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Why did you decide to start a blog?



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Why did you decide to start a blog?

I am just curious why people start blogs? For me it's my compassion for my subject, I want to help people and I also use it for entertainment purposes. I did not make it for money unlike most of the threads that I have read. If it makes money then great and if it doesn't then that's ok too. Why did you decide to start a blog?

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mdbree17

I am trying new things that's why I end up here. I've been eager to start a blog on my own. Been a content writer for quite some time and still learning. I wanna share what I have to share and learn the things I never know before.




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Barida

It's good that you're learning the rudiments of blogging. It is also good that you realize that one cannot know it all, so starting out and learning from experience is another way to go about it.




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mdbree17

There you have it. The greatest teacher is definitely the experience. Thank you for that!




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Baburra

This was pretty much the thought process I had getting into my blog as well. When I started years ago, I wasn't really thinking of it in terms of any long term plans but mostly just wanted to do something as a hobby and now I have a lot of articles in my archive and I'm very proud and happy with what I have achieved so I do recommend those who are just starting out to just keep at it.




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Adesuwa08

Well you started with a notion about passion, but I personally started with the thoughts of making money, because that was what they told me blogging was about.

I started blogging but stopped when I saw I wasn't seeing earnings from it, that's how I backed away from it till this year when I picked it up again, if I had the paitence back then I would have gone far. Now I have a reason I started blogging, I realized it is what I love doing, I write a lot and I just like getting messages across to people through it.




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Gina145

When I started my blog my goal was to earn money, but my niche isn't one that's ever likely to bring me significant income. Fortunately I'm writing on a topic I'm passionate about so I'll never give up even though I'm earning very little out of it. As long as I know that people are reading what I write, I'm happy.

I still dream of coming up with another blog in a niche that will actually make a lot of money, but I'm not convinced that's ever going to happen.




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peachpurple

I was a blogger for the past 9 years, the best thing about blogging is to have my recipes read by people, complements and suggestions to improve my blog.




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Martinsx1

Most people that I know who owns a blog today all started out as catching fun and doing what they like in form of entertainment. But before they realized what is happening, they become some kind of famous and popular with lots of people depending on their opinion on something. This is now being followed up by the need for making money as well and you cannot blame anyone for taking advantage of the opportunity which presented itself to you already.




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Steve5

I started a blog to share my thoughts on things. I know that I still have a lot to learn when it comes to writing. But learning and sharing is what motivates me to keep doing what I love.




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iamawriter

Writing a blog is first talking to yourself hoping that someone will eventually pay attention. Blogs are nothing but showcasing our talent, our experience for the world to see. Some however have the good fortune to monetize too.




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Barida

I agree with you that some have the idea to monetize it, but saying that a blog is like talking to oneself is not cool with me. A blogger should have the interest of the readers at heart or it doesn't look nice again.




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iamawriter

It starts that way. There will hardly be anyone reading your blogs and so it seems you are talking to yourself and enjoying the experience. Gradually there will be readers and that is how it is really. Thinking that the day you post you will have scores rushing to read your blog does not seem right.




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JoeMilford

I think that you are right that blogs are there to showcase our talent, but I also think that they are very useful to others if they are put together well. I think that blogs can really help people, depending upon their content, with their lives. I think that our writing, at blogs, can bring joy and understanding into the lives of others, and this is a great way to contribute to culture at large just in general! Getting paid for our blogging or monetizing blogs is great, but I think that the blog is a great way to really reach people and to enrich their lives with our content.




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peachpurple

yes I agree with you too. It is a place where you show off your hidden talents and passion to everyone in the world but how many of the people are really reading you blog is one question. Niche titles and good quality content is the key.




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Martinsx1

I totally agree with here, blogging main purpose is to seek for publicity and once you have achieved that, monitizing it is definitely not going to be hard because you already have a target audience ready for you to exploit and they are certainly going to take whatever you offer them hook line and sinker.




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JoeMilford

This is a great question! Honestly, I really wanted an audience for my writing. That was the first blog I started--my daily musings, stories, poems, etc. Then, realizing how many poet and writer friends I had, I decided to start a blog where I would feature the works of other writers and give them a place to publish. I've been running that one for almost four years now, and that has been very rewarding, and it feels great to be an "editor" and to help others get their work out, seen, and read.




