Why I started blogging

Hey!  This is the second part of a two-part blog post series.  So, if you didn’t catch “Why I Started Blogging – Part One“, click HERE to read it.  But if you’ve already read it, let’s pick up where we left off…

Since I was home with my children, I felt that there wasn’t much I could do to stay current in the field of technology.  I felt out of the loop because I wasn’t working day in and day out in my industry.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I was happy and blessed to stay at home with my babies.  I was also fortunate to be able to work out of my house.  However, I knew that once I started job-hunting, my resume would not be as strong as someone who worked fulltime at a tech company or a university.  I needed a way to stay current.  I needed an edge.  Then one day it came to me.

One day, I was watching an entertainment show and they were talking about fashion week in New York City.  During fashion week, the media is always focused on who is sitting in front rows of fashion shows.  You’ll see magazine editors like Anna Wintour and Andre Leon Talley of Vogue.  You’ll see socialites or celebutantes like Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton.  You’ll see former fashion models like Tyra Banks.  You’ll also see actresses and singers like Emma Stone and Beyoncé.

But this show I was watching focused on how fashion bloggers were sitting front row at all the shows and how their blogs were impacting the fashion industry.  Right then and there, a light bulb went off in my head.  These fashion blogs were started by people who love and have an interest in fashion.  But for some reason or another, they were not able to land a coveted job in fashion.  Therefore, they started blogging about fashion to give their opinion on new trends, up and coming fashion models and industry gossip.  Many of these fashion bloggers gained huge followings and became experts in the fashion industry.  Overnight, fashion bloggers had become the hottest fashion stars.

I also noticed that fashion bloggers were getting work.  Like real paid jobs.  I was really interested then.  When I read a magazine, I noticed that fashion bloggers were writing editorials in magazines.  I saw them in commercials and advertisements promoting brands.  I turned on my favorite news and talk shows only to see them discussing the seasons latest fashion trends.  I also saw them as judges on reality competition shows.  I was like, what!  All this from blogging?  I thought to myself, how can I be down with this!?!

Now, of course, I had an advantage because my educational background is in computer science and my graduate research focused on online social networks.  Thus, I was familiar with the technical aspect of blogging.  However, my education did not focus on blogging as a way to build income, become an expert or build a brand or business.  I wanted to learn more about how blogging could build by reputation and increase my income.  I saw lots of people in magazines, online and on television talking about technology.  They were touting the latest tech products, advising parents how to keep their kids safe online and discussing public figures that had inappropriate photos pop up on their social media accounts.  I thought, if they can do it, so can I.  I wanted to learn more about these people and how blogging helped them get to where they are.

But more importantly, I wanted to use blogging as a way to stay current in the technology industry.  Even though I was changing diapers and making bottles during most of the day, I needed a way to stay viable in my industry.  And in the ever-changing job market, it’s important to stay marketable.  As a result, I set out to learn more about how blogging could build my career.

So basically, I started blogging so I could stay current in tech even though I am a stay-at-home mom.  How many of you reading this can relate?  Well, that’s my story of how I started blogging.  What’s yours?  In the comments below, write a comment and let me know why you started blogging.  Or if you haven’t started a blog yet, why you want to start blogging.