We all have our reasons for blogging. Having our say, sharing our experience, teaching, learning, creative outlet, money, reputation, because they told you to…all of these are good reasons to blog, but to keep blogging you need something more.
In this blog exercise, I want you to consider the more.
It is the answer to the “more” question that truly motivates us. Beyond stats, analytics, readers, comments, social media interaction, community building, income…there is more.
It’s the “bigger picture” reason to blog.
I believe in the saying, give without expectation of return. The moment I start expecting a return from this blogging business, I lose. I lose big. I think we all do.
Blogging is truly an altruistic and generous endeavor as there is absolutely no way that my income will ever match my efforts, so this isn’t the reason why I blog. It’s the bigger picture reason.
My passion for blogging is determined by a combination of my personal need to have my say, and my determination to help others have their say in this world.
I was raised at a time when “children should be seen not heard” was a popular saying. Children were a nuisance to adults. Underfoot, asking too many questions, making too much noise. We were taught to be quiet, still, and not to be annoying.
I was also hit by a truck when I was 6 years old, the consequences of the resulting traumatic brain injury leaving me with a speech impediment that took a time to overcome and other issues I struggle with even today. It takes a great deal of patience to sit through the attempts of a stutterer to hear the end of their sentence, and it takes even more patience and determination to be the stutterer trying to fight the words out of your mouth.
Maybe it was these two things that put me on the path to describe my job and life goal to help people have their say, making this the big picture of why I blog.
What is your big picture reason for blogging? Today’s blog exercise is to dig under the layers or reasons to blog to find your key reason to keep blogging.
You may have to dig deep into your psyche to figure out why you are compelled to blog. You might not, but it is important to find it as it dictates how you blog, what you blog, and what keeps you blogging consciously or unconsciously. Personally, I like being cognitive of why I’m so passionate about something.
Blog about why you blog. Go on, tell the world. I just revealed something very personal and private about myself and my reasons for blogging. It’s your turn. Let the world know why this is important to you and how it makes a difference in your life.