Why Blog?

Recently I was  fortunate to have the opportunity to help a fellow blogger with some design elements on her blog. I was so flattered that someone (anyone) wanted my help to get them started, because I still have so much to learn about blogging and the blogosphere! It’s so motivating to know that someone out there is really interested in what I have to say. (Besides my family, because they totally hang on to my every word!)  WHAAA ??? Does that just mean you all are just as crazy as me?? Probably. :) All this really got me thinking about blogging and why someone would want to blog.

why blog

Do a Google search for just about anything on the internet and one of the top ten results is most likely a link to someone’s blog post. The Blogosphere can be a wonderful place for creativity and inspiration on just about any topic you want. It can also be full of competition and can sometimes make a person feel quite small in such a big world. So if you are thinking about starting a blog or have been blogging for a short-time, you make ask yourself, why blog??

There’s lots of reasons to start your blog! But you need to know the ups and downs and the ins and outs before you dive in. I tell you this, because I ‘m your friend and I want to help you. These are things I wish I knew a year ago before I got started. :)

Blogging takes time!

When I started blogging, I imagined some of my favorite bloggers snapping some pictures while they completed their greatest projects, writing a few words about it, hitting publish and life was good! Bah! Let me tell you what it’s like on this side of the screen, umkay?

Bloggers work hard! Harder than alot of day jobs I know. Writing a post is only a small portion of what it takes to be a successful blogger (notice I said successful).

While some can sit down and write a blog post in about an hour, if you’re a bit of a perfectionist like myself here… um, we are going on 2 hours right now. :)

And it’s not just the writing that takes time. It’s also photo taking, photo editing, and researching topics. (not to mention the actual work involved in completing a project).

But what do I talk about?

Anything and everything! Most people start a blog to connect with family and friends. I started my blog to record our projects, events, and adventures in life. If you go back to my first post, I started this blog with our daughter’s 1st birthday party. At the time, I had intended that this blog would serve as a journal for her of what life is like growing up. (Um, non-stop DIY projects, experimental dinner nights, and funny pictures of her daddy talking about HomeGoods gift cards??)

One of the greatest things about blogging, is that it will help you find your passion.

If you have started a blog already, or considering it, then you already have an idea of what you’d like to share. I can promise you that no matter what you decide to write about, there is someone out there that will be interested in what you have to say. It’s crazy! I know! You just have to find them. And that’s a topic for another post. ;)

How often should I post?

Once a day, three times a week, once a month? Whatever works for you and your family. Let me say that again… whatever works for YOU and YOUR FAMILY.

I’m so lucky to have a great husband and family that understand tolerate my decorating A.D.D. and actually encourage me to keep up with my crazy busy life. It’s so easy to get started and then you’re  finding yourself in front of the computer every night for hours. Hello blogger burn-out!

Set realistic goals, for yourself and for your family.

You will learn so much more!

I like anything that keeps me thinking and I like a challenge. When I started blogging, it didn’t take long to realize that there is so much to learn about. You don’t have to be an expert in any particular field to be a blogger, but you do need to be willing to learn and research your niche. Never stop learning.

Let your ego go.

Never fails… you finally write your “best post ever” and hit that publish button and wait. and wait. *Crickets*

Blogging can be very humbling. As much as it can be a great place of community and support, you can also feel like the smallest person on earth in comparison to some of the bigger bloggers. Don’t compare yourself, okay? ‘Nuf said.

The post that you think is your best ever either a) has yet to be discovered on the web  or b) might have already been done.

But you know what hasn’t been done? It hasn’t been written by you, in your words, your perspective.

If you want to be a successful blogger, let the ego go and let other’s help you.

Don’t blog for the money.

Lots of people hope to make money with a blog. And that’s fine, but don’t start your blog with the intention that you will make any profit off of it. It takes a long time to make money with a blog and it’s more important that you focus on writing, on your purpose, and finding balance with it all. Just enjoy what you do.

And lastly,  Be Real! Be yourself. It’s easy to want to try to be like your favorite blogger, but think about WHY they are your favorite blogger. I’m betting because you feel a connection to them somehow. It’s because they are real people ike you and me. People want to to connect. They want to know that there is someone out there crazy like them and the only way you will ever be successful in blogging, is if you just be yourself.

