Thank you so much for checking out Some Roots Wander! I am super excited to start this blog and this journey. I am full of so many ideas and feel so optimistic about this blog and its potential.
A Little Bit About Me
I’m Rachel, the creator of Some Roots Wander.
I’m 29 years old and live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with my boyfriend and two cats.
I am a coffee connoisseur, crazy cat lady, and a Scorpio.
I am obsessed with shopping, owls, history and antique finds.
I curse like a sailor, enjoy nature and love to cook and bake.
My passion for visual and fine arts began in high school where I studied videography, photography, and design.
I briefly attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh for Video Production and then transferred to Point Park University. At Point Park, I obtained a bachelor of arts in broadcast production and programming.
Since graduating I have worked at Starbucks and Verizon Wireless. For the past three years, I have worked at a local health insurance company.
Although I didn’t end up in a creative field as I had imagined, I still try to keep art as a hobby. Additionally, I try to volunteer at local museums to keep my creative juices flowing.
Not So New Blogger
That’s right…I am not a new blogger. In fact, this is my fourth blog. Blogging has changed so much since my first blog and back then I had no idea what I was doing.
First off, none of my past blogs were self-hosted which means I had very little customization options. I definitely never monetized any of those blogs or even dreamed about using my blog to make money.
Second, I didn’t treat those blogs as a business and never invested any money into them. I wrote posts when I had time and wrote about whatever I wanted. I never put a thought into writing for an audience. I was only writing for myself.
Lastly, Pinterest was literally just starting when I was blogging. I remember being accepted into Pinterest and no one knowing anything about it. Pinterest marketing was literally non-existent.
Below are the first three blogs I had. All three still exist. I plan to keep them up as a reminder of who I was in college and where I started from.
Serious Writings on Blogger
This was the first blog and I posted papers from college as well as diary entries and rants. I did the bare minimum on this blog as far as customization.
Split Ends to Turning a New Page
Originally this blog was to be a duo with me and my best friend from high school. She was attending college in Philadelphia and I was in Pittsburgh (hence the title split ends…Philly and Pitt are opposite ends of Pennsylvania).
We planned on talking about our college experiences in this blog. However, my friend didn’t keep up with it, so I renamed it to Turning A New Page.
Once solo, I wrote about my experience in college, fashion, DIY and random rants or diary-type entries. Prior to Some Roots Wander, this was the blog I put the most effort into.
Coffee, Art, and Baking
This is a blog I started after college when I was living in my first apartment and working at Starbucks. At the time, coffee, art, and baking were my three main hobbies so that’s what I wanted to blog about. I posted twice and then lost focus.
The Start of Some Roots Wander
Some Roots Wander has been in the works for 2-3 years. Originally, I started researching how to start a blog on Pinterest in early 2017. I wanted to understand how to make money from blogging. I also wanted to know how to create the picture-perfect blog I dreamed about in college.
In 2018 my co-worker came up with the name Some Roots Wander after I was describing to her the vision I had for the blog (thanks Kelly)!
Despite all of the research, preparation and two written blog posts, I never pulled the trigger on actually creating it.
Then one day in July of this year, I just decided to go for it. I started making a list of blog post ideas, started writing, growing my Instagram following, creating images and putting everything together.
Why Did I Start This Blog
One of the main goals of Some Roots Wander is earning side income…eventually. Right now I do not work with any affiliates or advertising. I didn’t jump right into this because I wanted to make blogging a habit before committing to making it business.
But when I do move to that direction the ultimate goal is to take revenue from my blog to invest in additional sources of revenue such as rental or AirBnB properties. Like many bloggers earning enough from both income sources to quit my office job would be a dream come true.
Channeling My Creativity
Working in an office for 8 hours gives me serious mental burnouts. I sit at a cubicle all day and stare into a computer screen which can be mentally draining at times. I find it very hard to incorporate my creativity and personality into my job.
Starting this blog is a way to incorporate all of the artsy, creative talents I have and rediscovering them. I am really excited to be getting back into visual communications again.
I hope to help, inspire or entertain other people out there that feel they can relate to me.
Most of the time I feel like bloggers or influencers are not relatable because so many of them are moms or don’t have the same fashion style as me or are thin or petite or have different lifestyle views than me. Not that there’s anything wrong with any of those things, but like in real life it’s hard to relate to someone online that isn’t of the same mindset.
Perhaps this blog could lead to a community of like-minded people sharing their thoughts and helping each other navigate through life.