As the semester comes to an end, I have done a lot of thinking about what this blog means to me. I started this blog as a project for my Fundamentals of Digital and Online Media course this fall. For years, starting a blog was always a big goal of mine; however, I had absolutely no clue what I would write about. A blog topic should be something you are passionate and knowledgeable about, but I never felt like I had any interests or hobbies that I could write about with great emotion. When the project was assigned in class, it took weeks for me to realize that there IS one thing I am absolutely passionate about: the LGBTQ+ community.
When I started to write for my blog, I had no idea that I would receive so much support from my loved ones and strangers. My girlfriend and roommate were a great inspiration when I felt like I couldn’t write about this private part of my life to the world. Talking about my sexuality means so much to me, and I am glad that I am sharing my story to help others. The LGBTQ+ community has endured so much pain for generations, and I just want to be a person who alleviates at least a tiny part of that pain. Throughout this experience, I actually had a good turnout of people viewing my posts which means so much to me. My most popular week started on October 14th which was when 128 people viewed my blog! My most popular post of all was Growing Up Gay and Hispanic with 61 views. I think it had so many views because my hometown is predominantly hispanic therefore a lot of people must’ve deeply related to it. It’s so surprising to me that I have received so much support from the Twitter and WordPress community. Most of the traffic that I received on my blog was through my links on twitter, so I am so grateful to my followers for taking the time to read this important and delicate part of my life. I also received 5 WordPress followers which means so much to me!
This blog is teaching me how to use the tools that I need to professionally write and publish in the future. This experience is going to benefit me greatly because now I know how to start a blog and how to engage better with my readers. I know it will also greatly impact my future career choices, because I absolutely love writing for this blog.
Let’s Get Better Treatment has been a great learning experience for me. I think that I have a lot of work to do to become a better a writer and editor, but I know that I’m off to a great start. I need to work on promoting my content on instagram and other platforms more, since that will bring in much more traffic. In the future, I hope to start including interviews from LGBTQ+ people on my blog. I want to make this blog as open and as free to the entire community as possible.
The best experience this blog has given me is a support system. Whether that is my loved ones, or my amazing followers like the writer Jess of A Lesbian and Her Laptop, I have had such a blast sharing these personal stories with everyone and getting so much love in return. This isn’t the end of this journey, it is only the beginning! I can’t wait to see where this blog journey is going to take me.
See you soon!!