I have written a blog for over a year. It has been one of most challenging things I have ever done. It has also been one of the most rewarding. But sometimes, I wonder why I write it.
I do not make money from my blog. I decided not to allow WordPress to put ads on my blog. I pay a yearly fee to keep ads off. So making money from the blog is not the reason.
I am not putting my blog on my résumé. I could put it on my résumé, but every Human resource person I have spoken with, says to leave it off. So writing is blog is not to future my career search.
I do not aspire to be a writer. Many people who create a blog are writers. They use their blog to practice writing skills, get exposure and hopefully get published. I may write something, someday. However, to become a writer is not my blog’s goal.
Each time I push the publish button, I wonder the same question. It is my question of the day for today.
Why do I write a blog?
I often hear people say, they could never write a blog. I always tell them the same thing, “Yes you can”. That is the beauty of writing a blog. Anyone can do it. Not everyone will be successful or good at it, but anyone create a blog.
To do anything in life, there must be a reason. Here are my reasons for writing my blog.
Develop my writing skills.
I have been insecure about my writing abilities since I was in high school. Everything from spelling, grammar and creating interesting content was hard for me. While I do not aspire to become a writer, I was tired of being so insecure about it. The only way to become a better writer is to write.
My plan has worked. My writing skills have improved tremendously over the last year. It is really amazing. I have a long way to go, but the ritual of doing something over and over really does work.
Share my voice.
Everyone has something to say about life. Writing a blog gives a voice to share. Some blog writers share their talents and skills, while others share the opinions. I fall into the latter group. I have always be a crowd pleasing person. I often kept my opinions silent, for fear of not being liked. I wanted learn how to express myself, in ways that people would listen. I like being heard, so writing a blog is my way of doing that.
I love being a mom. I struggle with it, but everyone who knows me realizes how much I enjoy what I do. I want to celebrate the good, bad and ugly things about being a mom.
It makes people happy.
When I started posting things on Facebook, many people responded they loved what I wrote. I actually am better at Facebook than blogging. I love hearing how my blog makes people think, laugh or just makes them happy. I was always the kid my family who loved extra attention. I guess I still do.
It makes me happy.
Writing my blog is something I am proud of. I am not the best blogger or even the best mom blogger, but that is not my goal. I am happy. Writing has helped be more creative. Being creative has brought so much joy. It makes me realize, I have unique things about me.
Blogging is whatever you chose it to be. It can be a career, hobby or merely a way to express being alive.
To anyone who has considered writing a blog, I say do it. It may be hard at first, but in the end you will discover something…yourself.