Have you ever considered the reasons why you blog? You may have a few ideas why you do what you do, but have you ever put them down on paper and listed your reasons according to importance?
With one year ending and another about to begin I have been giving a lot of thought to what I do and why I do it. It simply isn’t enough for me to say that I am a freelance writer, rather I have to give an account for the time I spend writing for customers, marketing my business, social networking, and blogging.
I’ve been writing for many years but blogging steadily for just over two years; although I believe I can make a living without blogging, I choose to blog and for the following reasons:
1. Blogging Is Enjoyable — For me, there isn’t any reason to blog unless I like to blog. If I did not enjoy blogging, I would soon grow restless and bored. Why add another “must do” task to the daily grind? I will quit blogging the moment blogging drops to the level of flossing my teeth.
2. I Reach A Lot Of People — Although I like to think that I reach a lot of people through my websites, online work, referrals, social communities, and more, it is through blogging that a lot of people find me and I find them. Blogging is one of the best ways to connect with people across the world wide web — besides, unlike with a forum, if someone flames me I can delete their messages!
3. Blogging Is Easy — Coming up with the right words to say isn’t always easy, but once you do posting them online is a snap. Thanks to blog platforms like WordPress, all I have to do is post what I want when I want it posted and my work is done. No messing around with with HTML pages, no FTP-ing to the internet and no lost time spent on wasteful administrative tasks. (Okay, I did upgrade this blog to WP v.2.3.2 this morning, but it was a three-minute change, that’s all!)
4. Blogging Is Forgivable — If I am a little bit sloppy with my sentence structure or I mess up on a word or two, readers are much more likely to overlook a mistake on a blog then they would elsewhere. I still look at blog as being online journals, a place to write informally and without a ton of pressure to edit again and again. Where else can you find out what is going on inside this great mind of mine then on this blog?
5. Blogging Is Profitable — All right, paid links are dead and the occasional click on an ad pays me chump change, but blogging is financially rewarding. I get paid to blog on two other blogs and I’ve landed work simply because a client found this blog and liked my writing style. Blog monetization may not be what it used to be, but I have no reason to complain.
2007 is coming to an end and 2008 will give us bloggers one additional day on February 29th to blog. Unless your blogging includes Reason #1, is there any reason for you to continue blogging in 2008?