So you want to start a blog?

Most of my friends in real life know I like to blog.  I don’t hide but I don’t promote it either.  I figured if people want to read it, they will.  This isn’t school and reading LOLZ blog isn’t an assignment.

Many friends that don’t blog have asked me…should I start a blog about my life?  


In the last few years blogging has become extremely popular. New blogs pop up daily and blogging has become more commercialized. Some people make full time salaries from blogging alone (spoiler: that is not me).  

I posted a few months ago “how to start your own blog” but it leads to the question…should you start your own blog? 

If any of the answers are YES, you should indeed start a blog.  Of course the topic is always up to you…I chose to blog about running, coffee and diners because that’s my cup of joe.

Here is a list of questions you should ask yourself… 

  1. Do you find yourself writing facebook statuses that almost always include “click here to read more”? In blogging you can write 10 million word blog posts and never have to click here for more!  (Hashtag ain’t nobody got time for that).  If most of your Facebook statuses and text messages are mini novels…blogging is for you. facebook like
  1. Do you have a certain skill set that many people ask questions about?  I’m sorry, I can’t tell you how I got hooked on gas station coffee with whipped cream or traveling around the state of NJ to go to diners…If you already have a clear theme, then yes blogging is for you.

    The coffee life.
    The coffee life.
  1. Are you really awkward in real life?  Can you easily type thoughts onto the computer but in real time you can’t keep up? (Hashtag: can we just text our life away?)

    The answer is I selfie in a 200 dollar "bat" top.  What is this high fashion stuff?
    The answer is yes…as I selfie in a 200 dollar “bat” top. What is this high fashion stuff?
  1. Do you often forget what you do throughout the day?  Think of blogging as an online diary of your life.  What was I doing June 10, 2012?  I was living at home for the summer, working and had just gotten home from a wedding.  Thank you blogging for allowing me to look that up!
  1. Finally: Are you ready and commited to meeting people off the internet? In order to keep blogging you must exist in real life too. It gives you something to actually blog about!  Because blogging about blogging is really boring…

    Going to a blog convention! Wahoo.
    Going to a blog convention! Wahoo.

Question for you:

Why did you start blogging?

I found I talked about myself too much in real life…now if people don’t care they can just X out of the post (kidding).

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  1. I’ve often thought of starting a blog, mostly because I kept a diary well into my adulthood. I’m just not sure anyone wants to know that much about me. Maybe one day though.

  2. Good points here…and I would add that people should know how easy it is for a blog to become a big ‘ole time suck. Which if you read between the lines, means I am feeling a bit disenchanted with blogging at the moment! But I started mine to show magazines I could write about running and it has served that purpose for me!

    1. Pink agree that blogging can really be a time warp if you let it. It’s important to have balance as well!

  3. Ha HA! Those pics are hilar. I started blogging because my life is so eventful and I have SO MANY STORIES. I’d be emailing people and they’d tell me I should be a writer of some sort. It feels good, it acts as therapy for me, and I have a lot of fun doing it.

  4. I started one because I liked reading everyone’s blogs, and i think I can be pretty funny. Though, to be fair, I don’t write too often, and I started the blog with my friend and she nevvvvver writes. But I like having it, especially because I’m not a huge fan of facebook and I’m not on instagram or snapchat anymore…. so it’s a good place to put pictures haha

  5. I started blogging for lots of reasons! I love reading others’ blogs and wanted to become more involved in the blogging community; I wanted to be more accountable for running so I could finally see improvements in my time and maybe one day hope to BQ; I travel a lot and wanted to share my experiences and also remember the trips; FREE STUFF (just kidding!)

  6. I started blogging because I loved reading all these amazing running and health/fitness blogs out there! I felt like I had a pretty good story to share since I battle Crohn’s while trying to balance working and becoming a faster, more dedicated runner. And I’m awkward and love to share that with the world. Because I’m shameless.

  7. I am constantly talking to myself and my friends and family get a huge kick out of the Sh*t I say. I have started and stopped so many blogs because I just can’t keep up. Now they are trying to get me to right a book of funny things I say. Maybe I will start with a blog.

  8. This post made me laugh but was also SO accurate. I have friends who have asked me about how to start a blog, and some actually have. I think it’s definitely important to remember that in order to blog, you actually have to do something with your life and you can’t just hide behind your computer. Otherwise there’s nothing to write about. I really only started blogging for the relationships with other bloggers I felt like I could relate to. That alone was worth it!

    1. I’m glad you picked up on my awkward sense of humor Sarah. It was partially meant to be a humorous post LOL.

  9. Haha this made me laugh. I love the online friends and the must be awkward in real life. It’s so true haha. I think that also people don’t realize how much work it is. Everybody always tells me they want to start one and think it’s all fun, games, and free swag.

  10. Yay bogging! I started mine while I was recovering from my eating disorder, and it’s gone on to become something I never would have margined. Blogging is tonnes of fun, though. I tried to step away from it once and only managed a good handful of months before I came crawling back 😛

  11. This is such a true post. I started blogging three years ago and I didn’t realize it sucks so much time, but I can’t give it up. It’s somewhat addicting. But I just keep coming back for more.

  12. I just started blogging a few months ago. I thought about doing it for a long time before I dove in, and I mean, like a year at least. I mostly thought it was a good idea because my friends were getting tired of seeing all my “just ran 9 miles!” Posts. I thought, wouldn’t it be nice for people to want to read about my experiences? Thus, blogging begun.
    And not everyone likes my blunt, dry, humor. So there’s that. Blogging has worked for that too.

  13. Those are good points. I can’t remember why I started blogging, but I haven’t stopped!

  14. I started blogging for two reasons. 1.) to get past issues in my life and 2.) I had no friends when I first moved out alone so I needed something to do. Now I have both blogging and real friends which is AWESOME! I also have been able to move past the issues I’ve had and become a happier person. I don’t care who reads, blogging is for me.

  15. Starting a blog can be intimidating – AND KEEPING IT GOING is another story too! You truly have to be motivated if you want to do this! It can certainly be a worthwhile endeavor!

  16. I started blogging after college when I was looking for a big-girl job and getting into triathlon. My, how time has passed since then … in a good way!

  17. haha. as silly as these are, sooo true.
    I think I started blogging because I always wanted to comment on everyone elses’ blog.! I love the community of it.
    I’m actually a really private person, so blogging has helped me open up a bit

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