I’ve been blogging for a couple of years now. I’ve learned that there are a number of reasons why people do so. Maybe one or more of them apply to you.
1. You work things out best by writing down your thoughts and feelings. (Remember not all blogging is for “the masses.”)
2. Even when we feel we’re all alone, blogging is a way to connect with others. It’s amazing how many people can relate to what we’re saying and how many of them truly care about what we’re going through.
3. Your personal experience differs from public opinion and you would like to share your unique perspective.
4. Your faith, worldview, or philosophy is something you want to share.
5. You want to interact with a population beyond your current contacts.
6. You’ve been inspired by other bloggers and realize, “Hey, I could do that.”
7. Your friends keep telling you, “You should write a blog.” (Even more compelling, those who don’t know you well say the same thing.)
8. You are looking for a new form of creative expression. You can add photos and graphics as well as words to your page. Just be sure you will not be infringing on copyright laws. Upload your own pictures, use those marked “Public Domain,” or pay for the right to use imagines from any number of reputable online sites. (Just make sure you read the terms carefully.)
9. You are considering other forms of writing and want to do “a trial run” to see how others respond.
10. You have a product or service to promote. Blogging is becoming commonplace in this situation.
11. To build on #11, customers and clients want to relate to you on a more personal basis, especially if they’re only connecting with you via the Internet.
12. If you’re an author, actor, or other public figure, your blog readers want to get to know you. They want to feel that personal connection.
Just a note: If you are a writer or other businessperson, it would be a great idea to have your blog posts edited by a professional. You are, after all, promoting yourself and your product. Carelessness in one area may be interpreted as a general outlook. (Also, there are wonderful webpage designers who do not have a solid grasp of the language.)
If you have a blog, I’d love to check it out. Thanks in advance for sharing your link.