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Why Do You Blog

by Kay~Kacey on 7/21/2008

Okay, as most of you know, I just got back from the Blogher Conference in San Francisco. Yes, I’m glad to be home. But the 4 hour plane flight back gave me lots of time to think. I know, dangerous, isn’t it? So for this Monday morning, let me ask you a question…

Why do you blog?

Really, some of the bloggers there blog for a living. Some blog for the attention. Some blog because they have this strong need to put their words out there. Some are chronicling their journey of motherhood, addiction, depression, a disease, a kid with disabilities. There were so many reasons these wonderful women blog. I think we sometimes get in our own small niche of blogs and don’t see the huge world that the blogosphere is. (is that a word? If it is, I spelled it wrong. Well, you know how I am about making up words that suit me…)

So why do you blog? SuperGuy says I blog so I’d have a reason to go to Blogher in San Francisco… :roll:

Golden Gate Bridge with sun

That is SO not true!

Ghirardelli Square

Not even for the chocolate! :wink:

The Geeky One said I blogged so I could go to San Francisco this week and not be home to help when he moved home from college. No, that’s not the reason either. :cool2: (but it was kind of nice not to “be able to help” schelp all that stuff across the state and stuff it back into my house.)

So, really, why DO you blog? What drives you and motivates you? The whole community aspect of blogging? How many of you want to earn extra income from blogging? A lot of money? Enough to cover your hosting fees? Or if you don’t blog, but read them, what drives you to read blogs and comment on them?

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Amy July 21, 2008 at 6:57 am

Kacey,

I blog for three reasons:

1. I love to write.
2. I have a need to express my thoughts and not keep them bouncing in my head.
3. I want to chronicle certain moments and thoughts in my life.

I read others’ blogs for different reasons: Opinions, photography, challenging thoughts …

It will be interesting to read what others say. Good question!

Mental P Mama July 21, 2008 at 7:01 am

Welcome home! I started blogging just as a little creative outlet, and now I have come to enjoy the community…I feel like I have all these new friends from all walks of life. :beer:

Jacque Ruch July 21, 2008 at 7:07 am

I first started blogging to keep family caught up that is spread from one coast to the other…I still blog for the same reason, but I also blog because yes it is theraputic, and yes to make a little money, and yes to hopefully help some folks struggling with their autistic child, and to do a little social work along the way, and to spread a little humor now and then, and at times to speak of Christianity…I think that covers it…I read blogs because there are so many awesome people out there and I love to read….I also pray a lot and have come across a lot of people that can use all the prayers they can get…I have also witness so many miracles through blogging, it surely ups my gratitude level! Oh and don’t forget the photography blogs…awesome! Including yours :)

Meg July 21, 2008 at 8:05 am

Hey you! Glad you are back!!!! I lived vicariously through you the last few days, sounds like you had fun!

I started blogging as an outlet because I love to write…and well, let”s face it no one is going to buy the book I am working on, lol!

I love the blogosphere, it has opened up a whole new world to me and I have made many new friends. It’s so cool peeking into other people’s lives every day!
:mrgreen:

Tori Lennox July 21, 2008 at 8:10 am

I’m not sure why I blog. I just can’t seem to keep my fingers quiet. :mrgreen: I also love meeting new people and I’ve made a lot of new friends the last couple of years which has been fun. But I would love to start making some money from my blog, too.

Michelle Willingham July 21, 2008 at 8:38 am

Suzanne made me do it :rofl:

MAYBELLINE July 21, 2008 at 10:47 am

It has replaced receiving an old fashioned letter in the mailbox with a stamp.

Melissa Marsh July 21, 2008 at 12:18 pm

I blog because I love the sense of community the blogging world has. But I admit, I’m probably one of those who only reads certain blogs (mostly those of other writers) and I need to branch out more.

Katharina July 21, 2008 at 3:53 pm

I’ve wanted to blog for at least two years. But I am such a private person, as soon as I tell someone something I regret it almost immediately. My grown son says he is the same way. (He compensates by writing about music and movies and not about his own doings.) Do we have some kind of personality disorder or what? If you blog and you understand what I speak of, please send help. I would put my e-mail address right here, but then I would regret it. :wallbash:

Suzanne July 21, 2008 at 3:56 pm

Because it’s fun!

Shimmy Mom July 21, 2008 at 4:07 pm

I started blogging as a way to keep a journal. I really thought that no one besides my closest friends and family would ever read it. Then I had friends recommend other blogs, they visited me in return. Some other people chanced upon my blog and I returned the favor and crazy as it sounds some of those people have actually become friends. So now I blog to stay in touch with my extended friendships. AND record the craziness I call life right now. I just think it’s a lot of fun.

Rene July 21, 2008 at 4:18 pm

I dunno.

Mainly for the social stuff plus I like to network with other writers. Also, blogging keeps me writing. Oddly enough, the more often I blog, the more likely it is that I’m working on my WIP.

Karen July 21, 2008 at 6:06 pm

I don’t yet – but sure am considering it! I read and comment on those of you that do because it’s fun and it keeps me ‘connected’! What’s weird is that I have my favorites, occasionally add a new one, but the list keeps growing – so how do y’all keep up writing & reading too?

Flea July 21, 2008 at 10:28 pm

Social networking. I’m an introvert who needs people. Blogging is more and less demanding than face-to-face friends. And I enjoy writing and expressing.

MamáChanga July 22, 2008 at 1:13 am

I started blogging to keep a chronicle of daily events for Da’Gorgeouses AND to keep my extended family connected (although I don’t think very many of them ever drop by—and if they do they NEVER comment). I still blog for the same reasons.

You can make money off of these blogs?!!! Where have I been, and how may I ask do you do that?

As for other people’s blogs and commenting on them, well, for me it’s a way to make connections. As a SAHM, who isn’t very social unless she’s out there in the real world and exposed, it’s a good way to visit and communicate with others. Many times I feel like I’m stopping by to visit a longtime friend. :grin: Not to mention I’m learning all sorts of photography and mommy stuff!

Kelly Boyce July 22, 2008 at 8:00 am

I think for me its a two fold reason. (1) it gets your name out there and (2) its nice to keep up with other writer friends and instills a sense of comraderie, like a built in cheering section for a job that is basically a one woman show.

Treasia July 22, 2008 at 9:40 am

I guess for the me the reason I started blogging is because I love to write. I wanted to be able to remember things that happened in my life as I grow older and is sort of a dairy for myself. Then I started visiting others blogs and reading and made many new friends. I enjoy the friendships I have made with many other bloggers and now use blogging to keep in touch.

Kate July 23, 2008 at 1:17 pm

I started as a way to share my photographs with my sisters and the rest of my family. Then I started getting comments from others and began visiting their blogs.

And was amazed at all the blogs that are out there.

I do it now because
1. I enjoy it
2. It’s a way to share my thoughts and photography
3. I hope someday to make some extra money doing it

I read blogs of others because I feel they’ve sort of become my friends and I like seeing what they have to say, or what the weather is like in their part of the world, or see what pictures they’re posting.

I don’t think there’s a day that goes by that I don’t read yours. Well, apparently 2 days have gone by now because it’s Wednesday and I’m just getting to this post! But honestly, it’s like a need a fix or something.

Crazy Daisy July 23, 2008 at 2:09 pm

When I first started blogging, I was looking for a way to journal. I scrapbook, but rarely include words on my pages. I wanted my blog to compliment and fill in the blanks of my scrapbooking.

However, the people I have met, things I have learned, and general support from wonderful strangers have kept me motivated to blog.

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