September 1, 2019

Why I Started Blogging & How It Changed My life



Since I have gotten a lot of questions about why I started a blog, here goes!
Let’s start where every good story begins…

As a person who had studied BS Computer Science, we can decide what path we want to pursue in whatever industry we desire because we focused on the study of software systems and every single industry requires programmers. That means we had endless possibilities, but with all these possibilities, I didn't even try to work in any companies because I knew from the start that the corporate world is not for me. All I want in life is to work at home or anywhere I want and be my own boss. I really love freedom, excitement and adventure.

As my own boss, I can determine my own schedule. And, in my humble opinion, it doesn’t get any better than that. If, I want to work from mid-night till morning, then I do it. Vacation? No Problem. Holidays? Check. If I am my own boss, I can work my job around my life, rather than my life around my job. That’s what I call freedom. Now, I can take all the freedom I can get.

In 2008, I became a freelance writer in an American online magazine. It eventually helped me making some cash, more than sufficient for a freelancer like me that’s why when the website has closed down, I have enough money to launched my own online clothing line called Pink Fashion at Palladium - New World Hotel, a luxury 5-star hotel in Makati.

 

Before, the idea of becoming a full time blogger never crossed my mind. I just thought the stuff I was reading online were articles written by freelancers on a website. Yeah, I just called them “websites”. I didn’t even know that I was reading “blogs”. What the heck is a “blog” anyway? But in 2010, when I was looking for a creative outlet for myself and searched for ideas on Google, that’s when I discovered blogging. This was when itjulieann.com was formed.

I do blogging for more reasons than just receiving free stuff, trying to get paid to do nothing or to have a nice life. My blogging story is different. Throughout my life, finding creative outlets has been really important to me. When I was a kid, I was constantly crafting, making paper and barbie dolls clothes and I rewrite the story of my favorite cartoon series Peter Pan at the back of my notebook. When I was in high school, I started writing poems in my journal that's still on my cabinet until now. In college, I opted into a drama class and won as the Best Actress award after competing in other schools. I realize now how important creativity is to my sanity and overall emotional well-being. I live to create, and through blogging, I have an easy way to do it every single day.

Blogging allows me to write down my thoughts and express my feelings through photography, to share my art with the world and to develop the kind of creative I want to become. Blogging allowed me a safe space to experiment, to reflect, and to process my thoughts and feelings. You know, there are so many creative outlets when it comes to blogging. From editing photos to writing blog posts and coming up with content and photoshoot ideas. With this, I have the opportunity to be creative every day.

Honestly, one of the best career choices I’ve ever made was to learn how to start a blog. I didn't start creating blog knowing it would lead to a full-time job. In fact, I didn't even know it could be a full-time job, especially because my earnings were so poor back then. But I didn't care because I didn't need to make money from it, I just loved doing it. By then, I slowly starting to meet people around the Metro and learning about others’ creative processes and inspirations. First, it started locally. Then, I started to connect with artists and bloggers across the globe. I started seeing this woven network of people that were connecting on and then offline. These incredible people, from all walks of life – different backgrounds, different talents, and different perspectives – were collaborating and creating amazing things together.

   


After years later, I realized the incredible potential it held. I didn’t know that I would fall in love with the creative process or just how much my reader would come to mean to me. I didn’t know it would lead me to form amazing friendships, travel to new places, exclusive event invites, collaborations, become brand ambassadors and do the modeling stuff or to be interviewed on the radio and television.       

  

  

  

 

Now in 2019, I can say with great pride that I have been full-time blogging since 2010. It has been full of ups and downs, incredible opportunities and many difficult lessons but I wouldn't change a damn thing. I adore my job and this ever growing business that I have created for myself. It is how I always hope my blog comes across; it is how I wish to be remembered.

As this blog continues to grow and evolve, I just want to thank everyone who’s supported me and been along for the ride! I can’t wait to share the next chapter with you guys!


UPDATE: As of September 21, my blog was listed to "Top 30 Philippines Lifestyle Bloggers to Follow" according to www.feedspot.com.
You can check it here --> https://blog.feedspot.com/philippines_lifestyle_bloggers/


73 comments

  1. all the best julie n keep on blogging!👍👍👍

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  2. It was so interesting to read about your blogging journey, how you started it and how you see it.

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  3. ¡Hola Julie Ann!
    Me parece una estupenda iniciativa empresarial libre y adaptada a tu ritmo de vida y no tu vida al ritmo de la empresa.
    Te deseo mucha suerte y agradezco tu amable comentario en mi blog.
    Un saludo muy cordial y feliz inicio de semana y mes!

