Why I Blog

I’ve been blogging for over 3 years now and throughout those years my motivations behind blogging have changed. Not only because I have grown as a person, but because blogging as I knew it then has changed. There is more pressure to create much higher quality content and far too much focus on the money making aspect of it all. Below I share the reasons why I blog and why you should too.

Why I Blog

For Fun

Yes, I literally do just blog for fun. Writing is something I enjoy and my blog is a great creative outlet for writing content I WANT to write. There are no restrictions or barriers, I can write in my voice and about whatever I want. Although I run adverts on my blog, I don’t make any money from them and any money I do make from them will be going straight back in to my blog to make it better.

To Share My Voice

I feel like a lot of my generation gets ignored or shunned when they comment on important topics such as mental health, politics etc. I want to stand up and shout out to the world that there is a place for us, our opinions are valid and we do have things of relevance to share. Not only that, but I also get to share about the things I am passionate about. I’m important too and my opinion is important, so why not share it?

It Helps Me

Throughout my illnessΒ one of the things that’s been helping me cope is my blog. On the days I don’t blog I find it more difficult to cope. It’s an outlet. A place to share all my thoughts and get them out of my overactive brain. It gives me a feeling of accomplishment which gives me a small boost so I can get more done. A lot of posts are written during my lunch time at work so I can get through the afternoon.

To Learn

I’ve always been interested in running websites and even made a fair few before starting this blog (we don’t talk about those ones…), but until I started my blog I was ignorant to SEO and website code and design. I now have those skills from self teaching. The other thing is learning about social media, how each different platform works and how to use it. Photography and writing have also been big learning curves. Although I’ve not perfect at any I definitely know a heck of a lot more than I did 3 years ago.

To Be Inspired

Being a blogger also means connecting to other bloggers and reading their content. Often I’ve found myself reading an article by a fellow blogger and having it stick in my mind for days before I come up with my own opinion on the matter. This is important to me because it taught me very quickly that my opinion won’t always match that of another person, but that doesn’t mean they are wrong. It’s a public way of communicating about topics you might not normally bring up.

I Can Be Gutsy

Bringing up topics about mental health, women’s issues and other “uncomfortable” topics doesn’t always go down well in person. I’ve had people nervously giggling, telling em not to talk about that stuff in public or even blatantly changing the subject. I don’t feel uncomfortable around these topics, and I do have things I want to talk about and believe me I will, my blog is just a safer place than in person because I get an actual chance to explain myself.

So those are the reasons I blog. Do you blog? Why do you continue blogging? Please share your experiences below. πŸ™‚


Author: Jodie Paterson

I’m Jodie Paterson, a 23 year old Edinburgh based blogger who is passionate about blogging, writing, social media and photography. Currently studying Events Management at University, blogging still remains a large hobby of mine.

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  • My blog was and still is a place to share or get things of my chest, like therapy. This blog now helps others as it did me, in feeling they are not alone and as my blog tries to maintain a positive attitude, although this can change depending on my mental health. I find there are bloggers who cheer me on at my achievements and things I am aiming on outside my comfort zone. All in all, finding these bloggers have been a positive experience for me.

    • That’s great to hear! I’m glad it helped you and others. That’s so good.

      I’ve found blogging to be quite a positive experience for me too πŸ™‚ keep it up

      • Thank you. πŸ™‚ 3 years this year it was this year. You have probably read a recent post where I shared the original two year one, or found the 2 year one. I feel better for it.