NO, BUT REALLY: Confessions of a Wannabe Blogger

Hello and welcome to the continuation of this post.

I've been anxious to return to my thoughts and my words and my ever-non-phasing-desire to share every freckle of my young spirit with you. It's been fun rolling in the meadows and organizing link ups for the first time, but I'm back now and I want to let you know where my mind's been seeding.

The wealth of information I've gathered since I wrote that former piece is tremendous.

Where I stand right now as a budding blogger is tremendous.

In the last two weeks my readership has doubled (!!), and all I can say is aw, gee. Cause it ain't even my birthday week and yet it feels like a party in here. It's awesome. And wild. And yeah, much of it IS due to the fact that I've made some investments here and there in terms of sponsoring, but I've also done the one thing I'm proud to say, I do best, and that is: be me.

Granted, I'm still figuring it out. You know, the "me" part. But of what I do know, I embrace. I remain true to it. And that goes for every shade of my being: I'm talkin' the good, the bad, the happy, the sad, the lost, the found. Every shade of this 24 year old body, I love and I hold. And all of it, I share. I've opened my heart and soul here, since post numero uno. I've put things out there, that actually, I've looked back and thought, "eeee," only to be swiftly greeted by the after taste of freedom and the quiet confirmation that my "work" here is GOLD. If not for you, for me. Blogging has literally saved me since the new year. It's given me clarity. It's given me peace. And it's given me determination.

The love and compassion I've received from both friends and strangers alike is incredible. From random friends that I haven't spoken to in YEARS to experienced bloggers that I truly admire. To read the words, "you're special", "you've inspired me", "I was blown away by what you wrote" "what you are doing is tremendous and life-changing", I mean.. really? IT'S NOT EVEN MY BIRTHDAY WEEK, people. And those are some pretty powerful things to say.. really? Are you serious, I ask?? You are all too kind to say such things, and also, you're making me blush.

I feel good. And this blogging thing, well, it just keeps getting better. And more real for me. Truth be told, I've only begun to vaguely express the craziness that has occurred in my lifetime thus far. There's been situations I've lived that literally, I've had to turn to GOOGLE (no joke) in order to find another soul on this earth who could relate. They have been dark times where I needed someone who wasn't going to respond with an uncomfortable laugh or a "I don't know what to say" or "that is the craziest thing, I couldn't imagine." I want to share these experiences I've gone through. I want to write about them. And not because I'm looking to exploit any of the characters involved, or because they're "crazy stories", but because I have a voice, and I've been gifted with the willingness to use it, and a passion to relate with others. I've learned so much already, and still-there is much left to be learned. I want to write it all down. And if it's not for you, then it's for me. But see, I want it to be for you too. I want to continue to share the love and to inspire, to get others to think outside the box and see things from a different perspective. That's what I'm ultimately doing here, because the personal diaries, I have those, and I write in them daily. But this is the place where I come to connect, to encourage, and to offer up what I've learned, what I'm learning, and what I hope to achieve in the future.

So if you're with me and you're reading. I want to say thank you. Again and again. And again. I'm just one tiny little fish in this giant blogging sea, where the talent is great, and the blog layouts are just as GREAT. HA. I simply cannot WAIT to afford a spectacular and more professional looking layout--I have such great things in mind! Alas, I must stay close to my old pal, Patience !

Thank you for sharing this space of mine with others and for believing in me and my words. It means so very much to me.

I have big dreams in this life of mine. And yes, blogging professionally and writing and being a source of inspiration to others has certainly become a part of the equation :)

And now a CHEERS to:

- humble beginnings
- to each and every one of your blogs. (which, by the way, I so truly wish there were extra hours in the day for me to read every word of, ahh, it's so overwhelming. I want to give the love back constantly! To all of you.)
- to this incredibly loving, creative and supportive community we all belong to.
- to this strange and modern time we live in where we have the power to reach out and connect with one another in ways our grandparents never imagined.

