Why I Started Blogging (and Continue!)

I’m sharing a few things about why I started this blog, what I love about it, lessons learned, my favorite thing about it and some of my struggles. It’s been just over one year since I started Shining on Design and it was one of the best decisions I ever made. You’ll have to keep reading to find out why!

I'm sharing a few things about why I started this blog, what I love about it, lessons learned, my favorite thing about it and some of my struggles. It's been just over one year since I started Shining on Design and it was one of the best decisions I ever made.

First, a huge thank you to Lindsay Humes of White Oak Creative who designed this site and has been one the best resources for me when it comes to blogging. This post was actually triggered by a link-up Lindsay created so be sure to check out the other bloggers participating in this too! All links are below. Also, a quick thank you to my sister-in-law, Nicole Regan (Cedar & Rush) who helped me start this blog and has been so supportive since day one!

I knew that interior design was a path I wanted to pursue but it's a really scary thing to totally change careers! I had gone back to school after graduating college to study interior design but continued in real estate since I seemed to be doing pretty well. Again, it's a really scary thing to change careers. Especially with a new baby. I know starting a blog wasn't a career change, but it was a start.

Why I started blogging 

I’ll try to keep this answer as short and sweet as possible. After my first daughter, Taylor, was born, I knew I wanted to make a career change. I had a great position in commercial real estate that some think I was crazy for walking away from. My heart was just in another place and my favorite part of my real estate career was when I had the chance to work on designing the spaces – from new developments, designing show models and spec suites.

I knew that interior design was a path I wanted to pursue but it’s a really scary thing to totally change careers! I had gone back to school after graduating college to study interior design but continued in real estate since I seemed to be doing pretty well. Again, it’s a really scary thing to change careers. Especially with a new baby. I know starting a blog wasn’t a career change, but it was a start.

My priorities changed drastically after having Taylor and time is really too precious to have regrets. So I went for it (after A LOT of contemplation and lists of pros and cons)! I quit my job and I started working with a friend’s interior design company but discovered quickly that our goals and approaches were just too different. So, I decided to get myself “out there” through this blog. Test the waters on my own in a way. I knew starting a blog would open up doors but I had no idea how much.

I'm sharing a few things about why I started this blog, what I love about it, lessons learned, my favorite thing about it and some of my struggles. It's been just over one year since I started Shining on Design and it was one of the best decisions I ever made.

At first, I was so scared to tell anyone I had a blog. I was mostly scared of being judged. And I still get a little flushed when someone brings up my blog. So why did I start blogging? To sum it up, here are a few of the main reasons I started Shining on Design:

  • To share tips, resources and inspiration for home decor and design. I am constantly seeing ideas and finding great sources so having a blog is a place not only share them with my readers, but to reference them myself.
  • To connect with others and build a network. Initially this was geared towards connecting with other design professionals and businesses but has since expanded to a larger community. I’d love to focus more on this actually. I believe great things can come from creatives collaborating.
  • Have an online presence and build credibility. This blog was a start! I hope to create another website for professional services soon but for now, Shining on Design is my home base.

The amount of support and referrals for design projects since I started Shining on Design has amazed me. I grateful everyday for those that have encouraged me and helped me on this journey.

I'm sharing a few things about why I started this blog, what I love about it, lessons learned, my favorite thing about it and some of my struggles. It's been just over one year since I started Shining on Design and it was one of the best decisions I ever made.

Why I love blogging and continue to blog

  • Remember reason #1 above? Having this blog is a great way to document these resources and ideas! I am the type of person that loves lists. I don’t know what I would do sometimes with the “notes” app on my iphone. I need to write things down and save them. This blog is a perfect way archive a lot of what I find inspirational and helpful. This also keeps me on my toes to keep up with the latest trends in interior design.
  • On a personal note, I also started this blog shortly after moving out of the city (over an hour drive away from friends and family) which is another reason blogging was a great way for me to stay connected. We’re moving closer to the city this weekend btw! I’m currently 9 months pregnant now with our 2nd baby so wish us luck! 

The referrals and support I have received since starting Shining on Design has been a huge upside of starting this blog BUT my favorite thing about blogging? I feel it has boosted my own creativity and pushes me to explore ideas in a deeper way. I have found that I look at some things a little differently. This ties into this blog and interior design.

Every post does not have to be "perfect" (and they won't be!). The most important part for me is to post things I am truly interested in. I've put pressure on myself to do other types of posts and it just doesn't work for me.

Lessons Learned

I’ll admit I have a lot of lessons to still learn but a few things that I have found helpful have been:

  • Every post does not have to be “perfect” (and they won’t be!). The most important part for me is to post things I am truly interested in. I’ve put pressure on myself to do other types of posts and it just doesn’t work for me.
  • It’s okay to stray from typical blog topics. My original goal was to have a blog dedicated entirely to interior design but that really doesn’t appeal to my readers ALL the time. Some of my top posts have actually had nothing to do with design! And that is OK. Staying true to writing about what inspires me is what this blog is all about.
  • Quality over quantity. I believe this to be true in design, life and blogging.

