As part of the blogging community, I’ve realized how important it is for my readers to feel connected to me. But not just me, this goes for all bloggers. Readers want to empathize and share stories they feel closely and relate to. Most importantly, readers want to feel unity by knowing they are not alone in their thoughts and emotions. And as bloggers, our goal is to create a safe space for our readers, while promoting inclusion and support through a clickable website.
Blogger Olivia Lucie Blake expressed in a post that although her blog and personal life are separate, she wanted to allow her readers to get a deeper glimpse into her world. And so, she created the Behind the Blogger tag challenge.
I am humbled and grateful to be nominated for this challenge by Cassie of Let’s Grow Mom. Thank you so much, Cassie! This tag challenge provides the opportunity for bloggers to share four (4) interesting and unknown facts about themselves on their sites. After, a call of action for the participation of additional bloggers is summoned.
I will tag additional bloggers at the end of this post. If I have tagged you, I hope you understand that there is absolutely no pressure or expectation for you to participate in this challenge. I simply admire your site and content! But if you would like to participate, I cannot wait to hear more about you.
So, without further ado, let’s dive right in!
I Started Writing at the Age of 12
I remember the exact moment I fell in love with writing. I was in my 7th Grade English class. Mr. Riviezzo, my teacher, assigned the students a writing exercise where he would play different instrumentals based on various tones and moods. The instrumentals would switch at random times, never quite allowing you to catch up with the current state of your thoughts.
The goal of the writing exercise was to keep writing as the instrumentals shifted, while letting the story unfold with no limitations. I remember the excitement I felt doing this exercise. Me, scribbling on my loose-leaf paper ferociously, as if I was attempting to keep up with all the thoughts and emotions pouring out of me. In that moment, I knew that I loved writing.
It is mind boggling to me that I kept this hidden until the age of 29, when I first shared my writing publicly. But there was never any love lost. Writing still feels exciting to me, even after all these years.
I Never Write the Introduction of my Blog Posts First
And I mean NEVER. I get this weird anxiety thing about writing introductions. I almost feel, should I say pressured?
If you truly think about it, introductions are majorly important. They set the tone of the post. Within the introduction, the reader decides if they wish to continue reading or if they rather hit the exit key of the web browser, urgently. See? Too much pressure.
For me, I like to write the “meat and potatoes” of the post first, where the depth of the content will be. Once the sections are completed, and after proofreading, I work on the introduction based on the tone I feel is appropriate. This allows me to connect with the topic and not overanalyze the methods that should be used to introduce the topic.
I Didn’t Get My Driver’s License Until the Age of 25
I struggled with an irrational fear about driving for many years. I honestly gave up before I could try! The thought of getting into a car accident terrified me and I was not confident enough in my capabilities to successfully maneuver a car. Drastic, right? Trust me, I’m slightly embarrassed to be sharing this with you all (slightly blushes), but it’s true.
When I first got my license, I still allowed fear to dictate where I drove to or even my desire to drive. If it was too far, I didn’t want to drive there. If I had to travel by highway, no way, not doing it. If I had to get across a busy, double intersection, I would rather make a U-turn before throwing myself into danger like that (okay, I still do this…). It took me 2 years of driving to finally feel comfortable and confident in my capabilities. Now, although I still very much hate driving, it is out of sheer laziness and not fear. 😊
I Collect Shot Glasses from Different States and Countries that I Visit
This is a tradition I began when I visited Spain, a trip I gifted myself for graduating college. When I visit a different state or country, I make it a priority to buy a shot glass that represents where I am visiting. I also aim to search for the most unique looking shot glass that represents the culture. For example, my shot glass from New Orleans is the shape of a saxophone and says, “Bourbon Street.”
I have over 20 shot glasses collected so far. I showcase them in an antique passed down to me by my father, which I turned into a bar. Whenever I have company, the shot glasses serve as great ice breakers and provides the opportunity for me to reminisce about that trip while being able to share tips, should that person wish to travel to the place in topic.
I hope you enjoyed reading my unknown facts for the tag series. I would love to also extend the invite to all my readers to also participate in the challenge by sharing at least one interesting or unknown fact about yourself. Also, if you have any questions about the unknown facts listed above, please feel free to ask this in the comment section and I would be happy to answer them. I would love to hear from you all!
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