Why Blog?

So, if you’re reading this blog, you already now I am fairly new.  This blog is a new-born, it’s inception was only two and a half months ago.  Since I have started writing, I never really discussed why I wanted to start a blog.  When I tell friends and family I just started a blog, they often give me a quizzical look, and they follow it up with the same question.  You are a writer?  And I always answer the question with an emphatic, NO!

I am by no means a writer, though, as I have mentioned in prior blogs, I did get my degree from University of Iowa, which has the number one creative writing program in the country.  A little shout out to my Alma mater, Go Hawkeyes…

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So why did I start blogging?

1.  Blogging is challenging, and challenges are good

Anyone who thinks that blogging isn’t challenging hasn’t really done it. It is a challenge to sit down and write, and to do that consistently. It is a challenge to put your ideas out there, and putting your ideas out there can be scary sometimes.   And when you challenge yourself, you grow.  I am all about growing as an individual.

2.  Learn new things

When you learn you grow.  Blogging is a learning experience. You learn how to write. You learn how to access social media to spread your message. You learn the difference between a catchy title and a dull one. More importantly, through your writing, you can learn a lot about yourself.

3.  Make a difference in the lives of others

This is probably the most important reason why I started to blog, I wanted to have a positive impact on others. The first time that someone reached out to me to say that I had helped them with an issue, was a very meaningful moment. I realized then that I could make a difference in people’s lives. It made me feel great.

4.  Build my online brand

Blogging is a great way to build an “online brand”. Why does that matter? It matters if you want to keep the door open for continual business and career opportunities.  Right now, my boys are young and they need me a lot (and I mean A LOT) but that is going to change, and I want to have something for myself when they no longer need me.   My goal is for  people to  contact me about interesting business opportunities.  I am not to sure what business opportunities there are out there right now for me, but I am just going to wait and see.

5.  Meet new and interesting people

Who doesn’t like making new friends?  Making new friends is an important part of a healthy, happy and fulfilling life.  When I blog on topics that are interesting to me, it allows me to create networks and relationships with people who have the same interests and goals.

6.  Confronting my fears

For most people, having an opinion, and voicing that opinion online, is terrifying.  I know for me that was the case.  I was fearful that  someone would disagree with my opinions.  Or they were going to criticize my writing, say it was sophomoric.  But what I realized is who cares.  I can handle it.  At least I am putting myself out there.

7.  Finding  my authentic voice

Blogging (and writing in general) has been perhaps the most effective means that I have discovered to find and develop my authentic voice. Writing is like art. You start with a blank canvas. Everything that comes after that is coming from an authentic place. With blogging, especially, you are free to write on any topic that you choose. It isn’t like school, where you are confined to the terms of a teacher’s direction (and subject to his or her interpretation). When you blog you are free to discover who you are, what you have to say, what interests you, and how you can add value through your words. This is the process of empowerment.

Set a goal for yourself!

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14 thoughts on “Why Blog?

  1. Nicole, I stumbled across your blog only recently and I immediately started to follow your blog. I really appreciate your writing style and the authentic nature in which you share your heart. You’re doing a great job here, keep it up!! I know what you mean about helping others as a reason to blog. I started my blog last February and the feedback I’ve received has really kept me writing. I do think the catchy titles attract more readers, so that is a fun thing to come up with.
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  2. All great reasons to blog 🙂
    I have found some ideas to implement into my training, been inspired to try new things, and found support when things aren’t easy. I always worry people won’t get my dry sense of humor though, sometimes it is hard to portray things just right when writing! but I keep trying…
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    1. I know what you mean. I am always afraid that people want find my writing entertaining enough. Every time I write a new blog post, I feel like am becoming a little more vulnerable. Thank you for stoping by. 🙂

  3. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I’ve been blogging for just over 4 years now, and have found its a great resource for me to vent, talk, and share a little piece of me with the world.

  4. I think those are all good reasons to blog. I know that the longer I blog, the more I realize how much I know what I like, and that is refreshing. I have also learned about some amazing products from other bloggers before most of the world learned about them which is pretty cool.

  5. What a wonderful article Nicole. I too am very new at blogging and feel like I am all over the place. I just changed my domain name and am rebuilding and am having so much difficulty sitting down and learning. I look at so many article on pintrest and I am not understanding the back end and how to create my layout. I know that this is a work in progress and people are telling me to not worry about what the site looks like, just start writing and that is what I am trying to do but I seem to be a bit blocked which is frustrating. Thank you for the advice. Keep on going. You are going to be terrific. I am putting in my new domain website name beolow, however I believe that flyladybugfly.com has not fully been transferred over to my new domain of marawannablog.com. Soon, I hope. It is a work in progress.

    1. Mara, thank you so much for commenting. With anything, you have to start trying. You will do great, once you start. I know it can be overwhelming at first but it gets easier.

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