Why do I blog? I ask myself this question almost every day. With each day that passes, I’m finding more constancy in my answers. So, that’s good news.
I started seriously blogging back in February of this year. Prior to that, I was floundering with what to do with myself. I knew I wanted to write. I knew I wanted to write about things that mattered to me. I even wrote a book on how to eat healthy. But as far as having an online presence, I sucked. I had a lame blog that went nowhere.
Then, one day I had a conversation with fellow blogger and good friend, Kim at Let Me Start By Saying about my lack of direction. I told her about my book. I told her about my lame blog. She asked me all sorts of questions like, “Do you have a Facebook page? Do you have a Twitter account? Have you reached out to any health and wellness bloggers to review your book?”
I looked at her with a blank stare and managed to utter out a simple, “Huh?”
She took me under her wing (and over to her house) and got me started. An awesome blogger herself, Kim had a ton of great advice. Because of her, I now have a blog that I love with about 200 followers, between Facebook, Twitter and blog subscribers. To many, this may not seem like much. But to this new blogger, it’s a significant achievement.
So now that I have a blog that’s up and running, and now that I have some clue as to how to navigate my way around the world of blogging, I thought it time to clearly define the reasons why I blog – if for no other reason than just to put it down in writing so I maintain my focus.
Why do I blog?
Therapy. I write because it is a release for me. Sometimes, I just need to flex my right brain and writing helps me to do that. I’m a bit of an open book. Blogging gives me a forum to share my joys, struggles, concerns, questions, etc…
Connect and relate with others. I have found through blogging that many of us have the same experiences in life. For example, I recently wrote a post about my kid being THAT kid. I was amazed at how many people could relate to my frustrations. I had no idea. I really thought it was just MY kid.
That said, my goal is to write content that others can relate to — to make those of us out there who feel like we’re the only ones going through something feel less alone.
Share my learnings. I like to learn. I’m always trying to better myself. I’m a research junky. If I’m going through something, I research the hell out of it. For example, when I had trouble conceiving, I researched all the potential reasons why I wasn’t getting pregnant and all the possible solutions to my problem.
I do this with everything. So, when I learn something new, I feel this uncontrollable desire to share it with others. That is why I am The Healthy Mom. That is why I wrote my book. I’m always looking for ways to be healthier — physically and emotionally. And if I learn something new, I can’t just stop there. I feel the need to make others aware of my great findings in life.
Make myself laugh. Being a mom has so many sides. It brings out so many emotions — from frustration to pride to confusion to elation and so much more. Through it all, I need to find the humor. I need to laugh. So, once in a while, I feel the need to throw something out there that ignites the funny in me.
So why do I blog? Is it for tons of readers? Money? Fame?
I blog to fill my need to release, connect, share and laugh. If I get readers along the way, that’s a bonus.
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