My Journey to Finding my Creative Outlet
I loved being creative when I was a kid. I enjoyed drawing, painting, and any arts and crafts projects I could get my hands on. I was really shy when I was younger so I wasn’t the type of kid who was outside all the time with her friends. Sometimes, I played with the neighbor kids, but a lot of times I preferred to keep to myself and be creative. I loved to draw and color (which is why I was super excited when adult coloring books finally became a “thing.”) I remember having those “how to draw” books that guided you in drawing all these shapes and connecting them until they magically become some kind of animal (I had a sea animal one. I was always fascinated by whales. Don’t ask me why haha). Oh, and just for a little late ’90s throw back, Blow Pens were my fav, and I made masterpieces with those things (although looking back I’m not sure how safe blowing on a marker really was, oh well lol)
Then I got older, and went through junior high and high school, where creativity was no longer nurtured like it was in elementary school. The arts are not a priority, and many schools have even cut out their art programs because of funding. I had an art class in seventh grade, took animation as an elective in tenth grade (which I really enjoyed) and that was it. However, I never really stopped searching for my creative outlet. High school was the first time I tried my hand at “blogging.” You know, back when “diary blogs” were a thing in the early 2000s. Only my “blog” was always private. That’s how shy I was. I just wanted that creative space to get my thoughts out. Teenagers need to vent, and as an introvert, a private blog sounded like a great place to do that. So I started a “blog” about two or three times, but it just never lasted.
Fast forward to my college days and Tumblr became the thing to do. I loved scrolling through and reposting pictures, but it didn’t really satisfy my need to be creative. None of the work was my own. So I made a second Tumblr and kept it private (I’m telling you guys I’m SUPER reserved. My family still doesn’t know about this blog) and tried to do the diary blog thing again, but that didn’t last either. On top of that, I was way too busy with college and my full time job to think about doing anything artistic like drawing or painting again. It just never crossed my mind.
Why do so many adults think they can’t be creative?
Creativity comes naturally to children because they’re not concerned yet with what others think of them or their actions. They do what comes to mind, and don’t hesitate. They still have an imagination, and aren’t consumed by the demands of life such as school or work. Why can’t adults keep that creative spirit though? The truth is, we can, but we have to consciously work at it. I think it’s super important to find out what your personal creative outlet is, and understand that you CAN be creative! For me? Blogging honestly saved my creativity and become the ultimate creative outlet.
4 Reasons Why Blogging is the Ultimate Creative Outlet
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1. It’s a true form of self expression
I consider my blog to be my own personal passion project. It’s a direct reflection of my mind, heart, and soul. It represents me as a unique individual. That’s the cool part about blogging. Your blog can be focused on whatever topic you choose. You can blog about whatever is important to you, and you can use your blog to teach and/or inspire others! You’d be surprised how many people are out there that would love to hear what you have to say. That would love to learn about a particular topic that you happen to be an expert in. My blog is my way to express myself and have fun while doing it. Designing a blog is also another amazing form of self expression and is one of my favorite parts about blogging! You get to design an entire website that is uniquely you. Something that you can look at and say “yes, I did that.” I have a sense of pride when I look at my blog because I built it from the ground up. It’s definitely still a work in progress, but it’s awesome to see how much I’ve grown. I have so much fun creating content every week, and coming up with new creative ideas for my blog! It definitely keeps my creative juices flowing everyday.Blogging is an amazing form of self expression in so many ways Click To Tweet
2. It encompasses so many different forms of artistic expression
As a blogger you do SO many things that require creative ability. You’re a writer, photographer, graphic designer, and creative innovator all in one. You’re constantly coming up with new creative ideas for blog posts, you’re writing, you’re taking pictures to use on your blog and in your posts, and you’re designing graphics for your blog. You’re also coming up with creative ways to utilize your social media accounts, and promote your content. If you’re a fashion blogger, you’re putting together different outfits and coming up with creative ideas for photoshoots. If you’re a DIY blogger, you’re always coming up with new creative projects to blog about. Blogging as a whole is an intensely creative process! One of my favorite parts was designing my logo (which I changed about 5 times until I came up with the current one). I was SO excited and proud of myself for creating this logo and I’m still totally obsessed with it. I’m not a graphic designer but Canva.com makes me fee like i am!Blogging is an intensely creative process, and bloggers play so many roles Click To Tweet
3. It provides the opportunity to connect with so many other creative souls; to build community with people who truly understand you and your creative spirit
I seriously can’t express enough how grateful I am for all of the amazing ladies that I’ve gotten to know through blogging. The blogging community is so amazingly supportive and sweet! #communityovercompetition all the way! I’ve also noticed that most (not all) of the bloggers that I’ve met are introverts (even INFJs like myself to be specific) which is crazy to me because I rarely meet people that I vibe with so strongly. I could totally be BFFs with so many of these bloggers. My point is, through your blog you’re guaranteed to meet like-minded people and create community with them through supporting one another. Why? Because if your blog is a true reflection of you, people who enjoy reading it clearly have something in common with you! So in a sense, blogging can function as both a creative outlet, and a social outlet (a perfect social outlet for introverts at that).blogging can function as both a creative outlet, and a social outlet Click To Tweet
4. It can be done whenever and wherever you are!
This is one of my favorite parts about using blogging as my creative outlet. With other forms of art that I enjoy, such as painting, I have to be home in an area where I don’t mind making a mess. Painting also requires a lot of set up and clean up. Blogging? All you need a laptop, or tablet, and maybe a notebook to write out your ideas. I love going to coffee shops, or sitting outside in my backyard and blogging my heart away.
5. You can build a business out of it
This is something I’m still working on myself, but it’s definitely possible. This is the ultimate goal for many bloggers, and there are also tons of bloggers who already make full-time income off their blogs! Ummm #goals! There’s a lot of hard work that goes into reaching that kind of blogging success, but I definitely believe it can happen!
So are you down to start your own blog and get those creative juicing flowing?
Of course you are!
So what’s next? I’m going to give you the simplest explanation possible. Here goes nothing.
Well, you need a web host which is basically the place where your blog will “live” on the internet. And guess what? Going “self hosted” through using a web host means that you totally own all your content. As opposed to using a free site such as wordpress.com or blogger.com (they own your site, not you), that could suddenly shut your site down for no apparent reason if they have issues. Sounds like a nightmare to me.
I did start out on the free platform wordpress.com because I wanted to see if I could actually keep up with my blog (this is actually a great step to take if you’re feeling hesitant!). I wasn’t sure if I was going to actually enjoy it and stick with it. As you can see, I did! I fell in love, and went self hosted with Bluehost almost 2 months after I started blogging, and girl, I have NO regrets. I can totally customize my site now and use pretty, professional looking themes that I wasn’t able to use on the free platform. Plus, I can use plugins and all that other fancy blogging stuff that you’ll learn about once you launch your blog. Feeling ambitious yet? Click the picture below and get started on your very own blog through Bluehost!
The set up is self explanatory, I promise. You’re smart girl, I have faith that you can figure it out and become an awesome blogger. If you do run into any issues, Bluehost is super helpful and responsive to your questions! Trust me, I had to both them a couple times. I’m also down to help you if you need it 😉
If you’re a blogger already do you consider your blog to be your creative outlet? What else do you do to get those creative juices flowing? If you’re thinking about starting a blog, trust me girl, now is the time. You have nothing to lose! I promise you’ll love it 🙂