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Soulwatcher

Very nice Joe, how is your blog working out with other people posting on your blog? I have really never thought about having other people post on my blog. I know I really need to ramp up my blog because my traffic is way down on my website. I was doing 200+ unique visitors a day and now it's 25 or less every day. =/




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JoeMilford

Soulwatcher,
It's going okay, but I would, like you, definitely like to see more traffic! The poets are posting their work there, and I promote them on facebook and Twitter, but they are not commenting enough AT the blogsite like they are on social media. Do you want to ramp up your blog in order to enhance the website traffic, in other words? I basically use the one blog site to promote the works of others, so I would really like to get more folks supporting the poets!




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Soulwatcher

My hope is that my blog will boost traffic to my forum. Because I am a firm believer that Wordpress is better at SEO then Xenforo. I just need to get the right articles up on my blog to drive enough traffic to my forum. At the moment I am totally going through my website to improve it and I have upgraded the VPS.

I got hit hard with traffic the other day and it crippled the VPS. It wasn't doss, my website just got liked to an email chain and a lot of people went on the website. And it crippled the single core VPS lol




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Martinsx1

I'm looking at the prospect of starting up a poem blog but I'm not sure if that would make any good hits because I think it's only a handful of people that still take interest in poems. People feel more comfortable with just songs that are produced in the studios, so this is really giving me a huge concern about starting the blog.




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jetselle

No matter what type of blog site you start, it has to interest you and you have to want to write for this site. Otherwise, it is a waste of time and energy to start one. People today create blogs on all types of different subjects. Some write a personal blog, while others write blogs to make money or give advice. If you want to start a blog and know if it is right for you, I'd suggest going to a free blog site first and just opening up a free blog. If this is interesting and you want to expand on the blog, you can always buy hosting services and host this online. This takes away the free status in your domain name. Here are a few ideas you might want to consider:

  1. Personal blog
  2. Make Money Online
  3. Home Improvements
  4. Life Hacks - tips and tricks
  5. Food blog
  6. Gardening
  7. Landscaping
  8. Home improvements
  9. Saving money
  10. Living on a budget
The list can go on and on. You'll have to be the one who pics the perfect subject for your blog. Once you start, you'll need to dedicate a few hours a week to write on your blog and also promote your blog. Otherwise, people can't find this blog and you'll be writing for yourself.




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peachpurple

9 years ago, I decided to create a recipe blog after my friend told me about earning money online, using paypal. I was so keen that I asked her about the adsense, third party affiliate programs and what blogger dot com was all about. That is when I decided to put my thinking cap.




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DarthHazard

It's always great to hear how different people got into blogging. 9 years ago sounds like such a long time, do you still run your recipe blog? If so then it's amazing to hear that you have been running it for such a long time, I don't think I have ever had a site for more than 2-3 years. Has AdSense worked for you for those 9 years?




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JoeMilford

I think that a recipe blog is a great idea--I like going to food blogs and I learn a lot from them that I can apply to my cooking and meal planning in my everyday life. I hope that applying AdSense to your blog is working out well for you--I found that when I did this I really had a hard time getting people to click on the ads, so I hope you have better luck with that than I have so far. I think that it just takes a bit of time, and you need to customize the ads to your content, whenever possible, but it is definitely no "get rich overnight" thing in my experience.




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DenisP

Well I haven't actually gotten around to starting my blog yet, as I'm still learning all of the ins and outs of running a professional blog. That being said, I do have my reasons for wanting to start a blog, so I would figure my answer holds some weight as well.

The fact is that I've been told I have a talent for writing, and after years of testing the water with other trades and businesses, I would like to start making some use out of that talent.

It isn't just about making money directly from the blog either, but rather to start somewhat of a brand/organization. I feel like I have a lot to share with the world that can both help and entertain people, and I would like to get that out there through a medium that I'm skilled in.

If it happens to bring in a bit of money at the same time, all the better.




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JoeMilford

Denis,
I've grown accustomed to your posts over the last few months, and based on the writing of your that I have read, I think that you would be able to do a really good content-rich blog. I guess we all have to choose the best niche for ourselves because, even if we are good writers, our choice of subject further defines our talents and prowess, I think. I am of the same sentiment as you--I would be writing anyway, so if I can make a little side hustle money at doing something that I love, then that's even better! What would the subject matter for your blog be? Just curious.




