Why do you blog? To be internet famous? For the community? For validation? To make money? Simply because you enjoy writing and need an informal outlet?
I’ve seen a lot of talk about blogging lately that made me reflect on why I do it. A lot of the talk centered around being internet famous in reference to all the big name blogs, and it had me thinking: is that what I want?
I can say definitely say no, that is not what I want. I know for a fact the reason I, and many other bloggers blog is for the community. To know we aren’t alone. To know other people can relate to our story or feel the same way about a topic as we do. I don’t only post about the great aspects of my life, I also post about the really shitty parts, and I have to say, those posts not only left me feeling empowered, but the responses they received made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. It is so encouraging to know that others face the same struggles I do, and that they got through them, so I can too. The support I have received through this blog from all of you is why I blog.
I’ve also seen a lot of reference to the fact that blogging is a narcissistic pursuit. I have to say I somewhat agree. I hope I don’t offend anyone by saying this, I am only speaking for myself here, not every blogger. I write about myself and my life on this blog, hoping others think it is great, and that my writing is clever, funny, well done, insert whatever adjective you like. If writing only about myself or my life on this blog isn’t narcissistic, I don’t know what is. It also makes me sound extremely insecure and in need of validation. While I don’t really think of myself as insecure, I can’t argue with the view that blogging is narcissistic. I understand why many non-bloggers, and even bloggers might view it as such. However, all I can say is I don’t write for the validation or page views. I write because it feels good for me to write, and for the sense of community and support I have found in this amazing world of blogging. Everything else is secondary.
Lastly, I do not blog for the money, but I do not think badly of anyone that does. If you have people throwing money at you and your blog good for you! All power to you. I don’t think I want or would like the added pressure and responsibility that comes along with a monetized blog. I do offer sponsorships, but any small amount of money that I make from those goes straight to buying sponsorships to promote my site on other blogs. Basically any money I make goes back into my blog, and let me say, if I was trying to make a living off this site, I would be living in a cardboard box. It wouldn’t even cover my Starbucks addiction. And to be honest, I often go back and forth about whether I should offer sponsorships. They make me feel pressured to put up posts, even when I lack the inspiration do to so. This is my space to post whatever, whenever I want, and feeling like I HAVE to post takes away a lot of the joy from the process. On the other hand, sponsorships are a great way to find new blogs and forge new blog friendships, so I continue to offer them.
So I’m curious, why do you blog?