I love blogging. I love being able to share my thoughts with a global audience, and reading about other bloggers’ ideas as well. For me it’s like peeking into the minds of other people I am not likely to meet in the flesh, at least not in this lifetime.
Knowing and understanding why you blog helps keep a clear vision of your direction and goals, as well as your needs.
At first, it wasn’t easy to freely write online. The idea of being vulnerable to millions of strangers all over the world was incredibly daunting. Still, I had to persist to help overcome one of my greatest hurdles: self-expression. I noticed that my writing often tends to gravitate toward an expository and informative manner rather than from a personal standpoint. Cold, hard facts posed no threat to me, as opposed to speaking from the heart. That was my greatest challenge.
So I blogged. And I blog still.
Being among other creatively expressive bloggers is comforting, not only because some of us share the same blogging interests and goals, but also for the mere reason that we’re dedicated to the act of blogging itself. Also, it’s cathartic. And it gives me a playground for my otherwise constipated thought and emotional processes.
But that’s just me. We all blog for different reasons that can be narrowed down to the following:
Blogging allows us to start conversations, discuss ideas, and keep in touch with people from around the world, both on a personal and professional level.
Many bloggers, myself included, blog to discover, shape, and reinforce our own identity, and doing this includes expressing one’s self and finding one’s own voice.
Blogging can be a wonderful creative outlet, whether it’s playing with prose and poetry, photos and images, audio and video, or designing the blog itself.
While blogging solely for money is quite difficult, it can generate plenty of revenue with hard work, commitment, patience, and skill. There are many bloggers who have already successfully earned much from blogging, either from brand selling, advertising, online marketing, SEO, e-commerce, or other blog monetization methods.
Blogs are a gold mine of knowledge, and being active in the blogosphere can keep both the blogger and his readers informed and updated on their subjects of interest, as they share and exchange resources. Blogging can also help develop literacy and communication skills within a 24/7 learning environment.
Closely linked to education, blogging can also serve to establish one as an expert in his field of interest and influence thinking trends or at least teach interested readers, which in turn could also serve as an avenue for earning money online.
There are bloggers who are dedicated to using their site as a platform for providing assistance and support to others. One such blogging site that has evolved into support groups under several interests is Tumblr.
We blog because we can. Period.
Blogging is an enjoyable activity in itself, and it also helps supplement other leisurely pursuits not necessarily related to blogging. It allows one to entertain others and one’s self. For some, it’s also not just fun but a labor of love that feeds one’s soul. And for others like me, blogging can be a source of inspiration, motivation, self-reflection, and healing.
After joining a blogging community in which I could read about shared sentiments of other bloggers and contribute some input of my own, I gradually became less afraid of my humanity. Learning to articulate my ideas and feelings online also helped me get through and recover from a very difficult period in my life. So in essence, blogging to me was and still is therapy. In many ways, it could even be better than therapy.
You may have other reasons for blogging aside from those listed here, and it would be interesting for us to hear how they have shaped the way you blog. So what is blogging for you? What’s your story?
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