Now just imagine how many posts there must have been on WordPress.com blogs in 2014. Actually, you don’t have to, because they gave that number too. 555,782,547. That’s over 1.5 million per day with 47 million published from mobile devices. There isn’t data available for 2015 yet and of course, there are many other blogging platforms available – WOW. Why did I want to add my blog to this? I had a work colleague ask me recently why I blog if I don’t sell anything and was it really a waste of my precious time outside of work considering how busy we all are. I was a bit put out and a little shocked with the question and probably didn’t answer it to its full potential. There are so many reasons I blog and yes I need to improve on my posting of blogs, but I see 2016 as my year to shine.
When I blog I feel a real sense of fulfilment. I love to share my thoughts, but it also helps my creativity in many ways that are hard to explain if you don’t write. I will give it a shot. So here is my why I blog – the seven reasons.
- Clearer thinking
The generation of ideas and clearer thinking is an essential skill. There are many different programs that advocate daily writing to help improve creativity and they involve brain dumping thoughts first thing in the morning. The Artist’s Way movement began more than two decades ago as author Julia Cameron shared her ideas with a few friends. Today, it has helped many people discover and recover their creativity. Writing is all a part of this process to create clearer thinking. With more writing and blog writing you find your mind opening up to more possibilities. It pushes you to see beautiful things. You imagine better, create better and then share with others.
- Improving you writing skills
Writing is like using a muscle the more you use it the better it gets the more it knows what it needs to be doing. The more you write the better your writing gets and the more confident you become with your writing.
- Learning new things
When I blog I write about what I see in the world. I can show people what I learning and new ways of doing things as I am learning them.
- Acquiring new skills
When I first started I didn’t know about domains, hosting, SEO etc. Now I do, with a blog you need to learn a lot of different skills and different computer terms and coding words. It is really interesting and a great skill to have.
- It sharpens your observation skills
When you blog you need to look beyond the obvious. The more you write and blog the better you get at looking and observing the smaller details and making them work for you.
- It can help you promote your hobby
Your blog is the place that gives your creative fans an emotional connection to you and your work. It allows people to get to know you on a different level to more than just your hobby/your pieces.
- It makes you happy
Blogging brings me great joy and if someone reads a post of mine and comments I feel even happier about that post. You feel that you are interacting with people who enjoy what you do and what you write about.
These are the reasons I blog. I don’t make money from it, I don’t have a million followers. I just enjoy writing. I hope that people will read my blog and enjoy my writing too. That there are little bits of information to be learned. A little insight here and there into me and who I am