Why I started a blog


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And why it’s important to me.

Hey there, folks!

If this is your first time on my blog, welcome to We The Story! I’m overjoyed to have ‘ya here.

Like most blogs, I’ve got an ABOUT page which gives you the basic run down of who I am, what I’m doing and more importantly, what the heck this space is about.

But, because I’m a fan of explaining things way too in depth (a flaw of mine, perhaps?), I figured I would write a post dedicated to all the reasons I really wanted to start this blog.


The 5 Reasons Why I Started “We The Story”

I need a creative outlet. 

I’m not even going to deny that this is a typical reason why someone would want to start a blog or any sort of online portfolio. I’ve been writing my entire life, be it in my secret journals (ouu juicy), online publications or academic essays. And I honestly love it. When I was a kid, I used to beg my mom to bring me to the Dollar Store so I could buy new notepads that I could fill with ideas and stories. Yes, I was 100% that kid. At the time, I couldn’t even write, I just wanted to scribble and make up stories in my head.

As I got older, I started to keep journals so I could document my life. I also just needed a place to let out my real feelings, because I don’t tend to do that in public (can I get a hell ya! for my non-confrontational bros out there).  After 13 years though, that got kind of old. Writing to myself became stale, and I wanted to start sharing my thoughts. I wanted feedback. Blogging was something I always wanted to do, or at least try out. The day I turned 20, I figured “fuck it”, it’s now or never, my dude. So I started building this site and hid it from everyone so I had the time to experiment. And here we are!

I was unemployed

I’m going to write a full blog post on this soon, but essentially, May of 2018 turned out to be my time for major rejection. I had been rejected from approximately all of the jobs I applied to and was feeling a little unsure of myself and my career goals. Rejection, up until then, was not something I had grown used to (and that’s not meant to sound cocky, although it does. Yeah, there’s no way out of this so I’m just going to keep going). I knew that I had the skills to hold myself in the media industry, but I just couldn’t land a job.

After weeks of beating myself up, I realized that I needed that rejection, because quite honestly, I needed to figure my shit out. Like my deep, dark emotional shit. The fun shit, right?! It also showed me how hard and competitive the marketing/advertising/copywriting industry is, and I needed that kick in the ass to remind me that it’s not going to be a walk in the park after graduation. Being home alone for an entire month gave me time to think about my goals, who I am and what on earth my purpose is. It also gave me time to fully outline my blog/brand idea. All of this thanks to unemployment! I’m kidding, please don’t ever wish to be unemployed, it’s not #hip or #cool.

I’m moving to Copenhagen 

Okay, so I’m only going on exchange for 6 months. But, it’s still a huge move. I knew the moment I got accepted to go on exchange that I wanted to film it/write about it/photograph it as much as possible. Taking this into consideration, along with my burning desire to start a blog from the ground up, I figured it just made sense to actually start. 2019 is sure to be the greatest/scariest year of my life and I can’t wait to document the whole of it with youuuuuu.

Gotta start building that #portfolio

When I graduate university, my official degree title will be Honours Specialization in Media, Information & Technoculture with a Certificate in Digital Communication. It’s a lot of big words, but what does that prove, right? Blogging, creating, networking, interning and working are the tangible parts of your degree that are going to set you apart from the rest of the thousands of applicants trying to get into the same industries as you. I feel lucky enough to be part of a university and a network of alumni that have ended up in jobs that I can see myself working in and doing the things I’d love to do, which makes me believe that I’m on the right path to living the life of my dreams. Hopefully. Maybe. Possibly.

I honestly don’t know what the fuck I’m doing with my life 

To be quite honest, I have no idea what the fuck I’m doing. On the one hand, it feels liberating to be riding this wave of um-who-am-I-and-what-is-my-purpose. On the other (more overpowering) hand, it’s terrifying. The fear of the future has slowly crept up on me and I’m still trying to find ways to make sense of all of the little particles of shit that I have, because as of right now they are not together.

When I tell people this, I often get the “Yeah but you’re only 20 years old, you have time!”. Well, excuse you, but have you never heard country superstar Dean Brody’s iconic “time” quote? “The trouble is, you think you have time”. I don’t know about you, but I would like to live a life that I’m proud of as soon as possible and I think it’s finally time that I start growing and doing more of the things I love on a daily basis. If anything, this blog is a space for us to figure our shit out, to have conversations about the parts of life we’re unsure about and feel less alone about it.

That’s it. That’s why I started We The Story. I’m not going to pretend that this is all going to work out in the end for me. I hope it does, but if it doesn’t, I’ll move on (or work harder, we’ll see). Look, there’s nothing wrong with experimentation and there’s nothing wrong with failing. So, I’m just going to try. And have fun, too.

Keep on keepin’ on, folks! 

Catch ‘ya later,

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Author: Chantal Hermetz

Hey, hi, hello! My name is Chantal Hermetz, writer and creator of We The Story, where I tell stories inspired by the everyday. I'm a 20-year-old happy mess of a human chasing my dream of telling stories through writing and various other creative mediums (finger painting in wet cement is next). More formally, I'm a Media and Digital Communications student at Western University and *often* take part in activities that involve coffee and beer. *Photo credit: @beccaserenaphoto

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