The other day someone asked me that awkward question of “What do you do for fun?”
I said I enjoyed running. Since we are both runners, we chuckled at the response. Then I added but when I’m not doing that I enjoy hanging out and blogging.
That’s when I got their attention (and mine for that matter.)
Rather curious, the next question they asked was: what goes on that blog?
For that I responded with: Whatever is going on in my life. Sometimes I blog about my running, sometimes life in general, diners and occasionally food. Basically it’s my space to write whatever I feel like writing. (At that moment I thought I should have just said my fun is planning a wedding…since that is what people expect anyways ha ha).
People are genuinely curious about blogging. Is it like a longer version of a facebook status? A longer tweet? Why do you do it? Why not?
It did make me think a lot more about why I do blog. I generally am asked why I blog once or twice a month. Since I don’t hide the fact from friends and family (and have a lot that read…hello!) people are genuinely curious about blogging. Whenever someone asks me that question I always think about my reasoning for blogging. Do I blog for myself? Do I blog for companies? Do I blog to make millions?
While I can truly say I blog for myself (whether a post gets 1 hit or 1000), there have been times I’ve questioned that. There have been times I’ve had to take a step back and realize that I’m never going to change my life or my plans to make it better fit the blog. I’m going to change the tone of my blog or my beliefs to make a profit. Once my computer turns off for the day or evening, you won’t find me on the media.
But then there is this side of blogging…Each of these thoughts has crossed my mind at least once while blogging.
I do it for social media.
I logged a run to post it on dailymile…or twitter, instagram, facebook…my blog.
I went out to a restaurant to blog about it…to tweet about it…to take a photo of it.
Hold on don’t touch that, I need a photo.
Want to go for a run and TAKE A PHOTO so we can put it up online?
I would do this…but what would my readers think? (this generally pertains to companies asking to guest post)
Blogging for me is a love/ hate relationship. I love blogging and writing. I love sharing my life whether good or bad. I enjoy sharing my struggles, my good times, bad times and everything else in between.
There is a fine line about living your life for blogging and blogging while living your life.
I’m guilty of having done things “for the blog”. Would I have taken 983 photos of coffee for myself (instagram #coffeeaday)? I don’t know but I highly doubt it.
It’s funny because you start blogging with the most basic goals. You want to blog for yourself and look back on your life. That is great. Then as time goes on you find yourself reading and commenting on other blogs. You find other blog authors reading and commenting on yours.
At a certain point it would seem weird if people didn’t respond to your posts.
You have built up a following and want to see it continue to grow. You want to be one of those popular blogs that seems to effortlessly make money. You spend all this time doing a hobby you enjoy but aren’t seeing monetary rewards. That is when you ask yourself…are you doing this as a hobby or is it controlling your life? For me, blogging is truly a hobby I enjoy. There is an on/off switch. I turn on the switch…write a post, then turn it off. Whether blogging is your full time job, your part time job, or your hobby, you still must have that switch. It is only one aspect of your life and should never be your entire life.
When does it get to the point where it is too much? When does it get to the point where your blog comes before friends and family?
You began a blog to chronicle your personal life. If you begin living your life to blog then you have lost that. You’ve lost what you started a blog for in the first place. You’ve lost your voice. You’ve also lost truly living your life.
It’s almost like back in grade school when one person starts a trend and we all follow. One person raves about coconut oil, a few studies come out about how it is the greatest…now suddenly everyone loves it. Now suddenly everyone is going out of their way to buy coconut oil to post about it (This is just an example…).
It’s a very interesting point to me. Would you blog if you had no readers? If no one knew you were blogging? When a tree falls and no one is around to hear it…does it make noise?