Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Why blog?

I'm often asked why I blog. And more often lately, I've been asked by non-bloggers about starting a blog but not sure if they should. Blogging can be misunderstood and challenging to describe but has been such a rewarding experience for me. In a nutshell, this is why I do it; I hope this helps if you're thinking of starting one up too.

  • Why not?

People say why blog and I say why not? Everyone is unique and has something to share and add with a different point of view. My caveat is that you have to develop and share that unique point of view. Pink to Green is still a work in progress, but I can tell you more often than not, my posts that are unique and personal are my biggest traffic producers. If you would like to share, write and join a community then I say, why not blog. There are so many bloggers out there that if you're interested in something, chances are that there are many others out there too who enjoy the same things. Connect, create, write- why not?

  • Live your best life

This is my cheesiest point, I promise. Oprah always talks about living your best life and I think blogging in a very real way focuses me to do that. By writing about my life and sharing with others, I've held myself accountable to goals. I've developed my photography skills, learned new recipes, learned an immense amount about design/decor/DIY and garnered very handy computer skills. If you're a perfectionist, sharing your life on the internet can be difficult {which I can relate to} but it also comes with great rewards. I have a wonderful journal to look back on and see what I've done in the past couple years and I love that. In the end, it's your life and your blog, make it your best.

  • Community

Blogging is joining a community of like minded people. If you engage your readers, create a dialogue and exchange ideas chances are you'll also make a few friends along the way. What's better than that? People may look at you funny the first few times you tell them about your blogger friends, but I promise that it is one of the kindest group of people I've ever been a part of. I have had the pleasure of meeting a few bloggers in "real life" and a long list of people that I feel are like long distance cheer leaders. I can honestly say that comments from readers absolutely make my day!

  • Keep Creative

My blog is the conduit to my creativity. I'm so grateful to have a place to share creative ideas after a long day working in a non-creative environment. I feel really honored to be connecting with such creative and by-in-large inspiring women. My life is enriched by having a place to challenge my creativity and that's a challenge I look forward to each week. Pink to Green is a fun space for me and I hope that's what your blog is for you too.

So, I'd love to hear. Why do you blog?

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Katharine @ SouthernBourbonMountains said...

I was just thinking of this the other day and I blog b/c I feel like someone is listening. I can talk for hours to my husband or update my facebook status but are they really listening? I feel like if I write it out with pictures someone is listening or reading and that is just like getting ideas off my chest! And if I've said it, I don't have to think about it anymore! :)

Lonely Wife Project said...

The reasons you listed are exactly why I blog. My blog holds me accountable to finish projects I start, play with my camera, learn more computer skills, be creative in the kitchen and at home and make tons of new blogging buddies. The relationships I've developed are pretty amazing. Thanks for this post!

Megan said...

Glad to hear we're on the same page! Kat, I've never thought of it that way before, but I totally get what you're saying. It's a great way to wrap your head around a thought or idea and feel like you've got it out

Tommy said...

I can totally relate to your reasons, as my job is very stressful, technical, and not at all creative. And I think of myself as a creative person. I started Specs Appeal because I wanted to join the fray and to throw in my two cents. Like you, I agree that comments make my day.

What turns me off about lots of blogs is when they get a little too big for their britches and start getting sponsors and lose focus of their roots because they have to meet a quota. My blog happens when I have time and have something to say. Tah dah!

I would like to add that it's not only women who read your blog. :)

c.w.frosting said...

I started a blog for similar reasons to yours. Also, I'm a full time grad student & wanted an escape from science/medicine/left brain, and to have a quality written record of my creative adventures. I'll have to admit that I got pretty excited recently when my blog started to gain more followers & spent a good amount of effort figuring out how to get more traffic etc. I quickly realized this wasn't a good use of my time & remembered the reasons I started blogging to begin with!

-caroline @ c.w.frosting

Molly said...

I started my blog about a week ago and have since been so focused on my computer reading all different blogs and feeling out how to do things and even make it look good. thank you for posting it, this helped solidify why I am doing it and I look forward to the future of it. maybe one day people will even follow my blog :)

Megan said...

C.W. I couldn't agree with you more, when you focus on the followers, you miss the point. And Molly, best of luck with you new blog... enjoy!

georgia b. said...

yes... i get this!

somehow i just stumbled on your blog, and i was so glad, because reading your "why blog" page was so refreshing... in other words, it refreshed my zest for blogging... especially on my jorjah-b blog which is more along the lines of your blog. you have put into words what i feel about blogging, but often can not explain. i think it's good that you put this explanation out there, because a lot of people don't get the whole blogging thing. i have friends who started blogs because of mine, but other friends who say "i just don't get that whole blogging thing."

good for you! i like how you put it. and you have a lovely blog. glad i found it.

Katie Wolf said...

Hey Megan - love your blog! Actually found it when I was searching ex-pat New Zealand stuff. My husband and I are moving to Auckland from Atlanta and I would love to connect with you about your experience there. I was trying to find your actual email so I could contact you directly but didn't see it. Mine is katiecope1@yahoo.com and I would love to hear from you. Thanks!


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