Why am I blogging, really? 10 good reasons.

At the moment I’m still finding my feet as a blogger, having only posted a handful of blogs since my initial foray into this wonderful world a couple of months ago. If I’m excited about the prospect of starting something new, I tend to have a  ‘just do it now and figure it out as you go’ attitude. And boy have I been busy figuring it out! The realisation that blogging is  actually pretty hard work! (I know, shocker!) came quite early on,  the actual writing part makes up a small percentage of what you actually need to do if you want people to SEE you and interact with you. So as the initial excitement of ACTUALLY STARTING A BLOG! wears off and I continue to get to grips with all the different aspects involved, I found myself asking:  “Why am I blogging, really?”

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Luckily, I managed to think of lots of reasons – yay! So here are my own personal Top 10 Reasons for Blogging :

1.Skills! – I am not a writer. Or a food stylist. Not an ex-editor of ‘insert glossy mag name here’,  or a freelance writer or any such role that has ever required me to ever put words down in the understanding that someone is actually going to read them. Ah. While this would have been MEGA useful right now, I’m seeing it as a positive that at almost 37 (practically a dinosaur in my kids eyes) I’m on a steep learning curve as a result of my decision to start a blog ‘just for fun’. I am extremely lucky to have the time to indulge myself in some reading or writing blogposts while the kids are at school and although I probably spend far too much time doing this I do try to justify it to myself by getting the dark wash on and a bit of exercise in first! It definitely stretches the grey matter more than daytime telly that’s for sure.

2.It’s mine, all mine! MWAHAHAHAHA…. – At the moment my role of Mummy, SAHM, homemaker or whatever you want to call it is made up largely of taking care of my family, which I LOVE and appreciate every day. It was a conscious decision that Himself and I made after Flump, our second, was born and one I have never regretted for one second. However, giving up my job undoubtedly had its downsides too (apart from the obvious lack of cash appearing in my bank account every month). I definitely feel that I have lost my sense of independence, or that I at least have to try harder to be recognised as an individual, rather than someone’s Mummy. Starting a blog is a great way to have a project that is completely my own and although I would definitely consider it a ‘Mummy’ or ‘family’ blog (hence the name), its something that I keep totally separate from time spent with my family. One day my role as  wiper of noses, tables, bottoms or tears, will come to an end and I don’t want to wave my kids off into the world thinking “Wow, that was great but who am I again?”
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3.Comradery – WOW, my experience of the blogging community so far has been nothing but positive. Such a welcoming, entertaining, intelligent, awesome bunch of people to hang out with! I’d say I’m generally pretty happy in my own company, I never really get lonely at home during the day and would much rather go out for the day by myself than with friends (is that really bad? I love my friends, I’m just not someone who needs to see them or be on the phone to them regularly. In fact preferably only when there is wine and no children involved). So in that respect, making new connections online suits me perfectly. I can happily converse with a total stranger on my thoughts on parenting/Topsy and Tim (please go away)/Cumberbatch (please come back), etc etc without ever having to leave my kitchen or tidy the house before you arrive!
4.Enrichment – OK, I’m aware this is now at risk of turning into one massive post so I’ll try to keep it short and sweet from here on in (*must work on waffling less). I’ve found joining in with linkys in particular a surprisingly enriching experience. Aside from the obvious benefit of a few people hopefully reading my blog, I have read and enjoyed articles which I never would have found otherwise. Some may be funny or useful but others have actually made me think about subjects which I would have never normally considered.
5.Confidence –  That’s not to say I am lacking confidence especially but would I want my nearest and dearest to read my ramblings? Probably Absolutely not, because in relation to writing, I am most definitely NOT confident (hence, for now anyway, I’m a relatively secret blogger).  Like most new skills, its a learning process, and the more I blog, the more my confidence grows little by little in my writing. Every tweet, every reply, every little comment from other bloggers or readers means a great deal to me, like a virtual ‘keep up the good work’!
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6.Dear Diary – I couldn’t bring myself to refer to it as Journaling. When did that become a thing anyway? Isn’t that just a term that we stole from our American friends for writing in a diary Adrian Mole style? OK maybe Diarising doesn’t have quite the same ring to it (*waffling again, naughty). Anyway, there are already moments that are woven throughout my blog that I would have without a doubt forgotten had I not written them down. A family event, a special moment or an awesome experience that I will now be able to look back on in the future and remember fondly.
7. I got Style! – Or do I? In relation to the contents of my wardrobe I got ‘jeans and t-shirt’ style but as far as blogging goes, developing a writing style is actually something that never really occurred to me. I naively assumed that writing just consisted of getting the words from your brain onto the page. Nope. The more I read other blogs, the more I realise that there are actually quite a few different writing styles and that I have no idea how I come across to the reader. Another learning curve. For now I’m just writing the same way I would probably say things out loud, but minus the swears and with the help of spellcheck.
8. Contributing something – Despite starting a blog just for kicks, I would like to think that some of what I say might actually be read and enjoyed by other people. I mean, otherwise I may as well just keep it to myself right? I’m not talking changing the world with my views on e.g. the antics of CBeebies finest, but it’s nice to think that as I mooch through a linky, cuppa in hand, someone somewhere might be doing the same, enjoying something I wrote.
9.Wearing your Blogger hat – I feel like there should be some sort of official process whereby you need to sit an exam, or complete a challenge or at least do a meaningless 95% discounted Groupon course in Grade 1 Blogging before you should be allowed to refer to yourself as a Blogger?! But then I suppose I didn’t have to do any of those things to become a mother so…never mind. I now find myself questioning the most random of topics, thoughts or products as possible blogging fodder. Luckily for you, the majority of these ideas fall down the back of my brain never to be seen again but starting a blog definitely makes you think more about all aspects of life, however ordinary and I love that!
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10. Courage of convictions – regardless of subject matter, blogging forces you to think before you type. Once you hit that ‘post’ button your words are out there for good, so you better be prepared to be accountable for them! Questioning what I truly feel on a subject, either on my own blog or when commenting on others has been a new and interesting  experience for me. Honesty is the only way, in my opinion, that you can write with conviction while building your own credible identity online, giving readers a true reflection of yourself at the same time.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this post, I did go on a bit didn’t I?! Sorry. I’m sure there are lots more reasons that I love blogging that I’ll remember later. I’d love to know the driving force behind your blog – what made you want to start and more importantly made you want to carry on?
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68 Comments

