I’ve been blogging the most lately because I’m currently unemployed. I don’t know how I’m going to keep on top of my blogging duties once I start doing my job as a wife (and a mother to our future kid/s), but I remain hopeful because a lot of bloggers I know are doing just that.
Even three years into blogging, I still find myself interested in everything related to this kind of passion. Everyday, I discover new blogs that I find as interesting as those considered as season bloggers. Unfortunately, I also find some who fall into a blogging burnout in the early stage of their career, and I think it’s sad a truth.
Back when I started blogging in 2006 (although SCATTERBRAIN was born in 2012), I didn’t know a lot of people who dedicate their time to write a curated blog post worth reading other than random rants about school. Several years later, I’m still here, but why?
Blogging as a form of expression
This is the primary reason I started nine years ago. My penchant for writing was discovered at a very young age, and keeping an online journal turned out to be therapeutic. The things I couldn’t express upfront, I simply put in writing.
Through the years, my reasons for blogging have changed. I like that I am able to look back on posts that I’ve written during a specific time of my life, and reflect on how I dealt with the situation I was in. I like keeping memories that way.
Sometimes you will never know a value of a moment until a moment becomes a memory. —Dr. Seuss
To influence people from all walks of life
It may sound too ambitious, but I want to believe that my writing has the ability to empathize with people who was, who are, or who will be in a similar situation as mine. I find that pouring my heart out in writing makes my posts more genuine and relevant.
Several months ago, a fellow blogger told me that she was inspired by our wedding preparations journey that she decided to record theirs by blogging, too. Sometimes, people can relate even to the least eventful experience we had, and I find that pretty wonderful.
I want to inspire people. I want someone to look at me and say, “Because of you, I didn’t give up.”
Blogging encourages you to find inspiration in other bloggers, too
Let’s be real, and I know I’m not speaking solely for myself. Sometimes, our personal experiences are not enough to remain inspired. When this happens, I turn to other bloggers for inspiration. There’s nothing wrong here for as long as we respect ownership of their original content. It’s one thing to take inspiration from others, and it’s another to produce an exact copy or a duplicate of their content.
Enter link-ups or link parties. The one that I’ve often joined in is Emily’s A Grateful Heart link-up. This used to run every Mondays, but she’s had this opened for a week-long link party for quite a while now. For additional resources, I collect a wide selection of blogging prompts from across the web.
Be someone’s sunshine when their skies are grey.
A reliable blogging community exists
Finding inspiration from other bloggers does not stop there. It still surprises me to this day how I’ve developed online friendship with some bloggers that I haven’t even met in person. It’s amazing how a genuine comment in another blogger’s post ignites an alliance that no one’s ever imagined. It’s a wonderful thing to be connected with people from different parts of the world.
In the same manner, I know that online trolls exist. However, the support and encouragement every blogger extends to one another is enough to make me feel that I belong in this community.
Be an encourager; the world has enough critics already.
Although I only took blogging seriously three years ago, I think I’m going to stick around for a while. Surprisingly, this is something I’m comfortable and enjoy doing. If I’m ever asked again why I blog, I’ll simply respond with: why not?
What drives you to blog?