Since I was 16 years old I've been a keen blogger, but never in a formal sense. I went from Myspace notes to melodramatic Livejournal posts and then flirted with Blogger for a while before I finally settled on Tumblr. It was full of photos, fashion and people who were younger but far cooler than me and I loved it! I started off trying to document my life, but quickly fell into a pattern of reblogging photos and writing one liners about how tough life at University was, which although helpful for venting my constant frustration at exams and deadlines, wasn't really helping me in any way shape or form.
After finishing University and starting work as a PR girl I deserted blogging for a while as I didn't have the time and started to find it, dare I say, boring? Then I discovered a whole new world when I stumbled across a real life friend's style blog. When I started reading A Little Bird Told Me I think I began to understand what blogs were all about. From Jen's amazing style to thought provoking advice (seriously, check out 'The Blog Issue' if you haven't already, it's a whole wealth of knowledge), Little Bird offered me consistently great reading. From then on I was on the lookout for blogs to read, and I am starting to build up a small bank of favourites on Google.
As I became more and more interested in the industry I found myself reading articles on blogging, and specifically the relationship between PR agencies and bloggers, and that is how I found the wonderful Bangs and a Bun. The utterly inspiring Miss Bangs (Muireann Carey-Campbell) wrote a hard hitting post exposing how a PR agency had treated her during a campaign (you can read it here) and I was hooked! Ever since I've been a loyal reader and cringeworthy fan (I can often be heard telling Ryan (my boyfriend) about Bangs' latest posts!)
Even though I've been reading blogs for quite a bit now, I only recently started to comment and try to be more a part of the community, and at the same time I started to think seriously about whether I could maintain a blog of my own. I've always given up in the past, but this time I've given it a lot of thought (months in fact) and I'm ready to dedicate my time to developing my writing and finding my own voice. I really do love my job, but I think for my own sanity it will be fun to write about things I like and you can probably expect to find a good mix of fashion, lifestyle, music, film and pretty much anything that takes my fancy and I hope you'll join me on my little journey to becoming a blogger.
Why did you start blogging? Who inspires you? What do you hope to achieve from blogging? I would love to hear from you!