Why do YOU Blog?

Day 2 – “B” Blogging

I started this blog about 2 years ago, published one travel-related blog post, and let the blog lay dormant for about a year. I revamped my blog and gave it the kickstart it needed in last years’ A-Z Blog Challenge, and have (typically…) consistently been posting ever since. I’m back for round 2 this year, and so far am enjoying it immensely!

That got me thinking about why I started my blog in the first place. I have always been writing. Keeping a diary from a very early age, writing short stories and poems for my family, writing plays for my sister and I to act out for our parents, and now I write in my professional career and am working on two novels, poetry, short stories, and various articles and freelance work on the side.

Since I have always written in so many different areas, blogging simply seemed like another type of writing that I’d try out. I didn’t really have a theme I wanted to stick to with my blog, mainly because I didn’t want to restrict myself to only one type of writing (travel, poetry, reviews, recipes, etc.). I didn’t have any goals except to write on a variety of topics with the hope that someone would appreciate my work. So I painstakingly developed my blog, created a number of pages for a number of types of writing, and have been slowly filling up each page ever since.

A year later, I asked myself why do I continue to blog? I am still working on my novels, I have been working on putting together a collection of poetry for publication, I do business and technical writing every day at work, so why continue to add blogging to that mix? I’m certainly getting enough writing in on a daily basis. Why blog?

Community. The fantastic writing community that I have built over the past year is so ridiculously fulfilling. My goal with this challenge was to elicit some great conversation with my fellow bloggers and the responses to my post yesterday absolutely floored me. I was blown away by how many discussions I had with each of you! With the conversations I have with other writers I get such amazing feedback, which in turn inspires and motivates me to keep going. Whether that be working on future blog posts, getting a chapter of my novel busted out, or writing a quaint little poem based off of an awe-inspiring hike.

Community inspires and motivates, fulfills and encourages. This is why I blog. To get the boost of confidence I need, to continue a routine of regular writing and posting, and to build new relationships and continue to nurture existing friendships.

Why do you blog? What do you “get” out of it? Do you write solely on your blog, or do you blog to supplement other types of writing, blogging in between other projects?

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23 thoughts on “Why do YOU Blog?

  1. My blog was started as a diary to record the progress of the realisation of a dream, but after I put the dream in a ditch I realised that I enjoyed writing, so decided to carry on.
    Over a beer one night with a friend, she encouraged me to continue, telling me I could make a fortune from blogging. A couple of years later I’m still waiting for my first centime to drop into my bank account, but I’m still thoroughly enjoying doing the blog.

  2. Totally agree! Building community is wonderful! I blog because I like the challenge. I am forced to be disciplined. Sometimes it’s a bit too much with my full-time job, the freelance assignments and the fitness classes I teach, but I push through. Love your blog! Happy you are more dedicated! 🙂

    1. I agree with you completely in that it forces discipline. I *try* to post once a week and love that challenges like this kick my butt back into gear! If I don’t dedicate myself to write regularly I fall behind big time.

  3. I started blogging for a couple of reasons – I wanted to bring more creativity back into my writing (since my day-job writing is not very creative) and I wanted to help people by writing fun and education posts. I was hoping someone might get around to reading them. 🙂 Like you, I’ve been blown away by the community aspect of blogging. It was so unexpected and is now my favourite reason for keeping it up!

  4. Definitely the sense of community for me. I’ve never felt quite as much like I belonged as anywhere before WordPress. I’ve been blogging (on my main site under my real name) for a little over two years – I can’t imagine life without it. 😀
    Thanks so much for the follow, Christina! I look forward to reading more of your blog! 😀

  5. I blog to write (it’s pretty much the only writing I’m doing right now), but what I didn’t bargain on was the community. I think that’s been the best part. It’s so very nice to meet you. I’m looking forward to more of your posts. 🙂

  6. I blog because I find it satisfying. I’ve always needed to write and blogging is a good combination of writing for myself and the sense of community (as you mentioned). 🙂 Plus, WordPress has cute smiley faces. 🙂 😀

  7. You and I are alike: we both blog because of the community. I only just started blogging last October, but the community is as awesome as I was hoping it would be. I love how we can share our work and wide array of interests, without having to be tied down to one particular thing.

    Also, I nominated you for a Liebster Award! You can check it out here: https://millennialcreativity.wordpress.com/2015/04/03/liebster-award/ Keep being an awesome (B-is-for-) blogger!

  8. I have some similar reasons to yours. I blog as a break from my other writing (novel, poetry, short stories, work).
    I also consider blogging an experiment. I can try out different topics, writing styles, voices, etc. The community is a wonderful bonus. The immediacy of interactions and feedback is a bit addicting. My ultimate goal is to have a platform so I can get my books published.

  9. I think this is second only to “how often should you post” in the list of most common blog questions. My answer has changed over the years but the underlying reason has never changed. I blog to get things out of my head, hopefully in a way that entertains people. Sometimes I hit my mark, sometimes I pretend a post never happened. For me, blogging is part ego, part therapy, part craft.

    That all said, I moved recently from Blogger to WP and I have to admit, it was entirely about community. WP is active and fun and inspires me to keep putting things out there.

  10. Well I just started this blog, but it had been itching me for some time to get back into blogging and writing. So why do I blog? To get into the habit of writing again, to let my thoughts run free. I was a bit scared of the idea of blogging in a niche, so my blog, just like yours is on all sorts of topics.
    I once was told that if I wanted to become a writer, journalist, or something along those lines I should write every day in order to get better… Now I want to write in all my languages to be confortable writing in them.
    Now the WP blogging community and the feedback and encouragements that come with it are great!
    I am glad to have found your blog, thanks for the follow 🙂

  11. I enjoy writing. I had been pretty successful with a technical blog, but I always introduced the topic with a story and I finally realized that I like telling the stories more than the technology. I work with that stuff every single day. I wanted a place to just tell the stories, maybe even if there wasn’t a point. The community that I have found is just wonderful. I am inspired, encouraged and I learn from the people I interact with. So, I guess I’m writing mostly for fun, but why shouldn’t we have fun?

    1. I’m right there with you. I do business and tech writing all day at work, and I found that I needed a creative release and this blog (coupled with the phenomenal community) was just the ticket! 😉

  12. I started blogging because of the overly mentioned advice on building your author platform. Well, I can’t say it has done anything in the sales of my book, but it has become something so much bigger than that. I enjoy reading everyone’s ideas and thoughts and rants. I appreciate the diversity of the writing style, the poems and the amazing creativity that abounds out there in the blogosphere. For me it seems to be a very supportive and warm community and I am so glad I actually listened to someone’s advice and delved into the blogging world.

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