Let's Go Techno Why Do You Blog? Grace Cox

Blogging has recently turned 20.  Blogging is older than Justin Bieber.  Let me just grab my mug of cocoa and a nice sensible book to read because I’m feeling old.  It’s hard to believe that anything to do with the World Wide Web can have been going on so long but it’s true, people have been writing about themselves and things they find interesting all over the internet for 20 years now.

The idea of blogging is so weird and amazing.  That you can be a published writer on a platform that is accessible to millions of people is mind-boggling if you stop and think about it.  But just because we can do something, it doesn’t necessarily mean that we do it.  I can wear high heels, my feet are physically capable of wearing them, and yet they never adorn my feet.  So, are you one of the millions who blogs and if you are, why do you blog?

Do you blog rather than keep a physical diary?  Is blogging just a way of letting go of whatever is on your mind, just blurting your thoughts out onto a (web)page when you feel the need, a la the early pioneers of blogging?  I love blogs like this, the ones where things aren’t shiny, posts aren’t pre-planned, and thoughts aren’t edited.  I think that people are so ridiculously brave to write like this because not for all the great “Waffle Day” presents Leslie Knope would buy me would I ever allow my unedited opinions to make their way onto the internet.

But perhaps you blog because you have a passion for something and you want to share that passion and become a part of that community.  I’ve recently taken up sewing and there is just so much information out there on sewing blogs that people are willing to share.  There are tips for how to do things better, honesty about how people have messed projects up and inspiration for new things to try.  The same is true of any hobby – fan of photography, shopping, hiking?  The internet’s got you covered.  There are so many people sharing their expertise both to communicate with others and to help out a dame or gent they don’t know.

Or is writing a blog your way of making a non-monetary investment towards your future?  I don’t need to tell you the statistics about young people and jobs because you’re having a good day, your hair looks swell and I don’t want to make you cry but, in a nutshell, they ain’t good.  Is writing a blog your way of saying “Hey, potential employers, look at me!  I’m so interested in clocks, look at all these things I know about clocks, you should definitely hire me as a clock expert” (replacing the word ‘clocks’ with your chosen field, unless your speciality does happen to be clocks).  Of course the link between blogging and some careers, such as journalism, is quite obvious but showing enthusiasm for your chosen field is never a bad thing.

Or, do you blog because you really, deep down inside, want to be a full-time blogger?  Let me just grab my blanket and shuffle on over to my rocking chair while I tell you that “back when I was a kid, the idea of writing about yourself or your interests on the internet and making money from it was unimaginable”.  I still kind of can’t believe that you can do this, but I think that it’s great that you can.  That it’s possible that a blog you started is loved by so many that you can pursue blogging as a job.  So, is that dream of being a full-time blogger the reason that you blog?

Maybe, though, you’re like me and you do it for that most simple and complicated of reasons, you just love to write.  That you feel that there should be more to say about it but there just isn’t.  You simply have to write about things and to not do it when you have the possibility to do it would be weird.

Whatever your reasons are for blogging I don’t really think it matters as long as the content is good.  I love that people share their expertise and enthusiasm.  I love that people share books, TV shows and dresses that they like.  I love that random people let me dive right on into their lives and find out so much about them.  And I love that people have the tenacity to stick with these blogs that they write and update them week after week and year after year.

So I’m wondering, have you got any suggestions for blogs that I can get so sucked into, I forget to watch that show I’d been planning to?  And if you’re someone who blogs, let me know, why do you blog?

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  1. I haven’t blogged in a few months (although I have a few drafts), but I do it because its just so much fun to write about books and my thoughts, and I love to write without any restraints (word limit, topic, deadline, etc) :) Also because I love books and love talking about books to anyone who will listen http://thoughtsandwhimsies.blogspot.in/

  2. I started blogging in 2009 to help with depression. Writing was therapeutic. Recently I started again because I miss it. I love being able to put my words out there.
    Regardless of our reasons I think we all want to be paid bloggers somewhere in our hearts.
    http://thephilosophyofkindness.blogspot.com/

    • Welcome back to the world of blogging! Thanks for sharing yours Samantha. I definitely agree with you about finding writing therapeutic, sometimes it just helps to get what you’re thinking down on that page/screen.

