I blog because…

11th August 2016

I blog because...

This week I saw the hashtag #iblogbecause circulating Twitter and it inspired me to write a post about the reasons why I blog.

I wanted to focus on the reasons why I continue to blog after 7 years because a question I am frequently asked is “Do you ever think about stopping?”.

The answer is no, even though I often suffer from self-doubt, and these are the reasons why…

I blog because…

…I like to write.

I really struggled with reading, writing and spelling when I was at school (I wrote about that here). I liked to think I had quite a vivid imagination, but when even I put pen to paper my thoughts just didn’t translate.

But over the years I feel like my writing has improved massively and I now actually enjoy it, which is why I not only write this blog but I also write journal. I honestly don’t think my love of writing would have developed without this blog.

…to document life.

Documenting life is such a hugely important part of my life. I love taking photographs and capturing those special moments, and I also like writing about special memories so that I have something to look back on and reflect upon.

My blog is a place for document my life; everything from the life changing moment to the most boring days. I love being able to share my experiences, my thoughts and my knowledge with other.

…of the relationship with fellow bloggers.

I was going to say “because of the blogging community” but the community as a whole isn’t always so great and there’s a lot of negativity attached to it.

However, I have met so many amazing, like-minded people online through blogging. It just removes all boundaries. I genuinely feel closer to some people I have met online than I do to people I know in real life.

Not only that, I have had many incredible opportunities to meet with some of these bloggers in person, whether they’re in the same city as me, like Anca and Katy, or they live on the other side of the world, like Georgie!

…it has opened doors for me.

When I was at university I got a job working for a design and marketing company as an “Insight Leader” and a part of my job was writing about student life for their blog.

I think that having my blog really helped me to stand out from the crowd and to get that job. It’s can be scary to openly talk about your blog and share it with the world, but I can honestly say more positive things have come from it than negative.

…I like the commitment.

This might seem an odd one, but I like the commitment I have to my blog. If you get what I mean!

I guess I see it as a challenge. I don’t have to publish three posts a week, and sometimes I don’t, but I like having a goal to work towards. As I’ve mentioned countless times, I’m an organisation freak, and I actually love filling out my Trello board with post ideas, and creating checklists to tick off each task as I do it. And love the satisfaction of scheduling a post and knowing that it will be live when I wake up in the morning.

I’ve stuck with blogging for over 7 years and that is one of hell of a commitment. It’s my longest standing hobby and I’m so proud of myself for keeping it up. I normally have commitment issues when it comes to anything other than relationships (which will also be 7 years strong this October!).

…it encourages me to code in my spare time.

As a developer I’m always trying to improve my skills and following along with the changes in the world of web development. I think it’s important to practice and play around with code in my spare time and having a blog allows me do so with a purpose. I’m not just coding for the sake of it. I’m coding to make my blog look good, to function better and to just have a good user experience.

I’m currently working on developing a new layout for Empfire behind the scenes. I’ve actually be playing around with it for months but I’m a bit of a perfectionist so it might take a while! It will be worth it, I promise!

…I enjoyed it and it makes me happy!

And really, that’s all that matters, right?!

Over to you! Finish the sentence; I blog because….

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  1. Thank you for sharing the reasons why you blog! It’s great to see the reasons why people blog whether it’s to improve themselves, document their life, share their experiences, and etc. It’s pretty awesome to look back at your old posts and see how you progressed throughout time. I can see a big improvement on my end- but that’s probably the whole process of growing up XD. Glad to hear that blogging helped you with getting a job! There are a lot of benefits skill-wise when it comes to blogging.

    I blog because the whole experience makes me happy. I like to read about how people are doing and sharing experiences of my own :).

    • Holly

      I love looking back at old posts, although some of them make me cringe!

      There are so many skills that I have picked up from blogging, and it’s incredible to think that they’ve helped me in my life beyond the blog.

  2. Lovely reasons to blog. Documenting your life is such a great idea, as you have a busy life with lots of new memories, a place to record them sounds perfect. I sometimes wish I’ve started blogging many years ago and not ~5.

