I am Velvet and I would like to welcome you to my blog, The V Mirror!
This blog is such an exciting new venture for me and I am truly excited about sharing it with you.
For me, blogging is such a special honor and treat. It is a source of empowerment and motivation. I find blogs, to be among some of my favorite things on earth. But, when I first found out about blogging, I really intimidated. Let me tell you why.
Since Ree Drummond’s cooking show came on, my household has been avid Ree Drummond fans! We absolutely love her! But, I didn’t know that she got her start through a blog. So, when my Mom told me about it, I remember thinking, ‘Wow! What a pressured world that must be!’ When I found out what a blog is, I could only imagine pressure and stress. Thinking that must be one of the most difficult things in the world to do. Creating content and managing your own website, must be one of scariest and most daunting tasks in the world. All I knew, was that was something that I’d never be able to pull off. There was no way that I was equipped to handle it. But, Mom thought differently.
So later, Mom mentioned to me that I should consider starting a blog. And the only thing that I thought was, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me!’ ‘I can’t do that!’ But, one thing about my household. The words “Can’t” and “Never” are like curse words here. You just simply cannot get away with that here! So, she told me just think about it. You never know where it could lead. So, I said that I’d think about it. And think about it, I did. All the Time! I thought about ways to blog and how to get a blog started. But, the most troubling question that I had was, “What in the world do I blog about?” I am a simple homeschooled student, raised by a single mother and grandparents. I am an only child and I don’t go many places at all. Unless I am reading book. Then, my imagination can take me wherever it desires. But, as for having an active social life, I didn’t. To which, let’s face it, is rare for a young person in today’s world.
I didn’t have many friends at all and only a small handful of them were homeschooled. Mostly everyone I knew, attended public or private school. Years ago, I would help my Mother and Grandmother take care of my Grandfather. He was in a wheelchair, but he was very independent. And he could really do a lot for himself. And many years later, I helped my Mom take care of my Grandmother. We lost my Grandmother a few weeks ago and my Grandfather, twelve years ago. Before my Grandmother passed, I started blogging. But, I still didn’t think that I had much to blog about. I didn’t have the traditional upbringing, in the since of what many kids were doing. While some of my peers were riding bikes, I was cooking dinner. While some of my peers were playing basketball, I was doing laundry. While some of peers were jumping rope, I was helping my Grandfather with his exercises. So, I have always been a young person that had to be mature.
I was telling so much of this to Mom and she said, Blog about that! Blog about what you know. You’d be surprise at how many people may be going through the same thing or might be interested in your story. So, with that, I decided to start a blog. I blogged and I blogged. I started blogs and before I knew, I was hooked. A little too hooked. I started one blog, that main one that I still have, with BlogHer. And then after that, I started about seven more! Yes, that’s right. Count ’em! Seven! Nuts, right? Well, I had to almost get burned out, before I decided that I needed to shut them down and focus on just BlogHer. Now, I am working more on that blog and I decided to re-start and begin again. But, this time, with only one blog. And that’s where The V Mirror comes in.
As I’ve written above on the left corner, A blog, is a reflection of one’s self. I have believed that since I started blogging. For me, blogging has shown me a lot about myself and what I want in life. It showed me my procrastination, it showed me my determination. I have become more dedicated to creating a blog that I will love and I will be proud of.
I am so incredibly proud to be a blogger and I hope that new bloggers don’t take the gift of blogging for granted. It is a lot of hard work and it takes a lot of discipline. Being a blogger, is a big responsibility. You are responsible for the content that you make and for the message that you send. You are in charge of what you want your blog to say and how you what to say it. It is your voice. Don’t take the power of that voice, lightly. Don’t take that voice for granted. I always say, No one has your voice. No one can bring, what you can bring. Even if someone else, appears more equipped and seems to be more ready, that doesn’t mean that they can do what you can do. So, don’t be afraid to step out and do something different. Don’t be afraid to push the envelope and do something that you think is completely out of your wheelhouse.
Take it from me. it might not be as far away from your skill set as you might think it is!