CHEERS, because it's a remarkable thing.


  1. Go Punky! :) I'm a new reader to your blog, and I'm so glad I've found it!

    xo Kayla

  2. Great post! I read the first post that you linked back to at the beginning and I completely relate to both. Great way to start my day off right. Thanks Punky!

  3. Love this! So happy I found your blog a few weeks ago. And congrats on doubling your readers! That's fantastic. xo! eliza

  4. I loved reading both your confessions posts. I've blogged for years on a personal level, mostly to record my life, and only recently started opening up to the great big world of other bloggers. I've found so much love and support there though, it's been amazing. I'm definitely excited to read more of your blog and get to know you better. xo

  5. Great, great post little lady! I'm so happy we've become bloggy friends, your posts really inspire me to be the very bestest blogger I can be :)

  6. Well darling, consider it just doubled plus one! Just found your blog from the do something good link up and am just getting aroudn to commenting! I absolutely love it- I think you have a fresh, unique voice and will do great in the blogging world. And yes, I am the same, get so excited and also nervous when I think about all the possibilities but also work that blogging could hold for me. I wish you luck- you're quite the write so I expect great things from you!

    new follower :)

  7. Well I think you are totally awesome. I like the term budding blogger. That is how I feel too. You're a great writer and inspiration! I love reading your posts.

  8. You've got being authentic DOWN! :) xo

  9. My beautiful girl, you are the one making this a beautiful experience for all of us touched by your genuiness.


  10. You are just the sweetest! I know exactly how you feel; I am in the exact same shoes as you! Entering the blogging world is intimidating-- there's so much successful and already-inspiring people out there! But keep blogging, keep commenting, and keep following. Your efforts will continue to blossom. :)

  11. i waited my whole work day through to get this comment out! the anticipation was worthwhile :) i'm singing your praises for all the effort you've applied to the blog. in my head, i think people should just flock to my blog because i'm awesome and people like what i have to say. it should be that easy, right? i want the recognition, but without the work that so many other bloggers are putting into their blogs. bonk.

    i've bookmarked your post about all the avenues to network and connect out there and someday - when i'm really serious about this "career blogging" business, i'm going to jump in, head first!

  12. Amen sista! Yes, I just said that. Isn't blogging weird but fulfilling, and totally unexpected? I say yes. Props to you for finding solace here, and I'm so glad that you did.

  13. "CHEERS, because it's a remarkable thing." YOU are remarkable - your honesty, enthusiasm and intelligence has never come through more beautifully than in this post. I love your writing.

  14. Cheers to YOU! That is so great!

  15. Thanks for stopping by my blog and for the sweet comment. Love your blog and good luck on your blogging adventure!

  16. I'm trying to be a professional blogger, myself!!! Let me know if you find anything that really works! And also, you're wonderful and endearing and REAL! :) That's why I adore you... and also why I feel like we're close friends already haha.

    Xoxo, Sarah

  17. What a wonderful post! I think we all feel the same things when it comes to blogging...I know I do! One day I think I have it all figured out, and then I just get all sorts of confused and anxious and overwhelmed. But we're all in this together, and I think it's great that you realize what a blessing blogging can be to our lives. Your blog is amazing, and I can't wait to see where you go from here!


  18. Um... I love this post. You love Wes Anderson movies? Me too! I'm so excited for the new one.

    New follower!

  19. you go girl! :) YOU'RE a special lady! keep up the fantastic work!

  20. Loved reading this (had to go back and read your first post of course!) I've struggled with some of the same things in becoming a blogger. Should I do it for me, as a hobby, as a career? Who knows, only time will tell. Keep up the great work, I will be stickin with you!!

    xo Shane

  21. I can dig it. I just recently stumble on your blog and I keep checking everyday for a post. I been in blogger world for some time. But I just now lately took it serious to make it professional on some level. Continue writing like this and I will be reading daily. Peace


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