How I Started Blogging

How I started blogging

I started my blog as a way of expressing myself. It still is now, but the first time it happened was when I found out about Tumblr.

I was 15 when I discovered my fascination with photography and found Tumblr blogs with pretty pictures on it. I love how it looked like an online mood inspiration board. I made a blog there reblogging photos of quotes, nature, girls in lacey dresses, basically anything that I like. I then came across a blog with more words and fewer photos. It was a personal blog, more like an online diary. I wanted to have one, so I did.

Nursing school brought me stress and no matter how busy I was, I always find time to log in and write something. And believe me, I wrote daily. I wonder where that motivation came from. It’s literally like my daily journal. Anyways, I find comfort in blogging. I’m not really a vocal person and expressing myself through my own space on the internet is kind of liberating. It’s easier to open up to strangers who loves blogging as much as I do than opening up to acquaintances of Facebook. You know what I mean.



My first blog name was Secret Life Of A Wallflower. I love that name and it holds true to what my blog is about. It just changed to The Wallflower Secrets when the domain name wasn’t available. At least it’s close to the original one.

I decided to step up my blog to another level by moving to I’m kind of proud of myself for doing these technical things on my own. Setting up a blog, a domain, choosing a host (I use Host With Love, which is amazing), moving my posts from one platform to another.

Although how I blogged changed now, it’s not as personal as I would before.

My passion for blogging brought me opportunities. It’s not that many but it’s a joy when a brand you believe in wants to work with you. I’m still having a hard time monetizing my blog, I don’t even know if it’s possible but I hope so. All I know is I love documenting through words and photographs. And that’s what keeps me going. 

How about you? What made you blog?


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    Alyssa Molina
    February 22, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    I guess to be able to freely express ourselves with no restrictions is almost everyone’s reason for wanting a personal blog. I know that was my main reason, apart from wanting to earn as well. I really love reading random thoughts by bloggers just as much as I love seeing their travel and review posts. You always learn something new from a person’s way of thinking. 🙂

    I’m happy for all the opportunities you’re having now, Alissa! More personal blog posts please 😀

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      February 23, 2017 at 11:48 am

      Thanks, Alyssa! Exactly, I like reading personal blogs and their life. It’s a broad niche, I know but you can get regular readers who’re interested in getting to know you. Thanks for stopping by my blog. 🙂

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    February 23, 2017 at 8:32 am

    I love blogging very much – not only as an outlet for me to review beauty products, but also for me to express myself. I’ve found it very helpful, especially since I suffer from depression. It’s a healthy way for me to get my emotions out in the open.
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      February 23, 2017 at 11:52 am

      Blogging really is therapeutic. Glad that blogging has helped you in a way to fight those depression blues.

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    Da Dominguez
    February 23, 2017 at 8:45 am

    Same reason. I started blogging way back 2008. Tumblr really got it going that time! Haha. It was my secret space, a life away from everything else. From there, I began switching from one platform to another until I found my way back (and finally take it seriously) just last year. I’m looking into self-hosting too, but not right now. I’m still taking baby steps on how to monetize this passion and at the same time, remain true to what my personal space is all about. 💕
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      February 23, 2017 at 11:54 am

      I love how the blogging community is supportive in everything that you wanna do. Be it monetize or not, keep blogging. 🙂

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    Renee Alexis
    February 23, 2017 at 9:04 am

    Ahh, Tumblr, my very first home. I can still remember how I’ve used that platform to write all the thoughts I can’t express to the world. It’s nice to read another personal post like this one, and I totally get you, Ali, as we have the same reason for starting a blog. 🙂 I have always liked writing and I’ve kept diaries after diaries when I was in high school. When I discovered Tumblr in college, I made an account and just let myself get lost in the many words I’ve typed. Sometimes I miss the days when I was still blogging on Tumblr, but I haven’t regretted switching over to Blogger because it’s given me so much more features than Tumblr! I’m glad blogging gave you opportunities, don’t we all like to monetize our passions? It will come in time, hehe. God bless you, Ali! 😀
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      February 23, 2017 at 12:02 pm

      Thanks, Renee! I, too miss blogging every day on Tumblr but it always comes with a price. You don’t have to be specific in your posts as it tends to be too personal. I love how moving to WordPress helps me grow as a blogger. Creating content that can inform and inspire others (I hope) lol. Let’s not lose our passion and opportunities will just come our way.

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    February 23, 2017 at 11:13 am

    i think that the human experience and the freedom to express one’s thoughts makes blogging very therApeutic to some and also learning from other people. im very thankful for being into this thing for 6 years .=)

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      February 23, 2017 at 12:03 pm

      I’ve been blogging for maybe this long too! Wow, that’s really a long time. And I don’t think I will ever stop.

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    February 23, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    I’m a tumblr baby too!! I started way way back in 2009. And like you, at first I made a photo blog which is full of reblogs until I realized that I wanted to share something personal. Tumblr is a very good training ground for beginners who like to blog and the community there is welcoming.
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      February 27, 2017 at 3:20 pm

      We have the same story. Tumblr really does have a great community.

