People quite often ask me why I blog. Lots of people are under the assumption that people blog for money or to get free stuff. Let me assure you, for the vast majority this is just not the case. Sure, there are some bloggers out there that do make a full time income their blog but they are few and far between. For me personally, money or free stuff is not the reason I blog, it’s just not. I have probably said no to more things than I have said yes to when it comes to that type of thing. I have a pretty simple rule, unless it benefits my readers in some way then I just won’t do it. So why then do I blog? Well I have three significant reasons why:
Writing: I love to write. You might even say I need to write. Writing is my way of processing things, of working through thoughts and emotions. It’s a way to for me to record and remember. There have been periods of times when I have taken a break from writing and it always feels like something is missing. Ok, I hear many people thinking, you like to write so why not just keep a journal? Why share it with the world? Well that leads to the second reason I blog…
Connecting: Blogging has provided me with the opportunity to connect with so many amazing people; people I would never know if it weren’t for blogging. The blogging community is awesome. It’s the type of community where you never feel stupid for asking a question and where people always offer a helpful answer. The blogging community is supportive, creative, inspiring and just plain old nice! Sure, I know there are some nasties out there, I know ‘trolls’ exist but honestly? I think the vast majority of those people are not from within the blogging community and if they are, well I’ve never come across them. I’ve shared emails, phone calls and lunches with people I’ve met online. I’ve built friendships, learnt new things and been inspired.
Making others feel less alone: I’ve always said that if just one person reads a blog post I write and feels less alone then it’s all worth it. This is particularly true for posts I have written in the past about my struggles with mental illness and parenting. Reading comments like “thank you for sharing, you will have helped so many others understand they are not alone” and “posts like yours give me insight into what it’s like and helps me to empathise” or “thank you, I really needed to read this today.” I’ve had many private messages and emails over the years from people who have thanked me because one of my posts inspired them to seek help, or helped them to understand what a loved one was going through or made them feel ‘normal’ or even hopeful. I cannot even being to tell you what receiving those messages mean to me.
So there you have it. That is why I blog. For others bloggers out there I’d love to hear why you blog and to all my other readers I’d love to know why you enjoy reading blogs.
’til next time