Why do YOU blog?

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My college English students are all experimenting with blogging, and many of them want to know why. Here is guidance from previous posts on this blog:

What is a blog and WHY should I do one?

Why do people read blogs?

What should your first blog post be about?

Should you set up your own blog?

What do I blog about?

Use your blog to become the GO-TO source for information

To blog . . . or not to blog: that’s a good first question

For some briefer opinions, check out the responses contributed to the community of bloggers on LinkedIn’s group: THE BLOG ZONE.

Brittney Wilson posted this question to the group:

Why Did you Start Blogging?

I am interested to know what made each of you decide to get online and start blogging?

For me it was lateral violence, or bullying, which is a terrible phenomena in the nursing profession in which “nurses eat their young”. I needed to share my experiences with someone other than my husband, and blogging allowed me that outlet.

Here are some of the reasons offered by group members:

Ilias Chelidonis • For me was to put my thoughts and experiences in order, you need to express yourself about all the things you’ve been through, your mistakes and successes,blogging is probably the only mean to do that.

Hao Nguyen • I’m a PR student and I started up a blog quite recently (February this year) and for me, I guess it was a way to keep in touch with the industry by connecting with fellow PR students / professionals.  So far I’m very pleased with the direction my blog’s headed and I’ve learnt so much more about PR just through reading and blogging.

Rebecca Barth • After Extreme Couponing aired, I was suddenly the most popular gal around. You see, I had been couponing for years, and suddenly, when friends saw the money that they could save, they wanted to know how to do it, especially since they know I don’t spend more than about 15 minutes a week (unlike the folks on the show, though I am sure they are super passionate about what they do!). I was starting to sound like a broken record (if you are old enough to know what one of those is!), so I put it all together on a blog. I am loving it!  — The Undercover Couponer

Nicole Nixen • I recently started a blog (seriously – it’s not even a month old) to keep me motivated in writing both fiction and non-fiction pieces. It is my way of applying pressure on myself to carve out time each day to this endeavor. I use the blogs to bounce off ideas I have for current projects and in the coming weeks, to post pieces of current drafts in progress.

Robyn Davis • My blog may be a bit different from others listed here, as it is a “business” blog instead of a personal blog. I started my blog to highlight my work experiences (for potential clients, etc) but, this year, I’ve expanded my blogging to include weekly article-style posts about sales, marketing, and exhibiting as a whole. It has been a great experience that, I hope, has been helpful to other professionals and I am currently in the process of moving my blog from Blogger to a self-hosted Word Press blog. This has been a challenge, but I’m looking forward to coming through on the other side even better off 🙂

Jayna Locke • Thanks for launching this topic, Brittney. It’s so interesting to see all the different reasons people start a blog.

I have had several blogs, but I started my main business blog to share what I have learned about content marketing, and also to give current and potential clients confidence in my expertise. It has been very worthwhile. I have several new clients for whom I write keyword enhanced press releases and blogs, which are my among my favorite projects.

One of the unsung benefits of blogging, in my opinion, is the self-discovery. It’s what you learn along the way. If I had the time, I would write a blog about each of my areas of interest.

Sandy McDonald • My passion for blogging started with a conviction that the world could be changed after we started an online grassroots charity aimed at warming and comforting children made vulnerable and orphaned by HIV/AIDS and poverty in South Africa. This was more a site than a blog (http://www.knit-a-square.com). Just a simple idea, ask the world’s knitters to send 8″ squares to SA to made into blankets. The response was truly amazing and took over our lives. My husband and I had to learn about the orphan crisis and this lead to http://allfororphans.com

Then reality slapped a caveat on our full time unpaid work and we had to get back to earning a living. So I started http://whyyoumustblog.com wanting to pass on what I had learned in creating community online. That morphed into working with small business or owner businesses to build their businesses online. I do have a great interest in helping people move quickly through the learnings it took me ages to understand and to save them time, money and effort.

So do any of these reasons resonate with you? Or are yours completely different? If so, please give my students more to consider.

 

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Posted by Shari Weiss   @   29 June 2011
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Apr 16, 2012
8:06 am

I Blog for several reasons, one is i love to find out new information and whats going on in the world. Another is because i like to see different peoples views on various issues and current events, and the most impostant one in all honest has to be that it is a good way of advertising my company.

Apr 20, 2012
8:55 pm

I blog mostly because i like to share knowledge and other stuff with other people. Also, it can be a good way to do something creative. Money is a factor as well, but not that important for me.

May 19, 2012
4:04 am

Hi Shari,Really useful information. I blog because I have something to say and no one in real life wants to hear it! I try to talk to people but they just tune you out after you have said a couple of sentences.