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    Louise Ramos
    February 23, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    Oh Tumblr days yas! Blogging has always been my outlet. Most of the time I even annoy myself that I rant too much in my web space, but then it’s so much easier to voice things out over people you don’t know. Plus, the friends you make along the way are just ❤️! A lot of posts now are sponsored but it’s always the personal ones that make me stay.
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      February 27, 2017 at 4:16 pm

      Most of my blogger friends are from Tumblr. Although some of them already quit blogging, we still get in touch from time to time. My fave blogs are personal blogs as well 🙂

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    Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's
    February 23, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    I also started on Tumblr, and then moved to in May 2016! In the past, I’ve tried keeping diaries and journals, but I was never able to finish them. I think blogging began as another manifestation of that for me. And gradually I grew an interest in being more creative on this platform, branching to design and photography as well 🙂
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      February 27, 2017 at 4:18 pm

      Blogging lets you be more creative indeed. From writing to graphic design to photography. I love how it has became my creative outlet.

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    February 23, 2017 at 11:20 pm

    That’s really cool you started from Tumblr and migrated to WordPress! I started making those fansites you used to see all the time on free hosting websites haha. I agree that it’s much easier expressing yourself through a blog without a fear of being judged, unlike expressing yourself through Facebook (or some other social media).

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      February 27, 2017 at 4:20 pm

      It does feel easier when you voice out to like minded people. They understand how it feels to have to write down and publish personal experiences.

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    February 24, 2017 at 12:30 am

    I started blogging at 15 too, I used Greatestjournal and LiveJournal before switching to WordPress. I then switched to using part of the same domain as my sister. She gave me a little corner and then Inside Kimmy’s Mind was born. Like you, I enjoy having this time capsule of my life. I get to preserve my opinions and thoughts as I grow. I sometimes cringe when I look back to my first posts but still, it’s interesting.
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      February 27, 2017 at 4:21 pm

      I wish I haven’t deleted my older posts. 🙁 It does feel good looking back at your 15 year old self.

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    February 24, 2017 at 9:21 am

    Awww.. it’s so nice hearing how you started. From someone who knows how nursing can be so crazy busy, I am definitely in awe how you can still managed to write.

    I am late in blogging but I know how writing can be so therapeutic. The creative energy is so healing far from nursing-logical approach lol. It is such a sweet sanctuary. Keep it up… 😊☺️

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      February 27, 2017 at 4:31 pm

      Thanks, Anna. 🙂 It’s nice to share my life on the internet especially when they can learn something from my blog posts. Blogging kept me sane throughout my college life.

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    February 24, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    It’s easier to open up to strangers who loves blogging as much as I do than opening up to acquaintances of Facebook. – but of course. facebook will always be that place where everyone laughs and acts like everything’s okay. in fact, my view regarding facebook is how it’s more…restricted as opposed to using twitter. on twitter, i can say whatever i want (unless it hurts others, of course but you know what i mean) on a public account and not have my words twisted or people pointing at me like my intention is villainous. on facebook, everyone gets offended by everything. i see facebook as a place where i share posts that i like, kinda like tumblr but only for fun and games. tumblr, on the other hand… you can be as crazy or as personal as you like and that’s okay. i can reblog all the pastel colored pretty posts and still write personal essays and it’d be fun, you know? that’s why i went by without facebook for yeeeaaaarrs before finally making one last year (and only added like 10 real life friends that i’m comfortable with irl) if i have to grade platforms based on which one is the least restrictive, i’d say tumblr is the most free of them all, even more than blogs. i do like blogs because of the community though and how you can achieve a few things from having one.

    my blog moved a lot too, changing from blogger to wp and now back to blogger again. and i was so fickle with blog names before until i finally settle down with what i have now. i was never proud of my blog or the names i came up with before but now i do and i don’t think i’ll stop blogging, at least not completely. ah, now i miss tumblr. i haven’t been scrolling my dashboard for months now.

    “secret life of a wallflower” reminds me of “perks of being a wallflower”, both the movie and the book. i didn’t read the book though. as for the movie, it was…decent but nothing i went crazy for haha.
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      February 27, 2017 at 4:42 pm

      During my time, the word wallflower got really popular especially when the movie came out. I never get to change my url ever since I know it could take a lot of work rebranding again.

      Anyway, it’s true. Facebook has a lot of opinionated people especially on the comment sections of news posts. Some are really narrow-minded but I just ignore them and I move along. I only post photos there, not personal thoughts or rants. I know how judgemental people there can be even if they’re on your friend list. Good thing there is a more specific privacy settings where it allows me to share personal posts to my cousins and closest friends who I can trust. 🙂 Twitter on the other hand is a nice platform to voice our thoughts and the people who follows me there are more open minded.

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    February 24, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    I published my Blogging Journey in my blog last January. I started the same. From a reblog blog to a personal one in Tumblr. If I remembered it right, my biggest inspirations before was ate Jean of La Petite Fawn and ate Alyssa of Alyssanity. (It’s quite sad that they aren’t active anymore) Though I haven’t moved away from Tumblr, blogging, somehow has already helped me grow. I didn’t know I could tell stories through writing if not because of blogging.

