Why Do You Blog?

Why do you blog? If I had a penny for the number of times I’ve been asked this question since I started my blog, I’d be pretty stinking rich. But the question still stands – why do I blog?

Let’s rewind a little.

Once upon a time, there was a shy, buck-toothed child who wore round pink glasses and had a slight obsession with dinosaurs. Understatement of the century – she lived and breathed the prehistoric age. The thing is, she didn’t know anyone else who shared her passions, and she always felt a little bit left out. One day, she was given a diary for her birthday. The cover was adorned with – yup, you guessed it – dinosaurs. She was ecstatic. That diary eventually became her best friend, and she filled it daily with her thoughts, hopes and dreams. The years went by, and more diaries were filled with stories of crushes, passions and questions about the world.

Somehow, somewhere along the way, I stopped keeping a diary. Mostly out of the fear that my family would find them and read them, but I just… stopped. Until now.

Starting my blog was probably one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. (For the record, I don’t have many of those to brag about, so that’s definitely saying something.) Most of the best things in life are unplanned, and this was certainly one of them. Since starting my blog, I can honestly say that I have become a better person.

Blogging gives me new goals to reach for every day. Whether it’s publishing a new post on time, taking more artsy photos or figuring out the enigma called Pinterest, it gives me something to strive for. Little goals add up to bigger things that I can’t help but feel proud of, and there’s nothing quite like the satisfaction that comes from hard work.

Yes, blogging isn’t my source of income, and there are thousands of other blogs out there.

That doesn’t matter to me. I blog because I love to write. Writing is the one place where I am in complete control of my craft. It’s not all about the creator, though – why not write something that means something to someone whilst you’re at it? The internet is a truly wonderful place, and with the sheer amount of content out there, having a platform for your voice and your voice only is not something to be taken lightly. Getting to know my readers through this platform is an experience like no other. Had I not started my blog, I would not have had the chance to be part of this wonderful blogging community and to reach out to so many human beings from all over the world. It doesn’t matter whether they agree with me or not – they’re my readers and each one of their opinions is one to be treasured.

Over to you. Why do you blog? If you don’t blog, ask yourself why you’re here, reading this right now. You may have arrived from an innocent Google search, or you might just be someone who enjoys reading blogs. Nevertheless, you are here because you want to learn. You’re exploring new territory and opening your mind to a stranger’s content. You’re growing and enriching yourself. And that, my friend, is exactly why I blog.

Oh, and you go girl.

– J

This post was also published with minor edits on bayart.org, a website that I write for. The featured image was obtained from pixabay.com under a Creative Commons License.

 

42 Comments on “Why Do You Blog?”

  1. I love this post! I started blogging really to gain confidence in myself and to hopefully meet some incredible people along the way. Blogging has changed me and I’m so glad I took the leap and got my blog going. 😊

  2. This was really great to read. I started blogging about a month ago for a creative outlet. I lay awake at night just thinking of different ways to do makeup from smokey eyes to a crazy mermaid look. Since creating my blog I get to express it by doing tutorials and I love interacting with people about makeup! Your blog has been one of my favorites 🙂

  3. I totally agree with everything you said! Blogging is def one of the best things I’ve started and it has made my life so much better! So blessed to meet every blogger on here, such an amazing community 🙂

  4. My favorite post of today! People are always asking me this. I always say, “Why do you go to work every day?” Why does it even matter? But for some less than obvious reason, it matters to other people very much. I just love writing. I’ve always wanted to be a writer. Blogging lets me do that and what better way to connect with people all over the globe?! Loved this post.

  5. That’s an interesting read. Thanks for sharing.

    I like to read obscure books and find obscure facts.

    So, I decided… why not share the things that I learned to anyone who are interested. That’s how I started blogging.

  6. Why do I blog? –
    I get into some awkward, funny and difficult situations mainly due to my wheels. I also get different experiences and treatment with/from people due to having wheels. My friends and I would always joke about this, the good and the bad, as a way of coping I guess. Sometime you have to laugh or you’ll go crazy. Often saying if only people could hear us, I should write a book of all this drama. Well I guess a blog was born.
I also wanted a serious side to the blog. Not many websites give you the gritty details of accessibility to a venue. I wanted to chart good and bad access. To get people to look at it more.
    I didn’t really consider how many lovely bloggers and blogs I’d meet along the way, which I have!

    1. Haha @awkward, funny and difficult situations mainly due to wheels – don’t say that, I’m about to start driving lessons! 😀 Nevertheless, I’m glad blogging has worked out so well for you and clearly, so have those wheels!

  7. Great post! I started blogging when I had a burn-out… It felt like I had to do something different in my life so I started blogging… and I haven’t stopped ever since. It gives such a feeling of satisfaction doesn’t it?! you go girl 🙂

  8. Your writing style is my favourite and your story about why you blog had me hooked and made me so happy. Great post! Seriously. It’d mean so much if you checked my blog out too x

  9. This is a great post. Blogging for me started as a way to inspire others, and now it’s inspired me to a whole different career focus on coaching others. So, I guess you could say blogging changed my life 🙂

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