The response to this series was so fantastic, that I’m having to break the answers into multiple posts.
Over 50 bloggers have taken the time to send me their thoughts.
To view the first post in the series, check the running link list below:
I’m filled with gratitude for the blogging community.
The sheer mass of numbers involved in blogging is astonishing.
I literally have tears in my eyes, after reading the reasons why these bloggers blog. They’re incredible. Pay attention and learn – as they have much to offer.
Terry Conti of The Terry Conti Blog
I believe to blog is to build relationships by giving and receiving good useful knowledge. Building relationships is so important if you want to get anywhere online and establish a good presence. Give and you shall receive.
Success doesn’t come easy. Many are misled into thinking it does. We all need to help each other by sharing useful knowledge. The knowledge of the many is far better than the knowledge of the one. Learning and meeting new people is priceless!
As time passes getting involved in useful knowledge sharing will allow getting many commentators to your own blog. I love sharing good content that helps others. I love when people tell me they got something useful out of my blog post. It makes my day!
I visit and comment on other people’s blogs, as a result it builds commentators on my blog, forms great relationships and we all learn something. The people I’ve met through blogging are awesome! Blogging done the right way is awesome! This is why I blog!
Sally Neill of SallyNeill.com
I don’t blog to make money – that’s just an added bonus. I don’t blog for search engines – but they still come. I blog to share my online journey with other people. When I originally started blogging, I didn’t have a clue what I was doing, in fact I am ashamed to say I used private labels rights articles that were hastily rewritten.
But once I began coaching with my mentor Alex Jeffreys I realized that my blog should be my story, my journey, my journal. I then began to detail everything I done online whilst trying to become a full time Internet Marketer. I blogged about facing fears, mistakes I had made and the successes I encountered. I built up a good and loyal following, filled with people all geared towards helping me (as I do them) whom I nicknamed my “cool crowd” I now consider my cool crowd to be my friends, they have followed my journey from being nothing to something. They have helped me every step of the way with their feedback and generosity in sharing my posts and links when they could.
So why do I blog? Firstly, I blog for myself – so I have undeniable proof of my growth online. Secondly, I blog to share value for others so that they themselves can push forward with their own online business and achieve the levels of success they desire.
Marko Saric of How To Make My Blog
Recently I created a PowerPoint presentation that talks about the reasons why I blog. You can find it here.
Brand Holland of Hollandz
I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. I knew I had more to offer the world and time was ticking. I simply wanted to change my life. So instead of bitching about it, I became proactive.
Originally it started out as a way to vent my frustrations and pose the question, if humans are a superior race; the most advanced and intellectual beings out there, why am I on my hands and knees everyday cleaning up cat poop all over my house instead of the designated area?
Now, my blog is a way for me to create something through writing and most of all to connect with people.
I still have to clean up cat poop though.
Benny Hsu of Get Busy Living
I blog to have a platform for self expression. To say what I’ve always wanted to say but in a way that inspires others. I enjoy having my words mean something to someone.
Also, I blog to meet like-minded people who are doing great things in their lives. If I didn’t have my blog, I would not have been able to meet so many cool people so far.
Aaron Socci of Upgrade On Life
I blog for an array of reasons. For one, it’s a great way to keep myself accountable on my daily journey towards bettering who I am and the way I live. It’s also a great way to connect with people who share similar struggles and life goals. I’m a writer at heart, and blogging is a great way to fulfill that passion and help people in the process.
Steve Roy of Ending The Grind
There are several main reasons I blog. The first is that it’s a platform that will help me reach my ultimate goal of being able to work from home and spend much more time with my 2 young daughters.
The second is that it allows me to share my passion for writing and helping people get out of their grind. I know what living with a miserable job can to to one’s overall happiness and I am trying to spread my message with as many people as I can. Life does not need to be lived this way!
Matthew Karsten of The Expert Vagabond
My blog is a form of expression. It’s an outlet for creativity. Yes – it gives family, friends, and complete strangers the ability to know what crazy adventures I’m throwing myself into around the planet, but that isn’t it’s sole purpose. I enjoy the planning that goes into creating each post, the time that goes into producing each photo. It’s a ton of work, more than most people could guess. But it gives me the ability to create something unique and entertaining completely on my own, without the constraints I might have if I was working creatively for someone else. Ego plays a small part too, of course. The main topic is me after all.
If others are inspired to break out and explore their world or learn something new from my blog, those are just added benefits.
Julia Tarquinio of JuliaTarquinio.com
When I first started blogging I thought it just meant I would write, maybe get some comments and then that would be it. Then I met someone who schooled me hardcore on what I could do with it all.
I am blogging because I love to write, but now, I have found that I love connecting with people and starting great conversations about life and what not. I also hope to one promote a book through my blog and be able to write for a living.
Davina Brewer of 3Hats Communications
Fame, untold riches, free iPads, trips to Hawaii and hot dates. Kidding obviously.
1. Expand my social profile
2. Professional development
3. Networking and community
Being in PR, I see social as a natural extension of what I do. I wanted to expand my website, have a better showcase for my writing, what I do, my approach to marketing communications for small business. My blog sorta is my social media white paper, WYSIWYG: what you see is what you get. I blog so that I can share helpful, practical information that’s of value – and do it in a fun and interesting way. Blogging has also helped expand my network and development, learn and grow as a professional.. making me better able to do my job, help my clients.
Now It’s Your Turn
I sure hope you’ve learned something from each of these magnificent bloggers.
Often I recommend notetaking. Find a quiet place, write down your thoughts, and takeaway something from this post that might make you a better person, blogger or friend.
Why do you blog? What have you learned about blogging from these bloggers? What will you change this week?