You know how everyone has that one thing that they're really good at, that they've just always done? For me, that's writing. I kept a diary at an early age. That blossomed into short stories, poetry, and several attempts at a novel. It is something that I absolutely love to do, so blogging was a natural step to take.
But it didn't come easy, or happen overnight.
Waaaaay back in the day, I wanted to start a blog, so I did. I used a really simple template and it might have been on Blogger, but it could've been Wordpress. I'm not really sure. I just know that I decided I would do book reviews, movie reviews, product reviews, and so many other things that weren't really related at all. I made a zillion categories and probably posted about 5 things before I lost interest. I believe they were mainly book reviews? Honestly, it's hard to remember, and I'm pretty sure I deleted it soon after.
My 2nd attempt was even less promising. This time, I took the time and came up with what I thought was a great name. (Soooo not.) I had a plan this time around. It was going to be a blog where I would post great shopping finds. Which was all well and good, until I decided to set it up through Wordpress and host it myself. I never posted a thing, but I paid for a year's worth of hosting and the domain registration.
The 3rd time around actually went somewhere. Why? Because I had a focus. Polish and Prose was all about nails. But the Prose part gave me the ability to be able to write about other things... if I wanted to. I posted regularly from December 2011 through Februaryish of 2012. I found out I was pregnant with Peanut, and also found out that the smell of nail polish remover (among many other things) made me want to vomit. And that was the end of that.
So... Seize the Sparkle is actually my 4th blog. Which just goes to show you that sometimes you won't get it right on the first try, and that's okay. You've just gotta keep trying until you find something that works for you. And you will find it, I promise!
This time around, I knew I wanted to leave a more liberal opportunity to blog about things other than nails. I was also really searching for myself after going through an incredibly hard year of awful personal junk, all while learning how to be a mom and still be me at the same time. I definitely had a more clear vision in mind, and a little more experience in how to make it happen. That was over 2 years ago, and I'm still going strong!
... and you know, I wouldn't continue doing it if I didn't love it! Truthfully, I did start out blogging for me, and no one else. But it evolved from that because of the blogging community and you guys. It's one of the many reasons I keep blogging. For the girl out there with a similar obsession for polish and painting her nails. The mom who is trying to define what being a mom means to her. The girl who might've lost herself a little bit. The girl who's trying to find her way back. The girl who's moving forward without looking back. The independent, free spirit. The optimist. The glitter guru. The girl who sparkles and shines all on her own, no spotlight necessary.
I've been all those girls, and so many others. Like a lot of other blogs out there, blogging is just my way of carving out a space in the world and trying to make sense of it all. It's a way to put my name on something, to stay positive, and live deliberately. I think we all have our own way of doing that, it's just different depending on what you like and what you're good at. For me... it's writing.
Always has been, always will be.