I’ve been blogging for almost 10 years now and I feel so old just thinking about it. In the past blogs I’ve made (yes, blogs, with an s because I’ve been platform hopping since 2007), I never really talked about how I started, who inspired me, but most of the time, I’ve mentioned in a blog series or two the reason WHY I blog. I’ve been really clear about this ever since that I blog to express myself and not to impress, something I learned in campus journalism back when I was in grade school.
I wanted to put this in my About Me section but I realized it would be one chatty and boring page if I did. So I’m dedicating a post solely for the purpose of sharing it to you!
WHEN did I start blogging?
It was in 2006. I was in 2nd year high school and making a blog was a trend. My friends and I each had a blog of our own where we poured our hearts out. I
WHAT platforms have I been in?
My first blog was in Blogger (2006), then I shifted to WordPress in 2007. Multiply became a boom and I kinda used that in between (or together with those two). I also created a Livejournal account but never really got serious with it. My WordPress went on for a few years and then I went back to Blogger in early 2009. I then shifted to Tumblr in the later part of 2009 because my sister “lured” me into it (back when they still had Tumblarity and reblogging was still so cool LOL). I still have my first Tumblr blog and the second one I created (but I already purged that account from a lot of posts). The latter is what I consider my personal/prose blog. Then on December of 2011, I went back to Blogger again (thus, superaena was born). And I went back to WordPress just last year (2015).
Confusing, isn’t it? I’ve been a platform butterfly ever since. But that’s really what happened!
WHERE are all my old blogs?
I won’t be posting all the URLS of my past blogs because I myself cringe just backreading through a few of my posts (HAHA I need to contain myself from embarrassment) and I also deleted the very old ones, except for the one in Blogger that I kept but in private and my two Tumblr accounts.
WHO inspired me to blog?
This one’s very easy to answer: Lia Cruz. It was her (now defunct) Livejournal account that really inspired me to blog (I really wanted to put here why I stumbled upon her blog but out of respect, I’ll just leave it for you to figure out if you know who she was with back in 2006 😉 ). I loved how raw all her blog posts were and I felt that in a way, I knew her. She was oblivious to the fact of the existence of a highschool sophomore girl reading through her blog, she didn’t even know how much she inspired me. But ever since then, before she became a TV personality, I was already a fan. Well, still is now!
A lot of bloggers did follow, you know. But never the kind of inspiration and influence Lia’s blog gave me.
HOW I started blogging?
I mostly just posted a lot of personal stuff. Back then, having a blog was having an online diary. I just wrote what happened to me on that certain day, a one liner or two of what I was feeling, a poem I had in mind, the lyrics of a song, a movie quote – it was all so simple. I just wanted people to know what I was doing with my life. It felt nice sharing it with other people. But then I realized I could actually do something better than blabbering about my personal life.
I kind of miss it sometimes. While writing this post, I found myself searching the web for my old accounts and the links they had with them. I backread through a few of my friends’ blogs and laughed a little. Oh, to be so young and juvenile. Although I miss that kind of approach, I deem it is inappropriate for someone my age to be posting boring, adult things I do in my everyday life. Plus the internet is not so safe with these things anymore (what with Twitter and Facebook always spewing something viral).
WHY am I still blogging?
I can never leave my first love (writing). No matter how many times I’ve abandoned a blog, been on an unannounced hiatus, I keep coming back to it. I write because I have something to say not because I want to say something. I write because I want to continue to inspire people. I don’t want to write just for the sake of keeping a blog alive. This is the reason why I don’t really push myself to post something when I’m not in the mood. I tried it once and I felt I wasn’t even the person who wrote that blog post.
Well, that’s the WHEN, WHERE, WHAT, WHY, and HOW of my blogging “career” (if I even have something that can be called that LOL). My where is obviously in a laptop, at home, school, or office.
I wanted to add what I learned in blogging all through those years but I think it would be better to save that for another blog post so I can elaborate more.
How about you? What are the Ws and H of your blogging history? 🙂