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

Reasons Why I Started BloggingI 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

Blog is my outlet for creativityAside 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

meeting new people through bloggingI 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

earn money through bloggingI 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“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?

Gryselle
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Gryselle is one of the bloggers of MoreLikeTwins. She loves to travel with style and taste the different flavors of the world. She has often seen dining at a hole in the wall restaurants or drinking a cup of iced coffee in a modern coffee shop alone as a way of her relaxation. Cheerful and carefree are the two words that definitely best describes her. ❤

34 Comments

  1. I love that you were not solely focused on earning through blogging and that it was more about letting out creativity as well as keeping an online journal. A lot of people seem to think that “I should blog so I can get paid to get products and stuff.” This should not be the case, ever.

  2. I’d tried blogging, then I gave up. I again tried and gave up again. Now I am up to it again looking after my blog albeit not with 100% attention but as much as I can. Had been demoralized many a times by means of not getting any opportunities to earth through blogs but I continue doing it as a hobby and as an outlet to show off a bit of my photography.

    I’m pretty glad to have come across your article. At least I know that success can be achieved in the field of blogging! Good read.

  3. It’s always great to have self-reflection, and what better time that at the outset of a new year. I don’t think you give yourself enough credit thought Gryselle because I’m sure you’re quite creative and I think it’s pretty awesome that you put in the necessary work to become an amazing blog designer. Here’s to a creative, inspiration-filled 2017!

    • Gryselle Mae

      Thank you! I think I still needs to improve my confidence. Lost it all a month ago. Still in the process of getting it back. Happy 2017! :)

      • I have no doubt that you will get it back. Well, there’s the part where you really have to have the intention to post, but in time, it becomes a matter of routine. Of course, there are other things you need to take care of, but that is okay, just don’t stop, I hope.

        Since more than two decades ago, I have started with what was then not known as blogging, but weblog. Actually, I started earlier than before the word weblog was invented. We used to hard code everything. One page at a time. From there, I went on to blogging… on and off too. But after two decades and many evolutions, I am still here :)

  4. Blogging has always been an expression for me. In my site, I have mostly concentrated on producing content that has value to people as opposed to pushing products/brands. That does not mean I don’t do that, but it is kept to a minimum. So, blogging could be anything but it all comes down to the individual choices. When a blogger writes about topics that are aligned with personal life, then it should not be hard to come up with ideas all the time. Gotta revisit the reason why in the first place.

    Having said that, even after revisiting the reasons why one got started in blogging, it may not be the same anymore. For what was a priority or important in the past could not be the same at present. People’s priorities can change.

  5. Good to know your reasons behind blogging. For me too it was more like a journal or a diary and years ago when I started blogging, earning thru blogging was unheard of! Best wishes for a successful 2017!!!

  6. i shared the same experience with you too, especially pointer 1. i remember, my first ever blog was a detailed documentation of my thoughts and feelings from my daily activities. it was so fun sharing every single thoughts that went through my mind, even though hardly anybody read it. but slowly the worries of lack of privacy kicked in as i grew older and i decided to start up a new blog that doesn’t link up much with my personal experiences….

  7. I think you are doing wonderfully well as an amateur blogger. If you are earning $100 as sponsored blog fees, then you are really doing something amazing. Like you, one reason why I started blogging was to keep a diary. And yes, after all these 4 years, I have managed to continue blogging.
    Happy blogging!

  8. Our reasons for blogging are roughly the same. Well, our first motivation back then was to satisfy our friends with the information on restaurants and places we had been to. It later evolved to so much more after being exposed to the blogosphere. We never knew we’d get to experience things with our passion and what’s more awesome is that we get to do it as a couple. Also, in a way, we get to document our dates as we journey to our forevermore.

  9. Personally, I started blogging because i just wanted to be productive and busy that time because I was broken hearted. Yes, just like you, I struggle a lot in my blogging life, but I always find myself going back because truly, writing has been my life and passion that I always wanted to get in peace with. I admire you for still choosing to blog despite circumstances. You’re truly an inspiration.

  10. Happy New Year! Ugh, believe me, I’ve gone through this love-hate relationship for YEARS, but ever since 2016, I’ve become more active. I started blogging because, like you, I wanted to keep a diary. I’ve had a traditional pen-and-paper one for years but as it was 2009 (year I started blogging) and I was just discovering every nook of the internet, I wanted to leave a “marl” somehow. :) Years later, I’m quite happy where my brand is now. Hehe. Good luck on your blog this year!

  11. We all have varied reasons why we blog, I guess the common thing that unites us all is the desire to have a creative outlet and to share some bits of knowledge and inspiration with our readers. Blogging entails a lot of hard work and it is no easy feat to update the blog and churn out quality posts day in, day out. I guess the key is to never stop doing it no matter how hard the struggle is.

