Why I Love Blogging

For years, ever since starting my first blog back in high-school, I’ve found myself gravitating towards this community even after several failed attempts.  There was always something bringing me back – maybe the ability to share my writing with the world, maybe the feeling of knowing that this is something I have to do each day… But whatever it is, that feeling has brought me to this point.  And over these five years, I’ve found that there’s a lot to love about blogging.

Community                                                                                 
You hear it mentioned all the time as you’re reading blogs, but the community truly is one of the greatest thing about this little space.  I’ve gotten to know some incredible women through this blog, and every time my e-mail tells me I’ve gotten a new comment sharing someone’s opinion, I smile like it’s the first time.

I’ve only been writing on this blog since April, and already I feel like I’ve gotten to know some wonderful women.  I can’t imagine how much more this community will grow over the next several months and years.

Diversity                                                                                   

According to the Wall Street Journal, more than 20 million Americans write a blog – and that was in 2009, so imagine how many more there are today.  And every one of those 20 million people have a different story to tell – a different background, education, experience, and lessons to be taught.

Each time I find a new space I enjoy reading, it’s exciting to learn where they’re from, what they believe, what they do, and how they feel about the things I have strong opinions on. (read: reasons you should have an About Me page)
 
I truly believe that blogging can be a form of travel without ever leaving your home – getting to know all different people from all different backgrounds and countries, all with opinions and beliefs different from your own.  Just like reading new books and watching a good movie, reading blogs teaches me a new outlook and point of view than the one I call my own.  

Learning                                                                                          

At any moment in this blogging community, there are a thousand things waiting to be learned.  Not only the things that other bloggers have to teach you through articles, how-to’s, DIYs, and videos, but also the things we all still have to learn together.  The lessons to help us make our blogs better every day.  
 
Each day that I’m here, writing another post and sharing it with the world, I’m learning more about how we as humans work, and how to grow this space.  

 
So what about you?  What are your favorite things about blogging?
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15263331247319768989 Shybiker

    You’re so right — each of your points are sound. I actually went searching for blogs before I even knew they existed — I simply wanted to find ways to connect with other people. I discovered the concept of blogging during that search and have been amazingly happy ever since. Both the connections we can make and the expression blogging affords us are wonderful opportunities that haven’t always existed in our society.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15263331247319768989 Shybiker

      P.S., I think your blog here is a success. You post terrific content and are very inviting to readers.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05920354862781838330 The Happy Type

    Heck yes! I agree with all of this and I know what you mean about being drawn BACK to the blogging community. I remember livejournal and freaking Xanga…yes, I xanga’d for all I was worth. The community is so interesting to me and like you I get swept up in all the possibilities of meeting new people and hearing their stories.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10302148853962386923 Aukele Cockett-Askew

    It is amazing how you can make some truly meaningful relationships through blogging. I appreciate that. It helps me not to give up, when I’m not feeling so hot about it – cause hello, we all need to hang out with our friends!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04526288851432270960 Marielle Green

    Totally agree. I started blogging for the writing part of it, but I keep staying because of the community. It’s awesome.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14434813258396817149 Jamie @ SnapGinger Blog

    I could not agree more as far as learning is concerned, there is SO much to learn!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03232583797457114363 Jessica Slaughter

    I’ve had my blog for about as long as you, and I totally agree on all of this! It’s crazy how easy it is to feel accepted into the blogging community, even if you’re just a beginner blogger. And I love what you said about blogging being a sort of travel without leaving home. I feel like I could travel up to the Northeast and know exactly where to grab a cup of coffee, because I’ve found so many bloggers from there! :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15138863235245919169 Sweet Catastrophe Blog

    So true, I’ve been blogging for just over a year and really do love it. The thing I’ve been struggling with more than anything else is the community piece and that is what I want the most! I’m getting decent traffic for being a newbie but comments are low, I’m sure it takes time but it can be frustrating – any suggestions?