I’m keeping the title of this post short and meaningful “ Why people Blog”. I was drafting a post on my blogging journey and realized I have never written a post about why people blog. Many people hope to see an obvious answer (Money), but that’s not true. People blog for many reasons. Here are some of the reasons which I can think of, rest you can contribute as a comment :
This is one of the most common reason people start blogging. Many people like to write and they write for themselves. Basically this is what Blogging is all about. Such people who start blogging, they never care about blogging platform, traffic and comments. People who start blogging out of hobby write for themselves and if someone adds a comment on their blog, they consider it as an achievement. I believe this should be the first reason why you should blog.
When people see any successful man they try to follow their path. When I was a kid, I used to see Sachin Tendulkar (Famous cricketer), I thought of becoming a cricketer, When I used to see celebrities posters on newspaper and TV’s I though of becoming a Film star. This is not me, this is human tendency. Same is in the case of Blogging. When people see a successful Blogger like Darren, Amit Agarwal, John Chow, Rahul Bansal , who have money and fame, they try to be like them. This is not a bad approach, but what they miss is Passion, which is the foundation of blogging. Quick Fame and popularity is not possible in Blogging journey. Every success is preceded by lots of hurdles, and if you planning to blog for fame or popularity, don’t try to jump, Blogging works best when you crawl.
The most appealing side of Blogging is money which seems to be as easy as clicking few buttons of mouse but it is not. Most people starts blogging for money. No doubt blogging is a gold mine for people who look forward to make money online, but from my experience it’s not the easiest way to make money online. If you want to blog just for money, you should have a well planned road map for your blog and a targeted niche or user base.
Knowledge Sharing and Learning
In early days, when someone starts a blog, apart from above 3 reasons 4th reason could be knowledge sharing. People like to show the world what they know, or their blog becomes a diary for them, where they write about things they know. That’s how many people ends up creating niche blog or blog with multiple topics. In the initial days, many few people knew they can make money blogging. Even I was not aware of the fact that I can make money from blogging. Adsense and make money online stuff, used to be a spam word for me though it turned out to be wrong later on.
This is the latest addition in reason to why people start a blog. Many programmer and developer who are incredibly amazing with their programming skills creates a blog, and starts posting about programs, algo and stuff related to their field. Many human resource and company marketer pick up people directly from their blog.
I have spoken about Job hunt via blogging, but this is another side of coin. People start blogging because company can’t keep them because of recession effect and people blog to pay their bill or to take care of boredom. One such person whom I know is Sandeep, who started blogging when his IT firm started cutting down head count to survive in the recession.
I guess these are one of the most popular reasons why people blog. What’s your reason behind blogging? Why do you blog?