  1. You definitely shouldn’t be a secret blogger, particularly as I found myself thinking as I read through this that I love your writing style!! Great post. I love the blogging community too. For me, blogging was a way of – dare I say it? – journaling 😉 my memories and seeing how far I’d come as a new mum. The other bits and pieces just come your way as you go along don’t they? Found your post via #bigpinklink and will look forward to more! 🙂

      1. Well it’s the truth!! 🙂 I love how your thoughts have kind of fallen onto the page but in a really elegant fashion 🙂 And please don’t feel obliged to check out my blog, ha!!

  2. I love this post, I blog for a lot of these reasons too. I’m a SAHM, my kids are at school and blogging keeps my brain working! I love that it’s mine and the people I get to chat to. #bigpinklink

  3. Welcome to the world of blogging! I began back in June 2015 and have loved every minute of it. Heck, I’m obsessed!!! I agree with you about having something that’s your own, I’d never really looked at it like that before! Looking forward to reading more from you. #bigpinklink

  4. All really great reasons for blogging and some I really resonate with. Completely get that this is MINE and it’s my little space of the world. The blogging community is fantastic and I think I’m starting to get a little obsessed with linky’s! But like you I’m finding other bloggers that I wouldn’t have found anyway, sharing opinions I agree with and making me really laugh out loud. It’s much better, as you say, than day time TV! #twinklytuesday

  5. I agree with all 10 points. Its MY thing. Its something other than being a mum. its an outlet, its therapeutic, you gain more confidence, make new virtual friends and it feels a bit like your contributing …something… Great way to reflect on why we do what we do. Happy blogging.:)

  6. Some great reasons to blog! We use our little blog as an online diary as well 🙂 it’s very therapeutic too! We just had to pop over and read a couple of posts after your Kilrea comment on our blog….my mummy might know you in real life! Love your children’s names btw 😉 #TwinklyTuesday

  7. No 3! Totally, I especially love the line about not having to clean up before your online mates pop round! 😀 I was also shocked by the amount of work that running a blog actually takes, so naive when I started, reality has well and truly kicked in!! Thanks so much for linking up with us. #bigpinklink

  8. Great post!
    I blog for a lot of the same reasons.
    I’m a sahm, and I think it’s good to just have that time to myself, and it’s just to have a personal hobby.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Sarah xxx
    whimsicalmumblings.blogspot.co.uk

  9. Great post! All brilliant reasons to blog and very eloquently put. Don’t be a secret blogger, unmask yourself! And don’t apologise for waffling, I love your waffling, and isn’t that the point of a blog anyway?

