I was asked by one of my fairly new readers, how I started blogging and I think it’s a great way to introduce myself to other new readers that might happen to come across my blog through NaBloPoMo.
I am aware that people start blogging for the most random reasons. I also know that some people find it strange to write so openly about one’s personal life on the Internet. For me, it all started when I began my internship with the U.S. Geological Survey in CA in January of 2004. I had been reading other people’s blogs on the Internet for quite a few months at that point and enjoyed the opportunity to share their daily lives. It was then that I decided that it would be a wonderful way to start my own blog in order to stay in touch with family and friends while I was away from home.
Naturally this first blog was in German. I enjoyed the fact that I could share my experiences abroad with my family and friends without repeating myself over and over again in personal emails. Those were reserved for -as the name suggests – more personal stuff.
It didn’t take long until I started a second blog – this one here – in English. I felt that I was excluding my international friends from sharing my life with me by exclusively writing in German. I also felt that moving on to a broader audience would be fun! I might not be the best of writers – especially because it’s not my native language – but I enjoy writing and getting feedback.
Now that I think about it, I find that blogging was bound to happen with me. I’ve been writing letters with people since 3rd grade and communicating in writing was -and still is- my preferred and the most personal form of communication that I can think of. A blog can’t replace real letters, but it’s a way to reach out to people.
Yeah, I think that’s it.