People blog for different reasons. I started my blog at the end of 2013 as a platform for creativity. But over time I realized that my blog offers more than a platform for creativity, and that it’s not just about […]
People blog for different reasons. I started my blog at the end of 2013 as a platform for creativity.
But over time I realized that my blog offers more than a platform for creativity, and that it’s not just about numbers. Blogs have a different, deeper purpose. In fact, I would say it changed the way I see and live my life.
So I highly recommend it if you are thinking about creating a blog. In other words, if you’re blogging for the right reasons.
If you start blogging to get rich or even make a living, don’t count on it. These days it is very difficult to make money with a blog. In fact, after three years I still don’t make money on my blog. By the way, don’t believe all the hype of people selling online courses who are trying to convince you that blogging is a great way to earn passive income. Make no mistake, writing and promoting a blog requires a lot of work. There’s nothing passive about that.
In fact, when you first start blogging, it’s easy to be disappointed. As someone with technical difficulties, I had to get to know WordPress. After that I spent a lot of time promoting my blog and finding an audience. Something else I didn’t know much about. Like most bloggers, I quickly became obsessed – and depressed – by the number and number of visitors, subscribers and Facebook followers I had on any given day. It turns out that creating a readership blog requires a LOT of time, effort and patience.
So why the blog?
Some people may disagree with me, but I think that blogging shouldn’t just be about making money, doing business, building a huge audience, finding fame or doing business, trying to sell books.
Blogs can serve as a creative channel for expressing ideas, thoughts, opinions, beliefs and feelings. In addition, blogging is a great opportunity to inspire and positively touch the lives of others.
How blogging changed my life
My blog has definitely seen how I have experienced many ups and downs over the years. I wrote about happy times such as a trip to Chicago with my husband to celebrate our birthday, a day of playing in the snow with my grandchildren, watching Paul McCartney and the Rolling Stones on a deserted trip and a weekend vacation. In San Francisco with my kids.
I also poured out my heart when I took care of my mother, who was suffering from dementia with Levi’s calves, and wrote about her possible death. I shared my fear when my mother-in-law died of ovarian cancer, and my son in the same year survived a painful battle for divorce and custody. (Ironically, soon after I started blogging about happiness, I had the worst year of my life.)
Yes, I like to read, which is a welcome change compared to my problems, but writing is my real outlet, outlet and passion. When I write, I am so focused that my problems briefly go away, giving me a much-needed break. In fact, if you’re really a writer, believe me, it’s a lifelong addiction!
The process of recording my thoughts and feelings soothed me and helped me through happy times. Writer
Writing about my life, my blog helped me reflect on what is important to me and determine whether my life is going in the right direction.
Since I can’t describe every event, idea, thought and feeling, blogging provides a kind of filter that clears up my life. My blogs have helped me understand what is most important to me. Gradually I found that sometimes the simplest moments make me the happiest.
As a professional writer, my blog gives me a lot of creative freedom for self-expression. Don’t burst someone’s balloon, but the letter looks more glamorous than it really is. For most of the past 25 years, I’ve been writing articles on topics that magazines, newspapers, publishers and clients choose for me.
Of course, I wrote two books for young adults, travel articles, humorous articles and stories about fascinating people who were funny. However, making a living, I also wrote articles that bore me to tears.
The thing is, my blog is my child. I write on topics that interest and concern me, and I hope that my audience will like it too. My blog allows me to expand, explore, experiment and try something new as a writer when I am visited by a muse. Professional writing has given me the discipline to blog every week, but I write my blogs whenever I want. And believe me, it’s not at dawn or 10 a.m. It’s luxurious.
Here are some of the ways in which blogging has changed my life. But as I said, the big advantage is that blogging can change other people’s lives.
Some people have left comments to let me know that I have somehow inspired them or provided useful information, and this always gives me a lot of joy. Keeping a blog post was an opportunity to communicate with readers and other bloggers, which was very helpful.
What types of blogs were the most popular? It’s always interesting to see what resonates and comes home. Ten of my best blogs in popularity:
- Five Ways to Be a Happy Man
Every year it is my most effective blog. Merriam-Webster defines carelessness as carefree and carefree. Synonyms include affable, relaxed, calm and gentle. I think that’s what we all want!
- Golden Boys Concert: Bobby Rydell, Frankie Avalon and Fabian
I was asked to do a review of Bobby Rydell’s autobiography. This led to interviews, free tickets to his Golden Boys concert with Frankie Avaloth and Fabian, and a backstage pass for a face-to-face meeting with Rydell. From the blogs came a little superfluous! The day they posted my review of the concert on Rydell’s Facebook page, the number of visitors grew by 3,000% in a day. No kidding!
- Keep smiling at the seven gnomes of menopause.
This blog is among the top three since I started blogging. Hey, it’s laughter or crying during menopause, and aren’t we all better off laughing?
- Stay positive despite the challenges
Everyone has problems that make us feel helpless and defeated, so I’m not surprised that this blog is in the top ten. I offer three simple tips on how to control your worldview and always choose happiness in spite of our problems.