As blogging becomes more mainstream, more and more people are asking themselves Do I want to start a blog and most bloggers will tell them “YES! What are you waiting for?”
The reasons why people decide to start a blog are as varied as there are blogging niches:
- They might love writing and want an outlet for their words
- They might be living in an isolated location and are looking for a ‘village’
- They might have expertise in a topic and want to help people by sharing that expertise
- They might have a particular area of interest and want to find other people that share that interest
Whatever their reasons for starting blogging, I have found that the number one reason people keep blogging is because of the community. When you are a blogger you are usually part of two communities:
The blogging community – I was blown away when I stumbled across the Australian blogging community on twitter. I remember comparing bloggers to triathletes for the way that if you tell a blogger you would like to start a blog, they would be falling over themselves to give you advice on how to get started. Being part of the blogging community gives you an instant and huge support structure and I love the way that bloggers really back each other.
Your readership – These are the people that love your voice, love hearing your thoughts on whatever you write about and for the most part, have the same values as you. At the risk of sounding a bit wanky, your readers are your tribe. You’d struggle to go out in the world and meet hundreds of like-minded people, but when you have a blog, those people find you! How cool is that?!
So as you can see, I think community is the single best thing about blogging and the love of these communities is what sees me blogging in up to seven different locations at any one time! It got me wondering though about the reasons other people love blogging and keep showing up every week. So I put the call-out on twitter to find out and this is how my fellow bloggers answered the following question:
What do you love most about blogging?
The best thing about blogging for me is the opportunity/ies that we can create for ourselves in order to live fulfilled lives. I like that through creating BusinessChic, I’ve been able to demonstrate my non-traditional but still-useful creative way of thinking and that I can dip my toe in writing and photography, creative endeavours that I don’t really get the opportunity to practice in my day job as an auditor but which I get to explore on my blog on my own terms. I feel very lucky!
~ Cheryl Lin, Business Chic
It helps get the creative juices flowing for the real words of the day. It is a writing habit, it helps make my writing better, and it is perfect for writers block when those real words of the day just aren’t cooperating. And I get an excuse to shoot pretty pictures.
~Jo Tracey, And Anyways
The best thing about blogging is the community you become part of there will always be people to help you and encourage you no matter what.
~ Lisa Matley, Sweet Little Pretties
I began blogging very reluctantly, but started one nevertheless because “that’s what writers do”. I was suprised at how quickly my blogging addiction took hold and now I can’t wait til that time every week when I get to write just for the fun of it. No deadlines, no pressure and complete freedom to write about whatever I like!
~Cassy Small, Just a small blog
The best thing about blogging is that it had made me accountable to my readers. I may not have thousands of readers at Project Happy but I often write about taking action to improve your own happiness, using myself as the example. I have blogged about setting goals, trying new things and being nicer to yourself and consequently I have felt the need to ‘practice what I preach’. This has resulted in a significant difference in my outlook and I have never been happier. Plus it totally makes my day to hear that one of my post has made a reader smile or more importantly to actually take action to keep that smile on their face.
~ Bec Halliday, Project Happy
The best thing about blogging is being able to connect with a global community of like minded people. It’s about giving a voice to the swirl of thoughts in my head, and learning that no matter what, there is ALWAYS someone else who totally gets it. And it’s about capturing my life, my truth, so that one day I can look back and laugh (or cry!) at this crazy little journey of motherhood.
~ Natalie Birt, Mummy Smiles
The amazing people I’ve met. People who I would not otherwise have in my life except for this thing we call the world wide web.
~ Nikki Parkinson, Styling You
I think the best thing about blogging is the friendships that I have made and what I have learned from other gorgeous women in cyberspace! Plus getting to trial different products can also be a bit of fun when the opportunity presents itself.
~ Liz Nelson, Last Chance Training
The best thing about blogging is having a space that is all mine, where I can offload, vent, breathe, talk, mingle, seek solace and just be.
~ Peggy Saas, Cake Crumbs and Beach Sand
Is having a place to dump the contents of my brain. And then being able to look back and view the journey.
~ Vicky Finch, Life on the Hill
Is the vastness of the possibilities. A plethora of opportunities and options is yours for the taking to mould and master as you will.
