Why Do We Blog? « Person Of Letters.
This subject seems to come up quite often. Why do we blog? Reading this blog reminded me I had written an older post on this subject, so I decided to re-post my old blog. The original blog was here http://personofletters.com/2011/07/19/why-do-we-blog/
I read at least 4 blogs today. Each one felt insecure, unsure if they had anything to write about, and worried whether anyone would even want to read anything they had to say. First of all, the blog should be for YOU.
When I started, it was to have a place to rant if I got frustrated with what was going on. My blog was to write about my thoughts about a bad week, or something that happened to me that touched my soul. My blog is for ME. I like to write. I am a private person, so if I choose to share publicly, it probably won’t be anything I would not share to people in person. You have to remember, what gets posted online anywhere, will be eventually seen by people you don’t know. So don’t share what you wouldn’t want everyone to know.
My blog is also for me to practice writing. It is to learn how to say something interesting in a concise way, practicing putting words together. My goal is not to impress world leaders, or move mountains. My goal is to have fun and to use this as an outlet or sounding board if that is what I need on any given day. I never ever thought about how many readers I could get to read my blog. I just wanted to post a few times a week about whatever. My blog began with political ranting and news items and now, it is about what touches me.
Sometimes I get ideas from reading other people’s blogs. There is no pressure to succeed here. There is no pressure to perform. We get that at work. This is relaxation. This should be enjoyable. Use this medium for YOU. Don’t let it turn into a ball and chain! Just have fun! If you want some new readers to read your blog, then start reading other blogs. When you find one that is interesting or makes you laugh…”like” it and subscribe to it. They will probably check you out and subscribe to yours.
Keep writing, keep reading, keep subscribing, and soon you will have followers. And by reading the way others write and blog, you will learn and improve your own writing. A win/win situation! Just have fun. And don’t feel bad when those feelings of insecurity pop up from time to time. All of us “creative people” are emotionally sensitive. That’s why we are so cool! LOL
I agree wholeheartedly that blogging should be for the author’s entertainment and to have fun with it. When it starts feeling like a “ball and chain”, etc…it is time to rethink. 🙂
I love this post. I read it the first time when you came to visit my blog and left me some wonderful thoughts. My favorite part is the last few sentences. 🙂
This is really a great article. When I first started, I didn’t know what to blog about so I just wrote until I found what I wanted to talk about. And you’re right, your blog should be about YOU. What YOU want to say and how YOU want to say it.