Before I started school, my grandmother taught me how to read and write and every day I wrote my full name, the name of my family members, my home address and the address of my grandmother.
I loved writing. Any and every word I knew how to spell, I tried to write it out.
I wrote and filled up journals by the time I entered into kindergarten and on one special occasion I was presented my very first Lisa Frank Diary with a lock and key.
I wrote in it everyday. My thoughts, my feelings, what went on at home and school. I just wrote it all down.
Every year I was given a diary and I never grew out of them. Still to this day, I have personal diaries and journals that I continue to fill up but I felt it was time to share some of my thoughts and feelings with an audience.
I started blogging as a creative outlet to pour out my sincere thoughts, share my interests, work on my photography and writing skills and hopes of inspiring some of you to do the same.
- How did you get into blogging?
I was first introduced into blogging through tumb1r at the age of 18. I was obsessed with tumb1r and spent way too much time on it but it was just an incredible feeling to see and read things from all over the world that people posted and reposted.
Along with reposting, I also posted my original content and surprisingly it would get likes and repost too.
Again, I felt special in the JW community and even met great pen pals who turned into wonderful friends.
After a few years on tumb1r I felt it was finally time for me to move on to the next phase in my life of actual blogging.
- What would you label your blog as?
If I had to put a label on it, it would be a Lifestyle Blog.
My blog is not just about DIY’s, gardening, recipes, preaching, etc. it’s a little bit of everything in my life.
- Did I start a blog to get famous or sponsored?
No, of course not. I wanted and will always want my blog to remain original and pure with my own likes and dislikes.
I have been fortunate enough that some restaurants/bakeries have wanted to collaborate with my blog.
I am no where near famous but I have been asked if I am, “Shulammitegirl” when I am at functions/gatherings in the JW community so that has been exciting.
- Why did you use WordPress as your template?
I started with WordPress because of how simple and easy the format was to use and understand.
I did look into BlogSpot, Squarespace, Godaddy, etc, but I didn’t feel experienced enough to start with those sights and I was not ready to buy my own domain name just yet. I actually didn’t even know if I would have my own domain name but I loved the idea that by starting on WordPress, I would be able to eventually buy my own domain name through them and not have to hassle with linking my blog to another website.
I would definetly recommend WordPress to anyone starting out.
- You have your own domain name now, what prompted you to finally have your own?
Well when I first got the hang of blogging on here, I told myself if I ever reached 200 followers I would purchase my own domain name.
I know 200 followers is nothing compared to an actual blogger but I have an amazing audience who actually reach out to me and communicate with me and that is what I wanted when I started this blog.
When you get on my homepage you will see that I have 194 followers but those are just people who follow me with other blogs. That number does not include those who follow me solely by e-mail.
- What if I do not have a laptop or tablet? Will I still be able to blog through my phone?
Of course you can still use your phone! I can’t speak for any other site but WordPress has a quick and efficient App to help you navigate.
- What if I just want to post and share my photography or start a portfolio?
Pixieset may be the site for you!
- How do you feel about vlogging?
I think it’s really neat and there are some interesting people out there but I don’t feel that I am one of them. Maybe someday I’ll start a baking channel on Youtube. Stay tuned….
- What is one common mistake you made as a blogger?
I think a common mistake everyone makes as a blogger is not knowing what to blog about. Being stumped about ideas that you may have but do not feel that others will be interested in.
I didn’t think the way I crafted in my planner was interesting to anyone and any post dealing with my planner has the highest ratings and views.
Post what you want and how you feel, there are so many people out there who are interested in the same types of things and you can share and learn from others.
I hope this encouraged you all to find some type of creative outlet, even if it’s not blogging or vlogging, it might be journaling, sketching, getting into photography, etc.
If you’re ready to start blogging on WordPress and need some help, feel free to comment below and I’ll get in touch soon!
– R. Vargas