Honestly I am not sure I know what the answer is! But I am writing about it anyway.
I have been writing since I was in school. I was super lucky to have great Portuguese language teachers and they have always encouraged me to keep writing. Back then I wrote short fictional stories that I presented in class, wrote letters to friends, personal poems and even a joint diary with some of my best friends.
In the online age and as I thought about moving to a different country it occurred to me that a blog would be a great tool to document such a big moment of my life. It was also a way of keeping friends and family up to date with my London adventure.
Soon it became a little bigger than my friends and family circle. So many people were reading my blog and interacting with me in the comments’ box. It was great. At the time in Portugal people were losing jobs and seeing no way out. Guess my blog gave them hope, showed them an alternative.
The blog opened so many doors in my life! It was truly amazing and I just went with it like it was nothing out of the ordinary. In retrospective I can now see how much it changed my life. Through the blog I have made friends for life, got a job in London and had some of the best moments of my life.
I did have times when I was not into writing for the blog. It felt like I needed to press the reset button but I wasn’t yet sure how to go about it.
Gradually I started realising I could no longer relate to my audience. It felt a little awkward. I was no longer that little town girl always afraid to leave her comfort zone. I became more tolerant and understanding of other cultures and different ways of going through life. Even though my audience had been so generous throughout the years I no longer felt like we were a good match.
It took me a while to figure out how to change it up but I finally did it. By writing in English I broadened my reach and at the same time also cut some ties. Believe it or not by doing this I sacrificed the numbers but I feel more in tune with my audience now and I believe that’s way more important than numbers.
Now I write about whatever I feel like and about my passions. There is a lot of photography and travel stuff on the blog but also a few personal stories and thoughts. I hope you enjoy it but most importantly I hope I keep loving writing here.
Writing has been a constant in my life. It’s my therapy.
Guess this is the sole reason I have a blog, I love writing.