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DenisP

Thank you so much for the compliment! I have to say that the sentiment is mutual, as I've noticed that we often seem to be on the same page judging by our posts here.

And definitely. The thing is that when you have a talent for writing, yes you can write about anything you're paid to do so, but money is never going to create the kind of content that true passion inspires. Everyone has something that they are particularly passionate about, more than the average person, and that would be considered your niche.

As for me, I'm interested in starting a blog on mental and physical well-being, but one that is down to Earth and with a realistic approach to helping others live life the best way they can. I've seen too many blogs and sites on health/spirituality which are essentially selling snake oil and false hope to people, and as someone that has actually worked in fields involving nutrition and wellness and has real experiences and advice to share, it makes me cringe when I see some of the things people recommend.




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JoeMilford

I haven't heard that term "snake-oil" in a while, but I totally know what you mean by the idiom. I worry about people who give advice on their blogs who are not qualified to do so, and I wonder if, at times, they do more harm than good. That being said, if you have the credentials, and you are passionate about your own health and the health of others, then you can be a force of good and so more power to you! I do tend to avoid spirituality blogs--some of those are so New Age-d out that they just give me the creeps a bit, lol.




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smwing

DenisP,

Like you I want to start a blog to help others. I have multiple chronic and genetic illnesses. I have learned to live with them and accept them while staying positive. I want my blog to be an inspiration to others who live with chronic illness or genetic issues. I wasn't always positive, so I understand what others go through, but just because you are different doesn't mean that you have to let these illnesses rule your life.

Many people today don't think people are ill unless they look it, and I am hoping to make others realize that illnesses come in all different forms and looks. I agree with you when you say it has to be something that you are passionate about and this definitely fits that bill.

Good luck on your blog and I wish you much success. I am a spiritual person as well and I understand what you mean by "snake oil". It's a shame that so many sell hope that isn't going to accomplish anything for those looking for answers.




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DenisP

I think your motivations for starting a blog are both humble and inspirational. I'm very sorry to read that you've been living with the burden of chronic illness, but at the same time I'm happy that it has not taken your will to live a happy and fulfilling life. The best leaders and teachers are ones that can lead through example, and I think that you are well suited for that role. I hope that you find great success in your endeavors, and that you forever have well-being of mind, body, and spirit Why did you decide to start a blog?




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mildredtabitha

When I started my blog, I wanted to see if I could write and if what I wrote could get views. I never took it seriously or even know that it was possible to earn from blogs. I also started it so I could share with other people and to also get some thoughts out of my head. Now I have started taking writing seriously because I knew a blog was not all about blogging and going public but was more about my writing skills and how I could be able to communicate with readers.




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Pixie06

Even I started writing online just for fun. I wanted to share my knowledge with others and this was also helping me to learn new things. Eventually, the traffic to my blog increased and I monetized my blog. This motivated me to write better articles so as to get more visitors to my blog. Today I write about two different topics and I can say that I am doing quite well. There are many people leaving positive comments on my blog.




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DenisP

"Eventually, the traffic to my blog increased and I monetized my blog."

You know, it would seem that most successful stories go this way when it comes to monetizing online content. Take many YouTubers for example. A lot of people want to be YouTubers because once the ball gets rolling, it can be a really lucrative hobby, and even a career for some people.

However, all the successful YouTubers said that they didn't start a channel in order to make money. They started it because they wanted to for fun, and they just happened to be able to monetize it.

I think the difference lies in the fact that the person who does it for fun puts actual passion and attention into it, while the person doing it for money will do anything just to get it done.




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tiffiecute

I have realized just now that I love writing online. Even at this age, I just recently found about it which is kind of weird on a personal level. I'm an artist and I worked for various industries, with a number of skills, but there was not even a single sign in my past that showed me that I can be happy and earn as a blogger.




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DarthHazard

My blog is a huge part of my website which is a social gaming platform. I decided to start it because gaming was a passion for me and the fact that I wanted to start a site that would hopefully help me make some money in the future. I think the biggest mistake someone can make is starting a blog or a site for a niche that they think will do well but have no interest in. If you want to do well then you need to be passionate about it.