~ Anna Hill, Anecdotal Anna
The best thing about blogging is that I can do it at home around my family – and I love the blogging community!
~ Tonya, The Crafty Mummy
The best thing about blogging is that it makes me think. It makes me think, learn and step outside my comfort zone, and those things make me a better person.
~ Kate Pickle, Picklebums
Becoming part of an inspiring online community of like-minded peeps
~ Maddie, Colour me there
The best thing about blogging is friends made all around the world that I would never have known otherwise.
The best thing about blogging is being able to get things out of my head and tell them to a community of people who care about what I have to contribute. Once I put the words on my blog I get a clearer idea of what’s bugging me or what’s dragging me down, and with the help of others I can come to some sort of solution. The support from bloggers has also been amazing and I’m looking forward to my first meetup!
~ Rhonda, Silly Mummy
I could (and do) write for myself without making it public, so it’s not that it enables self-expression or gives me an avenue to put words down. What I love about blogging is the sense of community. Here is a group of people – men and women – who take the time to learn about each other, to feel what each other is feeling, to dilute a burden, to celebrate a victory. For me, blogging is not the process of creating a blog and writing a blog and posting a blog as much as it is conversation and learning and debate with other people who are similar to me, or who aren’t similar to me. Nearly every day I read something that inspires me, or find a blogger I didn’t know before, or type in all caps. What’s not to love?
There are so many things I love about blogging, but my favourite of all is meeting other people (in the online world, and also often in real life) who care about the same issues. It’s not just blabbing a whole bunch of stuff and sharing it with the world via the Internet (although blogging can be just that for some people, and there’s nothing wrong with that). For me, it’s a vital part of finding my people and forming very meaningful relationships where we talk about the inane stuff in life, as well as provide each other with support and encouragement when things seem a bit overwhelming.
For me blogging started as a release, a brain dump and sometimes a rant. These days I enjoy helping readers feel ok about reclaiming their sexy, celebrating life right now and finding the time to do it! I want to encourage women of all ages to feel confident about how they look and like what they see. So far so good!
~ Louise, Foxy and Fabulous
The thing I love most about blogging is that, even though my blog is relatively new, people actually enjoy reading what I write. Which is kind of funny given I write about silly crap that pops into my head!
~ Nat, Drivelology
The best thing I love about blogging is being able to connect with people, share and help them in some way. I love how blogging helps everyone to understand we are never alone.
~ Caz Makepeace, Mojito Mother
Blogging is my drug of choice. It helped me to feel like a legitimate writer. Because apparently we need to give ourselves permission to feel legitimate. But the practice of (almost) daily writing for over two years, and getting feedback on that writing, has helped me to develop a stronger and more confident voice.
~ Kristen, Wanderlust
Is that its personal. And its my own way of expressing who I am, what we are doing in our life, and connecting with others who also are experiencing changes within themselves/within their lifestyle choices.
~ Lisa Wood, New Life on the Road
I love blogging most because it brings your blog and other peoples blog together like a special community.
~ Joshua Rasnier, The Rasnier Family
I love that people are reading my blog and it is making a difference to them.
~ Danni, DanniBeauty
Blogging is a give and take thing for me. I love reading the irreverence that other like-minded people have for what I find is the most rewarding and toughest job in my life – being a mum … a good mum. Sometimes I feel like I’m absolutely sailing and other times I think I’m failing dismally. It’s such a buzz to see I’m not alone in both arenas.
As a bachelor mum (single mum bucking the stereotypes) it’s also a great channel to express my thoughts – better than talking to myself when I’m on my own. I like my own company but blogging provides that intellectual stimulation and warmth … at reading others’ blogs, I’ve laughed, cried, felt angry and felt great love – all those things you do when you have your mate or a good friend around.
I like sharing my thoughts and ideas and having people respond, either good or bad. It makes me feel good:)
~ Courtney, Welfare Wisdom
The best thing about blogging is the shared experiences and knowing I’m not alone.
~ Laney, Crash Test Mummy
The thing I love most about blogging is connecting with other mums over shared experiences of family life.
~ Alicia, The Semi-Rural Life
Are you a blogger?
I’d love it if you shared what YOU love about blogging in the comments below!