Four years ago today I started blogging on my site, realnrawreilly.wordpress.com and my passion was ignited. Looking back on the many blog post (over 200 now), from reading some you can feel what I must have been going through at that time. A flood of memories came rushing to my mind, some good, others amazing, and some heartbreaking moments that I wish I could forget. Tough life lessons and challenges that I faced with some pieces that left my mind the minute it was but into the world to see. The allusive world that was once so unknown but now seems way too known and something that you need to schedule time away from. What world can this possibly be? It’s the internet and it can be a friend or a foe.
To the bloggers, who are basically writers and influencers of this generation with many more to come, they have the power for their voices to be heard by millions. At first I was one of those people who thought blogging was stupid and I had it in my head that I was going to be a newspaper columnists or reporter. In college one of my professors made us start a blog website, mine was called “The Reilly Review” on WordPress. My very first site was not my own and it was writing assignments to try to please my professor and get a good grade in the class. I got an “A” in the class and stepped away from the website for a long time. After college I was going through some rough times and was confused about who I wanted to be and where I wanted to go. I decided to relaunch my brand new blog website, “Real n’ Raw Reilly”, which I had full control over and used as a creative outlet.
“Real n’ Raw Reilly” helped me with my anxiety and depression while giving me a purpose and a voice in this world. Since I was a young child writing has always been an outlet of mine, whether is was writing my personal thoughts in locked pink diary (before the internet) or reporting events in the school newspapers. At one point I wanted to write and illustrate my own books then be a reporter for news, so I got a degree in Journalism. Now I am unsure what I want to do and where my life will go but I know for sure starting my blog was one thing that I will never regret.
My blog is my baby that I birthed and nurtured from one single post to many posts and still growing. It is an expression of who I am and who I want to be, or maybe someone that I will never be but can dream. “Real n’ Raw Reilly” is a part of me and it helped me foster my creativity so I can learn the lessons and grow as a blogger. My concerns aren’t about followers and it never was, which I am proud to say I have about 160 loyal people who follow my site. It is not about putting out “popular” content that I don’t care much about just to get attention. It is about sharing the REAL me with the world, sharing the good, bad, and the ugly to people that might relate.
Happy Anniversary to me and I am happy to celebrate this accomplishment. Please share your writing journey or a special anniversary you are celebrating today. Remember everyday is a celebration for something with someone out in the world.