Monday, November 30, 2015

Why I Started My Blog

The present has me thinking a lot about why I started this blog in the first place. A lot of people think this is easy and rewarding, but it can be exactly the opposite at times. I have my days where I just want to give up, but I never do. There's something about it that has just kept me going and there are a lot of reasons behind why I started my blog and why I continue to write.

Blogging wasn't a completely foreign territory to me when I started this one. The thing is, though, I had never consistently stuck with one before. I broke the mold when I signed up for a brand new Blogger account and typed in the URL breakfastatjillians.blogspot.com... Ever since then, I've been growing an improving: I modified the template several times, played with my writing style, and changed the URL, of course.

But, Just Gigi started off as a place where all I was trying to do was find myself. Almost two years ago I started this journey at the end of my Junior year of high school. I wanted an escape from reality. To get away from all the homework and ACT tests, and not to mention a breakup months before that left me devastated and feeling alone. Most of all, I wanted to take my mind off of everything and pursue my new love for fashion.
People started commenting and it gave me a rush of excitement. It also filled the loneliness I felt in my life. My readers are truly my friends and keep me going whether they know it or not. (So, thank you!). Within a few months of blogging, I could feel myself healing. I was happier, I had gotten a job at American Apparel, I finally felt that I was breaking through my insecurities.
I consider myself an introvert, but when I blog, I don't feel that way anymore. It takes me away from it. I also give credit to working in retail. It I hadn't I think I wouldn't have developed the people skills I have.
The previous content of this post is easy for me to talk about. This part: not so much. I know that I won't give up on this blog no matter what happens. But, what I don't know is where I want to be with my life. Starting college this year has been both enlightening and frustrating. Do I really know what I want? Where I want to be? I'm almost certain I know, deep down inside, but I've held it back and now, well, I'm taking one day at a time because that's all I can do to keep myself going.

I truly want to be the best blogger and girl I can be. To do so, I need to focus on the things I love, and honestly, my lifestyle does not allow for that anymore. If I am struggling to write a Philosophy paper, all I can think about is how I have this great idea for a blog post. I feel like my creativity has been put in a cage, and trust me: it's really fighting to break out.

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This was in place of an interview this week. I've been home for Thanksgiving and scrambled to get a post out this week. There will definitely be one next Monday though, so keep your eyes open!

I hope you all had a great holiday. I'd love to hear your feedback about this post or any of the interviews. And, I just want to hear from you guys; like I said, you keep me writing. You were all at the top of my Thanksgiving "thankful for..." list.


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  1. That's really great that you got back to the heart of why you blog. I had to reevaluate and do that myself. Look forward to reading more.

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    1. Hey, Shann! Yeah, it's always a journey. It's so rewarding in a lot of ways, but sometimes it's very tough because it's also a process of finding out who I really am.

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  2. I, too, like looking back on the why I do this after all. I have been blogging for well over 5 years now and I've had my ups and downs, it can be discouraging when visits and comments don't come the way we expect them to. Good for you for reflecting on your motif and gaining strength from it to keep going! Great post! xxx

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    1. That is so awesome, Chrissy! I hope I am still blogging years from now. What you are saying is definitely true. It takes a lot of confidence to keep writing and putting yourself out there, even when there are few readers or no rewards. Thanks for your comment!

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  3. Great post!
    I had a blog back in the day where I would post strictly personal things.
    I kind of wish I would've known more about the crazy blogging world back then.

    xoxo, Jenny || Breakfast at Lillys

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    1. Hey, Jenny! That's so cool! I started numerous personal blogs in the past that only seemed to last me a month and then I would forget about them or quit. This one has opened my eyes and I really want to move forward with it for a very long time! Thanks for your comment!

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  4. I somehow always have thoughts about blog posts whenever I need to do homework and study. Funny how things work.

    xoxo,
    http://petitemaisonoffashion.blogspot.com/ ♥

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    1. It definitely is funny. It really shows where our passions lie!

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  5. I totally get this! Ahh I love your blog. It's ace. xxx

    yecrad.com

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    1. Thank you beautiful! I love your's too!

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  6. I 100% agree with your point about developing a voice. I've always been the shy introvert, but blogging has provided me with an outlet where I can embrace who I am and make meaningful connections with similar people. Really lovely post!
    Honestly, how have I not followed your blog sooner?! It's exceptional! :)
    ~Moll

    www.mollymac13.blogspot.com

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