Today’s my Bloggerversaryyy!!
Exactly 3 years ago, May 13th 2016, I started tinathandi.com. You won’t believe what my very first post was about: an article on Norwegian DJ Kygo (I was a huge fan at the time, don’t ask 😂).
It’s amazing to see just how much my blog has changed since then.
So why did I start this blog?
I absolutely loved, and still do love, reading people’s blogs. I feel like blogs give you a deeper insight into a person’s life and thoughts in a way that not many other social media platforms can.
A small part of me always wanted to start a website of my own, but I just didn’t know what in the world I would write about.
In the end it was my sister Gloria who pushed me to go ahead and just start a blog of my own, and here we are! I honestly don’t think I would’ve managed to pull if off at all without her there to help me with the technical aspects of creating a website. Ever since then, and even now, she’s always there to give me a hand or honest feedback on my writing when I need it.
This blog has gives me the chance to practice and improve on my writing. It’s also a space for me to explore all of my interests and share my thoughts! I love creating lifestyle related posts. I don’t write about anything that I’m not completely in-love with and passionate about.
I have to admit that staying consistent with posts over the past 3 years has proven challenging. University is often all-consuming, and if it isn’t school that’s the culprit for my absences, it’s either thanks to creative slumps or paranoia that my writing isn’t good enough.
I think as a writer you just learn to take it in your stride. You learn to accept the fact that no journey, especially a creative journey, is ever linear, or easy. There are good phases and bad phases and that’s okay.
I’m happy to say that I’m a good place right now in terms of my motivation to write. I love writing about local events, travel, restaurants, and talented individuals who are making waves in their respective crafts (yay for interviews!!). I can’t put into words how important it is to me to promote my city of Port Elizabeth and the talented people who live in it.
I hate labels, and maybe that’s why the only way I can categrise my blog is that it falls under the lifestyle umbrella. That’s also why I’ve been hesitant to call myself a “blogger” for so long. I never felt like I fit into the box or image of what a blogger was supposed to look or act like. But I’ve come to accept that it’s okay not to ascribe to the status quo. Everyone is so different and that’s what makes the blogging community so special!
At the end of the day, I’ve got loads to learn. But I’m so grateful for everything that this blog has taught me thus far. I don’t know what I’d do without it.
I’d like to extend the sincerest thank you to everyone who has ever read or shared my posts, it means so much to me! ❤ And shoutout to my Mom, Dad and sister for being there from the very start! And for being my biggest supporters of all ✨
If you’ve ever thought about starting a blog of your own, then this is your sign! Start now, don’t wait!! Conditions will never be perfect, you really do just have to take the leap and make use of all the resources you already have. Believe me when I say that there’s a community ready and waiting to support you and read what you have to say.
I hope you enjoyed this post! Till next time 💫