Recently, a friend of mine decided to encourage the bloggers in our local facebook group to share why they blog. I'm not sure why I find these posts so interesting to read... but the "Why am I blogging" question often factor in what I post over at "EcoYogini".
Step 1: Blogging to inform.
I began blogging for a very specific purpose in 2009: I wanted to share how yoga relates to protecting the environment. I wanted (I still do) to share concrete information, shed light on greenwashing and find the best eco-yoga products and activities I could.
Eventually, I kinda ran out of things to say about yoga and the environment and now my blog reflects a general path to leading a more environmentally friendly life. With yoga in there somewhere.
I don't blog so people will know who I am.
I don't blog to share a lot about my personal life. Although I know it wouldn't be impossible to find out who I am behind "EcoYogini", and I have shared pictures of myself in the past, it is very important to me that I keep at least the illusion of privacy. I don't want my employer reading my blog. This means that I don't have a facebook page for EcoYogini, all of my gmail and twitter accounts are separate from my personal information and I have had to ask sites to remove my full name when I've done guest posts.
I don't blog so I can get a lot of hits on my site.
Although I do love comments... I try hard not to write a post simply for the shock (and click) value. It was something I learned I didn't want to do when I considered writing for Elephant Journal- their instructional video made me feel so uncomfortable it was the deciding factor to decline the invite. (how to write a title to gather the most hits, how to write a provocative post, how to use specific vocabulary to garner hits with words like "nudity", which tags to use-blegh).
Once I made this decision to not post for hits, it made choosing post topics and deciding how often I post so much easier. Even the strange, subtle undercurrent of competition between bloggers seemed to fade. Instead it left room for more sincere connections and growth.
Blogging meets my inner protestor.
In the beginning, blogging met my inner need to be an "activist" like I've always wanted. I really had this impression that by blogging we could make a difference. We could share ideas. I still feel this way, just to a slightly lesser degree. I blame the "click to make a difference" trend where I can see that sometimes more than just writing about it is necessary. I'm a little jaded now.
However, that little spark is still burning in my little blogging heart and when push comes to shove I firmly believe that our blogs are reaching out. Changing what people feel is culturally acceptable (and what is not). Encouraging discussion.
Blogging equals connection.
Now blogging has become more of a community. I like connecting and reading regular commenters thoughts. I love being part of my three blogger facebook groups and weirdly (I think) I have many blogger facebook friends.
(Me, the first autumn of my blogging life. 2009 Halifax NS)
Why do YOU blog?