How My Passion for Writing Turned Into a Blog & Then a Job / Carmen Varner // Travel Influencer, Blogging Coach, Social Media Consultant


How My Passion for Writing Turned Into a Blog & Then a Job

* Disclaimer: This post, How My Passion for Writing Turned Into a Blog & Then a Job, is intended for those 21+ & is sponsored by Wente Vineyards. All opinions are 100% mine aka Carmen's. 

Whether I wrote by hand on pen & paper in my little butterfly diary or whether I furiously typed posts on my trusty little laptop, writing has always been a part of my life. I first found writing in fifth grade. My best friend & I had matching journals, all set with a lock & key. We'd get together, write for a bit, then read excerpts from our journals.

My entries at the time weren't very profound. It always had something to do with what I did that day or what I ate. I complained that one of my friends was being mean to me, so she was no longer a part of my secret friend club. I mean, it was riveting stuff.

I moved from diary to diary, until I eventually joined a journalism class my junior year of high school. I was drawn to the art & ended up as editor-in-chief the next year. I decided to major in journalism, then came my blog, & I suppose the rest is history. I've had my blog for five years!

It's safe to say that writing has been a constant passion in my life. Even my humble blog began as a space on the Internet where I could write my poems & short stories. If you go back far enough you'll see my series of haikus & random stories about love & loss & all that good stuff.

Passion & inspiration go hand-in-hand, making wine the perfect complement to it all. The three make a harmonious blend. As I write this very post, I'm sipping on a glass of Southern Hills Cabernet Sauvignon from Wente Vineyards.

In fact, Wente Vineyards is a result of five generations of one family's passion for wine. Their video explains more about the passion behind the Wente winemaking. With hints of ripe black cherry & plum, & undertones of coffee & spice, this wine pairs perfectly with an afternoon of writing, typing, photographing, & being creative.

As an adult with a business & a blog, writing is still the number one passion in my life. My blog is my livelihood. I wish everyone could find their ambition in life, that thing that inspires them endlessly & motivates them to move forward.

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I want to know: What inspires you? Leave me a comment! :]

* Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Wente VineyardsAs always, all opinions are 100% mine aka Carmen's. Learn more about my disclosure here. :]


  1. Great post! I love writing and blogging! That wine sounds really good!

  2. Nice!


  3. What a great post.Writing is something I love too.Fashion inspires me.It makes me want to be a certain way,do certain things .I'd read magazines, watch shows and everything people would be wearing on those would make me feel a certain way.Thanks for sharing your story.

  4. I started my blog because I used to love to write at uni, obvs when uni finished I found myself lost and quite bored. I couldnt have made a better decision :)
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

  5. This sounds great and encouraging for other who wish the same :-)
    Xo - Vettae
    Creativettae - New post

  6. This sounds like such a great winery and family owned company, girlie! My husband and I love wine and are often searching for new brands and flavors to try, I'll have to keep this one in mind! As for your love of writing, that's wonderful that you've been able to develop a career that incorporates your passion! Thanks for sharing and I hope you have a great week ahead, girlie!



  7. This post was such a lovely read, so interesting to read how you rolled into blogging/writing!
    XO IMKE | Pastellics

  8. Writing and wine, i love it! I started my blog as a way of practicing writing and sharing what I care about bc no one around me was as interested in fashion as I was, lol, and it's still going years later!

    The Fashion Barbie

  9. I never knew I could write, until a friend in the university asked me to start making useful my talents... I saved it aside. After graduation some years ago, I discovered my friend saw something in me I didn't see...

    I was always holding a pen and I still do. Can't leave the house without a pen. I write anywhere and on anything.

    Nice blog, hope we follow each other?


  10. How lovely to read about your passion for writing. I can enjoy people being so creative with words.

    x Sandra

  11. What a lovely post! Writing is such a fun and creative hobby to have. I love it xx

    Lauren |

  12. Great post dear!

  13. Thanks for sharing your experience!


    Claire from Dresscape

  14. Great post! Very inspiring! :)

    Brooke |

  15. Very cool! I always admire the women that are able to take their blog to the next level. Isn't that the goal for everyone, getting to do what you love for a living?

    - Dara ||

  16. I truly loved this wine. It went down so smooth. :]

  17. What a cool story, Brenda! That's so wonderful that your friend saw it in you. :]

  18. I should hope so. No matter what it is. :]


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