If you have a blog – why? What made you start it? And why do you continue?
I’ve mentioned previously that I used to write a music blog, but the site eventually shut down. I thought I would miss keeping up on the latest music. But what I I really missed was being part of a blog community. We were such good friends on there! So good that I married one of my fellow bloggers from the site, LOL!
I didn’t want to blog about my work in libraries, but I didn’t think I had the expertise to write about anything else.
I started thinking about all the things in my life that I listed and tracked, whether it was a grocery list or the calories I consumed that day or my budget outlook 12 months from now. I wondered whether I could blog interesting statistics every day, but they already did such a good job of that on the front page of The Globe and Mail! What made me decide to blog my own statistics was a visit to a lovely little site called Book of Lists. I was probably also influenced by web sites like Post Secret and I Am Neurotic. I’ll let you decide if my blog is too confessional!
I hoped I would meet new blog friends who understood about making lists and analyzing everyday life as if it were a research project. And there you all are! I’m so happy we’ve found each other. Not many people I know in real life read this, so I’m grateful to the web for being here to provide me with like-minded souls.
If anyone asks me what my blog is about, I say “domestic life” and that stops the conversation 🙂 It’s true, though!
I’ve seen that bloggers write for so many reasons. Among the biggest:
- To make money – either hoping to strike it rich, or to bring in a little cash on the side
- To develop an online reputation that could be advantageous later
- As part of a social media campaign to promote something, such as an Etsy store
- To turn into a book
- To share creative works such as poetry or photos
- To keep a personal diary, whether it’s read by others or not
- To offer advice to others about something they’re good at, such as personal finance or cooking
- To offer encouragement, such as sharing experiences of sobriety or transgender transition
- Or, if you are me, just making friends!
Along the way I’ve realized that people can blog for any and all of these reasons and still be genuine.
I do have one pet peeve. Some blogs grow in readership to the point that the author can’t keep up with commenting or visiting other blogs. The more business-minded of them hire staff for this, which is fine. But there are some not-famous bloggers who enjoy posting, but don’t reply to comments or visit other blogs. I don’t quite get this? I can understand being busy, but not acknowledging your readers seems self-defeating. To me it feels like blogging is all about community, but that mustn’t be true for everyone. Any ideas?
I would just like to say that I really enjoy your company every day and that is why I’m here!