So, whether you want to help people solve a problem, market or promote your business, share your expertise, connect with people, friends, and family, or just find a new hobby – blogging can be very rewarding.

No matter what your reason is, do it for you.

I hope these tips have helped you in some way. And I’d love for you to share any questions or tips that you have in the comments below or by emailing me. I’ll be posting more tips soon on starting a blog and designing your site. Have a great weekend!

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  • http://kissmylist.com/ Dana

    Great advice, Ellora – especially about being yourself and setting realistic goals. A successful blog doesn’t happen overnight, and “successful” doesn’t have to mean thousands of readers. I’m looking forward to reading more from you about blogging !

    • http://www.creativelysouthern.com/ Ellora @ Creatively Southern

      Thanks Dana! You are so right about the meaning of “successful”. I definitely want to elaborate on that in coming posts. Only you define your own success! Thanks so much for visiting and commenting!

  • Tracy

    This Lady is so modest she transformed my blog into a place I want to be as opposed to a place that I struggled to love . Now I love and want to learn more.

  • Cristina@RemodelanolaCasa

    Excellent post, Ellora! You’re so right! It takes so much time but it’s so rewarding! Besides photo editing, writing, researching… I also had to learn a bit of html, I wish I knew a lot more about it!

    • http://www.creativelysouthern.com Ellora

      Yes, Cristina! I so wish I knew more about html code too! It takes some time to learn and thank goodness for Google and support forums! :) Thanks for your kind words! I love your blog and you have some great content!!

    • http://www.creativelysouthern.com/ Ellora @ Creatively Southern

      Thanks Cristina! Yes, html code is definitely something I wish I knew more about! Thank goodness for Google and support forums. :) You have some awesome content and I love your blog as well! Thanks so much for your kind words.

  • Claudine Pender

    Dear Ellora!!! I loved this post!!! I agree with everything!!!! I had to change my blog condensedlovehome.blogspot.ca after I took a course in business. My advisors keep telling me NOT to post about ANYTHING other than furniture, which is my business… I noticed my new blog ReStory.ca is taking a while to take off… I am having a hard time with WordPress (as you know) but more than that, I am being RESTRICTED!!!!! I can’t connect to a lot of bloggers like I used to. I used to participate in parties with my recipes or a craft projects, etc. Now I am restricted to furniture only… SOOOO…. reading YOUR post gave me the little push I needed to write my blog for MYSELF! I will be back to my old posts, the ones I have FUN with, regardless if they are furniture or not. I started my blog to record my projects and my recipes. So that’s what I will continue to do!!! THANK YOU!!!!

  • http://www.creativelysouthern.com/ Ellora @ Creatively Southern

    Claudine, I’m so glad this was helpful to you. You are so right! You totally should write about what you want to write about…what inspires you and keeps you going. I love your blog and you are such a talented person!! I love when bloggers share a little bit (or alot) of themselves and that’s something I want to do more of too. We’re in this together! I can’t wait to see more and thank you THANK YOU for your kind comments.

  • misselayneous

    Hi! I just happened to bumped into your blog while on a link party. Your post is really good. I’m blogging for a year now and I realized how hard it is to make just a single post. But I don’t know, all I know is I want to share my thoughts with my readers and that pushes me more. Every blogger needs motivation and inspiration to keep going. Thanks for sharing this! I hope you’ll also share tips on how to increase and encourage more readership. Have a great day!


    • http://www.creativelysouthern.com Ellora

      Hi Misselayneous! Thanks so much for your kinds words. You are so right, every blogger DOES needs motivation and support. You can’t keep it up on your own because it can certainly be a challenge at times. The key is to remember that it takes time for a blog to grow and you really want to just enjoy the beginning. It gives you time to really work on writing skills and photography! ;) I’ll definitely be sharing more tips over the next few weeks and I’ll be glad to share what I’ve learned on readership. P.S. I am still learning everyday!! Keep at it!

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  • Sarah

    I popped over from Stone Gable. I missed this one last week, so am thrilled to see you featured this week on Yvonne’s TTT. This is excellent advice. Well done!

    • http://www.creativelysouthern.com Ellora

      Thank you Sarah! So glad that this was helpful. I really appreciate your kinds words. Thanks for stopping in!

