Why do you blog?

My first email from the WordPress Blogging 101 team asked me this question and I had to stop and think about it. Why do I blog? And more interestingly, why did I choose this public forum rather than keeping a journal?

For me, this blog serves several purposes. First and foremost it allows me to write, and it forces me to write coherently. It challenges me to take the reader on a structured journey through the point I am trying to make and hopefully leave them with an ending.

It forces me to publish. This has to be the deciding factor in choosing to write a blog rather than a journal. I love to write, it’s something I feel I can be good at and an integral part of writing is publishing. I’m not necessarily talking about publishing a novel (although that would be the ultimate achievement) but any form of publishing. Writing this public blog gives me the confidence to publish short stories to online communities, something I never thought I would do. All because I am getting used to pushing the ‘publish’ button at the bottom of the page.

It allows me to interact. I am on a journey, I am learning to write and I love to speak to people who are doing the same. I don’t know any real life people who write so finding them online has been a great help to me. I can’t tell you how much help and advice from both novice and seasoned writers has helped me this year and I have surrounded myself with authors and writing tutors on WordPress and Twitter to absorb their experience and become part of this community.

I’m learning to contribute. This is a strange reason but one that I only realised this morning. Usually I am an observer, I stand on the sidelines looking in, I read other people’s blogs and stories and don’t comment. Why would anyone even want to know what I think? I don’t know anything about writing, I can’t offer critique on characters, structure or plot pacing. I only know what I like and I know when something isn’t gelling for me. Then I realised that everybody who writes a blog must want to know what their readers think or else why would they do it? Why are they using a published blog as opposed to a journal if they don’t want to connect? Every writer wants to know what their audience thinks of their work and actually, I do have something to contribute. Just because I haven’t taken formal writing courses or spent years in reading groups doesn’t mean that I shouldn’t have an opinion or just leave a note to let the author know I’ve been there. I’ve noticed looking back over my WordPress statistics that I have been leaving more comments lately and since nothing disastrous has happened I will make sure that I do this more often. Everybody loves feedback.

Lastly, I am learning to let people know who I am by writing a blog. I don’t mean in the ‘Hi, I’m Nicola’ sense, I mean in the ‘this is who I am, this is what I like to do’ sense. I am generally a very private person and don’t allow people in, this blog is forcing me to put myself out there. I want to write and I’m damn well going to do it.

Do these reasons ring true with you? Why do you blog?

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About Nicola Auckland

Busy wife to one & mum to two. I've caught the creative writing bug, now need to practice, get awesome and write something worth reading. Simples.
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15 Responses to Why do you blog?

  1. Hi Nicola,

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts on why you are blogging, they are my thoughts exactly! I am starting my journey in writing and I hope to have friends here that I can share my journey with. You are definitely a big help to newbie writers like me! Keep up the good work!

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  2. Debbie L says:

    I can relate! I also love to scan the blogs but now I try to write at least three sentences in the comments! I know I love feed back but at least a “like” is encouraging!

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  3. sandeept252 says:

    Thank you, Nicola. You have used a word “interaction”. That’s the skill I need to develop. I am hoping that blogging will help me in that some way.

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  4. love your writing style & enjoyed this post (like others, so much rings true).

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  5. Kat Myrman says:

    Hello Nicola! From one novice to another. Looking forward to sharing this blogging 101 journey with you. You have a delightful writing style!

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  6. kirstwrites says:

    Couldn’t agree more, hitting that ‘publish’ button at end of a post is a great focus/incentive. I’ve often felt a bit too shy to comment on other’s blogs, but I know what you mean – a like can often leave the author wondering which bits in particular you enjoyed, so I’m going to make more of an effort to get out of my comfort zone and talk to fellow bloggers a bit more!

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  7. honestme363 says:

    All of this rings true to me Nicola, from the beginning to the end. Every single word, especially the last line – I want to write and I’ll damn well going to do it.

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  8. Thank you Nicola,
    how I wish my “first post” would be so well written as yours, maybe some day.
    Loved this post
    Isabel

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  9. Heather says:

    I love reading other people’s blogs too, but I don’t have a lot of time to comment. I go to school full-time and I work every other Saturday. I’m trying to show my support by commenting more. It’s so easy to just press the like button and move on!

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  10. Sonya says:

    I really like your point about leaving comments. I definitely want to hear from readers, even if something didn’t work for them. So, in return, I try to leave a comment no posts I’ve read rather than hit the Like button.

    And yes, this: ‘It forces me to publish.’ It makes you thinking about your writing in a different way, doesn’t it?

    Excellent intro post 🙂

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