I recently realised that nearly 90% of “blog ideas” or “how to blog” advice out there inevitably ends with tips on how to “boost rankings”, “promote content” or “monetise” your blog. I arrived at this guesstimate while doing a quick Google search for fresh writing prompts and it got me curious…
Does anyone blog for fun anymore?
Now, before you answer that I have a confession to make: this isn’t my first blog. I wrote my very first post on Blogger back in the mid-2000s and named my blog ‘Girl Goddess #9’ (a small nod to one of my favourite books as a ‘90s tween). I wrote a total of 17 posts in that blog before life got in the way and I stopped. Since then, I’ve started — and abandoned, for various reasons — a few other blogs over the years.
Throughout the years however, the reasons why I start a blog have always remained consistent. I blog because of Three Cs: connect, create, and capture.
The blogging community felt quite different back then. Everyone was still kind of new at it. Most of us treated our blogs like online journals, so the vibe was more intimate in a way. It felt great to find like-minded people from all over the world who cared about the same things as I did, but who were different enough from me such that I could learn something new.
That’s what I loved (and still do) about blogging – the connections I make.
It takes courage to put oneself out there and create, whatever it may be: long-form posts, poems, family recipes, photographs, reviews, how-to guides, even travel itineraries. There are so many cool and creative blogs to be found, each with a unique story to tell. I don’t think I’ve scratched the surface at all.
As for me, I didn’t start out blogging to make money. I first discovered the monetising route wasn’t for me when I accepted a commission to do sponsored posts years ago. I didn’t enjoy the experience at all. It felt like a job – which is exactly what I wanted to avoid by writing freely in the first place.
So, I decided from then on to just write about my interests and maybe share interesting things to others in the process.
With that, I say: sorry random stranger, I’m not interested in learning about SEOs. No thanks WordPress, I’ll pass on “integrating social media” to my site (I’m not sure I’ll have the time to maintain a Facebook / Instagram profile for the blog anyway). I think I’ll stick with my day job to fund my expenses.
I’m speaking for myself, of course. Your mileage may vary!
When I write my #SundaySofaSojourns, I share a memory so that I can remember. (Also, I want to put you through that tongue twister of a title. 😉)
When I write about my experiences, I’m often trying to freeze a moment in time, again for posterity… if my kid ever thinks to look at his old ma’s blog (in the future, when he’s able to read beyond CVC words!). I hope if he ever reads it, he’ll find a glimpse of his mom doing, well, other things besides being his mom.
In other words, I’m usually writing for myself and those dear to me.
It’s what I find fun — and if it isn’t fun, why bother?
Think critically dear readers,
P.S. If you’re new to my little corner of the internet, please feel free to poke around. I hope you enjoy reading my ramblings — or maybe disagree so strongly you’re motivated to comment. Let me know, I’d love to learn from you. And to those who take their time to write me an encouraging comment or two, maraming salamat!