to blog … or not

I’m not sure yet about blogging. But I want to write. And the writing has to live somewhere.

When I began writing in November last year, it was on Instagram. I enjoyed creating images and posting what I wanted to share. I also enjoyed the immediacy of IG. There was a sense of community because I was writing for a small and quite specific audience. And online and real-life friendships were made.

But I never felt that Instagram was the place for ‘real writing’. It doesn’t allow for longer form pieces. It has a ‘here now, gone tomorrow’ feel. And I wanted my words to have more permanence.

So, I’m giving the blog format a try. Not knowing what I’m doing really. Yet. And not caring too much, to be honest. I just want to write. Because I’m writing for myself.

And because I don’t know what I’m doing, and I’m aware of it, there’s a certain freedom. I have few expectations and no idea of how to grow a readership. I could find out, of course. I could learn how to chase traffic etc. But then I’d be following a different path. And I want to follow a writing path.

When I first began writing on IG, I had no expectations and not much understanding of how it worked. But I slowly worked it out. I also had no idea if anyone would find me. Or read my posts. It was a very nice surprise when people did respond and comment.

It’s like that again now. I’m writing. No-one is reading. And that’s OK. I told someone last week of my plan to move some of my writing to this site. I told her it would be quite okay if there were no readers or ‘likes’. I think she believed me, but I’m not sure that I did πŸ€” (Do we use emojis in blogging? I don’t know πŸ˜•)

Anyway, I’m here. For whatever reason. Talking to myself. Writing for myself. And that’s enough. It really is 😊


Photo – Journal in shop window, Lyon. August 30, 2022

3 thoughts on “to blog … or not

  1. Hi Amanda. I’m fairly new – or restarting my own blog … maybe about 7-8 weeks now and still learning. You’ll get there. And you direct your style … and explore your writing – and emojis are fine πŸ™‚
    Good luck πŸ‘πŸ»


    1. Hello Brenda. Good luck to both of us then, in new blogging adventures! Thanks again. Yes, I’ll keep learning and as you say “direct my style “. I’ll do my own thing and just be me πŸ˜‰πŸ˜Š

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  2. That’s exactly how I began my journey too. And since you already have experience with writing for an audience on IG, you’ll know what to do. I’m excited to see your evolution through time. Wishing you all the best!

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