Everyone has a different reason for becoming a parent – and I think that a blog is the same exact thing. What spurred you to become a parent?
For example was it a form of self-expression? A way of leaving a mark on the world? A calling or a duty thrust upon you? Sometimes the motivation to blog comes before the blog idea is conceived – and sometimes after.
Blogging as a Form of Self-Expression
Haven’t you heard parents who talk about their Mini-Me’s? Their little clones? Their ways of sharing with more of the world a part of who they are? Of reliving parts of their lives and exploring more of who they are?
Blogging is no different. Many bloggers begin blogging to explore additional facets of their being. To somehow find a way of bringing out more of what is hidden inside.
Blogging as an Unexpected Duty
Sometimes it’s not expected. It’s something that happens “by accident” so to speak. I talked to one blogger at Blissdom Blogging Conference who shared that her original blog was a job she was given by her boss and not something she ever intended to do at all. But sometimes, those unexpected blessings become true joys and we suddenly find our lives would not be complete without them.
Blogging as a Lasting Legacy
For me this was probably a driving force. The idea of leaving an indelible mark on the world that would last far beyond my OWN life and my own existance was appealing. As it for many parents – a way to shape future generations that we will never see. Something permanent in a world where so much else is quickly undone and forgotten.
Blogging as a Sacred Calling
Sometimes we are passionate about providing a service or resources to a community and feel called to empower others through our blog with the things that we have to offer. As with parenting – this sacred duty is something we take very seriously and are willing to sacrifice other pursuits to achieve.
Blogging As Part of a Community
Sometimes it seems that some people begin blogging because others in their peer group are blogging. The “everyone is doing it” mentality can be very appealing. They have a secret language. A code. Inside jokes. Special events. The allure is powerful. And so we jump into the blogging waters and find ourselves one of “them” and finally on the inside.
What is your motivation for blogging? Do any of these seem to resonate with your reasons for blogging? Often bloggers find a little of each or perhaps none of these fit you at all. I’d love to hear what you think and more about your reason for starting a blog.