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“Well two years later and a 15,000-word master’s dissertation I still think I suck at writing but hey who cares. I think when it comes to blogging its more about sharing your story than your actual grammar skills. I told myself that I have a few stories that I would like to share with the world.” – Karly S.

I get asked this question repeatedly. “WHY DID YOU START BLOGGING?” and I always tell them ” Honestly, It’s just for the FREE SHIT !”. Hahaha I am totally kidding I always give the same generic answer “Oh it was just something to do I guess”. I never wanted to sit down and actually have a full conversation with someone about my online life. I always thought of my blog as a place for me to get away from the real world. When I was younger I did have a blog and it was kind of popular … well I thought it was at the time. Anyways I was only being 15 years old. I would write my diary entries on my blog and of course I was anonymous because my mom was firm and overprotective and I could not have a boyfriend or even talk to guys on the phone. My blog was a place for me to tell the world about my little boyfriends and my not so entertaining life. A few people tuned into my blog and wrote me back and of course I did not think anything of it because back then blogging was just something to do as an upset teenager. Anyways when I was 18 before I left for college the summer of 2010 I deleted my blog. So, for those of you that wanted to research my darkest embarrassing secrets as a teenager you can’t.


Let’s fast forward to the summer of 2015.  Well in an effort to get my YouTube channel off the ground and when I say that I mean I was actually being lazy with YouTube and I still wanted to create content and get free shit.  I decided to create a blog (KarlySmiles). KarlySmiles has always been my online name. I don’t remember how I came up with that name but it has been my name and I love it and will never change it. Anyways, I always knew that I wanted to have a voice on the internet.

For as long as I could remember I’ve had a huge personality and I always want to create videos and content for the world to see. I have always been creative and I love learning a new skill or a new software. From there, I was super into Tumblr when it was popular and of course the famous Myspace ,and now blogging.

Even though I have a master’s degree I am not the world’s best writer. I thought I sucked at writing and grammar, but I didn’t care. So, I started my blog anyways. I decided that starting a blog would help me get better at writing. Well two years later and a 15,000-word master’s dissertation I still think I suck at writing but hey who cares. I think when it comes to blogging its more about sharing your story than your actual grammar skills. I told myself that I have a few stories that I would like to share with the world.


Sometimes I am a bit embarrassed about oversharing but I do it anyways. I am currently single and yes, I am dating. So, when I met someone I kind of shy away from the fact that I do have an online blog that people actually read. Telling someone about my blog is kind of embarrassing because I don’t want them to read the stuff I write. If I am dating a guy I always tell him not to google me. I would rather them know me for who I am and not my experience. I honestly feel like its cheating if he reads my blog. He gets an inside scoop in my personality life before actually getting to know me. I would also hate for him to judge a book by its cover. The thing is it’s not that I am not the same person online as I am in person. What I give you is exactly what you get when it comes to my personality. I am the same person online as I am in real life. Anyways I became really excited about blogging summer of 2015 because it was a way for me to pass the time at my old job. I sat at a computer all day pretending to work. My fingers pressing at the keys of the key board really helped me keep that job because my boss thought I was really working.

I have neglected my blog a few times ……. Don’t come for me I am not perfect. I do get into creative funks where I hate my website but I can’t afford those fancy templates like everyone else. I learned recently that I must make do with what I have. At this very moment, my income from blogging doesn’t allow me to put into my content as I would love. It can probably get me some sushi during happy hour and a tank of gas but I cannot in any shape or form quit my 9-5 job to pursue my blogging career.

I recently published a blog post Single & Satisfied and you guys seemed to love it. I received a few e-mails and DM’s from people telling me their stories and how they really enjoyed reading mine. It really warms my heart to see that you guys really enjoy my personal post. Honestly that’s really the main reason why I started blogging. I wanted a place where I could be myself and tell all my crazy stories along with sharing some of my favorite things with you guys. I always thought of blogging as an online diary.

I stated blogging because I knew the experiences I had in life could help someone else out there going through the same thing. I am the youngest out of all my siblings on my mom’s side and my dad’s. I don’t have anyone that needs my mentoring so I turned to the internet to give my advice.

So, I have been a bit MIA on my blog but I promise you guys that I am back and I am better. 2018 is going to be a good year for us SMILIES —– SMILES yes that what I call you guys. Shout out to us !!!! Anyways I just wanted to tell you guys that I do really appreciate all of you and thank you so much for all your support. Please let me know what you would like to see on my blog.





Author: Karly Shenell

Hello my name is Karly and I am 25 years old. I was born and raised on the beautiful island of St.Thomas but I currently live in Dallas, Texas.

2 thoughts on “I ONLY BLOG FOR THE FREE SHIT!”

  1. I absolutely loved this! We have pretty similar backgrounds with blogging. I am currently trying to rebrand myself and my blog. Its so easy to get caught up in what you think people wanna read,and what gets the coin versus really being true to you. And for me that is the whole reason I started blogging. Because of my love for writing and just being true to myself.


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