Why I blog (and why it might be good if you did too).

I thought for my latest blog post that it might be a good idea to take some time to explain why I am here on this platform, why I began blogging and what I get from it all? Because in all honesty, I don’t think I’ve properly taken the time to do so, or at least not  provided a more updated version since my blog has evolved into the version you have in front of you today dear reader.

So, let’s begin. How did I get into blogging?…

I started blogging initially because I write, I always have (obviously not including the years in which I was learning to do so – don’t be smarmy – but how good was that feeling when you got the thumbs up on moving from pencil to pen at school?! Remember that? – but I digress) whether it was during my preteen/teenage diary writing years, I had 3 volumes in total, I say had as I destroyed all evidence before starting up home with my partner – I never wanted them to see the light of day – cringe. Or the times in which I was writing for magazines, I was once a features editor for 4 years for a magazine and it was during that transition that I then began blogging.

I’ve had 3 personal blogs including this one – my first was one that I began during my university years, I had moved away to another city for 3 years and so wanted a way to document my experiences, it very quickly evolved into a film/event reviewing, interviewing, fashion feature blog which I thoroughly enjoyed writing, but once I began working full time fell by the way side. This is my most recent and most successful blog, successful in the sense that writing for this blog isn’t a chore for me. I finally have found my true interests/ theme.

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Why do I blog?…

I’ve already touched on this slightly, but I blog because writing has always been an interest of mine. It always came naturally to me to write down my experiences and feelings, I don’t know for sure where this stemmed from, but I believe being an introvert has something to do with it. As an introvert I may often come across as slightly reserved, distracted or shy in person – and I really can be in instances when I’m not around my close friends and family, but for the most part it is because my head is constantly buzzing with ideas, analyzing and empathizing situations and zipping back and forth between present and past experiences. So writing for me, has always helped make better sense of my feelings and thoughts, or perhaps at least being able to better get them across and explain myself, than vocally. Plain and simply, I find it to be therapeutic.

On top of this factor, the blogging community is a big reason behind why I continue to blog and share my experiences. It is through reading others blog posts, hearing their stories and sharing their experiences that has given me the strength and comfort to be able to share my own. I want to use this as an opportunity to thank those of you out there for being as welcoming as you have, and for helping to encourage me to share (without realising) you are a big reason as to why I am still here posting today.

What is this blog all about? And how I chose our theme.

‘I didn’t choose the theme, the theme chose me?’ – doesn’t work quite as well as the original. But essentially true, I knew that I wanted to get back into blogging and perhaps thought about doing a lifestyle blog of some sort but that was as far as my thought process was originally – that and documenting the stages before our wedding day and our adventures.

Since then in the past year it has evolved into what it is today, our tagline: Post PCOS, Pre Parenthood Adventures – One couples journey

I suppose it’s not quite removed from my originally idea, I could argue that it is still somewhat a lifestyle blog, in the sense that it follows our life together as a couple. It has evolved because we have. Wanting to become parents is a big part of our lives together now and has been a pretty big part of my life since first being diagnosed with PCOS over 12 years ago now. It wasn’t until I re-engaged with the blogging community that I realised the majority of the information you will find around PCOS, IVF treatments and other infertility related topics could best be found through woman/couples openly sharing their experiences through their blogging and I am so thankful that I did, because without it, I don’t know that I would be coping at all currently.

My blog is essentially snippets of my life and my partners life from my perspective. My thoughts, my feelings and experiences – in an aid to document our fertility journey (the good, the bad and the ugly) as well as remembering the adventures we had during the ‘post pcos diagnosis and pre parenthood years’. I don’t want our fertility journey to be all consuming as that’s not entirely healthy for me, which is why you will read posts about our adventures, diet/restaurant reviews (big factor around pcos) as well as mental health musings. But because our fertility journey is such a big factor in our lives, that is why I am open about it, to help me grow and heal with the process, to reflect and get other peoples advice through their experiences and to hopefully, help others in similar positions understand that they aren’t alone and there are more of us out here in similar positions.

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Why I hope you might consider blogging too.

So here we are, the home stretch, and here is my proposal to you. Why do I hope that you might consider blogging too? I hope that blogging entices you to share, I hope that it encourages you to be more open about the difficulties you are facing, to share and allow for others to have that opportunity to give you positive support. I hope that you might consider blogging too, because blogging has given me a voice I never thought I had. Because who better to advocate on behalf of you, than you. Because blogging is therapeutic, whether you dive head first into the blogging community or whether you dip your toe and remain faceless and anonymous, it really makes no difference. It is the experiences and thoughts you share that truly bond us all on here, I hope you consider starting to blog because this wonderful community deserves to grow.

Once again, thank you to whoever you are that may be out there reading another one of my blog posts. Your’e all part of the journey too. Until next time,

Lisa x

53 Comments Add yours

  1. Mr. X says:

    You know , I initially thought about vloggers and how they use YouTube . However , that’s just something I don’t really have an interest in just like I have in writing fiction . So that’s the reason why I blog .

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    1. I’m very similar to you, I don’t particularly have an interest in vlogging in the same way that some might. I much prefer blogging and writing/typing everything down.

