I've been thinking a lot about this lately – why we blog. It seems like a simple question with an easy answer, but sometimes it isn't. Sure, we have passion for our subjects, and the money doesn't hurt, but when it comes down to it what REALLY keeps us going?
I asked a few of my IFB colleagues to tell me why they blog, and here's what they said:
“I feel like anyone who follows me on Twitter or Facebook knows that I've been having a blogging crisis of faith for the last few years when it comes to my personal site. After 6 years and a tumultuous passion, sometimes I wonder if it's not the routine and obsession that keep me doing it more than the passion!
I love that blogging has given me a platform to create a living writing portfolio for myself, and that it has developed actual skills that transfer into real jobs.
I've always considered myself a student, so blogging allows me to continue my education past school and throughout life: I get to choose what I learn about, I get to put it into practice, and all of the repercussions are on myself alone (no flunking Latin this time!).
When writing for IFB, my nurturing side gets fulfilled– I get to share my experiences, mistakes, and triumphs with the community. I'm a helper (which is horrible when it comes to negotiating), and nothing gives me more satisfaction that seeing the community respond to what I'm saying, whether through a comment, a tweet, a personal email… even if it's negative!”
“I blog because I love writing, am passionate about the subjects I cover, feel that I can add something to the conversation, and enjoy being my own boss!
Monetary goals were never the focus, but are of course a nice addition, and having the freedom to write about anything that I want to (or more importantly, be able to cut out the “have-to's”) is quite appealing.
I've been blogging for five years, and I don't do it full time, but hope to give it more of a time commitment in the coming months.”
“I've been blogging for 5 years and blogging full time for almost 2. The Lingerie Addict has been my only blog, though I used to call it Stockings Addict.
I blog because fashion (and, subsequently, lingerie) can seem so exclusionary and so aspirational and so out of touch, that many women wonder if it's even relevant to their lives.
And lingerie is totally relevant, perhaps more than any other item of fashion, to all women. It involves so much, from self-esteem to personal style, and it's also a wonderful lens for examining the world at large, such as issues around diversity/representation, gender and sexuality, and sustainability/ethics. I've been writing about nothing but lingerie for the last 5 years, and I don't think I'll ever get tired of it.”
Grechen Reiter (that's me)
“I've been blogging/writing online for almost 10 years now, and when I started it was out of a need to create something new – a tool for online shopping – and I've kept at it because I've found a community of people who share my love (addiction, let's call it like it is) of shopping online. I have a crazy passion for finding great deals on designers I love and sharing that with others; I'd still do it even if I didn't make any money, well, as much money.
And when I'm having an “off” day, all it takes for me to remember why I'm doing this is an email from a reader letting me know she could finally buy something she'd been saving up for because of a deal I posted, or someone saying “thanks for your blog, I love that I can relate to you.”
The idea that I'm providing value to someone out there continues to fuel my love for what I do. The fact that I can do this full-time and make a living is just a bonus.”
Why do YOU blog? Why do you keep going?
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