Jun 6, 2012
6:40 am
#4 honeykhan :

Blogging can be tremendous fun and rewarding

Jun 20, 2012
2:14 am
#5 maryembatool :

Deborah, it sounds like you are one of the “fortunate” who have a passion and know how to tell stories about it to help others.

Jun 20, 2012
2:16 am
#6 maryembatool :

Marquita, don’t you find that the most interesting blog posts usually do have stories.

Jul 24, 2012
1:43 am

It is very amazing information.Thanks for sharing.

Aug 27, 2012
12:29 am

Hey,
Thanks for your question. I blog because I love to share my experience with others. I love cooking,which makes me feel comfortable and happy. I wanna those ladies can be happy with me through cooking. So, this is my answer.

Truely

Bonnie

Sep 13, 2012
7:37 am
#9 Trav :

I’m not actually blogging yet, but considering it. I thought it was a good question to ask why people blog. I think for me the answer is that I’m 67 years old, and have experienced a lot of things in life, and possibly other people may gain some insight from me relating some of the good things and not-so-good things I’ve learned.

Sep 23, 2012
10:23 pm

Every blogger have their own reason and purpose for blogging. Some are personal and some are simply using the power of blog to reach out to their target readers. Publishing a blog online is a great means of communicating with people whom you share the same interest with.

Sep 26, 2012
1:01 am

There are people who blog simply to entertain people. Others exert effort in blogging to provide readers a comprehensive resource material. I guess there are a lot of reasons why people blog. And i think both the blogger/writer and the reader are benefited by such online activity.

Sep 27, 2012
2:18 am

Bloggers have different purpose in blogging. Some just want to express their ideas and share their personal account through blogging while others blog to generate income by providing information to the people.

Oct 1, 2012
11:15 am

One common thing about all bloggers is their intention to communicate with people.

Oct 4, 2012
8:30 am

Most of us blog because passion of our writing.But some people blog because they want to earn some money

Oct 4, 2012
5:33 pm

Interesting to hear the ‘stay motivated’ angle! I’m in blogging purely to connect and become the best I can be!

Oct 23, 2012
4:40 am

There are a lot of reasons why people do blogging. They have their own perspective and motives. Some do blogging for self-expression, some for entertainment, some for money making, some for a sort of resource information. But whatever is it, blogging is a medium where people can materialize for their own purpose.

Oct 24, 2012
5:42 am
#17 Matz :

blogging is rewarding and it is a passion.

Oct 27, 2012
12:22 am

People have their own personal purpose in blogging. Some are for expression as they get and share thoughts to people whom they have the same interests to talk with, like a form of communication and building connections.

Oct 27, 2012
7:39 pm
#19 Taylor :

I started blogging to improve my writing skills and to refine my thinking skills.

Nov 24, 2012
10:07 am
#20 saikrishna :

I started blogging just for fun later it blogging became my profession. And Blogging helped me to improve my skills in interacting with world and many other skills

Dec 15, 2012
11:36 am
#21 Johny Haze :

I started blogging because I had something to say. I think it was 2005 or 2006… I just found one of my old blogs from 2006 and it had 12 comments; 11 of them by the same person and all in Chinese… Not many bloggers can say that! My blog is now a showcase of my writing, photography and art. Even my family are becoming interested in what I’m doing; so I must be doing something interesting.

Mar 2, 2013
5:37 am
#22 WPAchiever :

I started blogging because I like the idea of sharing my knowledge and actually make a difference. It truly is a great way to make some extra money online.

Apr 29, 2013
11:15 pm
#23 Orlando :

I build websites to earn money. I blog because it has a cathartic effect on me. I love to write and share my feelings with the world whether they show interest or not. It is strictly for me…

May 2, 2013
2:55 am
#24 Pitt Goumas :

I wanted to improve my writing skills.

May 15, 2013
2:11 am

Blogging is a passion, when it is taken in prospect of office work then it would be difficult to continue it. In my point of view, I am taking it as a curiosity to learn new things. There are lots of advantages of Blogging. Few of them are: There is no boss above you, there is no time boundation, no early wake up but yes Blogging requires discipline.

Regarding technical stuffs I want to say that it is not difficult to learn things. In first glance it looks difficult for those who came from non technical background but things get easier by time and hard practice. Blogging is a challenge and it should be done in proper way.

Feb 24, 2014
4:30 am

I started in order to share my experiences with others and hopefully they could get something useful out of it.

Right now, I still do it with that on mind, however, I also do it for the money, since I became a pro-blogger. It is the best job in the world.

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