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      1. Mr. X says:

        I mean don’t get me wrong , I watch more vloggers than read more bloggers but blogging is the space I feel more comfortable in .

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      2. I totally get it, and I’m very much the same. I will often watch YouTube vlogger videos, however rarely engage with them ie comment, and would never feel confident in creating my own. I’d definitely say I’m much more of a blogger and love reading other peoples posts also.

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      3. Mr. X says:

        Lol , I don’t know why , but I rarely comment on YouTube videos as well . Don’t know what it is or why is that . Oh well .

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      4. In my experience it seems like for the most part bloggers are a little kinder with their comments? Maybe because they are also a blogger who is sharing their own content, but on YouTube just anybody can comment without having posted anything and can sometimes be a little more cruel? Maybe this is just my understanding lol

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      5. Mr. X says:

        You know what , that is probably the most accurate and honest thing I ever read . Especially right now in America , it’s bloody . On YouTube , on a random video , you can always find a minimum of ten comments talking about racism and that . To be honest , if you think about , that can be the co worker you see every single day and you wouldn’t even notice . Therefore , that kind gets to me because of the mass abundance of negativity that is posted . Like when did everyone become a philosopher or a scientist or a historian?

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      6. I definitely see where you are coming from, unfortunately that’s the problem with a lot of social media platforms. They end up almost abused by individuals who are only looking to spread negativity offering up nothing of any worth themselves because they can hide their identity. I’m just so greatful that blogging as a platform, in my experience has been such a positive one.

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      7. Mr. X says:

        And hopefully it stays a positive one 🙏🏾

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      8. We can only hope!

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  2. I find blogging as my meditation! just started 2 months back.. what’s my niche? what will I write?

    My husband has depression, and it came to me’ why not share our beautiful struggle instead..

    yeah’ that’s my reason why I put up the blog,
    to spread the mental awareness & ❤️

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    1. I love this! Thank you for sharing! I really do feel that once an individual has found what they are passionate about sharing for whatever reason, they reap the benefits. I don’t feel that this is something I could, or would ever want to give up now.

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  3. Mavic says:

    Hi, just chanced up your blog and I love your honesty. I
    , myself just started blogging and my motivation was that someone will be encouraged with my experiences and learn from them. I think we all can learn from each other. I only blog about topics I feel strongly about. I don’t consider myself a writer but everything I write about comes from the heart.

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    1. Thank you so much for reaching out and for your kind words! Welcome to the blogging community and I couldn’t agree more with what you are saying. I really feel you are here for exactly the right reasons and I look forward to reading what you have to share.

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing, it is so kind of you and I feel very honored!

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  4. R. says:

    Inspiring! I only recently started blogging, sharing my book reviews for now. I hope to soon start sharing my life, my views on matters that are taboo because that’s what drives me. :’)

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    1. Thank you so much! I’m really glad to hear this, all the best with your future in blogging, I hope that you enjoy the process! 🙂

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  5. JC Hess says:

    Why do I blog? Because playing in traffic is realllllly dangerous. Seriously, it helps me to quantify and qualify Life. Nice to meet you.

    https://theliterarydrover.wordpress.com/

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    1. Nice to meet you too! Might I also add that I am very glad to read that you understand the dangers around playing with on coming traffic haha.

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  6. dorianc4 says:

    I, too, am an introvert and love to write. I have journaled for the past 28 years or so and it helps me greatly. I decided to start my blog, “Dancing With the Master” this week after many years of wanting to start a blog. After reading your blog I feel like I have been welcomed into a community of friends and look forward to my future blogs. Thank you.

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    1. This has been so wonderful to read, thank you so much! For taking the time to read, to engage with me and for sharing that wonderful news about starting your blog! That is such great news! Welcome and all the best with your future blogging!

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  7. wonderful blog! its nice as a new blogger to see others who have been successful in their ventures!

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    1. Thank you so much! That’s very kind of you to say!

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  8. Paix Segreto says:

    I just started blogging last week although I had been thinking about it for a long time. For me, it’s an outlet for me to express myself in ways I wouldn’t normally be able to and it gives a feeling of companionship knowing someone, somewhere hears (or in this case, reads) what’s on your mind.

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    1. How wonderful! I’m really glad to hear that you have finally took the plunge and made the most of this brilliant outlet!

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      1. Paix Segreto says:

        I’m happy too. I forgot to mention that I loved your article. 🌸

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  9. DearRonnoc says:

    Hey, I like your explanation on why you blog. I started blogging with Xanga, many years ago and just transferred everything to here to start again. It is true that the most introverted of people have the deepest of thoughts. Remember, Intelligence is what you are born with, Wisdom…is how you choose to use it.

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    1. Hi and thank you for your kind words! I especially love that comment you made ‘intelligence is what you are born with, wisdom is how you choose to use it’…just perfect! All the best to you in re-establishing your blog in this format!

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  10. jacquelineblogz says:

    Thanks for sharing! As a new blogger, I find your insight very helpful.

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    1. Thank you so much! Best of luck with your new blog.

