Why I started blogging

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I used to have a blog back in 2006-2007 on Windows Live Spaces. I only had it for a couple of months and deleted it after a break-up (as you do). I had been disillusioned by Facebook, as a social media tool, for a long time when at the beginning of 2012 I decided to start a new blog. 

When I shared my idea with what at that time was a close friend, he asked me: 'And what are you going to blog about?' 

The truth is that I didn't have any plan or concept in my mind. I just knew and felt that I had to start a blog (like, an inner voice told me). I needed a creative outlet. And there is undeniably a therapeutic element to it. My first posts were fairly random and I blogged about stuff that inspired me or experiences in my life. It had never been my intention to write restaurant reviews. But with time I realized that that's where I spent a lot of my free time and so my site partly developed into a foodie blog. And as I've always been a keen traveller, it was only natural that I would also cover my travel adventures from around the world. 

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Even though I had some light blogging experience before, I had never regularly read or followed any other blogs. I didn't even know that there was such a thing as Bloglovin' or Google Friend Connect. And when someone left me a comment for the first time, I was so shocked that I deleted it. With time, I discovered that there is a blogger community out there, that there are lots of interesting people who share similar interests and I now love to read about their inspirations, discoveries and ideas. 

I no longer buy Vogue or Elle because I can get faster updates from the fashion blogs that I follow. Some bloggers have posted about travel destinations that have impressed me so much that I have booked holidays to explore the same places. And the best so far has been the opportunity to meet two blogger friends, Catita (from Montreal / Amsterdam) and Tiffany (from Toronto) in real life. 

To anyone who is playing with the idea about starting a blog, I would just say, go for it. It's a wonderful and enriching journey. 

Why did you start blogging? 


  1. Nice post, I also find it relaxing and sort of therapeutic but these few months have gone by so fast and I find little time to update my blog which is a pity! I am glad however you are not neglecting yours and I really find your pictures are every time more and more stunning! Keep it up Anouka ;)

  2. Good luck with your blog...welcome back!


  3. Hi Anouka, it was the same for me..with the only thing that I was always interested in beauty and fashion, totally different topics from what have been my study objects. So thats a way to keep on and find out more about my passions. Im glad you decided to open yours and hope one day to have the chance to meet you. You are right, is an amazing journey, even with yourself.
    Have a great day and take care dear xo

  4. I remember when I found your blog in 2012. I immediately fell in love with it because every post you make is so interesting. And the pictures of course are great. I started blogging in 2012 as well. At that time I had no FB account and I found several amazing blogs. I was inspired to start my own even though I still don't know what it is about. :D

  5. Huh, I started blogging after one of my friends opened my closet and said: "You should really have a fashion blog". After few months I started it and when I look at how my style and quality of a blog evolved, I'm so happy with it! I also met someone who became my really good friend and it wouldn't never happen if it wasn't for the blogging. I guess I improved my english as well.
    Thanks for sharing your story <3

    Love, Bess

  6. Well, in a way my voice told me to do it, too. I had a blog in the past, but it got stolen by somebody twice - I mean they simply copied everything and pasted on their blogs as their own… So I stopped blogging completely for a while. Then I was going through a bad patch and starting a blog seemed like a very good and positive idea… It's been three years now. :)
    Thank you for sharing your story - I really enjoyed it.

  7. I love reading what inspired people to blog. I wanted to do & create something entirely by myself. The best part about blogging is the like minded community out there, some of whom are now my friends.
    Have a fabulous week Anouka xoxo

  8. Ahh, I remember the good old days of Windows Live Spaces!. Initially I started my blog to keep my friends updated on my life, but after discovering the blogging community and realising strangers read my blog I was inspired to actually commit to it. I agree with you, blogging has to be one of the most rewarding things I've ever stuck to!

  9. Oh, lovely post and I am with you... :)

  10. I thought exactly same things yesterday when my boyfriend asked me why I have a blog and what I write about. And to be honest, I didn't even know what to answer. It's a bit sad, you know, because blogging hasn't inspired me for a long time.

  11. Lovely pics!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Have a nice day!
    Angela Donava

  12. Beautiful post.
    I really love your blog because I always travel with your articles and your pictures are always fabulous. Never stop please !
    Have a lovely week.

  13. Beautiful photos.=) I started blogging while going to law school. It was a nice distraction from the studies.

  14. I just started blogging because I felt I needed a place where I could cover my travels and daily life as i love taking pictures. This feeling started with my flickr account that didn't feel enough. I have discovered during all these years that is so much fun! I love having a "diary" and I don't think I'll ever stop. I also love the idea my future kids will be able to go through my memories one day!

  15. I originally started blogging as a hobby and I've always enjoyed keeping a journal. For the longest time I never realized there was a whole blogging community either. I really love it still, being able to read a bit into other peoples' lives, look at inspirational photos, etc. & It was great to have met you in real life too!!

  16. That is so true, I no longer buy magazines because I can just turn to other beauty/fashion bloggers :D


  17. I started blogging too as a Creative outlet. I love taking photos on my cameras so I thought to share my photos through my Blog. I have also friends and family asking me to give them travel and fashion tips so I thought instead of replying via e- mail to them, I will just share it via my Blog. It would be great to meet you in person too. I am so happy connecting with fellow Bloggers through our Blogs and other social media like Instagram, Twitter and FB.

  18. Thank you for sharing your reasons and experiences.

  19. What a lovely post Anouka! I started blogging when I first moved to Singapore from Europe 3 years ago as a hobby to keep friends and family updated. It turns out I became more of a foodie rather than keeping everyone updated with my adventures over here!!

  20. I love all the travel stuff that you share! :)

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  21. Love this post Anouka. Very honest and heartfelt :) I started blogging in March last year, as like you, I wanted a creative outlet. I used to write for a living in my early 20s, but lost touch with that side of me when I moved to England to start a new life. It's a long story, but let's just say I joined the rat race. My job now doesn't involve anything artsy fartsy, my instinct for writing is just screaming to come out. I don't want it to be my job anymore as even if it it's something I love to do, it becomes a job when I have to churn out pieces that I don't put my soul in. As a sort of retraining myself to coming up with ideas to write about as want to be published again, I started blogging. Along the way, I met and am still meeting interesting people and finding out about interesting ideas. What to blog about just slides and glides as you go along, and I think that's the beauty of it: there are no editorial restrictions. Putting forward my thoughts is also a way for me to face criticism, which is one way to improve my skill. So there you go :) Have a lovely day :)

  22. Before I started blogging I had a "Homepage" like every hip teenager in Luxembourg back then, haha! Then I started reading blogs and I somehow found the page Lookbook.nu, where I signed up after thinking about it for ages. Then the step to my own blog wasn´t that far away but I think I had two blogs which I deleted after just one day before I finally sticked to this one. In fact I started blogging because I have been informing myself about fashion and beauty for years and I felt the urge to talk about stuff such as new designer collaborations and the best peeling around but my friends weren´t into that whole business that much. So I decided to share it with the internet community instead ;)

  23. It is such a beautiful post darling! Thanks for sharing all your travels and experiences! Your photos are always so amazing and I can't wait to meet you in real life! xoxo ES

  24. Thank you for your visit! A nice blog and nice post! You made me reflect on the importance of writing what we like and do not like what the other ...


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