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Soulwatcher

My website has a blog/forum too but I do a lot of showing off my builds and I do some ramblings. I need to get a lot more serious and kick it up a notch. Because my traffic is low and I want to get more posters on my forum and I am not going to get any new posters unless they can find my forum and a blog is a good way to do that!




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Baburra

I started one because I wanted to make money off of it, and mostly just to try it out. After a while, I figured out that I probably wasn't going to make that much from it or I would have to dedicate a lot of time and effort on it for it to work and I wasn't really that into it enough to gamble my time on it so I just delegated it into more of a hobby category. Nowadays I still regularly post articles on it and have gained a good amount of regular viewers and I am content with what my initial effort shaped up to be even though it didn't turn out to be as profitable as I was planning it to be.




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JoeMilford

I think I am a lot like you in this respect, but I really love my readers, and even though I am not making any money, I love the attention that my writing gets at the blog. I get a lot of compliments, and I also network with other writers and get tips on my work and how to improve it. I guess that if blogging were my ONLY gig, then i would have to figure out exactly how to make it work, but, so far, I have two other day jobs still that keep me somewhat afloat.




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Kakashi2020

I started my blog to reach out to like-minded individuals who likes to attend events. Eventually I learned how to monetize it and as years passed so did my income.




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ballyhara

Personally, I don't have a blog of my own, but my cousins do. They decided to start a blog about games about 3 years ago, and the main reason was, to find out tips on how to pass levels on a game. Well, what started as a search for answers, turned out to be a poll of comments and postings, they got followers and subscribers from everywhere, and suddenly they had this baby monster full of information. Pretty sure they didn't expect this to be that big, but honestly that has been really rewarding, so far a great experience.




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JoeMilford

ballyhara,
This is a cool success story, and I would wager that some of the most successful blogs out there, or bloggers, never were prepared for how their ideas were going to suddenly take off or find a huge audience. I love hearing stories like this, and they put fire under my feet to hustle more a bit and get my own niche market.




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mar06

For me I guess they are just want to help people to more being updated on a certain new or being more informed. I think that is their passion to catch a attention of other people. And it's not bad to help other people right ? Then you should thanks them. Why did you decide to start a blog?




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ballyhara

Well, thanks for your kind comment. Honestly my cousins are very young, and obviously they didn't expect this to happen, one day they were just asking for information, and the next one they had many guys online that were trying to find answers to their doubts too. I guess one of the reasons for their small success, is the fact they were asking for common doubts on the gaming community, and so far that could be a point to start at, to ask for something you require to, for sure you're not the only one.




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Kakashi2020

Sharing something you like to other people is one of my reasons. Another is to find like minded acquaintances and friends.




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Martinsx1

Gaming blogs are a trend now because it's as if this modern generation is so stuck on gaming that they can't afford to not to do without it. A friend of mine said that games are a strategy by which the American franchise uses to sell their fake wars and keep people addicted in unrealistic stuffs while they make millions of dollars.




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Kakashi2020

I do agree that gaming blogs is so popular nowadays, I'm into anime blogs and both gaming and Anime are closely knitted. I started my anime blog on Facebook and it was very successful now it has grown to several sites and I think that i won't get tired writing about a topic that I'm passionate about.




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treecko142

Yeah, this happen to a friend of mine too who just wanted to share her daily life posting mostly food and things she learned in class for that day, and she didn't expect her blog to have such a following and people who are taking the same degree as her to take such interest in her posts.




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ballyhara

Well, that gives me good vibes. Right now, I'm experiencing with vegetarian food, and I would like to share that with people through a blog or forum. This is whole new experience for me, based on the fact that I'm not a vegetarian, but my sister is going green since about 2 years from now, and I feel cooking meals that we can all share in the family, means a lot to her.




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treecko142

Any good experience is worth sharing with others, and I think this can be a nice topic for blogs with the dynamic of "cooking meals on a budget when living with a vegan" or something along those lines.




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ballyhara

Hey that sounds really great! Thanks for the tip. Actually, that's how we feel sometimes, because my whole family can't be more carnivore, so my sister feels uncomfortable when we do family gatherings, and we can't afford to buy a lot of vegan options, because let's face it, going green takes a lot of money. All those vegan dishes are super expensive!




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bienn05

In my case, I blog because of my girlfriend. I usually update it for her. She does not know it but eventually she will read it before we got married.




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