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Why Do Bloggers Blog? This is Why I Do.

Even though I started to blog 10 months ago, I didn’t actually tell anyone until the end of October.  I started “The Juvenile Retiree” to practice my writing and to acquire a new skill set.   I was very quiet about it because I didn’t want people to see my awkwardness while I was “practicing”.  And honestly, I felt a little embarrassed about putting myself out there on the Internet.  Not having any real skills (I consider myself a master generalist), I chose to blog about being a midlife, “senior-in-training” retired woman.

At the same time, I decided to pursue a certificate in Social Media.  While looking for part-time work, I had noticed a lot of short term, contract jobs that offered the flexibility I was looking for.  At the time, all I knew about social media was how to read and post pictures on Facebook.

So last spring, I started the blog and the Social Media certificate simultaneously.  Were there other reasons why?

  • First of all, I’m way too young to actually retire.  I need to find other purposeful things to do.  Generating income would also be useful!
  • Secondly, #1 on my bucket list  is to travel the world.  I will have to finance this somehow.  It made sense to pursue jobs that could be done virtually.  A travel blog was also a viable option but I had to learn the ins and outs of blogging first.

The Real 3 Top Reasons Why Bloggers Blog

  1. To Share your Knowledge and/or Passion.  Maybe it’s fashion, cooking or photography. Or a personal or political cause.  Or a synopsis of the latest episode of The Bachelor or Keeping Up With the Kardashians.  Maybe you are building awareness, or just sharing your expertise or opinion.   Or all of the above.
  2. To Build a Personal Network and Community.  Blogging allows you to share your content and  connect with like-minded individuals who are interested in learning more about you and your topics.  Your potential online network is massive.
  3. To Make Money.  While this is obviously true of a business marketing products and/or services, it can also apply to an individual blogger.   Blogging can drive more traffic to your site.  It also allows you to hone your brand and establish your authority as a subject matter expert.

The stats on blogging

I can only describe them as mind-boggling

So Why Do YOU Blog?

I find these stats over-whelming and even a little discouraging.  Am I going to experience any success with so many blogs out there on the Internet?   Not gonna lie, I struggle with my identity as a blogger, finding compelling topics and networking.  But I am determined to keep at it.

However, I am curious about how other bloggers feel.

  1. What made you start to blog?
  2. Do you have objectives?
  3. What do you do to stand out from the crowd (if anything)?

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22 thoughts on “Why Do Bloggers Blog? This is Why I Do.

  1. Golly – that’s some scary stats! I feel like a teeny, teeny little dot in a vast universe of bloggers. Congrats on surviving through your first year – it isn’t easy! I was a press/pr photojournalist in my first career for MANY years and then went into education. I thought blogging would be a doddle after writing for magazines and newspapers but WRONG! I do it for something to do and because I love writing. My biggest mistake was not having a niche but really, my first blog was like my training ground. I still keep it going but am developing an art and craft blog as well now and finding that REALLY hard to get traffic to. An interesting post – I’m off to ponder those stats!

  2. I enjoyed reading this. I started blogging as a way to express myself. I was getting over a rough time in my life and I needed an outlet. Blogging has been great for me and I enjoy learning everything that I can about it. Great Post.

  3. Thanks for stopping by Traci! I would write a story for food, why not? It’s great that you have found a topic that makes you stand out, and it does sound like fun! I think that subject matter is one of the most difficult things. I always read that bloggers should be an “expert” in what they’re writing. I don’t think I am. I actually think I’m the person looking for the answers!!

  4. I’m always interested to hear why other bloggers blog, so thank you for sharing your journey!

    Great questions too – I started back over a decade ago blogging for a local newspaper with the hopes of earning some extra income (does a $25 gift certificate to a local restaurant count as payment? *grin*). In recent years (that gig didn’t last long) I find my objective now is to connect with other, like-minded people in the blogosphere. I think my Tarot Tuesday posts are what make me stand out from the crowd the most – I share a picture of three Tarot cards from the back, have the reader choose one (or more) by number, then reveal a message for the week. In any event, I’m having great fun doing them!

  5. I’m not sure if it’s the writing that is therapeutic; or the sharing that works for me. I am meeting more and more people though who are in a similar situation. I guess that might be my tribe too!

  6. Marian – Wow… I started blogging for similar reasons. Early retirement exploration showed me I had 1) an interest in writing and 2) a desire to share knowledge. My personal archetype is “sage” and I lost that totally on leaving the work-place. I call my blog my “personal life coach” and use it to help me continue on the transition from workaholic to living life. I have also found a community – my identity tribe? – that is dealing with similar transitional issues – so I learn as well as “teach”. BTW – I’m loving some of your language – “senior-in-training” is one I will be using!

  7. Thanks Rena for sharing. You are courageous. It’s wonderful how we can reach beyond our physical space and connect with people from all over.

  8. I started The Diary of an Alzheimer’s Caregiver because I’m disabled and a 24/7 caregiver to my mom who has Alzheimer’s. It’s pretty isolating and this gave me the opportunity to meet other people in the same boat. That started my love of all things technical so in Jan of 2016 I started my own web design and Tech V.A. business with The Blogging 911.

  9. I started blogging in order to start writing more formally (instead of just in my journals.) I started blogging in 2013, but I didn’t tell my family and friends until last October!

  10. Great questions Marian. I started blogging as a form of creative expression. At the time I worked in a very secure environment and blogging was my outlet. I’m not in it to make money or get famous just to share thoughts, experiences and photos. Like others if only one person reads or likes my blog I’m happy but it seems there’s a lot out there who are willing to follow and read what I post. All the best to you! By the way I’m way too young to retire too but have been made redundant so am trying retirement on for size. It’s not that bad at all so far

  11. Hi, Marian – Thank you for the great questions. Like Leeanne, I started blogging as a place to put down my thoughts (as I transitioned into retirement). Also like Leeanne, I quickly discovered the blogging community and began to connect with some really great people. I was then totally hooked. I think that remaining true to ourselves and not ‘playing it safe’ or ‘going with the crowd’ is what makes us stand out as authentic bloggers.

  12. I started to blog to express thoughts following a tragic mass shooting near to where I work. I love the ability to share both words and photos with others. I have been blogging for almost 8 years now.

  13. I started blogging because I want to be a writer. A blog seemed to be a great place to practice. I have found that because of stat tracking, it can be a discouragement sometimes but if only one person says they enjoyed my post then I think maybe it was worth the effort. I really enjoyed this post, by the way.

  14. Hi. I started blogging for a few reasons. I wanted to share my knowledge and certainly to make money. I also wanted to have flexibility so I could be home with my two kiddos. Blogging allows me to do these things.

  15. I started blogging on the spur of the moment – just looking for somewhere to put my thoughts down. Then I discovered the blogging community and I have a network of people I connect to and I just love it. I don’t do anything that fits the “how to” mould – I just write from my heart and read anything that interests me – blogging is the best thing that happened to me for a long time.

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