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  4. A wonderful journey!
    I learned something from here, keep blogging!!

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  5. You're story is amazing! Blogging can be useful for many things!!

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  6. That's awesome you have been a full time blogger for 9 years.

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  7. Hi, very interesting post, it's perfect to be your boss, kisses.

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    1. hi babe, can't find your name on my follower's list. you can check it again. thanks.

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  9. Very interesting post, thanks for sharing.

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  10. It's wonderful that you find joy in blogging:) Regards:**

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  11. I agree so many great benefits of being your own boss <3

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  12. Hi! Thanks for the comment and yes I started following you, hope you follow me back.
    Very nice post and congrats, hope that continues to go great to you and your blog!
    Kiss!
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    1. Hi babe, thank you so much. It' a great pleasure knowing you I'm following you know, also. :)

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  13. Being your own boss must be wonderful ♥
    I follow you ♥
    xoxo
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  14. what a beautiful picture!
    great post!
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  15. That is so great and well written ☺

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  16. Thank you so much for sharing your blogging journey. I really enjoy when blogger speak or wrote about their begings and where are they today. I'm so happy to see how successful you are. Your photos and posts are amazing.

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    1. Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to read my blogging journey. I hope you have a lovely day!

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  17. I read this post with pleasure.
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  18. Blogging can open up so many doors! I love your story!

    -Ashley
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  19. Love reading about your blogging journey! Blogging definitely gives you so many opportunities!

    Jill - Doused in Pink

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  20. This thourougly inspired me today...
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  21. Your blogging adventure sounds like a dream, with so much creativity put in it! And an online clothing line, that just sounds purely amazing, thank you for inspiring us <3

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  22. Grazie per la tua visita, tornerò presto a trovarti ^_^

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  23. Your journey is incredible! THanks for sharing it with us :)

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  24. Wow... Cool! Congrats.

    I started blogging this year and I finally found what I want. I hope that I can be a great blogger like you.

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  25. That's beautiful, thanks for sharing your story ^^
    xx

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  26. Wooow Congrats!
    Very interesting post
    Thanks!
    Xoxo ♡

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  27. It is always a pleasure to read your posts, keep it up!

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  28. Thanks a lot :D

    super interesting my friend

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  30. Very good recap, so great post

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  31. I also love reading why people start a blog - and your story was no exception! keep doing what you love :)

    xo, allie
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  32. So nice to read the history behind your blog and blogging! I hope you have many more happy years of blogging ahead! :)

    Hope that you are having a lovely weekend :)

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  34. Of course I would love to follow each other:) Have a nice weekend:**

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  35. Sounds yu really did the choice of your life becoming a blogger!
    Wishing you all the best, dear!
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  36. how beautiful everything, have a great time, perfect, I also follow you

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  37. Aw you're such a boss ass lady. Totally killing this blogging life! May you have many more successful blogging years.

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  38. I've been blogging for so long now, it definitely changed my life!
    I've followed you, I would love if you followed me back :)

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    1. hi babe, thanks for following me. i followed back also.

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  39. Being a full time blogger takes gut. I wish you well in this endeavor.

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  40. A great post! I love your blog < 3
    I am following you and invite you to me
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  41. Being a full time blogger is really a big decision and I wish you all thew best.

    Bernie,
    The Style Fanatic

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  42. Este contenido me pareció interesante y lo compartí en mi facebook.
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  43. What a beautiful story you must surely be the inspiration of many people. I loved your blog I'm already following
    A kiss.

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  44. Blogging is one of the most phenomenal creations that has come with the internet.
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  45. Wow, very inspiring story. <3 I'm glad you started blogging, it's nice to read your posts. <3
    I follow you now, hope you could do the same. <3
    Have a nice weekend! <3

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    1. Hello babe, thank you for reading my blogging journey and thank you for following my blog. I followed back also. :)

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  46. Yeah, it changes a lot our life ❤

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  47. Awesome on your blogging! I enjoy blogging. I've been also doing it for long now.

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  48. A very interesting story. Best regards and I wish you many successes for you :)

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  49. Very interesting to read this, and you are quite lucky. The majority of bloggers do not make money on their blogs and either have to work of have husbands. And WOW making enough money from freelance writing to launch your business? Not in the States. Freelance writing does not pay the rent here.

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  50. Congrats on nine great blogging years! I love that you are still getting so much enjoyment from blogging :-)

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  51. Love this post, so great. Congrats!!!!

    Kisses
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