I did a blog post about the 5 things I hate about blogging, so I thought I should follow it up with a post with 5 things I love about blogging. I’m not a masochist, so there must be things I like about it, or I wouldn’t keep doing it. I’ve been blogging off and on since, well, probably since around 2000. (That was just, like, two years ago, right?) So, what is it about blogging that keeps me coming back?
#1 – Writing
I love writing. It’s something in my life that I’ve been told I’m good at. That’s debatable, but whether I’m any good at it or not, I love doing it. And that’s what counts, right? I love taking all the jumbled up thoughts in my head and getting them down on the page. I do most of my writing on the computer these days, but sometimes I like to kick it old school and sit down with a pen and paper and just write.
I’d love to write a book someday. (All writers/bloggers say that, don’t they?) I think the problem has been that the book people tell me I should write isn’t a book I want to write. I’m still trying to figure out what kind of book I would like to write. Which is probably why I haven’t written it yet.
In any event, blogging lets me empty my head onto the page. Then I have room for more thoughts – and so on and so forth. Plus, it’s good practice. What’s that old adage about practice? You have to practice something for 10,000 hours to be a master at it? I’m not sure even 10,000 hours is enough to master writing, but blogging does let me at least get some of that practice in. (Even if it still doesn’t keep me from ending sentences with a preposition!)
#2 – Community
Blogging lets me find other people who are interested in the same things I am, without having to put myself in awkward social situations. And if I’m in them, they’re generally awkward. 😛
We’re all searching for our ‘tribe’ – for me, that’s not people who have the same views and ideals I do. I mean, those people are great, but I also like interacting with people who have different views and having deep philosophical discussions about why they have the views they do. I hate small talk and chit-chat, but I love being able to have long, drawn-out, deep conversations with people.
One of the other appeals about blogging is that it allows me to reach people I would never be able to in real life. I live in a rural area in a small town, and so being able to find people all over the world through blogging who share my interests is amazing.
#3 – Learning
I am a lifelong learner – I love to learn. I am one of those people who loved school. I’d be a perpetual student if I could afford the tuition. Blogging lets me explore all kinds of things I would never have been able to otherwise.
In the years I’ve been blogging, I’ve learned about SEO, marketing, technology, and a whole host of other things I would never even have been exposed to otherwise. I tell my husband I’ve learned just enough to be dangerous – a running joke, because I have by no means learned all the things I could or should about those things.
Every day is a new adventure in blogging, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
#4 – Being Creative
Everyone talks about “finding your passion” and “architecting your best life.” I don’t like either one of those expressions. Finding your passion and making a living at your passion are two completely different things. Some of us are lucky enough to find a job/career that lets us do both, but most of us don’t. Blogging is a passion because it feeds my soul in a way nothing else does. That’s why I keep coming back to it – because being creative – whether with my writing or something else – feeds my soul and keeps me happy. I’ll probably never make a living with my writing, and that’s okay.
As for “architecting my best life,” I think that’s a load of bull. We only get one life. So by definition, it is both your worst and your best, because it’s the only one you get. I do the best I can, and I think that’s all you can ask of anyone. Blogging is part of my ‘best life,’ because it helps me be a better and more rounded person.
#5 – Stats
I know I said in the previous post that I hate stats, and I do. I have a love/hate relationship with them. Because if my stats show growth, I love them. But if they don’t, I hate them. It’s like having someone constantly judging you and that is exhausting. No one can be ‘on’ all the time – it’s not humanly possible. But, of course, we all want to do well, and having concrete data that you’re not doing as well as you’d like can be soul crushing some days.
I take the same approach to stats as I do to social media. I dip my toe in, but I try to limit the amount of time and energy I devote to them. Because in the grand scheme of things, what random people on the internet think of me or my writing doesn’t matter. I mean, I want you all to love me, of course, but it isn’t the end of the world if you don’t. 😀
What about you? What do you love or hate about blogging? What keeps you coming back?