Do you remember why you started your blog? Do you still do it for the same reason(s) today? Find out SOME of the top reasons why people start a blog. What’s yours?
Why Did I Start A Blog?
Originally, I started blogging after reading a successful blogger’s monthly income report and thinking how easy it would be to make a lot of money with my own blog. She did it, why couldn’t I? A large percentage of her earnings
was is from affiliate links for starting a blog. I was already interested in sharing my FI journey but the potential financial gain gave me additional motivation that day. How hard could it be? All I had to do was write a post on “How To Start A Blog” and include several affiliate links, a very lucrative business!
Well who said blogging was easy? Within a few weeks (maybe even less) I gave up on trying to monetize my blog (at least for a while). The first challenge was: You NEED people to read your blog! And after 10 months, I am still WORKING on it. You can check my blog report to find out how I am doing: Blog Report: The Walk Of Shame. So why do I blog?
Why Do I Blog?
I like sharing my experiences, good or bad, hoping others can learn from my mistakes or successes. I tried many things over the years and still have a lot more to share on this blog, like when I tried to flip a house, how I got my tenants from hell to move out, that time I bought a cottage or when buying a vacation property in the Caribbean seemed like the right thing to do! It didn’t all work out that great but glad I did it and happy to share the good, the bad and the ugly!
I truly enjoy getting comments/feedback from the readers (mostly other bloggers, but I will take what I can). With time, it’s also great to see blogging relationships evolve into deeper connections.
Blogging is also making me feel more accountable, I don’t know if I would have kept up with my Grocery Challenge if I didn’t report the monthly progress on my blog.
I love being able to go back to any of my posts to get my detailed financial updates at any given point. I was never that organized before! Now, it’s like having my personal diary on-line!
Self therapy? Think of the money some of us are saving, by
venting expressing our thoughts via our blog instead of talking to a therapist! A true frugal PF blogger!
Top Reasons Why People Start A Blog
You realize the income potential (after reading some successful blogger’s income report) in having a blog and decide you can do it too. They warn you it may take a while to get there but as long as you are patient and consistent, you should be able to monetize your blog. In the meantime, if you could click on the affiliate link to start your blog, it would be much appreciated!
A large number of bloggers don’t make
money a lot of money blogging (and over 90% quit within the first year) but there is the potential to generate some revenue (a lot of it if you are successful) from your blog with a lot of hard work and commitment. (it sounds like a job to me!). In case you are interested, find out How Much Do The Top Bloggers Earn?
I am guilty of that one, looking back, I thought “ Wow, she makes over $100,000/month blogging, I should be able to make a few thousands!” Wrong! It has been over 10 months now and I don’t expect to make money blogging anytime soon.
Share Your Knowledge
Maybe you have a lot of expertise in certain areas, not just from life experiences but also from years of learning, and your blog is a way for you to share that knowledge.
Your blog is your online journal or record keeping! Much easier to find it or remember things. I used to always misfile my spreadsheets or forget to write notes for future references. Now it’s all on my blog. I refer back to my spreadsheets regularly, so easy to find. And because it is part of a post, I add a lot of extra notes and explanation for my readers and it helps me in the long run too.
Network And Connect With Like-Minded People
Blogging is a great way to network without geographical boundaries.
You can be yourself through your blog and attract like-minded people from all over the world, people you would not otherwise get to know.
Express Your Thoughts and Opinions
You can use your blog to talk about anything you want! Personal Finance, parenting, lifestyle, politics, science. It is an open space to express your own thoughts and opinions. Your only challenge may be to get people to read it!
People use blogs to promote services or products. Many businesses of all sizes, have blogs . It’s a place where they can promote their expertise or skills or write-up about specific areas to help legitimize their business and credibility.
To Help Others Or Self-Therapy.
With your blog, you may feel you can help others by sharing your life experiences, good or bad. Others may be going thru similar situations and benefit from your experience. They may find it difficult to talk to someone in person and your blog may help them realize they are not alone and give them the tools they need to deal with their issues (ie: Getting rid of debt).
Expressing your thoughts & sharing your life experiences may help you deal with some of your personal issues or dilemmas.
Satisfy Your Creative Side And Have Fun!
Starting a blog / maintaining a blog can be a lot of fun and allow you to be creative. You always have to come up with new topics, catchy titles, cool pictures and fancy text fonts (you try anyway). Even experimenting with various plugins can be fun, have you tried inserting surveys into your post? Frustrating or fun?
Love Of Writing
Some bloggers love to write! And many of them are good at it. Having their own blog allows them to satisfy their love of writing by publishing regular posts and provide them an opportunity to improve their skills over time.
My Blogging Journey
My blog is not even one yet and it has been an interesting journey so far. Whatever happens going forward, I have NO regrets starting it.
And who knows, maybe I will try to earn money from it
again one day. Right now, I am nowhere near ready, so I will keep blogging for fun and enjoy it.
Related: Best Blogging Tips
So, Why Do YOU Blog?
How about you? Why did you start a blog and/or why do YOU blog now? If you are not a blogger, have you considered starting a blog? (if you do, give me time to get that “How to Start A Blog” post ready please!)