Why You Should Keep Blogging

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.

Encouraging quotes

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.

This post is linked up at The Inspiration Gallery, and The Weekend Retreat Link Party.

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Comments

  1. thanks for the inspiration…..

  2. Thanks for making me think about the “whys” of blogging…..I came away from BlogPodium disappointed with myself – that I wasn’t a huge blogger making tons of money being sought after by PR companies and sponsors. After I came home, I realized that that is not really why I blog – yes, making money is good. If would be awesome to actually make more than pin money on the blog. But it’s the creative process – the ideas, the implementation of projects, the photographing these projects and then writing about them. THAT’S why I blog.
    Thanks for letting me rant. I feel better now.

  3. Great post. I thinking I started blogging because I thought Id “make it big” (ha). But now it is more an outlet to tell my story and to share my life. I dont know why, but it makes me feel so much better to be a part of the blogging community and to have people listening to my voice and talking back.

  4. Hi Heather, It’s so hard not to compare ourselves to others, especially at conferences, “Comparison is the thief of joy” is so true. So glad you reconnected with the joy of the creative process.
    Dannyelle

  5. I’ve never even been to any sort of conference since I started my blog over 5 YEARS ago, nor have I looked into putting ads on my blog, though I have wanted to, and still may. I have come to the conclusion that I do it for the sheer joy and fun, but the “icing on the cake” is connecting and sharing with others. Great post!

  6. I love this post Danielle. Thank you for sharing your heart..blogging IS hard and I hope you continue because you are really good at what you do. 🙂 xo

  7. I think YOU should definitely keep blogging. I have been reading your blog for a year and I think you are one of the most positive, sincere, inspiring bloggers around! Your projects are relatable, doable and your tablescape/diner party posts are my faves. (Plus, I luv that you’re a fellow Canadian.) Keep up the excellent work. You are needed in the bloggesphere!

  8. Nat, Thanks so much for your kind words, that may be the best comment I’ve ever received. 😉

  9. So well written Dannyelle…thanks for sharing. In the end it’s about doing what you enjoy, what fulfills you, where you’re able to use the giftings that you’ve been given and share your voice. Like you did so well here today! 🙂

  10. For someone who is about to try monetizing their blog, this comes at an incredibly crucial time. I started because it makes me better. Makes me more considerate of what I do an say and how I do it. It gives me a creative outlet and a reason to think purposefully. But I am also trying to get an income stream out of it which I hear is pretty hard to do. So, I’m trying to remain realistic. Thanks for the inspiration to keep going.
    xoxo
    The Accidental Mama
    http://theaccidentalmama.com

  11. This was exactly what I needed to hear! I couldn’t agree more. If we’re only in it for the money, we’re in it for the wrong reasons. Thank you so much for posting this and bringing me back to reality!

  12. Beautifully said. Everyone has different reasons for blogging. For me, it’s about connecting with other like minded people…oh, and my Mom 🙂 I’ll never be able to quit my day job, that’s for sure.

    And those rocks! I need to fill a jar with those rocks.

  13. toriboyers2013 says:

    great post thanks. When I started my blog 2 years ago I didn’t have a second job then all of a sudden I was too busy to keep up. Now that my kids are in full time school I’m going to try my hardest to get back on track. This is exactly what I needed to hear.

    Tori
    http://www.Glutenfreebloganista.com

  14. I’ve been bloggin off and on for over 5 years. I started to share my photos and my experiences and life. I enjoy the creative process. have some goals that were unrealiztic but maybe they are. Honestly, I also want someone to read and look at what I am doing. I am finding it all very overwhelming and discouraging to not really being able to figure that and the tech stuff out. It seems so whinny to say no one is commenting. Reevaluating.

  15. I just posted on the same thing (http://gracie-senseandsimplicity.blogspot.ca/2014/09/the-joy-of-blogging.html). I’ve been blogging for 4 1/2 years and you sure can go through dry spells in that length of time, but nothing tested my blogging fortitude like this past winter-from-hell. Upon consideration though, I also feel that blogging is value added to my life and I’m back in the saddle. I enjoyed your post very much (and the printables on pretty clipboards with gold metal).

  16. Julia mander says:

    Hi dannyelle I have been following your blog a long time and I read every single post. You have inspired me so many times with your creativity and joy of life with your wonderful husband and children. I, for, one would really miss your lovely posts and hope that you will continue.I don’t always comment but I will do so more in future to encourage you and remind you that you bring pleasure to an awful lot of people. Much love from England x

  17. Hi Julie,
    Thanks so much for sweet encouragement. It means a lot to me, and I’m so glad you enjoy following along on our crazy little life. Thanks so much for taking the time to let me know.
    All the best,
    Dannyelle

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