The blogging community is staggering.
In strength, in numbers, in thought, in word and in deed.
I’m continually amazed by the tremendous people I meet each day online. Behind each blog I seem to find an even better person. Each of you dedicates time to creating powerful orations of your experiences in life. Your knowledge. You whole souls and feelings. From this I’ve learned that I am just one – of a superb group of individuals.
I feel, at times, that my involvement with each of you is serendipitous. Often it seems too good to be true.
My Question…Why Do You Blog?
Recently – I felt like there was a question burning inside of me that needed answering by the blogging community.
Why do you blog?
From food bloggers to money making geniuses – there’s an answer to this question from each blogger. Each has a story; genuine and unique to his/her own “space” on the internet.
This series of blog posts will be an easy way to dive into the minds of many bloggers. Over fifty of you have already emailed me your responses – and for this I thank you.
I’ll be splitting up these posts to a manageable amount of answers to read each day.
Here are their stories.
Brian Ellis of Anocial
Well, I started blogging a couple of years ago not really knowing what I was doing. It was a feel good insight retrospective kinda blog called GUI Life. It was fun but there really wasn’t anything to set it apart from anyone else’s blog. I had a site that did well for a while that I ran with a couple of friends. It was justusleeg.com. It did very well but had no business model and died out after a while.
I now have Anocial. It is for my business, social media consulting, but I also incorporate personal and fun posts, along with my views on social media. It is a business blogging model that I am trying out, and seems to be working well. We are in a time where people want a certain amount of transparency. Putting the personal stuff in with my business stuff is an attempt to put a real human behind the professional business avatar.
Angela Artemis of Powered By Intuition
I’m blogging to develop a platform for my books, products and seminars. I also have a message that I’m intent upon sharing with the world regarding why we all need to reconnect to our intuition at this time.
My blog also serves as the engine that drives clients to me looking for intuitive readings and coaching and mentoring. I consider my blog to be critical to my the growth of my business.
Patricia Millman of Lavender Uses
I initially began blogging because I wanted to set up a home-based business. As I enjoy writing I thought this would combine what I enjoy with the dream of having my own business. So my blog is a platform for my fledgling lavender business. And the plus is that being part of a blogging community I also get to network.
From networking I have met some amazing people and they in turn encourage and cheer me on with this blog. I also blog to inform my readers of all aspects of the lovely lavenders many uses. This in turn means that people can make informed choices when choosing products.
Tyler Tervooren of Advanced Riskology
I blog because I literally cannot think of anything better to do. It took me a long time to discover that writing was a great outlet for me, and now that I have, I can’t think of a better way for me to get my message out. There are all kinds of things I could do, but none that bring me alive as much as this.
Of course, the ultimate goal is to spread my message of calculated risk taking, and if I find a better way to spread that message in the future, I’d abandon blogging to fully embrace it. What I mean to say is that I’m married to the message much more than I am to the medium of blogging.
Ryan Critchett of Imarketinghacked
I blog because I’m trying to change something I think can be better. I’m really fascinated by social media, the internet and how it makes people change the way they think about business. Even though us bloggers know it’s about engagement, millions of companies are still blast marketing on Facebook fan pages, with thousands of likes, and absolutely no engagement.
I’m also really about connecting with people first, and then if you have something cool to sell, letting them naturally come to you to check it out. Manufacturing needs and then trying to coerce people into buying stuff is dying pretty fast, and that’s no secret.
So I blog to help spread the message that new marketing is here, it’s happening right now and to really get ahead and secure your spot in the next couple of years, both as a blogger and a business person, you’re going to have to step your game up, evolve with time, really genuinely be about people and be something people are excited to talk about.
Yomar Lopez of Yogizilla
Blogging represents a proverbial crossroads where ideas meet activity. I use my blogs as a way to raise awareness, prime markets, and share valuable content…But I am also selfish with it.
My blogs build up personal brands, allowing me to gradually build loyal supporters, natural leads (for sales and collaboration), and credibility.
I find that I blog “from the gut”, which is not an opportunity many other communication mediums afford you. It’s more about the message, the stories, and the conversations thereof. With my blogging efforts, I get to network with people I may not have met otherwise.
What excites me even more is that blogging helps me bullet-proof my ideas, challenging my beliefs and direction constantly. If I find that I am on the wrong path, I can make necessary course corrections. Blogs allow us to balance selfish needs with the selfless pursuit of helping others.
Mitch Mitchell of I’m Just Sharing
I blog because I have things to say. I initially wanted to write for just my business blog but I’ve always written about my life and my tales and my opinions in other places so blogging seemed to be the perfect extension of that expression.
It’s even better because now I don’t have to keep everything to myself, just some things. And it’s nice to know that I’m not always alone in my beliefs; wonderful feeling indeed.
Daniel Wood of Looking To Business
I blog to help build my reputation, to learn and to build contacts. Thanks to my blog I have gotten to know some amazing people, I have learned a lot and I have build a whole business around it. Personal Development and success is a wide subject and I have just had time to scratch the surface.
JD Meier of Sources Of Insight
I blog to empower people with skills.
I learned long ago that content can be used to share and scale profound knowledge and deep expertise.
I have more than 10 years of deliberate practice in the art of prescriptive guidance. Now I use that ability to give people skills to pay the bills and lead a better life.
Paul Wolfe of One Spoon At A Time
One Spoon At A Time is an online business – and I blog to build an audience for that business. I’ve got a string of eBooks and Workships that I will start publishing later in the year – and since Day 1 I’ve been blogging to build a potential audience for those products.
Additional benefits are that I’ve met and created relationships with some awesome people – and also the process of blogging is also a learning process. Sometimes I put ideas out there, and the comments I get on those posts help me refine those ideas. So blogging helps fuel and refine the product creation process.
Now It’s Your Turn…
First of all, if you weren’t asked to participate in this series – I apologize ahead of time. I mailed as many bloggers as I could think of, and I’m sure there will be a few that slip through the cracks.
Don’t let this stop you though. Please share with us below, the reasons for which you blog.
Why do you blog? What gives you blogging passion? What are your blogging goals? Did you learn from the above bloggers? What will you do different?