Why keep trying to blog if you’re unsuccessful? Why keep trying to be a YouTuber if you’re not successful?
I find it funny when I get asked these questions because I determine my success, and the words of other people are not going to alter that. But why do I keep trying? That’s easy: It’s better to keep trying than giving up, and I regret every time I gave up.
Anyway, I have been trying for several years (since I was thirteen or fourteen) to create a blog that completely pleased me. I tried different domain names, like candidsbyjam and bluntsbyjam (had nothing to do with drugs, by the way). I tried Weebly and Wix, but they had overpriced plans for me to get my own domain. In turn, I was always stuck with .weebly.com or .wix.com attached to the end. Not anymore.
This is simplyjamilah.com, a place where I can have an honest (and maybe even helpful) blog without swearing like a sailor. This is the first time I truly feel like I can be 100 percent myself; it didn’t feel like that with all the other failed blog attempts. I have a lot to say, and I can’t wait to say it. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for me and for this blog.
Over the summer, I read Girl Online by Zoe Sugg (aka Zoella on YouTube), which is an easy read for any tween or teen. Anyway, on the second page of the book, Penny (the main character) writes on her blog:
“I want to feel like someone, somewhere, will be able to read what I’ve got to say.
That’s why I’ve decided to give this blog a go- so I have somewhere I can say exactly what I want, when I want and how I want- to someone. And not have to worry that what I say won’t sound cool or will make me look stupid…”
I want the exact same.