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Why is Blogging Important to you?
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Why did you start a blog?

When we start to blog, most of us don’t have massive goals. Maybe we just want to attract some readers to our blog, even get a few of them to comment on our articles. For many, even these small goals are unachievable, and after only a little while, having seen no results, they simply give up.

Statistics show that most bloggers end up quitting blogging within the first 2-3 months. This is crazy, because it takes time to build blog traffic, it is virtually impossible to achieve great numbers overnight. So it is important to stick with it, and I would say give a blog 6 months before you assess its value to you.

When you stay with it, you will eventually break through the barrier. Your momentum will build and you will start getting descent traffic, build your links, have an impact on the search engines, get regular followers, see good numbers of comments, and get tweets and shares on twitter and facebook.

If you write good, unique content, post regularly, and spend time building relationships on the social networking sites there’s every possibility that you could get a few hundred people or more reading your blog on a daily basis. We all have to start in the same place. Even though I may be getting 500 or so visits a day on my main blog now, in the early days I got virtually nothing. I’d be lucky if 10 people found their way to my blog. This probably lasted for at least 2 if not 3 months.

There is a lot of trial and error when you first start to blog. You have to learn so much, if you want it to work for you. But there are many landmark moments, each of which should give you that little extra motivation to keep going.

  • Getting your blog set up successfully
  • Writing your first post
  • Getting your first comment
  • Being linked to by another blogger
  • Getting invited to do your 1st guest post
  • Reaching a 100 comments
  • Achieving 100 visits a day for the first time
  • Getting in the alexa top million website rankings
  • Making money from your blog the first time
  • The first time somebody re-tweeted your blog

The list could go on and on.

In my off line world, nobody blogs, most don’t even know what it is. When I tell people, I blog, they always come back with the words, “What is that?” Then when you start explaining what blogging is, they come back with “What’s the point?”

When I started blogging it was never my intention to make a living from a blog, and I hadn’t considered for a second creating an Internet businesses. I still sometimes shake myself just to make sure I’m not dreaming.

Blogging has developed my life.  It has expanded my possibilities in thousands of ways. I read poems, which I would never have dreamed of before, and I love them and the ladies that write them. I read all sorts of things that I would never have come across if it wasn’t for blogging. I’ve met online lots and lots of new people through blogging from all over the world.

The reasons we blog involve anything from simply enjoying the freedom of self expression, to promoting a business.

When I decided to enter the blogging world it was so that I could build upon what I was already doing to help people live more satisfying, healthy, and productive lives. It gave me my stage to empower others with personal development knowledge. It provides me an  outlet for my passion.

Blogging has allowed me to build up fantastic, rewarding relationships, I have connected with people from all over the world and learn so much. The interaction you build with other bloggers is so stimulating and I truly enjoy this part and benefit greatly from it. When I first started to blog, I knew almost nothing about blogging. What was amazing to me was how willing other bloggers were to share their knowledge, to help you in any way they could.

Blogging enables me to help people, doing what I love, and it feels incredible. I love writing, personal development and supporting others. Personal development is not only my business, it’s my passion. Blogging goes hand in hand with my desire to make the difference in other people’s lives

More and more people are now utilising the internet and searching for information and looking for answers.  They use the internet by browsing search engines to learn new things. It has made it possible for me to carve a niche as an expert in my field by blogging regularly and consistently and. producing quality, unique content. I find this absolutely amazing and motivating as well.

Blogging has also allowed me to get to know myself and develop myself in ways I never would have dreamed possible.

I think it’s my responsibility, especially as my blog has grown, to give my readers a place they can come and feel not only welcome but motivated.

Why is blogging important to you?

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About the author: Larry Lewis
I'm Larry. As an Executive Life Coach, entrepreneur and writer, I am an unshakable optimist dedicated to helping you become the person you most want to be. I am devoted to sharing ideas, tools and resources that will help you create a better, stress free, well balanced life.
27 Comments
  1. Thomas H September 20, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    I originally started my blog simply as my personal diary to vent the stress in my life and to have something to look back on years later as my own memories. As I progressed and people saw my site, I realized that my story touched a lot of people in some ways and from there I decided to make a blog series of my life and try to include people in it so they can step into my world. I’d like to think im one of the few people in the world doing it this way so maybe I might inspire someone else to do this and share their stories =)

    • admin October 9, 2011 at 10:36 pm

      You are on a fascinating journey Thomas. I love the thought of my blog leaving my legacy in the same way you can look back at yours for memories

  2. Mattias September 21, 2011 at 8:01 am

    A very good post and this is the main problem for those who want to do any online business.They believe that they can create “overnight success” because the scams are telling them such lies.Every reliable marketer knows that it takes years of marketing online to achieve the real success.And you are making another good point there.Blogging is a natural part of our lives who are doing it but yet there are many people offline who haven´t a clue what it is about.With this in mind it is easy to explain that many still are too sceptical to this and to the internet business as a whole.

    • admin October 9, 2011 at 10:52 pm

      Mattias the promises of online business “overnight success” have alas led so many people down a path that they hadno chance of success. Its heart breaking and so unnecessary and cold and calculating. It needs more people like you who say it how it is and offer a helping hand. I look forward to you and me communicating more. Take that as an invitation.

  3. Alejandro September 21, 2011 at 8:07 am

    My reasons are quite simple, just to keep a record of my girl growing up so once i have Alzheimers it can be read to me…

    A

    • admin October 9, 2011 at 10:49 pm

      Alejandro, it is a beautiful record of her life, and your bonding. It will be a wonderful presentation at her wedding.

