This year is my blog’s 4th birthday (woo!) and that little milestone is happening next month which just so happens to coincide with another freaking huge milestone…my 21st birthday. So I figured instead of swamping October with celebratory posts I would spread them out (double the cake, double the fun.) And since this is my blog’s birthday party I thought it would be a great time to share the reason why it even exists. So today I’m sharing my reason for blogging. I’ve never really sat down and told this story before although it’s something I get asked a lot. It’s a funny thing how blog’s start out because most of us never expect to get as invested in them as we do. But here I am four years later and I honestly can’t imagine not being a blogger. So cue the confetti…let’s start the celebration…
How did it start?
I began AS&SF in my final year of high school. I have always been a writer. I dreamed of being an author or writing in some way/shape/form and on ‘dress as your future career’ day I came as a journalist which is a cool dream but terrible costume idea FYI. I’ve got hundreds of journals stashed away in my childhood bedroom which describe in embarrassing detail the trials of my school years. I also used to spend a great deal of time making up little stories. Except they never got very far because my favourite part was coming up with the characters and once I’d done that I dropped my attempted novel and started a new one.
So I was born to write. I had been wanting to start a blog for a long time and I finally bit the bullet and did it.
At the time I was passionate about food so of course it started as a food blog. If you need a laugh then please check out my very first ever post: Armenian nutmeg cake .
Where did the name come from?
When I very first started using Pinterest I wanted to keep it private so nobody I knew would see my pins (I don’t know why I was being so secretive they were literally all just recipes.) so apron strings and sticky fingers was the name I came up with for my secret Pinterest account.
Then when I needed a blog name, it just fit.
And I’ve grown kinda attached to it. Even now it has nothing to do with what I’m writing about…I just can’t seem to let it go. So until I think of a flashier name… Apron Strings and Sticky Fingers it shall be!
How did the blog evolve?
If you have been a reader for a while then you know that I struggled with an eating disorder through high school (you can read my story here) and as I started university I found myself changing for the better. I began to heal and as I did my blog moved away from an obsession with food and towards helping others recover and find a healthy balance in their life. I began to share fewer and fewer recipes and more posts about exercise, emotional health and my faith. I fell in love with the feeling of writing to help people.
And I eventually realized that what I loved about blogging was the writing.
Pouring out my heart in words was what brought me joy.
I HATED trying to think of new recipes to post. I HATED staging and photographing the food I created. I could never get the pictures right, they always looked dark and fuzzy (every photographer’s dream.)
So I decided to quit trying to be something I wasn’t and I dropped food blogging altogether. It felt terrifying at the time because I thought nobody would read anymore (I was wrong.)
And over my three years at university I have grown and changed even more until now I am hardly recognizable as that girl I used to be. And once again my blog’s focus shifted with mine. I leaped out of recovery and with new hope and delight in the world I began writing about whatever I pleased.
AS & SF became a place where I shared my intimate musings, my fears, my funny failings and my triumphant victories. It became something I was/am proud of.
So why do I blog?
Through all of that I have learnt that my greatest passion in life is making people feel at home. What I love most of all is being a friend. Reminding people that they aren’t alone and encouraging them wherever it is they need it. I want to create a safe space here where people feel welcome. I want to share truth and speak love into your life.
It doesn’t matter if one person or one thousand people read this…I value you all and I won’t treat you any differently.
I blog for all those insecure, confused, lonely twenty-something gals who feel a little lost. I blog to encourage you that whatever obstacle you are facing…you can overcome it.I blog because writing is the only chance I have at making this world a better place. Click To Tweet
It’s not much but it’s the gift I’ve been given. I believe that words have tremendous power…and I intend to use them!
So my mission with this blog is to help others overcome obstacles and become the best versions of themselves. So that we don’t just survive…we THRIVE. Together we learn how to love loudly, live boldly and dance freely.
If you want to somewhere to belong. If you want a friend. If you need hope, joy and laughter in your life then I want to encourage you to sign up for The Weekly Whimsy. It’s my email newsletter that I pour my heart into each week. It’s just me…raw, real and honest. I’d love to have you join this community.
Now tell me…
If you’re a blogger why did you start?
Why do you blog now? Has it changed?