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Why Are You Blogging?

Posted on 01. May, 2010 by .

Foggy Walk over a BridgeWhat is your reason for blogging? If you are simply blogging for money then I would say stop blogging. Of course blogging can help you make money but this whole attitude will totally ruin your blog.

The thing is that blogging is about connecting to other people. It’s about helping each other out.

I don’t understand how some people put so much time and effort into their blog and then they go ahead and sell it. If that has always been your plan then alright. But my point is that a blog can give you so much more then just money.

It’s all about your attitude.

There is a beautiful story in the book The Story Factor from Annette Simons. I loosely adapted it:

A young man is walking around a construction site. Upon arriving he sees three workers.
He goes up to the first one and asks him what he is doing. The worker plainly replies “I am laying the bricks.” And so the young man turns around and walks up to the next construction worker and asks him the same question. “I am building a wall”, the worker answers. Still wanting to know more the young man turns to the last worker who is happily humming a tone and asks “What are you building?”. The man stands up, smiles and replies in an energetic voice “I am building a cathedral.”

I believe that you need to have a vision. You need to have a vision for your blog. What do you want to achieve with your blog? Is it truly to make money? And even if it’s about making money what is your reason to make money in the first place? To be indepdendant, to be able to do what you want to do? Ask yourself these questions.

My goal with this blog is to create a community, one where people want to help others. That’s my vision. But one of my goals is also to be able to write a book through this blog. I am hoping that someone will see the kind of information I am offering to people and will want me to write for them.

What is your vision? What do you hope to get from blogging?

6 Responses to “Why Are You Blogging?”

  1. ChickenFreak

    01. May, 2010

    I’m blogging to express myself about my interests, to practice writing, to be part of communities (perfume on Blog One and gardening on Blog Two, so far, and maybe food and writing in the future), to have a creative outlet, and so on.

    But, in a circular sort of way, I’d say that the main reason that I’m blogging is to find out what there is to learn from blogging. One of the first pieces of advice about blogging that I read was something like “blog for sixty days, and see if you have anything to write about”. I’ve been blogging for six months, and still finding out what I have to write about.

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    • Julius

      02. May, 2010

      Thanks for the comment Chickenfreak. I definitely agree with you. I am also blogging to see what there is to learn from it. I find it interesting to be able to meet new people. It’s always exciting so that’s what I really enjoy. I am glad you are still following my blog :)

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  2. Ben

    01. May, 2010

    Well, it depends which blog you’re asking about – I have a few :)

    Top Ten Blog Tips is not as simple as the name suggests. I did want to publish 10 tips per post, but the goal of the site goes beyond that. I was sick of reading the same old advice on blog after blog, things like “you must blog daily”, “you must use an image in every post”, or “you must use wordpress”. I’ve gone out of my way to find which blogging tips actually work, and I frequently go against the tips that most other blogs swear by. As a result I have a very unique blog with fresh and original content. That’s really the goal I’ve always hoped to achieve with the blog, and it seems to be working.

    Incidentally, thanks for stopping by my blog. :)

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    • Julius

      02. May, 2010

      I totally agree with you Ben. I used to be sick of reading the same kind of information over and over again from people who haven’t tried it out themselves. But somehow I got over it. I think it’s important to be different and set yourself apart through that. That’s what you are doing and it definitely seems to be working.

      Thanks for the comment ;)

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  3. Thu Nguyen

    07. May, 2010

    Hi, Julius. I found your site behind the scenes from famous bloggers. While my first intention of blogging was to profit, a month long in, my creative pursuits to write well and understand the performance of blogging became dominant. I must say the convert is good because it gives me purpose to blog and blog better entirely. I look at if from an aesthetic view and provide the values which makes me good and in hopes of sharing that with my readers as well.

    Thanks for the discussion,
    Thu

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    • Julius

      08. May, 2010

      Thanks Thu for the comment. Yeah same for me here. Writing and understanding better blogging are better purposes than trying to make money through your blog. I really like your attitude. I am sure your readers value that a lot!

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