Don’t worry. This isn’t a ‘woe is me, no-one reads my blog’ kind of post. Some more followers and comments would be lovely though.
I’ve been blogging for quite a while now and I think it’s time to assess how it’s going.
Why I Began Blogging
I could come up with some fake noble reason as to why I began blogging. Maybe I could say I was doing it for you. That’s not the truth though.
When I started writing I absorbed every piece of writing advice out there. Over and over it seemed that a writer needs a blog.
Newbie writers will act on most of the advice given. Thank goodness no-one is having a laugh with us and telling us to do ridiculous things. You know what I mean. Like starting up a blog and committing to it for the rest of your natural life.
I began a writing blog. I didn’t have a clue where it would lead. I could hardly tell other writers how to write when I had just started out. Instead I wrote about what I was discovering along the way. That approach has stuck. It seems to work.
Why I Sometimes Feel Like Quitting Blogging
I’m no amazingly confident blogger extraordinaire. There are times when I wonder if I should continue. Many bloggers will relate.
In the first few months I could have easily given up. I confess I’m the most impatient person sometimes. It was tough not having many followers or feedback. Then I realised it was about playing the long game and getting real.
This is not in the niche of the incredibly popular. If I changed to writing about food, babies or fashion, and did it well, I could have so many more followers. The issue is, that’s not what I know.
I could monetise this blog but that was never my intention. I have little to offer to make money from it anyway. Spammers who keep spamming this blog, this is not an invitation to spam me even more with how to make money from my blog!
There are still days when I know I’ve worked hard on a post and I either get no answers or only a few. I’m not going to pretend that makes me happy. I can say it doesn’t make me sad though. You see, I write this blog for me as much as for others.
What I Get From Blogging
Blogging hones my writing skills.
Having to write succinctly is good practice for revising and editing longer works.
Blogging helped me to find my writing voice.
When I started writing fiction, I thought I needed to have a flowery, ornate voice. I can write eloquently and with high-falutin’ language when I want to.
I studied the classics and know fancy-schmancy words and phrases. The problem was that when I wrote them, they didn’t sound like me.
What you read in my blog is about as close as it would be to having a conversation with me face-to-face. Friends have even said that my posts sound just like me. I take that as a compliment.
I continue blogging because it suits the chatty person inside this introvert. The written word allows me to let out all the stuff out. It also saves my poor husband from earache.
What I Hope I Give Others from Blogging
I have never, and will never, profess this blog to offer sage writing advice and tips. If my fellow writers get anything from my posts that help them with their writing I would be both honoured and surprised.
I keep it real. I hope other writers read my posts and feel like they can find a kindred spirit. I hope they encounter another writer who struggles, laughs at themselves, and is honest.
I never want the readers of my posts to feel like I am judging them or telling them to best way to write. There’s too much of that already out there. Writing is a tough enough gig as it is. Let’s build each other up rather than tear each other down.
For the non-writers who read my posts, I hope I give you more insight into writing and its realities. I hope my posts that aren’t about writing interest you too.
I hope I give you plenty of ‘me too’ and ‘we’re in this together’ moments.
When I write about depression, I’m honoured when someone tells me that I helped them in their illness.
When I lament how tough writing a novel can be, I’m heartened when a fellow writer encourages me to keep going and I do vice versa.
I hope my posts act as a conversation between me and you. This is why I love getting your comments and replying to them.
Why I Will Continue Blogging
I will continue blogging because there is always something to say!
As long as I am writing, I will always have something to write about it.
As long as I am living, there will always be something to complain, rant, get excited or laugh about.
As long as this blog survives, I will keep growing and it will be a privilege to have you alongside me. Thank you for being a part of it until now.
Over to You
Why do you blog? Do you enjoy it, view it as hard work or do it under duress?
What is your blogging story and what have you learnt about blogging?
Why do you read and follow blogs?