August 20, 2011

Why I Blog

During the Ultimate Blog Challenge, Michelle Shaeffer shared many blog post ideas with participants. Since then, she's even started a Daily Blogging Ideas site. Some days it's nice to scroll down a list of topics and see which one grabs you and won't let go.

One of her ideas in July was "Why I Blog". It made me think. That's always a good thing.

My reasons for blogging:

* Exercise: Writing is a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it gets. Since I began blogging on a more frequent basis, my writing has improved and the ideas flow more regularly. I wrote about this idea in a July post, Writing Fitness: Flexing your Writing Muscles.

* Community: The writing community constantly amazes me. They share and support. Plus the people who read this blog and comment help me feel part of something.

* Service: I have learned a lot and want to pass it along to readers, fellow writers, mothers, and business people. If others didn't pass along their knowledge on these topics, I'd be drowning in a sea of questions on so many fronts.

* Enjoyment: Writing a post can change my whole day. There's nothing better than writing a heartwarming story or going for a good laugh, especially when others appreciate it.  

Why do you blog or follow blogs?

7 comments:

Kate @ Teaching What Is Good said...

Very good question! I guess I blog for 2 reasons: to share the ins and outs of my daily life for friends and family far away and to share the things I've learned over the years with other women.

bookworm said...

I blog for several reasons. First, to share things that interest me - my sister in law (who lives about 150 miles from me) and a good friend read my blog. Second, it helps me learn. I've learned so much from researching and "having to write" my Wildflower Wednesday and Civil War Sunday posts. Third, it is forcing me to (try to) improve my photography. Fourth, it makes me accountable for my writing, as I imagine readers out there who will be disappointed if I don't give it my best.

Tia Bach said...

Thanks for stopping by and sharing why you blog, ladies. I so appreciate your constant support... it really is one of the biggest reasons I love to blog (and I agree with you, Alana, I hate the thought of disappointing anyone who stops by to read).

michelleshaeffer said...

Thanks so much for the links and mention, Tia. I appreciate that. :)

For me, blogging started as an easier way to share what I knew with other online business owners (as opposed to responding to lots of one on one emails with really long replies), but really grew into something that gives me a sense of community and fulfillment.

Tia Bach said...

Michelle, thanks for stopping by and commenting. I love your Daily Blog Ideas website (and daily emails). It's my go-to resource on those days the ideas just aren't flowing. I'm always amazed how much the blogging community reaches out and gives back. Thanks for being part of that!

JANU said...

Nice blog.
I love reading and as well writing. Writing gives me a high, giving vent to my thoughts and feelings.So, I write blogs.
By following blogs we get an insight to others way of thinking, to reach out, to get ideas.....:)
http://janukulkarni.blogspot.com/-- check out my blogs here.

Tia Bach said...

Janu, Thanks so much for dropping by. I just visited your blog, and I love it. I look forward to checking it out more often and getting to know you. I agree about venting thoughts and feelings, it's like open therapy!