I blog because…
11th August 2016
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….