Today, I am starting a new series on the blog where I will put up a question that has been burning a hole in the back of my mind for a while and open up a discussion to whoever wants to share their thoughts and opinions. There is a great wealth of knowledge to be uncovered from the experiences of others and to do that, all it takes sometimes is to ask a question. My question to you today is,
"Why Do You Blog?"
Do you blog for money or to feed your soul? How did you start? What is your story?
Here is my story of how I got started with both my blogs.
I was first introduced to the wonderful world of blogging back in 2002 when I found myself getting addicted to a food blog I was frequenting at that time. In 2004, I decided that I had my own flavour to add to the internet and that starting my own food blog would be the most logical step for a self-proclaimed foodie, amateur photographer and a recipe inventor who never really found time to sit down and pen it all in a journal. So I did. I started a food blog.
Then in 2009, I discovered design blogging. A bit late to the design blogging world, I must admit. Within a month, I had voraciously ravaged every post that was out there on most design blogs I fancied. When that spell ended, I felt I had a lot more in me creativity wise to offer. I was learning and discovering a handful of new things every day and decided to share them on a design blog, mine.
As the blog stumbled past its first comment and spluttered shakily towards its tenth, I was happily hammering away at the keys of my keyboard writing post after post. I made and shared graphic freebies, ran contests, wrote tutorials, rounded up inspiration, explained processes and offered free ad space to random people. I blogged to feed my soul. My blog was a creative outlet for my ideas and a means of connecting with other like minded individuals.
I started getting paid for ad space on the blog and it felt good to be able to make some pocket change along the way, but the more revenue I generated, the more it felt like a burden. It still does, but I must admit that I am not strong-minded enough to refuse ad money. Maybe someday I will. Meanwhile, I never compromised the content on the blog, turning away paid reviews of products and services and many a guest post, making sure that nobody influenced the thoughts on my blog other than me. For me it is simple. LBOI is a thought process, a creative journey and not a revenue generating tool and I am determined to keep it that way.
So, I blog for my soul. I blog because writing about something I love liberates me and evolves my thought process. It is kind of like thinking out loud. I know a lot of people write because they need to and a lot write because they have to. I respect both kinds, because we have to do what we have to do. I am just curious to hear everyone’s take on this topic. Please join in the discussion and share your thoughts below.
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