I started this blog one day in July in 2010. It has been a crazy ride since then and I have to say that I really do love blogging. I do take breaks here and there to get my mojo back but I don't know if I'm ever going to quit blogging. Social media and an online presence is such a second nature thing now that I don't think I can give any of it up. I love creating, I love sharing, and I love looking back on this little part of my life from year to year.
There are three things, though, that I absolutely love about blogging:
Pants are Optional
I don't have to wear pants (or a shirt!) to blog. I love it. I love that blogging is a way for me to be myself. Not only can I share what I want to share, but I can be me behind the screen. I don't have anyone to impress I just have a voice to express. This may sound weird but I feel like blogging has given me a feeling of empowerment. People head to this blog and read my voice. I can choose to share things that are important to me - sometimes it is frivolous things, but I really want to use my blog to voice things I care about. I've posted before a few things I'd tell my teenage self, and that is about as much as an advocate for anything as I get. But I want to use my blogging and other social media presence for more. I am able to use this space as a reflection of me. And that is the best.
Blogging is not my Income
While that may not seem like something that you'd expect, I love that I don't make a living blogging. It is a small source of income but it is nothing major. It is not even enough to keep this blog going. Because I don't make a significant income blogging, I don't have to worry about creating content on a time line. I create my content for myself, for my own agenda. But if I worked with a network or sponsors or anything like that I'd have to create so many odd posts, in such and such amount of time, using such and such links. I like to have total control over the monetized content I share. Working with sponsors isn't always like that - deadlines, serious stuff, etc - but if you're trying to bring in X amount of $$ a month to sustain your blog and your life (buy groceries, gas, house payments, etc) there is a lot more to it than just blogging when you feel. I would love to blog full time but I also know that really isn't for me. I tried it, loved it, but my life wasn't steady that way. And I do like predictability and control. A steady pay check from someone else does that for me.
My Blog Changes with Me
As I change interests my blog can change with me. I used to want to fight that, but everything changes. I started this blog to focus on home decor. I was in college when I started this blog. How was I going to do anything related to home decor in college?!?! I grew to be a crafty documentation of my life. It grew to involve fashion & What I Wore type of posts and now it really doesn't. I got really into make up so I started posting a lot of make up stuff. Now I'm really into planning and organizing. So I blog about that. Somewhere in there I realized this blog was really a reflection of my interests and if I had something to say about a topic, I should say it. The tag line of my blog is 'living a creative life' and I really feel that I do. Everyday I try to be creative and I love trying different things. My favorite part about myself is that I am creative and I want to continue to express this creativity no matter what the topic is.
Blogging has been a big part of my life for the past six years and I hope to keep it going for another six! I make time to do it as if it is a job because it is rewarding - not monetarily, but in personal growth. Sharing what I've learned is important to me (like in this post on why I use my blog to teach), I like to connect with others. I also like to produce content that I'd like to interact with. I didn't find a lot of videos or blog posts I liked so I thought I'd make my own (and I watch my own content on YouTube...is that weird?)
Anyway, those are the three reasons I love to blog. It's an expression of me, when it boils down to it, and I love that.
Do you have a blog? Do you blog for different reasons?