I’ve been contemplating a lot lately. Entering the fall season always does that to me. The main focus of my thoughts has been on family, but since starting this blogging journey I realize the importance of friendship more, too. I mainly started blogging because I needed an outlet to express myself. I’ve discussed a little bit of my health situation in a previous post before (#WhatTheHealth|Hips Don’t Lie), but the majority of my time is spent at doctor’s appointments or at physical therapy. I got stuck in a rut of not feeling anything and just going through the motions.
One day, I finally got sick of it and I decided that I wanted to change what I could. Now, my health situation is not going to change. But I could change the way I perceive my life and my outlook on it. I remember that when I was younger, writing helped me vent out all the raging emotions that I had inside. I’ve never been much of a talker but putting pen to paper seemed was my way of communicating. There were some things that I wrote that I would share and others I wouldn’t.
I decided that I wanted this time to be different. I thought, “why not make a blog? I have plenty of opinions. I’m always trying new products, this could work out.” Talking it over with my mother really helped me with my decision. She’s my soundboard for a lot of things, and I knew that if she thought it wasn’t a good decision, she would be frank about it and tell me.
To my surprise, she was all for it. She only disagreed with me on the name of the blog, my name is Erika Elizabeth Alexandria Parks (it’s a mouthful I know). She thought I should have called it EAP Reviews instead of PAE Reviews. I will go down fighting with the thought that, (pay) sounds better than (eep). You may be surprised to learn my name when I made my blog I made the decision to keep some things private and I still am. One of my biggest problems is that I’ve always been quite shy about my writing. At first, I wasn’t sure if I was going to tell my other family members and friends about my blog.
I decided if I didn’t act like it was a big deal they wouldn’t lol
— 🍂💀Britt K💀🍂 (@AltSpeaking) September 24, 2017
Britt K/@AltSpeaking on Twitter helped me see that I was making a bigger fuss about it then I needed to. For some reason, I thought that I need to make my blog a topic of conversation or at least bring it up in conversation. In the end, all I did was follow a few of them from my blog Instagram account and word got out. It made me realize if my friends and family, know who I am, then what’s the point in hiding my name. I admit that my thinking is weird sometimes.
Twitter alone has been a big support to me. In not only finding like-minded individuals, ones who love to write and share their opinions, but people that truly want to support each other in every aspect that they can. When I started my blog, I knew what my topics were going to be, but I didn’t know how to reach readers or interact with others. I’ve learned so much just being on Twitter than anywhere else. And I think with that you have to put yourself out there.
I don’t want to just “gain follower/subscribes” I want to build a community of people who are all willing to support each other.
— Megan Anne (@lovemegananne) October 3, 2017
I don’t want to be known as someone who stepped on people to get anything in life. So I want my blogging life/side to be the same way. If I can read, share, RT, or follow, I will do that. And my thinking is, “If I don’t do it for others, then how can I expect someone to do it for me?” Once again, these are just my personal thoughts. But my question for today is: How have you been shown support recently? or, When was the last time that you gave support to someone that needed it?
Sometimes you need to just take a minute to appreciate all of the AMAZING people you have met through blogging✨
— Tiffany Marie (@tiffanyschmoyer) September 23, 2017