Why do You blog?
Whoa… Hold on. Let me read this one more time to you. “Why do You Blog?”. I’m blogging too, does that mean I have all the answers to that question? Nope. Or more importantly, do I have all the answers…
People start blogging for a lot of reasons. Maybe you are a blogger who – like me – stumbled upon this by accident. Well… accident. I always like to express myself, and putting things in writing gave me a chance to think a little bit deeper about things that interest me.
I could say it helped me a lot. Addicting hobby? Well to me it is. I need to blog.
There are many reasons why people blog. Some may do it from a ‘romantic’ perspective. Being the ‘writer type, drinking, smoking and not being understood’. For some that may be, for me it means a way I can make things clearer to myself and if a part of that will help other people then that’s a bonus.
Reasons people have for using a blog as a tool to make their message clear ‘to the outside world’ are as diverse as the subjects blogs can have. Some don’t even have a fixed theme, or niche. Like mine, things just pop up in my head and they need to get out. I don’t need my head to be stuffed with randomness.
So – before you are all thinking I have lost my marbles – here are some of the reasons people blog, in random order.
Blogs about crocheting:
I have been blogging now for a little under a year. Before I started I never thought there would be so many blogs about this subject. Just like cooking, baking, and – not to forget – coupons. I call it ‘The hidden Coupon Network’. The crocheting niche is a world in itself. The blogs are interlinked networks with thousands upon thousands of participants.
Crocheting blogs often have links to Etsy and / or Pinterest and use both tho show off their work to their readers. They are knit together…
Blogs about Blogging:
It’s a very valid reason to start a blog. If you have expertise about the subject, why not share it with others. They can learn from your mistakes. Have a good laugh about it and they get better. Works for me…
Blogs being Personal Journals:
That’s a tricky one. I think it’s ok to – every once-in-a-while – blog about something personal. I’m having some trouble to really understand why people feel the need to share everything with the outside world.
Not all people reading your blog are interested you’re having trouble with your neighbors, because they do not understand why you think it’s ok to listen to Tim McGraw on your sound system at 4AM.
Blogs teaching stuff.
I am undecided about that one. I understand – and believe – that sharing knowledge with others is a good thing. What I don’t get is blogs that pretend to be the ‘Holy Grail’ of blogging and everyone has to live with their 593 Commandments to instant success – their way.
Some blogs I appreciate, but that’s because I know them and the other 5 gazillion suck at SEO knowledge. Not that I know everything, but I know enough – for now.
The world is changing faster than Google changes it’s search algorithms. Just the way it is. Do not forget that Google does not make your blog what it is, you do!
Blogs v.s. Static Websites:
Long time ago, when the ships were made of wood and the men were made of steel I used notepad to edit my own html. I ‘borrowed’ java scripts from other sites to make it functional. Nowadays we – including me – are making use of pre-designed templates and Content Management Systems for our blogging aspirations.
These are so much easier to work with. Wizards to choose fonts, colors and layout. All handy downloadable as a little tarball. Download, unzip, install, done. I call it blog and shoot sometimes.
A lot of the major companies are switching over from static websites to blogs. Far more dynamic and the interests of the readers / potential customers come first. I can do it, you can, so it can’t be that hard to do.
Blogs that Suck bigtime:
“Hey! I’ll show you the secret how to make a million bucks a month. No knowledge necessary.”
Yeah right. If that was the case ‘everyone’ using the Internet would be a multi-millionaire. Don’t go that road.
Blogs that are link farms:
These blogs are made exclusively to serve as a hub in a network of interlinked sites that do not have a blog subject, but are used exclusively to exchange links.
On the World Wide Web, a link farm is any group of web sites that all hyperlink to every other site in the group. Although some link farms can be created by hand, most are created through automated programs and services. A link farm is a form of spamming the index of a search engine (sometimes called spamdexing or spamexing). Other link exchange systems are designed to allow individual websites to selectively exchange links with other relevant websites and are not considered a form of spamdexing.
So, why do YOU blog?