I’m a sucker for a good challenge, and also perhaps a little vain. #10YearChallenge

If you haven’t heard of the #10YearChallenge circulating social media, let alone participated in it, you’re perhaps living under a rock. If that’s the case, I forgive you and will tell you that the challenge consists of finding a photo of yourself from 10 years ago and comparing it to a selfie today. (Because let’s face it, 10 years ago holding a camera out at arm’s length & hoping you got a good shot wasn’t called a selfie.)

I jumped on board and did the photo challenge on Instagram, but the other day I was kindly reminded by my Facebook memories that 10 years ago I had also started a blog! I’m not entirely sure if I had ever shared the reason why I started blogging, so I thought I’d start up the #10YearBloggingChallenge.

Ten years ago I was in my final semester of journalism school(!), and for my online journalism class we were given a list of projects would could start for marks. One was a blog, there were no real restrictions as to what it had to be about, so as a result, Kara’s View was created! The URL has been expired for quite some time, but if I recall I blogged about issues on campus, borrowing from the articles I wrote for the student newspaper.

After the course finished, the blog died and I figured that was the end of it, until the summer of 2009 when I started a new blog and slowly starting writing again. I’m not 100% sure what inspired me to start up again (according to my first post I wasn’t feeling it at all), but I do recall that I was perhaps inspired by my job since I wrote a weekly column. I named the blog Chatter and according to the hold header I found in the archives, it was a little random:

I think at one point I changed the tagline to “A Bit of Everything and a lot of Nothing,” but really, that’s all the blog was until bigger life events started happening. (Marriage, babies, etc.) Then in 2014 I “rebranded” again and ta-da, She Writes Words was born! While my post frequency has really died down over the past few months, I still find a lot of pleasure in blogging/writing, even if it is just a life update. I think it’s mainly because I know that somewhere out there, someone is sharing the same experiences as I am and can relate to what I’m going through – or at least that’s what I feel when I read other blogs – so I’m happy to keep plugging along here.

Will I be around in another 10 years? It’s really hard to say since life throws so many different things your way, but I’m happy that a lot of you have stuck around for so long.

Where were you 10 years ago, blogging or in general?

I’ve Moved!

My domain is up in August and I’ve thought long and hard about where I want to go with my blog. Chatter has been with me for nearly 5 years now, starting off on Blogger then moving to where it is now on WordPress. I went with the name to reflect the column I wrote for the little newspaper I worked at, but  I’m (obviously) not there anymore and I’m not sure if the name and tagline really reflects who I am as a writer anymore.

So, after a lot of thought and looking to see what domains were available, I’m happy to announce that I’ll now be posting at my new domain:


I chose this domain because I thought it really reflects who I am as a blogger – I just write whatever’s on my mind, whether it be thought-provoking or just a random, bulleted brain-dump. I’m really excited for my new domain and cannot wait to post there full time!

Feel free to update your readers!


Why I Love Blogging

Yeah, I don’t have too many followers, but I still love blogging. You know why?

Because no matter what, no matter how bizarre the issue, no matter how crazy I may sound, there’s always someone, somewhere, with an answer and who could possibly even relate.

Sometimes, IRL friends can’t do that. IRL friends are almost always different than you in some way. IRL friends sometimes don’t understand what you’re going through. But blogging friends? They can relate almost 99% of the time. Or know someone who can.

This is why I love blogging, because there’s so much kindness out there, and there’s always someone who can relate, who’s been through the same things you’re going through. And they’re always willing to help if you want it.

This is why I love blogging.