"DESIGN QUESTION?" I'm also starting a new column where you can send me your design questions and I answer (for free!). YOU can ask me anything design related and I'll be answering them through a blog post. So if you are wondering where to find a great deal on lamps, what size rug to get, alternative ideas for your dining room, ANYTHING - Ask away!

“DESIGN QUESTION?” I’m also starting a new column where you can send me your design questions and I answer (for free!). YOU can ask me anything design related and I’ll be answering them through a blog post.  So if you are wondering where to find a great deal on lamps, what size rug to get, alternative ideas for your dining room, ANYTHING – Ask away!

Please share in the comments or send me a note. I would really appreciate it and hope to hear from you soon!

Samantha Regan


Blogger Link-up links:

Burke Does
Mommy Diary
New Client Magnet
Not Very Obsessed
Something Good
The Haute Notes
White Oak Creative

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16 thoughts on “Why I Started Blogging (and Continue!)

  1. Nicole

    First Off: I can’t believe it’s already been a year!?! 2nd. These photos are gorgeous!!!!!!!! 3rd. So happy to have a blogging SIL. You have done so well and I can’t wait to see where life takes you this year!

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  2. Rachel

    Hey, Samantha! I have to say, I love that you took a risk and followed your heart with your career change. It’s so important to do work that fulfills you and lights you up every single day. And it’ll be an amazing thing for your daughter to see as she grows up!

    And you are so right… Every post does not have to be perfect! I think so many of us get caught up in trying to make things perfect before we hit publish on a post. The reality is, it’ll never be perfect. It’s so much more important to put your heart into it, do your best, and put it out there!

    I look forward to reading more of your posts! It’s great to connect with you through this link-up!

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    1. Samantha Regan Post author

      I couldn’t agree more! And thank you for your kind comment. I really appreciate it and so glad we got to connect through this link up. I look forward to reading more of your blog!

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  3. Angela Kim

    Congratulations on your first year! I enjoy having a blog too for the reasons you’ve mentioned. And I too, am pregnant right now with my third child! Guess we are on similar journeys with our careers. 🙂 glad to connect!

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    1. Samantha Regan Post author

      Congratulations on your 2nd year! So exciting and loved reading your post today. Can’t wait to see more! And be sure to post lots of pictures of the baby, hope you are feeling good so far! I’m counting down the days myself 🙂

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  4. Hannah

    Still being at sixth form, I don’t know what a career change would be like but it definitely sounds like a scary thing to do so well done for that. I’m glad it has meant that you have found your real passion and the job you want to be doing in your life.

    Yay on having another baby, I’m friends with a few wannabe midwives so I hear quite a bit about babies!

    I truly agree with a lessons you say you’ve learnt, I try to make every post perfect and get worried when it isn’t but I know I should focus more on just getting the content out there and not focusing on perfection.

    The link up has been a lovely way to connect and discover new blogs.

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    1. Samantha Regan Post author

      Thanks Hannah! This has been a great way to discover new blogs and I love your outlook on life and blogging. Making the most out of life and with a positive attitude is so important. Keep it up!

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  5. Lindsay

    It’s so exciting to see how blogging has helped you grow your business! It’s wonderful achievement.

    I still struggle with the “perfect” post. I go back and forth on it all the time, and my blogging queue is full of drafts that need just a few more things to be ready to publish. (Some of them have been in there for months!).

    Thanks for participating in the #Designtogrow link-up and your kind words about my work!

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    1. Samantha Regan Post author

      It’s been a great year and I can’t thank you enough for helping me along the way! I’m glad to hear that I’m not the only one that has a queue full of drafts. I’ve slowly been going back to them and asking myself, why didn’t I post that? Hope to revisit more and share soon.

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  6. Dana

    Thank you for sharing this! I love this link up and getting to read other people’s stories about why they started. Also, I loved your tip about straying a little. I’ve done the same thing with my blog and it’s fun to mix it up with content that you originally started your blog around. I primarily write about personal style, but I love getting to add in posts about budgeting and books.

    Dana
    http://www.somethinggoodblog.com

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    1. Samantha Regan Post author

      Thanks Dana! I’m sometimes hesitant to post things that I’m not an “expert” on but I hope it helps or inspires someone else 🙂 I love all your fashion deal posts as I am always looking for great deals! Glad we got to connect through this link up.

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    1. Samantha Regan Post author

      Thanks John! I am glad you found this helpful. And thank you for commenting now. It’s been almost a year since I wrote this post and today I needed a little reminder of WHY I started in the first place 🙂 Thank YOU!

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