Happy December, friends! Can you believe we only have one month left of 2013? It’s a little scary how quickly time passes, but I’m determined to make the most of this final month of the year. December seems to be a time of reflection (at least after Christmas) and lately I have been thinking about this little blog of mine and what it means to me.What do I want out of this blog? Where do I want to go? I’ve posted more this year than I have in years past and I’m happy that I’ve been sharing things more consistently; still there’s much to be done. When I was on Livejournal, I posted almost daily about all sorts of things–fandom, photography, life, relationships (or lack thereof)–and it was always easy to do. There was also a wonderful sense of community that I’m only just starting to establish over here. I miss my LJ community a lot. I miss being able to interact in the same way. I miss comment threads that went on for days and days and the friendships that come from those rapid fire, in depth chats. As much as I have been linked up with those same friends via Tumblr and Twitter, it’s not the same thing at all.
One of my favorite bloggers, Danielle at Sometimes Sweet, posted an entry reminiscent of the awesome LJ memes that lead to an entire f-list of tagged posts. Those were the days. I decided to tag myself in this meme, since it’s related to all of my bloggy thinky thoughts. Feel free to play along, too!
1. When did you first start blogging and why?
I started my Livejournal account in 2005 because the message boards for the Showtimes series, “Queer as Folk” were being shut down and I needed a place to go. I can’t remember which one of the boardies suggested LJ, but I know that suddenly all of us were signed up and posting regularly. It was the first place where I felt free to write anything, pouring out my heart and soul or just rambling about how cute an actor was, but could still have some great social interaction. I still have a paid account, even though my last post was in March of last year.
This blog, The Rambling Fangirl, started around 2008 as a way to collect longer essay type posts that had nothing to do with fandom. Then it became a place to store/link to articles that I had written.
3. When did you become serious about your blog?
I’d say that as much as my LJ is for fun, I also took it pretty seriously. The Rambling Fangirl as a name is fairly new and I’m trying to devote more time and energy to it. Even though I may only post a few times a month, I feel passionate about my little blog and hope that it can one day be a fun place for people to visit and follow along.
4. What was your first blog post?
It was a review of the play, “An Oak Tree”.
5. What have been your biggest challenges blogging?
I think the biggest challenge for me is blogging consistently and finding the right tone for the blog. It’s like a journal, but I’m not sharing as many details I would on a “friends locked” site. I think I’m still trying to strike a balance here.
6. What is the most rewarding thing about blogging?
I’m always satisfied to know that I’ve posted something. That’s a reward. Connecting with new people and keeping my friends/family up to date on things also makes me really happy. I like being able to look back and see what I’ve done and where I’ve been.
7. What is the most discouraging thing about blogging?
Finding the time to write. Sometimes getting discouraged that I don’t have the same instant feedback that I had on other sites. Even if I know that this site is for myself, it’s always nice to have a reminder that someone is listening. I also overthink things a whole lot. Maybe I should just post whatever the heck I want whenever the heck I want. I don’t know.
8. What is your lasting inspiration or motivation?
All of the amazing blogs that I read on a daily basis! They inspire me to write. They inspire me to take photos. They inspire me to create. I love that!
9. What is your blogging dirty little secret?
I love my site, but I hate the WordPress feature that deals with photo uploads. Waaaaay easier and more efficient on Blogger. It gets me thinking about switching sometimes.
10. What is your current goal as a blogger?
Find. My. Voice. Do my rambling and fangirling.
11. Have you learned or become passionate about anything through blogging that caught you by surprise?
I think probably the hands-on/DIY aspects. I follow a lot of people who are into creating their own jewelry, clothes, home goods, and art. There are so many simple projects out there and I’m itching to get started on some. The commitment that folks have to the DIY/handmade movement is really beautiful and it has inspired me to make as many of my holiday gifts as possible this year. I will definitely be making my own cards!
Okay, party people. It’s your turn. Why do YOU blog? Also, in an effort to get to know some folks a little better and to spice up The Rambling Fangirl, I’m going to be starting a new series this week tentatively titled, “Get to Know.” Most of this month’s entries will be focused on artists/merchants who I like and would love for you to get to know, especially during the holiday season. Maybe you’ll get some gift-spiration! If there are any bloggers/artists/shops that you would like to promote, you can let me know via Twitter (@cristinamoreno), through email (email@example.com) or in the comments. Hope you all had a great long weekend! ♥