Hey loves, it’s me again. Today I want to share With you all why I started my blog.
Now, I don’t know if it’s weird that I remember not just the month and year but the day, date and time I started my blog. It was on Friday, 14th March 2014 at around 4pm. I was still a student of Economics in that University on the mountain top that the seer Jerusha Kanyua had happily prophesied and I had so much free time. I always loved writing and reading other people’s stories online as well so I decided to just jump into it and tell my story.
As I mentioned earlier, when I first started, I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. I thought I would just sign up for a Wp account and get straight into it but boy was I wrong. For some reason I couldn’t get anything to write about and so many times I had to delete everything and start all over again. But most importantly, I soon found out that I was deeply in love with the concept of blogging and I’ve learnt a whole lot of new things during that time and that’s the reason I’m committed to share my journey.
Here are 9 reasons why I started my blog and why you should also consider starting one yourself.
1). I wanted to improve my writing. Whoever said Practice makes perfect. You won’t ever know if you are good at something until you attempt and fail. But no failing, you only get better with the experience and the absolutely amazing community of creatives on the Blogspace that are ready to help you out.
2). Inform your readers. Nothing satisfies my soul like giving someone some information that gets to help them in one way or another.
3). Have fun. Yes. I started writing for fun. I can imagine anything and write it down. I don’t think too much. I just write what I have in mind.
4). Offer inspiration. Along with my blogging journey, I found out that my personal health issues like chronic back pain, chronic fatigue, Pcos, symptomatic fibroids and depression would inspire one or two people that have had their diagnosis or not. It really helps to know that someone has been through what you’re going through. I know because before I even had my diagnosis, I was all over the internet with my symptoms. Once I had a diagnosis, I found myself searching for posts about it and finding Solace in the comment section. So, as long as I can impact just one person’s life, I’m motivated to keep doing what I do. 5). Build a brand. While my blog has changed from time to time, I’ve always wanted to maintain my brand. I’ve wanted to create content that my readers will always associate with me. A blog name and writing style that stands out. . Besides everything else that blogging has to offer, the more you write about a certain topic, the more the audience remember you and want more.
6). Being able to boost my confidence. I read somewhere that some people use blogging to overcome their mental health struggles. Being the anxious introvert that I am, I am able to speak even with just my online Voice and I’m loving and living it.
7). To learn new skills. Blogging in itself is hard work. In my own blogging journey, I’ve managed to get my hands on free online material that I can apply even outside of my blogging space.
Designing for WordPress, Writing for different audiences, SEO best practices, Creating web graphics, Email marketing, Social media marketing, Content management, Website hosting and copywriting.
8). Meet new people. Only God knows the number of amazing people I’ve met on the blogging space I’m on. Many of whom have held my hand through this blogging journey by commenting, liking and even sharing some of my work. Some from the other side of the world whom we have exchanged contacts and are now gracefully and respectfully in touch. I know I might never meet any of them in person, but I appreciate them nevertheless.
9). Generate income. While, if done right, blogging in itself can be quite lucrative, as I write this, I gota say I’m still writing for fun-I’m enjoying every bit of it and I haven’t considered making it a full-time career Yet. But I’ll certainly monetize my blog soon and when I do, I’ll let you all know how I did it.
So, Can you start a blog? Of course. Should you? Also, of course. If I did it, so can you.
Y’all bloggers, Why do you do what you do? What exactly keeps you motivated? Feel free to share with me.