Why Do People Blog?

why do people blog

I had a great question from a  blog reader last week…she wondered:

“So, a sincere question that is probably going to not come across as sincere, sorry. But, why do you (or anyone else for that matter) blog? Donโ€™t get me wrong, I love reading your blog but I donโ€™t get why people do want to share their personal life with the world. I have heard some people want to make money or be โ€œdiscoveredโ€ or famous, lol and that is why. If it takes away from your family then why do it? Again, not just directed at you, any bloggers.”

Rather than ramble in the comments section, I decided to answer the question in a blog post.

Reasons Why I Blog:

why do people blog?

1. Keeping in Touch with Family

I started blogging in 2006 to keep family updated on our international adoption. Between Chuck and I, our siblings live in four different states and provinces in two separate countries. Blogging seemed like a great way to keep them up-to-day and share photos.

 

2. Sharing stories.

There were weeks and months when nothing was happening in our adoption. I would fill my blog with funny stories and anecdotes about my kids, sprinkled generously with photos. The blog started growing quite by accident. I remember when I was getting 20 readers a day, then 50 and finally 100…I don’t know how people found me, but they did.

3. Encouraging others

As my blog grew, people began asking  questions about how we homeschooled and how we managed with our large family. Since my family is my passion and first priority (after God) I was happy to share.

I have been able to share my experiences breastfeeding my adopted babies, homeschooling, parenting a medically fragile child and more.

4. A Platform for Writing

I have always loved writing and as a child dreamed of becoming an author. I am in the midst of writing my first book and find writing here a great way to keep my skills sharp.

5. A Creative Outlet

I spent about 10 years scrapbooking. I loved recording the stories about our family and pairing them with the hundreds of photos I took of my children. Scrapbooking was the perfect creative outlet for me. Then I began to take digital photos and record my stories here on the blog instead of in paper scrapbooks. I still keep up-to-date with our family photo albums but enjoy sharing our stories here with a  larger audiece.

6. It’s Cheaper Than Marriage Counseling

Chuck loves my blog. Not only does he enjoy seeing the photos and reading the anecdotes about our perfect little lambs, but he loves that it doubles as therapy for me. If I have a particularly frustrating experience, I try to find the humor in it and write about it here. He prefers this over me dumping it all on him when he walks in the door after work.

So there you have it. Six reasons why I blog.

Do you blog? Why? Have your reasons changed over time? I’d love to hear about it.

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12 thoughts on “Why Do People Blog?”

  1. This might be considered a Freudian slip…I’m not sure! An antidote is used to combat something, like a snake bite. An anecdote is a little story, a slice of life. Which word do you really want? Hehehehehe.

    1. bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      LOL!That was actually an old-fashioned autocorrect issue, but thank you for pointing it out. I fixed it ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I began blogging to inform the public plus family and friends about RAD. Many people thought we were using RAD as a cover up for our poor parenting and were unable to accept my explanations. I started blogging about it and when I was asked questions by nay sayers, I directed them to my blog. They could read in private and take it or leave it plus, I hoped they wouldn’t feel like I was being self righteous.

  3. I blog in order to air my thoughts to anyone who might find them interesting. (so, around 5 readers a day . . .) And I’ve had a checkered career. Originally I purchased (for $12 a year) a site, Thecriticalmom.com –then when I forgot to renew it, it got purchased by what appeared to be a porn site. It seems to be floating around for sale again, at considerable multiples of what I paid . . . I am now a blogspot. Back when I was a blog, I had ads running on the site in hopes of making money, but I don’t think I offer enough practical advice, apart from recipes and tales of child management.

  4. This is a lovely post. Something I often think about is why I read blogs that aren’t particularly applicable to my everyday life, I am a 22 year old student, but have been reading your blog since I was at school, and have commented very occasionally. I think I initially started reading blogs, mainly adoption and infertility as a way form of research when I was interested in becoming a doctor, but ultimately felt connected to the families and continued reading. Although I probably only read half a dozen mom blogs regularly now. I have only discovered ‘lifestyle’ blogging in the past few months, and by that I mean 20 somethings blogging, I do enjoy them, but the fact that many of them are written solely as a source of income, and are littered with brand deals in disappointing. It is always nice to get a touch of reality after a long day (or during the day as a break) of university, where I live in a shared house, and often find myself missing ‘normal’ life. So thanks for blogging Renee, I only wished I lived a little nearer, so you could give me some lifestyle photography tips!

    Emily, UK

  5. I started blogging for the same reasons you did, Renee. I had a grandma that lived on the other side of the country whose health prevented her from traveling and visiting us. My blog was a way to help her feel like she was a part of our lives. And then other family members started reading and then we moved so friends started reading, just to keep in touch. And then I gave up on scrapbooking/journalling and blogging became the Record of Our Lives.

    Blogging really is therapeutic. Sharing the awkward/painful/crazy moments of our lives forces me to look at these events through a different lens. I don’t want to sound like I’m whining/hating my life, so I try to record these things in a positive or humorous light for others to read. After writing enough awkward/painful/crazy stories, it becomes easier to just live that way. Like when my son broke a window with a throwing knife, I lost my temper but laughed pretty quickly instead of stewing for days.

    After my Nana died, I lost interest in blogging, but because there were people out there reading my blog, I felt like I had to keep going. Plus, if I stopped writing, how would the kids remember what life was like after 2014? I’m pretty burned out, but I keep on.

  6. I started for much the same reasons as you, Renee. We were adopting and wanted to keep friends and family updated. Then after our son came home, I wanted to share our story (he had a very, very difficult transition) and I felt as though i was the only one going through that kind of nightmare. I wanted people to know they weren’t the only ones.

    I still blog for those reasons, plus it has become a habit and is extremely therapeutic for me. It turns out I process things best through writing, but I don’t like to write unless I know I have an audience. I am a miserable journal-er.

  7. I blog to support and for support. Parenting hurt children is hard and no one should feel alone while riding that wild coaster. The support I can give and do receive is so encouraging and has gotten me through some really hard times.

  8. Hahaha! #6. Yes.

    I blog because I think I’m awesome.

    Not really. There may have been some of that when I started, ha! But mostly it is because I love to write and journal, and I have boxes and boxes and boxes filled with journals that I wrote over the course of about 10 years.

    Round about the 3rd time we moved in a year, I realized it would be lots more efficient for moving if I could digitize the writing. My poor husband having to move all those boxes over and over… plus finding a place to store them (we were living in CA at the time, where real estate is EXPENSIVE!) The blog was public because I thought friends and family should want to read it.

    Cause I thought I was awesome. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Now, further down in my mothering journey, with battle scars but much more HOPE, I blog because I really want to encourage mothers and families that their work is monumentally important. There are so many out there who need encouraging! Plus, I still love to write and journal. I love photos. And I love community.

    I think I’d better write a post about this instead of rambling on in the comments section! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. I don’t have a real reason why I blog. I guess at first it was a way to share things about our family… but now I mostly only share photos for the Project 365. I’m in a slump, or have a really boring life…

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