Why You Should Keep Blogging -even though HGTV hasn’t called, you don’t get a cheque from Google Ads each month, and your basement is full of old projects
Blogging is hard. It’s fun, and creative, and pretty, and hard. It’s hard to keep coming up with new ideas, it’s hard to learn how to take better pictures, it’s hard to be a business woman, it’s hard to keep doing it all over and over again, especially when you don’t see the results you are hoping for. I don’t think anyone but a fellow blogger realizes the kind of time put into blogging, and how all consuming it can be. I’m not complaining, I’m just telling you how it really is.
Over the last year I’ve struggled with the question of whether it’s all worth it, or whether I should quit and put my energy in other places. I think this is a question that lots of other bloggers face as well. So, I thought I’d share some of the conclusions I’ve come to, and shared at Blogpodium over the weekend.
Do you remember when you were a kid and you’d go to the library and see the new Owl magazine, and the first thing you would look at was the section on the back cover, if I remember correctly, that had the magnified images. It was a really tight shot of something, and you had to figure out what it was without seeing the bigger picture. I think blogging is a little like that sometimes. We spend so much time looking at our analytics that we can lose sight of the bigger picture. We may need to put down our magnifying glass and step back to see the whole.
When I was weighing up if I should continue, I thought a lot about the hits and the money I make on the blog -or the lack thereof. We look at our daily hits, and how much money we’re making and sometimes it’s a little disappointing to us. Sometimes we feel like we’re investing all this effort with very little pay off.
But, what if we consider the other things we get out of blogging? What if we were to weigh up those other benefits, would it counterbalance things?
I shared these thoughts at Blogpodium, and I also checked in with some of my blogging friends about the reasons they keep doing it, beyond the money and the hits, and here are some of the reasons we came up with.
I blog because it is a creative outlet for me. It gives me the push I sometimes need to be creative. It helps me to go beyond the thinking, dreaming, pinning stage to actually making things. Just about everyone I talked with about why, shared a form of this answer. Things like to push myself, to be intentional about being creative, to try new things, as a creative outlet, because I’m an artist, and to explore. I have to say this is all at the top of my list too.
I was most struck in my conversations my one woman’s response “to reclaim myself”, and another who said “to reclaim joy”. As a stay at home mom, especially when I first started and my girls were really young, blogging was a way to do something just for me. Part of creating, is perhaps recreating ourselves. Another wrote “to transform” -everything from old furniture, our homes, to our very selves.
Of course, part of blogging is also to connect with others, to network, to inspire others, to share our passions and our stories, and in that way to be of service to others, and share something positive and beautiful with the world. We hope to make the world a better place in our own, perhaps small, but beautiful way.
There are as many reasons why people blog, as there are people who blog. So many “small” reasons, but added together, they add up to a lot, enough to counter balance other things.
At the end of the day, I blog because it makes me happy, it adds to my life, and it’s worth it to me. In times when I get discouraged, I’m reminded of this saying “don’t apologize for being in the middle of your story.” If I compare my first post to my latest post, I can see my growth, and improvement. I’m getting better at this, maybe not at the speed I would like, but I’m making progress, I’m getting there. It’s okay to not have arrived, to be in the middle and not at the finish line yet. It seems like a cliche, but what we really need to do is keep going and keep getting better.
I love this video.
I hope you’re encouraged to keep going if blogging is adding something to your life.
I’m sometimes tempted to think that it’s all or nothing. That if I’m not great at something I should give up. But it’s not all or nothing. Some is better than none. Some hits, some money, some comments, some work with brands, some growth is better than none. And it’s really not all or nothing.
In fact, sometimes hard things teach us the most. What if your discontent is actually a gift to help you pursue something greater?
These lessons are true of blogging, and true of life.
The printables are available for free download here It’s not all or nothing, Some is better than none, What if your discontent is actually a gift to help you pursue something greater?
And since I am a blogger -print these pretty printables and frame with clipboards, these are from the dollarstore with the metal spray painted gold, and then covered with gold leaf. Enjoy.