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?