Why I Decided to Blog?
Even as I type this post, I still wonder, why is it – exactly – that I want to blog? Why do I want to share my thoughts with the world? Me? Someone who is not even on social media! I mean, sure I love to write but I am so reserved and I like to stay clear of the world, plus what could I possibly have to contribute? So why, oh why?
I can’t pinpoint when writing became such a passion. In my early 30’s, I spent a lot of time writing. I wrote articles and children’s manuscripts that never got published, but there is a particular children’s book manuscript I am quite proud of. I worked several months or so to get it published – or maybe it just seemed that long after all the rejection letters – and then I put it aside. I imagine it may have been those pesky denials that drove me to quitting; as much as I don’t like to use that word, after about 12 years I think that’s the best way to put it.
Writing is something I can do for hours upon hours and not tire of it. Recently, I took a new position as a Technical Writer. I couldn’t help but wonder if I would really enjoy it. I mean, pleasure writing is one thing, technical writing is quite another. But I must say, I am LOVIN’ it!
There are many reasons people blog, but here are the top 6 reasons I decided to blog:
#6 – Get published: I have been talking about resuming my efforts to get that children’s book published and I figured that blogging would help; it is much easier to approach a publisher or agent with some writing credits than none. Blogging is its own reward, of course, but this is one more motivation for me.
#5 -Inspire others: I want to inspire, influence, and help others, share tips and ideas on how to lead a balanced life, improve their thinking, and motivate themselves.
#4 – Share my wisdom: I often wonder if I do have something worth sharing, if I really have any helpful words, but my conclusion is (at the risk of sounding arrogant) that I do, indeed, have much to share. I happen to think that everyone has some level of wisdom they can impart on others.
#3 -Earn extra money: Not go’nna lie, I’d like to make some extra money. Eventually, I will explore the options of monetizing my blog. My girls will be going to college soon and this would give me the opportunity to make additional income doing something I really enjoy.
#2 – Write! Write! Write!
#1 Sense of accomplishment: Yes, I have a an awesome family, a fulfilling job, friends, God, but I have found myself enjoying my downtime way too much lately. I’ve been telling my husband for some time that I need to do something more. My children and family are my purpose, but blogging is for my personal growth, something I can do for me, a new challenge in my life.
So here I am…determined to jump into this new chapter of my life.
Until next time!
“A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.”
Thomas Mann, Essays of Three Decades