I have a confession to make: I never meant to be a blogger. I've always written in notebooks and diaries throughout the years but rarely shared these thoughts with anyone. I was afraid my words would be deemed unworthy or inferior. I was fearful that my writing was not good enough to be shared.
But I do love sharing experiences with others especially my friends and family. As I traveled and ran races I realized that I wanted to share these experiences. The easiest way to do this was to write a blog. So that's what I did.
In the beginning I never thought anyone was going to read this blog except my mom. But surprisingly after a few months of writing many were reading my blog and encouraging me. That really opened the floodgates for me. Once I started writing again, I couldn't stop.
Last week I finally got over my fear of meeting internet people in person and attended my first ever social blogging event. I have no photographs or tweets sent from this event to prove my presence, but I did met several other bloggers and I think that still counts as an alibi this day in age.
I am very grateful to Alex, the organizer of this event, because I desperately needed it. I must admit that the past few weeks have been difficult on the Internet. Everywhere I looked there seemed to be hate filled and insensitive comments that just left me feeling sad. So much negativity had left me feeling quite down and wondering if my voice would even be heard anymore. Should I even continue on this journey of blogging?
Then on Friday, April 1st the Pittsburgh Guest Blogger event took place and for a day many talented bloggers got to shine on the Internet, showing off their talents which included fashion, baking, writing and photography. I found many others who are writing and creating just to make this world a little bit better. Maybe that's exactly what we need right now: to take an interest in each other and listen to what we have to say. Maybe we could remain positive and encourage each other and inspire ideas and creativity. If this is what being a blogger is about, well then maybe I did mean to become one.
Author: Sarah Warman
I like to run, take pictures and write. I've combined all three in this blog.