    • Holly

      I really wish that I had saved my blog posts from previous blogs, because even though I’ve been blogging for 7 years I don’t have those posts from the very early days. 🙁

  3. I actually just went to check out the hashtag on Twitter! Some are hysterical, some are kind of sad, and many I can totally relate to. I’d like to add to the opening doors ideas that you mentioned. Like you, I also began freelance blogging for local businesses (and have since stopped, due to other commitments like teaching, haha), but it got my name out there in the community as a respected writer! Now that I’ve been teaching for almost 6 years I’ve focused my tech-side in the classroom and have shared my blog with my students and have taught them some great lessons about writing, appropriate online behavior, and more. Great post!

    • Holly

      That’s great that blogging helped you with freelance work. I think it’s awesome that your teaching your students about the online world. There needs to be more of that in education!

  4. Liz

    One reason I blog because blogging helps me see much more of the world than I’d ever have been able to see it if I wasn’t blogging. The people in my life who don’t blog and haven’t traveled outside the States, for example, tend to live like this country is their own little bubble. It’s…sad, and the way they will talk about other countries and cultures oftentimes is ignorant. :/

    • Holly

      Oh yes, I love reading about other people’s lifestyles and how they vary based on where they are in the world. It really does open your eyes and educates you.

  5. Susanne

    I liked this post, and your reasons to blog. I agree with many of them. You said it very well about the “blogging community” – that it isn’t always so nice, and I think speaking about the “blogging community” as so fantastic sounds so cliché in my opinion.
    I blog for the same reasons, many of them anyway. To document and share thoughts and life events, for the creative part of it (coding layouts and learning more about that) and for the people who read and leave comments. I’m not even close to be as consistent as you have been, as you know, but it mainly has to do with bad self confidence with it (like, “who reads this anyway?”) but for the moment I feel much differently about it and will definitely continue blogging.

    • Holly

      Yeah, it’s very cliché. I don’t understand how some people praise it so much when there is so much nastiness going on.

      We all have those moments where we wonder if anyone even cares. I’m still amazed that people continuously come back to my blog and leave me comments!!

  6. Amy

    Documenting life is one of my favourite reasons to blog too. For a while, I never posted anything about my own life, and whenever I look back I’m a little sad that I can’t remember what I was doing. I’m also a little annoyed that I deleted all my really old posts, because now I can’t look at that either.

    Blogging has developed my love of writing and my skills too. I would never have gone to uni to study creative writing if I hadn’t been blogging. I also wouldn’t have been nearly as confident in my skills.

    I’ve temporarily stopped before, but it was mainly down to time rather than anything else. Definitely wouldn’t want to give it up permanently though!

    • Holly

      I’m annoyed that I lost my blog posts from my earlier blogs. I was writing them when I was at school and college so it would have been interesting to look back and cringe!

      Blogging is so time consuming. I’ve decided to cut down by posting schedule from 3 days a week to 2 because I need the time more to work on other projects.

  7. This is a cool idea!
    I think I have almost the same reasons as yours for blogging and why I keep sticking to it even when my schedule doesn’t let me!
    And when people respond with their thoughts on my rants, it just makes my day! I think if I can I’ll make this a post topic for Dramatic soul too. I hope you won’t mind!

  8. I could write a whole post to answer your question, just like you did! Many of the reasons I blog are similar to yours, but nothing has given me more happiness and good memories than meeting friends online. It’s very different to meeting someone in real life because often, you have no clue what the other person is like. Through blogging, you learn about other people because they invite you into their lives. If they aren’t so open on their blog, it’s still a great way to connect! It’s a very, very different way to the way you make friends in real life.

    I used to feel embarrassed admitting to employers that I had a blog, but I have used it to show my skills and to show that I am interested in writing about all topics. A lot of employers really like that. It also just happens to make you a more interesting person, because you have a hobby you can talk about. And when it comes to web development jobs, you can showcase that you really have passion.

    I don’t schedule my posts unless I think I am going to be away, but I feel like I should use that feature more often. I also don’t think you need to blog every day or every few days… lately I have slowed down with the frequency of my posts, but at least I still have post ideas at the ready. 🙂

    Seven years is a long time! 🙂 An early congratulations to both of you <3