Writing for leisure is never a burden. It’s really easy, you dot all your I’s, cross all your T’s, proofread for spelling and grammar; of course but also, a little bit of oomph and pizzazz (these are actual words). I had the vision to start a blog for quite some time, and I actually made a website to do so, but I wasn’t brave enough to get past the first step. Looking back, I’m grateful that I have prolonged stepping into this purpose for so long because I wasn’t ready for it then. I was unprepared in every sense of the word and would not have known what I was doing. Instead of the cliché ‘everything happens for a reason’ ending; I’ll just say that I do believe everything happens on God’s timing.
The first step in the process of becoming a Blogger for me was finding the courage to begin. Writers have a way of attaching a little piece of their soul to their words with every piece that is crafted. To enable myself to begin my journey, I had to get past the potential lack of privacy and the bearing my soul to the world factor (which still gives me some anxiety). While I do not plan on writing about my deepest darkest secrets, by reading my posts you will gain a good sense of who I am as a person. Those of you who follow me on Instagram may have noticed that I converted my personal page into a public blogging space some weeks ago. This was a major factor in my first step because for as long as I have owned an Instagram profile it has always been private. I believe once I peeled back that layer and realized that it was okay, I was okay from then on.
Branding and Breaking out was the second step. This came together pretty quickly; at first. I enlisted the counseling voice of a mentor onto my shoulder, whispering steps to build my Instagram page from bottom up. I started the color scheming and social media strategic planning from then on by uploading my logo, creating thumbnails for highlights and playing with a name for my blog after the original spelling (Scotty vs. Scottie) was already taken and prepping for my branding photo shoot. It was here that I ran into discouragements. Once you decide to branch off into the public eye who you are is based upon how others perceive you. People will see what they will and there’s never a guarantee that you’re going to be successful in anything that you do. I decided to re-shoot my branding photos to ensure maximum quality and thereby halting the production on my website because those shots were a necessity in the overall aesthetic of the page. Nevertheless, I persisted.
Finally, here we are at the third but most certainly not the last step of them all; Launching. I make you as my audience this promise; this is something my inner self could not allow fear to cancel. This is something that has been brewing for over a year. But this is also a demanding, careful, and tactical process. I will mess up sometimes, slip a little, post something really late, but at the end of every post, you’re going to feel the effort taken to produce that simple little post. I am proud of this site so far and the days of maintenance and editing that went into it, but I am most proud to say I am officially a blogger.