Photography by Antony Trivet
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Dress: Topshop UK
“Why do you blog? How come you started blogging? ” Each time I meet someone and they know I blog, these questions somehow come up in the conversation and my response is always the same person to person which I will share with you now; and if you’re a blogger, I bet you can relate to at least a little of it.
I started blogging in October 2015 (almost 4 months now) and the reason it’s about 4 months and not the actual is because I was not consistent in the beginning in terms of posting new content. Trust me, blogging has its own challenges especially if you are just starting out….anyway before I mention the challenges, let me continue with my story of how it all began!
Well, let me start by saying I am extremely a food lover and I believe I have tried out most of the finest fine dining restaurants in Nairobi. As the name suggest, I love spoiling myself once in a while with fine food & wine and enjoy the excellent service and great atmosphere a fine dining restaurant has to offer. Since I have been to many amazing places, some of my friends actually call me up I recommend them places to try out.
Then one day just before I moved to the UK, I met up with my best friend and during our meeting she asked, “Why don’t I write about all the exquisite places I have been to?” and from there I got my ‘aha moment’!, but I didn’t start blogging immediately.
Eventually I moved to the UK and started travelling to lovely places, I started posting photos on Facebook and Instagram and this was entirely to update my family and friends in Nairobi about my life abroad. On Instagram, I was following other Instagrammers and loved checking their blogs- some of my favourites are Adventurous Kate and The Blonde Abroad and they became a source of inspiration and perspective. Therefore, the more I read their stories, the more I wanted to be part of the blogging community but I was fearing that I may not be good enough. Here I was looking at big renowned bloggers and they made me question myself. I was also fearing about people’s opinions like what will they think.
Then in October 2015, I spoke with a friend who encouraged me to just start, “What’s the worst that could happen?” he asked. I started blogging and I have never looked back. However, it has not been a smooth sailing – blogging requires a lot of dedication. I have spent hours upon hours writing then re-writing posts and countlessly evaluating the ‘voice of my blog’. Apart from that, I have a full-time job which I also give it my all; I don’t want a situation where either is affected. The other thing, when I started blogging I was very keen on checking on my numbers, that is, the number of followers on my social links and number of visitors on my blog. The numbers were really low and as a result I started concentrating on the numbers instead of getting new content out. Focusing on the numbers was frustrating and I almost quit blogging. However, one of my readers contacted me via my blog and she informed me that I inspire her to get out there, experience new things and meet new people. It was truly a wake up call! Previously, I was just thinking of myself and not considering that there are people who actually look up to me. Therefore, I stopped giving a f*ck about the numbers and started blogging more – getting new inspiring stories out. Ultimately, I started growing from the whole process and it has truly brought a lot of joy and the fact that I inspire others, it has been really a rewarding experience and that’s why I blog.
Thinking of blogging? The secret is to just start…and there are free blog apps; the popular ones are Blogspot and WordPress (which I use). Secondly, others do it as full-time thing whereas others as part-time; just decide what works for you. The other thing is, do not compare yourself with big bloggers; do your own thing and believe in yourself that you can also reach their level. The trick is to blog, blog, blog! and be consistent. Lastly, stop worrying about the number of followers you got on social media and blog visitors, eventually they will increase when you continue generating new content that are refreshing and inspiring.
Well, that’s it for now and just want to say thank you, thanks for your lovely comments on my posts and for taking the time to follow along with my story. Most importantly,thank YOU for inspiring me.
-hugs & kisses-