      Grace Cox | 2/11/2014 11:02 am
  3. I blog because I am a writer, and an eater, and a little nostalgic. I started my blog as a mission to learn to cook family recipes. But, after my grandma passed away, it kind of became a tribute to the things she taught me. Writing helped me heal and remember her. cgerdes.blogspot.com – The Old Country Blog

    • That’s so lovely that your blog unexpectedly became about something else, that it evolved over time because that’s what you needed it to do. What a great tribute. And the HoCho cookies look yummy.

      Grace Cox | 2/11/2014 11:02 am
  4. I blog because life is too much fun not to document it. :) susiewittbrodt.blogspot.com

    • Too true. And I loved your post about the statements you wrote when you were a Girl Guide who thought she could re-write history, though I’m sure past Susie was really awesome. That project was such a nice thing of your troop leader to do.

      Grace Cox | 2/11/2014 11:02 am
  5. really great post!
    i started blogging because i’ve always loved to write.. and college papers as a way of writing just wasn’t cutting it for me lol. so i decided to start a blog and write bits and pieces here and there about my day, things i liked, things i didn’t…nothing in particular. but i love it… and readers or no readers its just a really nice way of just expressing yourself, at least for me.

    Brikena of jarofjoy.blogspot.com

    • Thanks Brikena. Yeah you can feel like you’re writing loads and yet nothing at all because you’re writing thousands of words for school but not for yourself. Thanks for sharing your blog, great post on your goals for being less introverted, I definitely need to try and follow some of them myself.

      Grace Cox | 2/11/2014 11:02 am
  6. I keep trying to tell you, but it won’t let me post anything. That’s the only downside to blogging. A diary never crashes on you. :) http://girldoing.blogspot.co.uk/

    • Haha, gotta love technology, ey? I think you’re so right as well, it’s great to get different perspectives from all over the place and not just mainstream media. I love reading blogs from people I never would’ve encountered. Thanks for sharing your blog!

      Grace Cox | 2/11/2014 11:02 am
  7. I blog because I have something to say. I’m a feminist who wants to encourage us girls to be nice to each other in an increasingly nasty world. I think it’s important to get information and inspiration outside of the mainstream media. I’m a bit of an oversharer, but if one person laughs or smiles or starts a debate with me it’s the best thing and the best reason to blog. Happy 20th birthday, blogging.
    Love, Girl Does girldoing.blogspot.co.uk

  8. I blog because I have something to say. I’m a feminist who wants to encourage women to be nice to each other and support each other. I think it’s so important for us to get information and inspiration outside of the mainstream media. I’m a bit of an oversharer, but I think that if one person smiles, laughs or thinks about something I’ve written than I’ll keep doing it. I love it. Happy 20th birthday, blogging!
    Love, Girl Does http://girldoing.blogspot.co.uk/

  9. At first I thought I was blogging to provide hope, optimism and some humor to a struggling community. Along the way, as my audience grew, I figured out that I was largely just talking to myself. I had readers that were consuming my words and providing me with such sweet feedback about how my blogging has inspired and affected them, but I think the person who was affected most was me. I was saying what I needed to hear, and somewhere throughout the process, I think I saved myself. -Candice of infectiouslyoptimistic.com

    • That’s what I love about writing, sometimes it tells you what you really think about a situation, without you even realising it. And it’s great that at the same time other people were getting something from it too, really does show you how blogging can be a two-way process. Thanks for sharing your blog Candice.

      Grace Cox | 2/11/2014 11:02 am
  10. Thechaosensues.com but I’m a little biased!

    • Haha, you may be a little biased but I’m glad you left the link, that’s what I was hoping people would do! And I’m so with you on your post about Facebook, I need to check out of the online world a little more often and get my head in a book. But I reckon spending 67 days on Facebook isn’t too bad, I bet there are people with a lot higher.

      Grace Cox | 2/11/2014 11:02 am