blog in highschool, but being straight up about feelings wasn’t the cool thing to do. There was only disapproval and some bullying. I find it humorous that you refer to a blog as an online diary as sorts because a comment often made to me was that the internet is not my diary and maybe I should go get one to write about my feelings in.

    Similar to what a previous post of yours said, fuck being cool anyway. Keep doing you. It’s good to see all the support you’re getting for doing this. 🙂

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    1. Hey Tasha,

      First off..thank you so much for your comment! I am glad that you like the writing, but more importantly, that you can relate to it!

      I remember reading some things you’ve posted and feeling that I could also relate to it. Highschool is not an easy time to put yourself out there. In fact, even when I’m counseling some students, I’ve advised them of that very fact. It’s a brutally dangerous time to be open about you’re feelings because you don’t know how it’s going to be received, but usually you can guess. I don’t think I’ve ever been cool. I don’t think I’ve ever entirely “played by the rules” or that I was always seeking to fit in. But I do think that I am an incredibly awesome person who has a lot to say, who has a kazillion friends, and people who support me. Ppl gonna hate, girl, and I am positive there are people somewhere making fun of me and they can. If that gives them pleasure. Enjoy guys! I am a total nerd, a dork, but I am also a friend, a lover, a daughter, a person, and I am not better or even worse than those who think negative things about me. But don’t let that hold us back.

      If you like to write..write!! Start a new blog. And if you want to be a guest blogger or write something and post it on this site. I would love to have you! ANYTIME. You got my support. And that’s what counts.

      XOXOXOXOX

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