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  11. Two years blogging and still feel nicheless. Although much of what I write tilts towards creative nonfiction/inspiration, I’m get to stamp a foot on my niche. Amazingly, I’m not bothered. My interest is in touching lives with creatively written. That interest is what draws me back to the blog the days I tell myself I’m done.

    This is my first time here, and I love your content. Especially your openness. Thanks for sharing your journey with us.

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    1. Thank you for sharing and for your kind words! I really appreciate learning more about other bloggers back grounds and what draws them into the platform of blogging. I totally agree and in all honestly, sometimes I feel a ‘niche’ can limit a person, especially when it comes to writing and sharing and arguably in ways of connecting with people also. So keep doing what you’re doing as I’m sure it is making a difference out there and I hope it continues to feed your soul, blogging is truly a wonderful thing!

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  12. absolutelyaly says:

    I stumbled upon your page on the wordpress discovery board, and was surprised how much I connected with many of your posts. I have PCOS as well and I couldn’t stop scrolling to read another post. I just started blogging again, and currently am just writing about books that I have read. I don’t know where to go with my blog otherwise, because I don’t know that the topics I would pick are important to anyone but me. Still feels good to get it off my chest though!

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    1. Thank you so much for reaching out and for your kind words! Often times I do feel a little isolated with PCOS as i don’t know many people in my personal life with it who are willing to talk about it, so it really means a lot to hear that you have connected with this too! I wish you all the best with your journey into blogging!

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      1. absolutelyaly says:

        Thanks! If you ever need someone to chat with about it feel free to reach out

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      2. Thank you so much! And likewise to you too!

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  13. SusegadSavi says:

    Nice to read.. I just started blogging, it feels good to share what one feels. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Thank you so much! All the best with your new blog!

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  14. Susanne says:

    Hi there! It’s so inspiring to read this post, and thanks for encouraging me to maybe start my blog again!
    I’ve fallen into the perfectionist trap because blogging is so different today than it was when I first started… now it’s all about being a business and like a fashion magazine… while I’ve mostly just blogged to share my journey.
    I started blogging when I lived in Ireland in 2008, and funnily enough, I plan to start my blog more consistently again to share about moving to Ireland… again.
    I don’t care about niches (other than blogs that are created out of passion for something specific), I just like reading about people and understanding people in different situations.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words! I can definitely understand where you are coming from with the issues around perfectionism and blogging, but I’ve always felt strongly that if you are open and are willing to discuss things that truly matter and light that fire in your belly, then you really can’t go wrong as it makes everything so much more relatable and easier for everyone to connect to one another! I wish you all the best in the future/reboot of your blogging!

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  15. darcysdoodles09 says:

    Hi there! Sharing my journey in life and why I am the way I am is exactly why I blog. I have struggled with mental illness for years (since I was a child) so confrontational communication isn’t something I can produce even when I need to. I have turned to writing and crafting as my source of expressing thoughts and ideas. Writing, most especially, helps me communicate efficiently. I have read quite a few of your posts already and just thoroughly enjoy your ideas and expression. Thank you so much for this post! It’s definitely informative and helps us all to gain inspiration from each other and insights as to why a lot of people blog!! Love it!!!

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    1. Hello! and thank you so much for sharing! I truly feel honored that you have taken some time to read my posts and for also sharing the reason behind why you too decided to start blogging. I am so glad to hear about what writing has brought you in your own journey and I hope that this continues to be a positive outlet for you! All the very best!

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  16. Hi Lisa! I am a brand new blogger (2 days to be exact), and I am wondering what your tips are for a newbie to blogging and WordPress? I am looking to engage with the blogging community and I love thinking about life and mental health. Like you, I hope this experience is therapeutic.
    -Grace

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    1. Hi Grace, thank you so much for reaching out and welcome to WordPress! My experience of blogging has been nothing but positive and I feel that a lot of this may stem from the fact that I write purely about the experiences I have and thoughts and feelings that matter a lot to me. It’s never forced and never on a schedule and if I were to give one piece of advice, it would be to use this platform when you need it – let it be a way to share your experiences, if you feel strongly about something then share it – don’t force it and don’t write for the sake of writing. But most importantly remember it’s a shared platform and there are so many wonderful bloggers out there with words of wisdom, knowledge and similar experiences out there just waiting to connect! I want to wish you all the best in your new blog and writing, I hope you get everything from it that you hope to, enjoy! X

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  17. Great! Thank you for the advice. I already feel the struggle of desiring the likes versus enjoying the writing and processing! So glad to hear positive things about blogging. It is scary putting myself out there while at the same time deeply caring about what I am writing.

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    1. No problem at all! Of course what works for me might not necessarily work for others as it’s just my experience, but I am happy to share. I can totally understand the struggle, but as I see it, if you write about what you truly care about – people of the same mind will find your posts and engage. You cannot beat being your most authentic self! I can also totally appreciate how daunting it is to share what you care deeply about in a public way, but that is what is so great about having a blog, you can remain totally anon if you choose to do so until you gain a little confidence and then change that at a later date if you feel necessary!

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      1. Love this. Really great advice! Awesome to hear about what you have experienced and it is helpful for me as I navigate and think about what “blogging” means for me and my experience!

        Thank You!

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