    Here’s to finding more inspiration to update our blogs this year! :)

  12. Hi, Grysh. There was something on my mind the last time I read your post, so I revisited and after reading again, I now know what’s bugging me.

    Is it correct to say then when you stopped blogging, the communication with bloggers stopped too? If so, I think one of your goals this year is to continue to build relationships. I think that if you have a good relationship with a few people, even if you were to do something else, those relationships remain.

    I have through that, again and again, in different activities and organizations. Having said that, in the blog community, I know what kind of relationship I have with people but keep it within limits. Only when that friendship transcends a specific activity that there is a friendship. I hope I am not being too vague here.

    • Gryselle Mae

      I do keep in touch but only 2~3 are left from the multiple bloggers that I can really talk to. We’re all still friends in Facebook but it doesn’t really feel like there’s still a connection. :(

  13. Great reasons you put in here! I was either an accidental or a natural blogger. I’ve always written in a diary since high school, so it was natural to transition to the online platform. I’ve tried just about everything until I found the right platform. Now the accidental is because I didn’t actually choose a niche until 2013, which now is travel. I ended up loving it, meeting other people through it, and earning through it. Getting free trips ain’t so bad too!

  14. HI Gryselle,

    I did not know at first what started my love for writing because, to be honest, I hate writing when I was still a student. I wonder if that sparks for writing came from my love of reading. Then, I started to travel and decided to immortalize the experiences not only through photos but also through write-ups. Those become the factors why I started to blog. I just started blogging last year and I know I am quite slow because of my full-time job. On the other hand, someday I hope that I can also earn from my blog.

  15. Sharing is caring indeed! Out of all the reasons you have, I only have 3 on your list. :) But it’s a secret. As bloggers, we realy love to share knowledge to people we don’t know, hence, the readers. Sometimes, you’d really get to ask yourself why do you blog and who do you blog for? especially when you feel like there are no changes in your current status from the previous ones. But just keep blogging and keep sharing valuable information. It’s what we do and what we’re good at.

  16. I can relate to your reasons. I had been writing on diaries and journals since I was in elementary. But I only started blogging when I was pregnant with my first child. Today, I continue to blog not just to document my life and the lessons I learn from it. I also blog to inspire and educate. In recent years, earning through blogging has become one of my goals. :)

  17. All of your reasons for blogging are great! I blog for stress relief, and to raise awareness about post-natal drepssion. It’s an amazing outlet isn’t if?

  18. Your reasons for blogging were the same as mine when I started. I can say that if you put your heart and effort into it, these reasons will pay off in the long run. Perhaps not in equal returns, but you can definitely experience an ROI of community, authority and personal fulfillment! Money-making may be good and all, but it won’t be what keeps your blog going (Trust me, I know!) I wish you well this year in blogging. Happy 2017!

  19. For me blogging is more of an outlet of myself, to.learn more, enhance what I have and share what I know. Because I do makeup tutorials on youtube as a newbie, Im always honest on my reviews, there are some times that, I really wanted to review a product but it’s hard for me to film, so instead of a video post, I made a blog post, I really like to edit pictures and edit videos as well, to be honest I’m not really earning on my blog, but what made me go further is my passion in editing and helping others.
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  20. I guess each of us needs to sit down once in a while to re-evaluate why put up our blogs in the first place. I love each of the reasons you enumerated as they are some of the main reasons why I started my blog, too. It has been instrumental in allowing me to meet new wonderful people, to have new awesome experiences, and augment the family income while I stay at home to look after my little man. I consider my blog a big blessing. But, of course, it can take its toll on us at times, too, as maintaining and updating a blog regularly entails hard work and commitment.

    Here’s to creating more awesome posts this year and finding new inspirations to keep our blogs up and running! ^_^
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  21. I started blogging with the same reasons too! I love keeping a diary and when online journals became popular, I just had to get in. Eventually they were called blogs, and still here I am, oversharing bits and pieces of my day! :D Keep blogging! I haven’t been here in a while but I see your layout has changed! :D Looks super cute! The text color for the comments sections looks too light though I’m having a hard time reading what I’m typing right now hehe
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  22. I was inspired to blog to write about my experiences as a mom and the things my kids did. It was really personal when it started but it quickly evolved to a blog where I write product reviews, events and sponsored posts. I try to write personal posts now and again and keep it updated. It’s important to keep yourself inspired.
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  23. Same here, at first it was just my online diary then it became a school project. Earning is just a bonus because what matters is how you feel about it. I have always started writing because I want to share and keep track of memorable moments in my life. I find very uplifting when people see or love my posts. It’s just amazing. I wish I could meet you someday and get to chat with you as well! :)
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