This question is asked in every blogging group I belong to. Why do we blog?
It’s important to know why you want to build a blog, because it will help guide your decisions as you grow. For example, If your blog is a hobby your spending habits will be different than if you are blogging for professional reasons.
And, when you reach that point of blogger overwhelm from trying to follow all of the blogging rules, your “why” will guide you back to the happy place where blogging can be fulfilling and fun.
Blogging is my hobby and in the beginning, my sole purpose was to learn how to do it – how to build the site and how to write. Inexperienced in both, I found a new challenge to tackle. And I love a good challenge!
Now it is so much more!
Blogging Inspires Creativity
I am not creative. I am not an artist or musician. I can not craft or draw or create much of anything. I’m not even sure I would ever be considered a writer by my high school English teacher’s standards.
But, I am a list-maker – a MASTER list-maker.
Writing in my blog forces me to take my lists and turn them into words that people can relate to.
It inspires me to be creative.
Blogging Is Therapeutic
Writing in my blog is like talking to a good friend.
My first experience with this type of writing was at the age of 15 when I began writing in a journal. I named my journal Nicole and I wrote to her like you write to a friend. At 15, I experienced lots of teenage emotions and insecurities and my journal, Nicole, was always there for me.
Blog writing is a lot like writing to my journal. I write to you in the same voice that I would use to talk to a friend.
It is also a good way to declutter the mind. Sometimes, I there are a lot of thoughts swirling around in my head and I can’t focus on my work. When I get them out, it is easier to get things done.
Blogging Is Challenging
Some people were born to write. I was not one of them.
Writing was never a natural activity for me. Beside the journal of my 15 year old self and maybe a dozen research papers, I didn’t write much.
I enjoy the challenge of writing and little by little I am improving.
Blogging Gives Me A Voice
I am the one everyone likes to talk to, mostly because I am a very good listener and I don’t talk much.
I am a talk-aholic’s dream because you can talk all you want and I probably won’t interrupt.
When asked about myself, I say “um” a lot and I sort of stammer. I really don’t like it. And, when I explain how to do something, you might question If I even know what I am talking about. (I am getting better at this though!)
I am an introvert. I do not like to talk about myself. And, I am socially awkward.
Writing let’s me talk to you with more confidence and clarity.
Blogging Offers An Amazing Community
Sometimes, this is my number one reason for blogging. Especially when I feeling overwhelmed and ready to give it all up. I think about the great friendships made through my blog, and it gives me the motivation I need to keep going.
Even when I need to take a 3 month break, my friends are still there to encourage and inspire me.
Tell Me Friend! Why Do You Blog?