What are some of the reasons why bloggers blog? I was asked that once. And maybe you once wondered too but never really asked out loud. For me, simply put, I thought of having an online website for my photos back in 2004 – since my other half develops websites and I like to take photos. But I officially started in 2006 as a Daily City blogger, it’s hosted for free and shows off a picture a day about the city we live in – Vienna.
In time, I got my own domain where I both write and post a photo I took myself. In 14 years, it has evolved into something that also earns me money. Other bloggers may have other reasons why they blog, some for passion, some to express themselves, others actually to earn money.
Here are some of the Reasons Why Bloggers Blog that I gathered from fellow bloggers. (Not necessarily in order of importance.) And with these we hope you might get some interest to join the blogosphere soon.
1. A Part-time/ Full-time Source of Income
Why not? You’re just blogging about anything and you’ll be paid for it. It seems easy, but it needs work. But doing blogging as a part-time job or side hustle not only gives you extra income, it gives you something different from your usual routine.
2. To have an Online Diary/Journal
While papers are still useful for creating a journal, having an online space for one’s thoughts is also a good option. Everything goes digital nowadays. Most bloggers maintain their blogs as a way to document their everyday adventures, be it the food they ate or cooked, the places they visited, the new gadget they bought, or their baby’s new milestone. Some bloggers share knowledge on many topics, and has become sources of for many people who research stuff online.
3. Sharing Knowledge and Experiences
There are those who blog about tutorials, tips, hacks, and tricks. Showing their mastery on a certain field or niche, they share their knowledge and what they’ve learned that they don’t want to keep for themselves. Thanks to them, Google have at least an answer for most of our questions. It’s also the purpose why I started blogs in many niches.
Others post reviews of products they bought on their blogs. This way, consumers can have an idea of what they are eyeing to buy. There would be recommendations from such bloggers, and it is common that they earn an affiliate commission for promoting products.
4. A Hobby
When I say “hobby”, it could be a source of happiness or entertainment. Yes, just to avoid boredom. To use time wisely in a meaningful way. It’s a way of releasing stress. My older blog is for that purpose, where I used to write poems.
5. To Make a Difference
Some say that bloggers are the change-makers. Some bloggers support campaigns all-over the world. That would of course be based on their own philosophy. There are bloggers who promote their ideas or raise awareness to certain topics like the state of our environment, advocacy on health, the humane way of treating animals, among others. Through their blogs, people from all-over are given a view of such issues.
6. To Gain Friends
It’s also one of the reasons why I started to blog. I want to meet people who have the same interest as mine. And my circle of cyberfriends are growing bigger. Sometimes, they have become real friends and we meet up when we get the chance. There are lots of awesome people in the blogosphere, I’m glad I found some.
7. To Market
Bloggers market products and ideas as well. Termed “influencer”, some bloggers promote products that align with their core beliefs. Some get paid, some don’t, I guess it actually comes down to individual conscience.
8. Hone Writing Skills
Blogging is a free form of writing. While there is no editor to better your writing, you get to learn by yourself over time. I read a lot of writing rules, this and that, refresh grammar rules, and still put into practice what I learned as a journalism student. Although, my professors would probably cringe reading all these. 😀
As you write, you develop your style and make room to grow into a better writer. One day, don’t be surprised if you finally get to see your name on a book cover. 😉
9. To Document Events
Photoblogs, City blogs, and Events blogs feature the many stories happening around many areas. Some lifestyle blogs cover these events too, and in so doing, these bloggers write history in their own points of view. Isn’t amazing to read (or see) history from the many eyes that witnessed it?
10. To Create a Portfolio
A blog, no matter what the niche is, is a good way to showcase one’s skills or capabilities. For writers, it is like compiling work for potential employers to see.
There are many other reasons why bloggers blog, and maybe you are curious. So here, we want to invite you on planet Blogosphere. Don’t worry, it’s not yet over-populated as many say, there’s always one topic that no one blogs about.