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Blog Challenge: What’s Your Blog’s Story?

Everybody has a story. About their life. About their work. About how they got their current job. About how they want out of their current job. About their parents. About their childhood. About their schools. About…well, everything.

This week’s blog challenge is to blog your blog’s story.

What is the story behind your blog?

I want to know the story behind why you decided to blog. What made you believe you had something to blog about? How did you pick your first blog and why did you settle on the blog you have now? What inspires you, motivates you to keep blogging? What’s your blog about and why did you choose the topic?

This is one of many I offer weekly to help kick your blogging ass. For more challenges, see the category.

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  1. Posted July 7, 2007 at 5:33 am | Permalink

    Basically I started blogging as a form of research. I had a few clients who were interested in it and I had to stay 2 steps ahead of them at all times. What I found was that blogging opened up a completely new world for me and helped me realized that I had been working in somewhat of a vacuum for years. I recently celebrated one year of blogging and chronicled the Evolution of a Blog.

    The best part of the story has been the list of characters (you, included) that I have been able to get to know!

  2. Posted July 7, 2007 at 6:50 am | Permalink

    I started the Online Presence Blog (my first blog) as a medium to share how to make money online.

    I’ve been making a fair bit of money over the last few years from online initiatives and thought it was apt to share that knowledge.

    The blog is just about picking up traffic now even though I’ve not invested a single dollar in advertising mediums.

  3. Posted July 7, 2007 at 7:28 am | Permalink

    I started my first and only blog so far about six months ago as a way of getting back into doing what I was doing at the start of my career: writing all the time. News stories, sports stories, editorials, cutlines… at a small newspaper, you have to do it all. After working up in the world and becoming editor for television, I suddenly realised I hadn’t been writing for a long time, and I missed it. So rather than slog through the freelance route, which is very time-consuming, I decided to blog. I get the same kick out of writing a story or opinion piece now as I did back then.

  4. Posted July 7, 2007 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

    I started blogging about my hobby a couple of years ago. I mainly wanted to keep track of where and when I found shed antlers. Over time my blog started getting lots of readers so I moved it to my own domain and created a wordpress blog. I have made a big change in how I blog now. Instead of just being something I wrote for myself I now write for others who have a passion for finding shed antlers.

  5. Posted July 7, 2007 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

    I started blogging officially in 2004. I had one for my opinions about the trucking industry and another when I got married and my wife joined me in my truck driving career.

    Trucking is full of people with opinions, but all of the trucker blogs were about traveling. Mine was the only one with viewpoints about what was going on in the industry. I had to have an outlet for my opinion somewhere besides the coffee counter.

    Thanks to both blogs, I’ve recently been hired (part-time) to managing editor for a new trucking blog backed by a major truck maker. It’s on WordPress, so I’m trying to learn as much about WordPress as I can.

  6. Posted July 7, 2007 at 9:32 pm | Permalink

    Hi Lorelle- I just want to tell you that I have learned so much from your blog about wordpress. Thanks.

    As for your challenge, I started a website to help others to turn green. I choose blogging because I am web challenged and wordpress seemed so much easier to use. Believe me without all of the wordpress info out there and your site, I would be in so much trouble.

    I built my house a couple of years ago using alot of green materials before being green was a hot topic. I did it because of my children’s allergies. My key concern was the levels of chemcials used in the house, and tried to build with only low or nontoxic materials. I am still working on this house and the garden. I figured if I shared what I was doing than maybe others would see it was not that hard. So I started in April, 2007.

    What I learned is in just three years, the building industry really changed. There is so much more green materials out there then when I built. Plus it is more available now. I feel a responsibity to my readers so I research and research whatever I write. Blogging to me is much harder than it looks. It keeps me on my toes and in the industry.

