At first, it was just curiosity that made me try out blogging, and that obviously ended up with an on and off relationship with blogging. But why do I always come back after the dramatic separation? It is like I always get into a relationship with my ex-boyfriend, over and over again despite the disappointment and heartbreaks.
Honestly speaking, I’ve been in a slump for quite some time now. I couldn’t write good articles and just couldn’t get myself motivated. And I don’t want to write half-assed articles just for an update. So I decided to take some time to think about the reasons why I keep coming back to blogging, to get back my motivation. It’s New Year’s Eve and I don’t want 2017 to start by my being in a slump. Which is why I decided to remind myself of the reasons why I blog, and here’s the list of reasons why I do.
1. Writing a Diary
I have liked writing diaries as a child. I like to keep my diary well hidden under the closet or at the penthouse attic where no one would ever find them. As a girl, I couldn’t express my emotions well. I always kept how I truly feel hidden behind a mask – until I discovered blogging. I didn’t know how it works at first but I didn’t really care as long as I get to express myself. By using a pseudo name, I was confident that no one would be able to find out that the writer was me, so I wrote everything I feel on a day-to-day basis. Eventually, it became an outlet where I express myself. Writing articles on a blog reminds me of those times. I guess there’s still an attachment.
2. Outlet for Creativity
Aside from my blog being an outlet for my expressions it has also been an outlet for my creativity where I turn my vivid imaginations into artwork, or in this case, blog design. I wasn’t really gifted with creativity and so I struggled quite a bit as a frustrated inspiring web designer when I was young. But I got a lot to thank for that because I strived for what I wanted through programming. I self-studied web programming from HTML, CSS to PHP and other web programming languages with the help of W3Schools.com. I may not be born with creativity but I was able to achieve creating the blog designs that I wanted.
3. Meeting New People
I really didn’t expect blogging can be a bridge for me to get to know more people and meet new friends. I met bloggers like me all around the world from Asia to America and to Europe. It was an amazing experience to get to know different cultures. I got to meet local bloggers as well, dined with them, watched a movie with them and attended events together. It was fun. In the end, we all got separated when I stopped blogging. Nevertheless, it was a memorable experience for me, and I hope to meet more this time around.
4. Earn Money Through Blogging
I blogged for fun so I never expected anything in return but then through blogging, I was able to receive paid posts and advertisements. At first, it started with $5 dollars per link then slowly into $100 a blog post article, and much more after that when my website hits reached its peak. It was amazing! I never knew blogging could bring in so much money. Note that I was still in primary and secondary school then. The amount I earned was considered a lot for a primary and secondary student. However, I consider this a bonus. I have never intended to blog full time. Even until now, I just consider it as my hobby, where I get extra if I’m lucky enough.
5. Sharing My Knowledge
“Sharing is caring.” will always be my number one motto. I don’t like to keep things to myself. I’m the type of person who likes helping others and would feel guilty if I didn’t, especially when I am fully aware that I can, in fact, help them. I always get scolded by my boyfriend and by my friends for doing ‘unnecessary’ things for others. But truthfully, I never considered them as unnecessary. For me, it is simply helping them by sharing what I know. The same thing goes when I blog. I simply want to share what I know. We all don’t live the same lives, There are some things that others are dying to know which may be something you already know a long time ago.
Of course, we can’t control others who simply want to use you. For example, there are bloggers who copy others’ articles and consider it their own. Let karma do the thing. I believe in karma, and what you do will always go back to you. Do good and you will be blessed. Do evil and luck will not be by your side.
Now that you know why I love blogging, I would love to hear from you!
If you already have plans starting your own blog, why do you want to so?
If you already have a blog, for what reasons do you blog?