I have attempted to start a blog for the longest time ever (roughly 12 years). And I did. I started two private blogs and launched two public blogs which I deleted right away before I started Frugal Asian Finance.
Below are the reasons why those sites went inactive:
1. Those blogs were mainly about my private life.
On the two private blogs, I wrote about my feelings, questions, and concerns as I grew. A lot of those feelings were personal, and I didn’t want to share them with an audience.
But since I felt isolated with no audience, I eventually gave up and just kept those feelings to myself.
2. I didn’t want to spend money maintaining a website.
I was a poor college and grad student with barely enough money for rent/good/public transit. Writing a blog wasn’t a priority when I was poor.
Having a free website that ends with wordpress.org didn’t make me feel my identity. I was just one of those people on wordpress.org.
3. I wasn’t sure what I should focus on.
I was interested in learning foreign languages, being frugal, etc. I went public with my name at that time. While I was eager to share my income and expenses, I also got messages from friends and family telling me not to. I was discouraged.
I was caught up in that vicious cycle of wanting to start something for myself but being afraid and discouraged for 12 years.
During that time, by discovering and following multiple blogs, I was able to figure out what I wanted to blog about, shape my own style, and find out what I liked or disliked about certain blogs whether it’s the page layout, writing style, or topics.
Overall, I don’t regret what has happened. It’s been a great learning experience for me for the past 12 years. Now I’m ready to launch my own blog and journey. And you just read my first post on Frugal Asian Finance. 🙂