  4. sulekha September 21, 2011 at 9:17 am

    Blogging is important to me because I put my thoughts on paper and put whatever is troubling me out in the open. I am calmer and happier after penning my emotions and sentiments down. Blogging brings like-minded people together and we get to read other bloggers writings and so many of us become virtual friends 🙂

    • admin October 9, 2011 at 10:48 pm

      Sulekha using a blog as our ‘stress’ journal is something i would reccomend to anybody. And i would say the same about the opportunities it gives us to meet new people from all over the world, and build fantastic caring relationships.

  5. Martha Orlando September 21, 2011 at 11:04 am

    I began blogging as a way to practice my writing skills and build a base of followers. It wasn’t until I felt God’s call to write daily devotions that it really took off. I love what I do and I pray that what I write gives encouragement and inspiration to others.

    Great post, Larry!
    Blessings!

    • admin October 9, 2011 at 10:47 pm

      Martha I love what you do and can assure you that you give encouragement and inspiration to others. I love reading your posts, truly.

  6. Chris Jennings Penders September 21, 2011 at 11:26 am

    Your assessment of when people stop blogging holds true for me too, at least the first two blogs I started:
    One on photography
    One on book reviews.

    I din’t have the stamina or the content to continue w/those. With my latest blog:
    Wisdom and Life, I’m into my 2nd year and still feel as enthused as I did when I started. I FINALLY found my niche and I look forward to writing every day.

    I started this 3rd blog w/the hope of imparting some of my knowledge and wisdom (pun intended) LoL. I wanted to help people see that there is more than one way to live; that if we can shake off the anger, the negativity that we carry around we can truly find the joy in our lives. I write first for myself, ALWAYS have. I write what moves me. If what I have to say helps someone else, then I’ve done my part.

    I love writing my blog now!
    I love writing again.

    That’s the gift I received from finally finding the blog I wanted to write.

    Chris

    • admin October 9, 2011 at 10:46 pm

      Chris when we find the passion, we find the true purpose.

  7. colleen September 21, 2011 at 11:59 am

    What a fantastic post! Blogging is important for me for so many reasons. When I first began it was only as a way of keeping my family and close friends updated on my life but as I love to write it developed into so much more than that. I have encountered so many truly kind and caring people and formed good and genuine relationships with so many! I love the interaction and feedback and the feeling of community that is often missing from our everyday lives in this day and age.

    • admin October 9, 2011 at 10:45 pm

      Colleen what a great testimony of why one should blog. You are not chasing a pot of gold under the rainbow, instead you have learned the truly wonderful community that is out there in the world wide web.offering interaction, friendship and sharing of information

  8. Katrina September 21, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    For me it is to spread my knowledge of celiac disease through food, gluten free food. It is so hard trying to find any decent type of food to eat and have it taste good. Great post Larry.

    • admin October 9, 2011 at 10:43 pm

      Katrina a brilliant reason for blogging and i hope you can help many others by sharing what you know.

  9. Savy September 21, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    It first started out as fun but slowly it turned into something much more than that… I wrote till I could no more about the subject… it was time to move on to change..So sometimes i feel that a blog finds its own ending.

    I now have created a new one… Quotes are what I love and I enjoy sharing it with others… If it inspires me I am sure it can inspire others…. maybe that is what I started this one.

    Thank you

    • admin October 9, 2011 at 10:42 pm

      For a little while i was frightened we were going to lose a wonderful lady from the blogosphere. I was so happy when i saw your new blog appear. I know it is going to be just as brilliant as purple secret

  10. KalpanaS September 21, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    Thanks Larry- good topic and great to hear all the different reasons!

    I first attempted blogging more than a year ago and gave up! Taken to it this year and find it it very useful to exercise the ‘writing muscles’ – given me confidence and motivation to join a real-life creative writing class. Blogging has also helped me learn new skills with regards to the internet, promote my yoga classes, and make excellent blogger friends! Hoping at some stage I can make one of the blogs income generating [although no luck so far with ad sense, amazon links!]

    • admin October 17, 2011 at 8:35 pm

      Kalpana i’m glad that you persisted and came back to blogging. It is fantastic that it has created the desire within you to further explore writing. I have to agree in what a wonderful community it provides, and like you i’m very fortunate in having discovered some really great friends. May i suggest, the best way to earn from bloggging is to create your very own product, so ask yourself, what do i know best, that i can offer to others

  11. Corinne Rodrigues September 21, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    To share the inspiration from all that I have received…

    • admin October 17, 2011 at 8:36 pm

      Corinne as always in a few words you manage to say so much … you certainly are one of the bloggers i share the most in common with, and i can assure you that you inspire, motivate and teach, in a beautiful way.

  12. Lynne Watts September 21, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    Blogging has been a great exercise for me. It forces me to not only write but to think creatively and critically. Here;s the best part… it gives me a substantial body of work over time that I can compile or use in some new way…

    • admin October 17, 2011 at 8:39 pm

      Lynne i love how blogging challenges us, and makes us step up. It also yes offers us so much potential, and there are so many things we can do with what we are creating.

  13. jan September 21, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    My original purpose in blogging was to bring light to the subject of childhood sxual abuse. Fro m there I have progressed and grown, try to be positive and optimistic. By my sharing others know they are not alone. I have made many lasting relationships as well. I don’t have a lot of followers, but the ones I have I would enjoy a barbecue with anytime. Everyone is always so supportive and kind. This is a wonderful post, thank you!

    • admin October 9, 2011 at 10:16 pm

      Jan. Thank you for your comment. It is wonderful to read. Your blog is an amazing support for others out there. I have said before, its not always about the traffic, but the connections we make. I’m glad you have shown this, and i hope others will learn, we all can get something out of blogging, and it isn’t all about ranking and money.

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