    Helping people and the earth is a passion for me. I feel my greatest experience that I have learned from blogging is seeing the world through other people’s eyes. I have meet some very passionate people through writing my blog. So, when I feel that I am not accomplishing something when I look at my traffic to my site, I always remind myself I writing about something that I love. (Kind of like if you build it, they will come…)

    There are so many green blog sites out there right now so I am hoping the fact that I “did it” distinguishes me. Even if I am not reaching alot of people out there right now, I hope the ones that do read my posts, I have helped.

    Thanks again for your website. I truly has helped me! Anna

  7. Posted July 8, 2007 at 7:22 am | Permalink

    I started blogging in 2000 on an early version of Blogger, back when it was owned by Pyra and ran banner ads above your blog. My first blog was in the “online diary” style, but then it shifted towards web design, which I had been learning since 1997. Eventually, I bought my own domain and at first it was a hand-coded static site. I began looking at other blogging platforms, such as they were, and there was Movable Type, Grey Matter, and not much else that I could do anything with–I knew nothing about databases or PHP.

    Then this “WordPress” thing came along that promised an easy installation–and it delivered. I’ve been using WordPress ever since, and seen tremendous growth and rapid evolution in the blogosphere. I’ve shifted my focus in blogging from time to time, and it’s simply been the best ride, but I’ve gotten back to my roots: helping others become better bloggers and blog-related services, such as themes and coaching.

    Who knows where my blogging story will go from here?

  8. Posted July 12, 2007 at 5:35 am | Permalink

    Several reasons:
    1. Writing helps me define (some of) my thoughts more precisely. Without anyone to read them, there’s no point in writing them down, though.
    2. I’ve been told several times that my ideas/thoughts are worth writing down.
    3. The form fits my needs for a website. By ordering stuff by date, it’s clear which topic I’m concerned with at the moment. Tagging/categorizing posts allows sections of a website to grow naturally, and without conscious effort.
    4. I was bored.

  9. Posted July 16, 2007 at 5:23 am | Permalink

    Briefly, (and that’ll be a first for me), I’ve been a freelance writer for almost 30 years. Some time ago I came up with the idea of doing a book about this Gay, middle-class, part-time anarchist called Guy Forks. Eventually, I decided to create a blog for him. Most blogs appear to be about real people, so why should fictional characters miss out on all the fun? That’s when things started to snowball and I included my other projects as well. Like the UK’s worst school; the celebrity chef Gordon Rumsey who’s a cannibal; a former USMC gunnery sergeant now living in a DIY iron lung in the loft of Guy Fork’s bungalow in North Wales; David Hirving, a famous historian who has some photographs from Hitler’s photo album that show the Fuhrer in a new light. In all I’ve ended up with 8 blogs! Only one of them – mine – is about a real person. Although I’ve started to doubt even that. Once there you’ll find links to the other blogs.

  10. Posted July 18, 2007 at 3:29 am | Permalink

    Hello everyone! I’ve been present online since may and I decided to have a blog because I want to share any precious information that I find with others. I also write about my opinions regarding different subjects and also talk about myself and those close to me.

    Best regards and keep up the good work!

  11. Posted July 24, 2007 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    These stories are truly inspiring and mesmerizing. How exciting to be part of a sub-culture with so many words in it. I had made blog-like websites on Geocities and Bravenet and Angelfire with guestbooks and all that jazz since back in 1994 when i was finishing college. It wasn’t until December of 2006 that I discovered a little fantastico script that read “WordPress” that my passion for homepages and html would change to the WordPress software. It started out as a way to entertain family and friends with little “ecolumns” on movies, news items, relevant family info and such. After joining Technorati and learning the bastion of tools out there for bloggers, I got the bug — wanted authority and wanted hits. Since then I have learned that my passion for writing is what my blog is about. Communicating with others and connecting things and people. I have a day job teaching. It allows me the time to run my blog. It’s become a journey of self-discovery and I have met 100’s of people since I started. most recently, I’ve discovered the amazing resource of Lorelle at WordPress. If only I knew about this blog at my first post 😦 Oh well, better late than never I say.

  12. Posted October 16, 2007 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

    And I am back on track! Thanks Lorelle 🙂
    My response to this might even go in my About page..

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