What Inspired You to Start Blogging?

What Inspired You to Start Blogging?

August 21, 2007 | Ask Your Readers

I received an email from someone who was thinking about starting a blog and she asked me what inspired or motivated me to start blogging? Rather than only reply to her, I decided I would take the opportunity to answer the question for all of my readers.

What Inspired Me to Start Blogging?

I touched on this briefly in my about page (which I think need to be freshened up a bit), but let me reiterate and expand upon what’s already been said. Like most bloggers, I started out as a reader of blogs. I say blogs, but they weren’t blogs as we know them today. For the most part they were manually created web pages with a journal style entries (think Doogie Howser online). I wish I could tell you the first blogs (journals) that I consistently read, but I’ve read so many over the years, I can’t seem to remember.

Anyway, from the beginning, this outlet for self expression fascinated me. I continued finding and reading more and more blogs and at one point even decided I would like to try creating my own. I posted entries off and on for a few months and then came to the realization that, while I enjoyed reading others “personal” (journal style) blogs, I really wasn’t into writing one. At least not on a consistent basis, and the eventual post every other month or so, just didn’t seem worth the effort.

While that blogging experience didn’t pan out, it didn’t dampen my fascination with it either. I soon realized that blogging (journaling) could be more than just entries about my thoughts and feelings. Over the next few years I started and ended numerous blogs and websites about anything and everything that tickled my fancy at the time. It was the height of Web 1.0, I was in college, and I loved creating websites. Honestly, I think I was a Serial Web Creator. I would get an idea, create a website, and then do nothing with it. I bet I had dozens of those free goecities websites.

Eventually I graduated college, got a job, got married, bought a house, had a kid, and bought a dog. Needless to say life has been busy and while I never lost interest in blogging, I didn’t really have much time to devote to it either. I still dabbled in blogs, but it was more about learning how certain publishing platforms worked and how they differed from one another. MoveableType really was much harder than it had to be.

It wasn’t until I started reading blogs like ProBlogger, and later the “The Chow“, that I began to realize that it was actually possible to make a reasonable income from a blog. Up to this point I had only blogged for fun and not really considered trying to become a Professional Blogger and make money with my blog. Now that I knew it was possible, and that bloggers were actually doing it, I decided to start this blog, as a sort of “Journey to Becoming a Pro Blogger”, and see if I could earn any money from it.

This ended up being more of a “my history of blogging”, than “what inspired me to start blogging?” To answer my own question more directly, I would say that the “act of blogging” inspired me to start blogging and that some of the great Pro Bloggers inspired me to try to become one.

What Inspired You to Start Blogging?

Your turn. What or who inspired you to start blogging? What is your history with blogging?

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2 Responses to “What Inspired You to Start Blogging?”

  1. Beyond Niche Marketing | August 21st, 2007 at 10:23 am

    I started blogging at the insistence of my business coach in an effort to build “buzz” for my (then) upcoming book.

    I became a blogging FAN when I compared the results between two sites I created to promote my book. I had a blog and a standard SEO friendly HTML web site set up, yet within a year the blog was outpacing the HTML web site in every measure. The blog had a higher PR, more visitors and more book sales than the web site. Add in the fact that updating the blog was faster and easier… and well, that was the beginning of my love affair with blogs. They’re definitely a boot strapping entrepreneurs best friend.

  2. Arstan | August 24th, 2007 at 8:31 pm

    I started out when I found myself googling again and again for some knowledge that I tend to forget. So I thought let me start a blog where I can post these kind of things.

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