I think that growing up in Los Angeles where everyone is a Slash-Something, a student slash actor, a mom slash lifestyle guru, an artist slash barista, I always wanted to know what my Slash-Something was going to be. I also have always been drawn to the concept of blogging – it's better than a diary because you get to share and (if you're lucky) be popular! I grew up really wanting to be a something slash blogger.
I didn't actually end up starting my first blog until I was 20; in three years I have started three separate blogs and let each and every single one die a slow boring death.
I would always be so excited when I'd start a new one! I would pre-write and schedule posts two weeks out to be consistent, I would spend hours and days trying to find just the perfect font or color scheme. And the excitement only ever lasted 4 months at most – seriously, within 4 months of starting a blog I was super excited about I had completely abandoned my page. I did this two more times, and seemingly learned nothing.
2016 was definitely a year of advancement for me. I ran a Spartan Trifecta, got tapped as a semi-sponsored athlete for a performance sock company, and got a stellar job. I was on a roll! I still was writing on my old blog every now and then, but I pretty much had no business calling myself an active blogger. I kind of tucked my desire to be a true blogger away into a little pocket in my heart and just moved on with the tasks at hand.
Now we're in 2017 and my responsibilities are evolving. That sock company known as V1KTOR Athletics has asked their athletes to play a larger role in the promotion of their products and we have new things that are expected of us. Spartan Race signed me on as a Brand Ambassador, so now I have an obligation to spread the word about Spartan Races. And more than that, I finally figured out what I actually wanted from my blog, and also finally saw the steps I'd need to take to make it real. Once I had that feeling of direction, I bought the damn domain and upgraded site hosting privileges, putting my money where my mouth is, so to speak.
This is the beginning of tnakakihara.com; the beginning of me really spreading my wings as a blogger and continuing to learn and grow up along the way. I will probably still be apt to slack on posting, but I built this site just so that I love the way I feel when I look at my home page – maybe that'll keep me going. I have signed on to take advantage of online classes and books that will help me become a better source.
The most important thing I learned when starting and abandoning blogs is that when it's right – it's right. It's no wonder I never felt drawn to the other three I started, because I started each of them in niches I quickly grew out of. What I am seeing now with this site is that when you're really in your groove, and I feel like I am in my groove now, things come easily. Making this logo just happened. I accidentally chose and committed to my background photo. It all just fell into place and gave me an incredible sense of peace, something I had never experienced when starting a site before.
I encourage any new bloggers out there to ride the ride and let an idea that doesn’t grab you slide. I think of successful bloggers I follow and I now know that they probably went through a lot of the steps I did, trial and error style too. You're not always going to write a thought provoking post, and maybe nothing you ever write goes viral, but this isn't about that- it's about you, your blog, and whether or not you're happy with it.