If you're like me, your hand is firmly at your side.
Me? I did everything right. I graduated high school with honors and went to college right away. I chose to attend Buffalo State College and study journalism. I graduated in four years with a satisfying GPA and felt I was thoroughly qualified for a job in communications. Then, I looked for jobs... Bare freakin' bones.
Even if I could I find an adequate job in my field, there wasn't a guarantee I'd be able to make enough money to support myself living on my own. So, I did what a lot of recent college grads do, I accepted a position with a corporate company.
Fast forward a few years and few more corporate positions, I decided to finally leave the corporate world with the help of Elizabeth Gilbert and her book, Big Magic. Even though I've found a better job and I'm incredibly happier, I still have the desire to write as often as I can.
I love to read and write. These two activities are my deepest passions and have been ever since I was a child.
I thought to myself, how could I do more with my passions, without utilizing them in an actual job? With a little help from my friends, I decided to start a blog. My friend Nicole specifically suggested I start one, because I was always posting about great books, movies, TV shows and documentaries, etc online.
Since starting my blog, I've learned blogging isn't as easy as it may seem. On a daily basis, I try to brainstorm for new material. Then, I need to find the time to read the book, watch the movie or show, or listen to the podcast, etc. I take copious notes, and then I have to set aside time to write the review.
I write the review, then edit the article to make sure it's the best it can possibly be. Aside from the writing and reviewing, there's also promoting. I try my best to make sure my site has the most exposure possible.
Blogging could be a full-time job. There are so many other little things I do to keep my blog updated and modern too.
Ultimately, I would love my hobby of blogging to morph into an actual career. I would give anything to make it on my own, one blog post at a time.
All in all, I blog because writing is my favorite thing to do in the entire world. I blog because knowing my posts reach readers from all around the world is incredibly gratifying. I blog because I am able to gain exposure and have even been noticed online by some of my favorite authors. I blog because it's a challenge, and I blog because I can't imagine pursuing anything else.