Recently I celebrated my first anniversary of blogging. As I contemplate where I am today, I’m reflecting back to those first days. The days before I had a blog, and why I started blogging.
Before you even start a blog, it’s important to ask yourself, “Why do I want to start a blog?”
If you have a blog and never asked yourself why you blog, it’s time you do.
Possible answers are:
1) To make money online
2) To network with others
3) To promote a business
4) To help others by sharing what you know
5) To vent your frustrations to the world.
6) To gain fame
7) To build a portfolio of your writings and to move into a career of freelancing
Some start a blog for more than one reason.
I started mine for two: to share, and to hopefully find an online income stream.
Ironically, the more I blogged, the more I realized making money is (almost) irrelevant. The joy I get from helping others is priceless. Although I continue to show ads on both of my blogs and see a few coins roll in, when I sit down at my computer, I’m asking myself, “what can I write that will benefit others”?
Why do you really, really, really (yes, say it three times) blog? You don’t have to tell me the truth, but be honest with yourself.
Has your initial reason for blogging changed?
Are you getting closer to your original goal?
If you’re blogging for money, is it paying off?
Has blogging helped you to get discovered?
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