Tuesday, September 22, 2015

KUWK: Why I Blog

Yesterday was my 100th blog post!

Isn't that crazy?! It's hard to believe that I actually made it to 100 entries. Let's face it, we all start several things with great intentions, but sometimes they just don't get the follow-through. I really hoped this blog wouldn't be one of those things, but in the back of my mind I knew it was certainly a possibility. 

I thought 100 entries deserved its own little tribute on KUWK. A tribute of why I blog. 

When I first started this blog ten months ago, I had absolutely no idea what to expect. I wasn't even a huge blog reader (I actually only read one). But I knew I loved to write. Always have. I considered being an English major simply for my love of writing. But alas, I majored in numbers and the only writing I was introduced to in my career was technical accounting memos. 

Say it with me now....wamp wamp.

My friend (and roommate at the time) Lauren told me several times that I should start a blog. I chuckled and said it would be fun, but had absolutely zero idea what I would write about. I'm not that interesting of a person. I'm not married. I don't have kids. So, what? I write about me and my dog? 

I was so used to writing for a purpose. Back in 2010, I was diagnosed with ocular melanoma (aka a really rare form of eye cancer). I started a caringbridge journal to keep family and friends up to date on doctor visits, treatment, recovery, etc. Well God had bigger plans for that little journal. People all over the country were reading about my battle with cancer. I now know some of the nicest people I've never met :) I loved writing that thing - but again - I was writing for a reason. 

I started seriously thinking about starting a blog, and realized I really missed writing in that journal. I don't miss fighting cancer, but I missed pouring raw emotions into words. I've never been an overly private person, so writing is sort of therapeutic to me. 

Fast forward to almost a year ago, and my job was consuming my life. I was losing sight of what made me Katy and it terrified me. I wanted to do something for ME. Work was still crazy, so it had to be something small and simple enough that I could do it frequently. So I just started. Again - I had absolutely zero idea what I was doing, but I just took the first step. 

And then I completely fell in love with blogging. 

Granted, it took me a little while to get my mojo, but now I so look forward to waking up at 5 a.m. (I mean who looks forward to 5 a.m?!), pouring a steaming cup of coffee, and writing. It's like I'm making time for myself before the world wakes up. Because let's face it, when the world wakes up, time is nowhere to be found. 

Where do I want to go with this little blog? I have no idea. Right now I'm just writing. If God has bigger plans for this then He'll let me know. But even though I'm 100 posts in, I still feel new. I'm still trying to understand and get involved in the blogging community (that is outrageously huge by the way), and make these entries for me. I already love looking back and reading posts from a few months back, so I know in a few years I'm going to be really happy I did this. 

I'm a firm believer in doing something for yourself. Doing something that makes you happy. Doing something that makes you feel like you have a doggone purpose in this fast-paced crazy life. I'm still trying to figure out the whole "do what makes you happy" and "have a purpose" thing, but hey - baby steps :) 

So that's why I blog. And why I plan to continue to blog. And why I'm oh so blessed and honored that you take time out of your day to hop over and read my little blog. 

I just hope you're doing something for your happy, too. 

Until next time,


  1. That's the perfect reason for blogging.. because it makes you happy =) I think by just writing, instead of trying too hard to be "successful" in the very beginning, your blog eventually becomes a reflection of you. Those are the blogs I love to read most because they're genuine.

    Totally jealous that you wake up at 5am to drink coffee and blog. I've been trying to do that exact same thing for a week now but my baby won't let me =) haha