  • June

    Good Morning Ellora! I enjoyed reading your honest thoughts on blogging this morning…thank you! I’m not a blogger (yet?). I’m still gathering information on whether I would be any good…I tend to fall in the perfectionist column so it takes me forever to be satisfied with even sending a comment! Thank you for this post and I look forward to reading more!
    June :)

    • http://www.creativelysouthern.com Ellora

      Hi June! I compleeeetely understand the whole perfectionist column. In fact, I’m sure I’m like in the top 10 of ridiculously perfectionist people. hahaha Seriously, I’m glad you found this post helpful and I’m happy to share what I can if it helps anyone! Just remember that if you decide to try it, you can always change your mind later if you so choose. I would just tell anyone that is trying to decide… think about what you would want your blog to be like, the purpose, and the vision you want. Then work your way backwards to see the steps you need to take to get there. Never be afraid to try something new! I really appreciate your comments. :)

  • lynne@lynnesgiftsfromtheheart

    These are thoughts that run through my head on a daily basis. This post was so needed for me today, thanks so much for sharing. Words of wisdom to remember daily. hugs ~lynne ~

    • http://www.creativelysouthern.com Ellora

      Thanks so much Lynne! Your comments mean so much! :) **hugs**!

  • Bonnie

    Thank you so much for the encouraging words. I’ve always wanted to start a “Blog”, but can’t seem to focus on just one thing…my husband told me to call the blog, “Scattered Brain.” LOL My problem is that I follow so many blogs with different themes/ideas that I feel like a “Blog Stalker”. I have so much interests and constantly on the go that I don’t know where to begin. I guess I need to just dig in and let go…and see where life takes me. Once again thank you:) Bonnie

    • http://www.creativelysouthern.com Ellora

      Bonnie, you mean “blog stalker” isn’t normal??? haha I was the same way before I started. It helped me to grab a notebook and just start making notes on the thoughts I’d have on what to blog. When you see it all out on paper, it’s a little easier to organize. At least for me anyway. You are right… you just gotta jump in and let go! That’s part of the fun of it. Good luck Bonnie and if you do decide to start, be sure to let me know so I can follow along with you. :)

  • Siggie

    Hi! Just popped in from stonegableblog. Thanks for your honest words on blogging. I started blogging a few years ago, just for the fun of it and it is still fun, even though it is a lot of work and my blog isn’t very “successful” and I’m not making money with it. Right now I’m amazed at people that can write a post every day. I, on the other hand, feel like I’ve accomplished a lot when I post once a week. Blogging can make you feel inferior like that, but you’re right, we shouldn’t put so much pressure on ourselves. It’s great connecting with other like-minded people all over the world. It has broadened my horizon and I love reading about what others are up to. So again, thanks! Will be coming back for blog tips! Cheers, Siggie

    • http://www.creativelysouthern.com Ellora

      Thanks so much Siggie! yes- it is a lot of work and let me tell you that I’m not making hardly pennies right now. While it would be great to be able to do this full time, it’s not the reason I started. And I feel ya… I can’t write a post everyday. I tried so hard to keep up that standard for awhile and it’s tough. I started stressing out quick! In time, it may come, but right now I really want to enjoy the no pressure writing part and it’s important that I still have time with my family… away from the computer. :) Keep hanging in there and I hope to hear from you again soon!!

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  • http://freebsfreak.blogspot.com/ Kim Trenholm

    Thank you for this post. I used to be a big ‘journal writer’ as my blogging style. I’m trying to work on being more professional about it, but I’m learning that it is indeed very hard work. I still have an element of ‘me’ in my blog, because I like to, and I figure that it is me that makes my blog different anyhow, so why not? Your post was very encouraging to me anyhow. Thanks.

    • http://www.creativelysouthern.com/ Ellora @ Creatively Southern

      You are so right Kim! It is “you” that makes your blog unique as you are your brand. It’s hard work if you want to grow, but don’t give up. Just enjoy doing what you love and it’ll all come together. Thanks so much for commenting and sharing your story! :)

  • http://www.creativelysouthern.com/ Ellora @ Creatively Southern

    Hi Olivia! Thank you so much for your kind words. Hope this was helpful to you. There is always so much to learn in the blogging world. I’ll be glad to check out your blog! See ya there! :)


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