  10. You sum up reasons to blog so well, I can really associate with what you say, it is the same for me, oh and to advertise our holidays. In fact the later is why I began and all the things you say what I have gained. #Bloggerclub

  11. Love this, I definitely agree with a lot of your reasons. I’m new to being a mum (and blogging!) and its lovely to have something other than motherhood to focus on. Your blog is great, I really like your style. #BloggerClubUK

    1. The response to this post has just been so lovely and really encouraging . Thank you for your comment, it means a lot! Good luck with your blog fellow newbie (oh, and the Mummy thing too) 😄 x

  12. Blogging has opened my horizon. I have started exploring more, knowing more and questioning more. I have found that I am just like so many other women and still like no one. Blogging has helped me put my thoughts, my trials and tribulations on paper which has helped me see my life in a different perspective altogether.

  13. Totally agree with all of these – especially having something of your very own (this makes me feel like a human as well as a mum!) Thanks for sharing #coolmumclub X

  14. Great post and something we should all read whenever we get the blogger doubt and question why we bother! I do love having a space that’s all mine to do what I want with – you never really get that in any other area of life do you? So with you on always looking for blogger fodder too! #coolmumclub

  15. All great reasons! I especially can relate to something being all yours. As a SAH mom I had lost a lot of my creativity & my voice. Blogging has given that back to me! And the community is amazing!! Thanks so much for sharing with us at #bloggerclubuk

  16. Love this, I am 6 months in and am currently writing a similar post!! I identify with all of these especially number 2!! Lets face it us Mums have nothing to ourselves – I even have to share my make up!! My blog is mine all mine! This is my first visit to your blog (i think) and it is lovely!! x

  17. I love your blog!! Great post and I agree with it all – blogging is amazing and has brought me so much in the last 2 years!!!! I love how energetic and passionate it makes me feel about something for me again 🙂 Jess xx

  18. This is a brilliant list and yes, I totally agree with them all. I think it really gives SAHMs something to focus on other than kids and a sense of purpose, if that makes sense. I’ve been doing it for almost 4 years now and have never stuck at anything for longer than about 6 months! Quite an achievement I feel. Sounds like you’ve definitely got ‘the bug’!

  19. I love this list, and I can totally relate. I too am a stay at home mom, and I like that blogging makes me feel more me, or like I actually do have something that is only mine, and I have an identity beyond mom and wife. But then again, it is really just one more thing to take care of and that depends solely on my for life, so really, who am I kidding? It’s just another kid, lol.

    -Miranda at Drops of Learning

  20. I love your writing style! I know what you mean about hiding your writing – I have just started a blog – although I can’t seem to get to grips with how it all works 😳. I’m afraid I’ll get judged – or teased by people who know me! You seem to have it all figured out though your blog looks fab!
    I started mine to keep track of my kids’ lives as I realised with my eldest two how quickly time flies by and wish I’d been more attentive. Also my day job is writing for magazine and upon my return from maternity with number 3 I seemed to have forgotten how to write so I hope this will gelp keep me engaged with the world and my ability to write won’t suffer.
    Plus I will hopefully get to interact with other adults – a necessity when staying at home with two under twos!
    Keep the good work up! If you have any tips on how to set up a blog properly please feel free to help me @fionnualaok xx

    1. Thanks Fionnula! I have zero writing experience so you already have an advantage there! 🙂 Check out Britmums for great advice on blogging , Twitter for posts by other bloggers on the subject and YouTube for video tutorials on anything website related! Hope this helps, good luck with baby No.4, it’s a lovely way to document the early years when our brains are too frazzled to remember anything, look forward to reading about him/her soon! X

  21. You’re right, the blogging community is great and really welcoming 🙂 Good luck with your blogging journey and enjoy the adventures you’ll have along the way 🙂

  22. Oh yes yes to so many of these, same for me 🙂 I love your writing style by the way 🙂 I agree with what you say about having courage of conviction too – you really do have to think hard before you hit Publish – I don’t always think before I speak so it’s funny to compare the two! x #TheList

  23. Oh yes yes to so many of these, same for me 🙂 I love your writing style by the way 🙂 I agree with what you say about having courage of conviction too – you really do have to think hard before you hit Publish – I don’t always think before I speak so it’s funny to compare the two! x #TheList

  24. I agree with all of these and it’s nice to remember why we started blogging especially on the days I doubt myself. I have definitely learnt so much through doing it, new skills and found a confidence in myself. It’s great that you have had such lovely experiences with it already. Thanks for linking to #PicknMix

  25. Same here to so many of these 😉 welcome to the crazy but fantastic world of blogging, 14 months in my addiction is still going strong 😉

    Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix

    Stevie x

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