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      February 27, 2017 at 4:44 pm

      Jean was my first friend on Tumblr! 🙂 Her blog is one of the first personal blog I’ve seen there. I miss her blogging but she said she’ll come back so let’s just hope she will.

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    February 25, 2017 at 9:02 am

    I started blogging when I was 13 as I wanted a place where I could write my thoughts and other people could see it. I started on! I’m still with them currently but I’m looking to move to as it gives you more control of your website. Just have to figure everything out before I do haha!

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    February 25, 2017 at 9:06 am

    I started blogging when I was 13 as I wanted a place where I could write my jumbled thoughts and other people could read it. I started on too! I’m still with them currently but I’m looking to move to soon. Just have to figure out how to before I do haha!
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    February 26, 2017 at 2:29 am

    I started on Xanga (remember that place?) and then switched to Blogdrive but eventually moved around host to host until I learned more about the whole thing and finally found my niche in blogging. I love it and wouldn’t change it for the world. I started when I was in junior high so 13 years old for sure.
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    February 26, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    I started blogging (officially) last year. But I was also a Tumblr girl back then, although I only reblog other posts. Today, it’s liberating to write my own thoughts and publish them online. It’s therapy. 🙂
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    February 27, 2017 at 2:32 am

    I feel like a lot of bloggers started from Tumblr and went their way up step by step. I love how your blog looks now and I wish you the best in the future! Monetizing blog can be a hard task but it’s achievable 🙂

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

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    Joyce Carlos
    February 27, 2017 at 9:23 am

    Pretty awesome how so many people on here started out on Tumblr! Me, included! Hehe. I will be taking a year off before I go back to school and do nursing– really scared on what’s in store for me, but I’ll take advantage of my year off to build and grow my blog. No matter what stress I’m in because of school right now, I’m always down to blog, or do something to improve my blog. It really is a happy place, and I’m super glad I took it a little more seriously this year! Love reading blogs I could relate to <3
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      February 27, 2017 at 4:53 pm

      Thanks for visiting my blog, Joyce! I love yours! Anyway, go for what you want in life and when you’re stressed, just go to your happy place. I’m sure you can do both. 🙂

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    February 28, 2017 at 1:56 am

    I started blogging when I was 12, and just like you, I did it for the sake of expressing myself. I miss the old days when we just pour our hearts out, creating journal entries and not planning what content to post. This just made me so nostalgic! Hehe <3

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    February 28, 2017 at 4:07 am

    I loved getting to read a bit of your blogging journey! Blogging is such a perfect platform for documenting your thoughts, ideas, and inspirations. I started my blog when I was 14 or 15, and have since switched its name and made it self hosted… but I still have those old posts, LOL. It’s crazy to see how you grow over time.

    Kathryn •

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    February 28, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    Lets see….I started blogging in 2002 on livejournal, moved to my own domain in 2008 and started to play around with wordpress. I miss those old days on livejournal, that site was more like a community of liked minded friends. I still keep up with many of them with their own domains.

    My sister commented above – (Kimmy), she also is hosted on my domain!

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    Richel V.
    March 2, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    My first tumblr was back in 2011? I have one for just pretty photos and artists/bands I admire. And one that’s for blogging. It never stick. Maybe just for a few months then I’ll ditch it altogether. Then I came by Aileen’s blog ( and I’m like, “I want a travel blog!!” So I made one and I never look back. It’s mostly just my online travel (and sometimes) personal journal now.

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    Anne Connolly
    March 4, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    I also started blogging for the same reason — I needed an outlet and I want to document what’s going on in my life so that I have something to read back in the future 🙂 I tried different platforms too like tumblr and but I guess I’m settling with blogspot! Hehe

    It’s nice to get to know people from the blogging community. It’s like having a virtual friends and support system… When I am reading other people’s blogs I realize what a big world we live in! I always learn something new and appreciate life more^^


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    Erin Azmir
    March 30, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    I think a majority of us started/have been blogging on Tumblr. I love blogging on Tumblr for its privacy (although technically it is public but you get what I mean, right?) and I can write some personal stuff about myself there without feeling ‘exposed’.

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    Kathryn Therrissh
    April 1, 2017 at 2:09 am

    I started blogging when I realized that I needed a productive space to procrastinate on (HAHA) – because I was just getting tired scrolling through all my social media feeds. When I was in high school, I blogged because I just wanted to let out my feelings – when university happened, I blogged because I wanted the world to know how I interpret the things around me. 🙂

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    Kelly Jessica
    May 6, 2017 at 11:02 am

    I love reading blogging journey stories! They inspire me to just keep on blogging no matter how much the blogging world has changed! It feels like most of us started at Tumblr and moved over to another platform to take blogging ~seriously~ lol
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    November 25, 2017 at 11:40 am

    Yeah right! I guess most of us started on Tumblr. Can’t remember my old post there, LOL. But, I do remember that it was the reason why I always sleep late when I was a teenager. That was the time when I care too much about aesthetics rather than the content. Thanks to Tumblr it was my training ground.

    A few weeks ago, I rediscovered this passion and without hesitation, I purchased my own domain. I am just hoping for my success here and of course, made some friends here.

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