Why Do I Blog?

The “why do I blog” question was posed by Kevin Duncan when he guest posted on Adrienne Smith’s blog recently.

Why Do I Blog? Taking up the call to action, I have decided to answer that very question and tell you a bit about my blogging journey.

So why do I blog?

To help me answer this question, I did something I rarely do when I am writing blog posts. I wrote my whys on a piece of paper.

I did this because I wanted it to be a lasting legacy of my intentions should I ever lose touch with why I do blog. This is what I came up with:-

  • I am passionate about blogging and love doing it
  • Because I can
  • I want to inspire and empower people through my words

 Why did I start blogging?

I am a big history fan and I like to know the dates of when things happened.

The precise date of my entry into the blogging world is however a bit uncertain. I know for definite that I have been blogging since 2011 but evidence on my hard drive suggests I dabbled up to a year or two before that.

My first properly serious blog was to show off my handmade cards.

In 2013, I wanted a way to share my thoughts on personal development and so created Always Think You Can (although it wasn’t called that originally).

I have been on a personal development journey to make the most of me and my life for quite some time and have thoughts to share. I also love writing so starting a blog seemed the perfect way to combine the two.

A place where my words might just make a difference to someone else’s day.

Have I ever experienced blogger’s block?

Oh yes!

I have had blogger’s block loads of times.

Last year in 2014, I set out to publish 1 post a week. It started out well enough, but then life got in the way and my blogging mojo went off in search of some other promised land.

I didn’t stop completely though, and if you look back through the archives you will find 1 post for every month in 2014.

I am having better success in 2015. I have the same goal as 2014 and it is holding up. This maybe something to do with me being on a career break so have more time right now.

I know though that blogger’s block can and does strike at any time.

The trick is not worry about.

Worrying about what you are going to write about next only seems to make it harder to come up with new content.

Inspiration for the next post often comes when you least expect it.

Over to you

Do you blog? Why did you start and what keeps you going? Do you have any tips for when inspiration dries up?

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6 Comments

  1. Hi Jo,

    I’m thrilled to see my guest post for Adrienne inspired you to write this “why do I blog” post! To my knowledge, you’re the only reader/commenter who followed through and wrote it. 🙂

    Isn’t it fun to go down memory lane? I haven’t done it in a while, but sometimes I go back and read the first posts I wrote in 2005. I remember what was going in my life at the time, and I laugh about how much things have changed.

    Thank you for sharing your journey with us. And thank you so much for the mention!

    Hope you’re having a great week, Jo.

    -Kevin
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  2. Hi Kevin,

    Thank you for stopping by the blog and commenting on this post.

    You call to action on Adrienne’s blog really spoke to me and has allowed to reaffirm why I blog. Always a useful exercise.

    A trip down memory lane also helps you to see how far you have come. I can see over time that I have become a better blogger and I think everyone should use that opportunity to see how they have improved. A confidence booster if needed.

    Hope you are having a great week too.

    Jo

  3. Hi Jo,

    I’m so glad that you were inspired by Kevin’s questions enough to write this post and share with us your own blogging journey.

    You actually sound like a lot of people. We come online and start blogging for one reason and then find ourselves venturing off into something different.

    I think as long as you’re happy with where you are right now that’s what matters the most.

    I really appreciate your referencing Kevin’s guest post here and taking action. You did beautifully my dear.

    ~Adrienne
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    1. Hi Adrienne,

      I really enjoyed answering Kevin’s call to action. Thank you for allowing him to guest post on your blog.

      I love the fact that the blogging family continues to inspire me and helps to make me a better blogger.

      Have a great week.

      Jo

  4. I think everyone goes through blogger’s block at some point. I try to keep a long list of topics to write about, but even then sometimes I just can’t get the words down. It’s just one of those things you have to constantly be on top of. I’ve learned two things about it: always have a few posts ready to go when it happens and always try to push through your block. Sometimes just sitting down and typing can get more out than you realize.
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  5. Hi Steve,

    Having a post or two in reserve is an excellent idea. Thank you for reminding us about this one.

    I do agree with you about just typing. Sometimes as you say, you can craft an idea out of seemingly nothing. Even typing about what you feel about your writers block situation can lead to interesting results.

    Have a great week.

    Jo

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