I Blog Because….
I try to finish that sentence a lot. Like almost every day. And on most days, my answer is the same: Because I Love To Write.
On other days, I DO wonder why I blog and why I put so much work into each post, and why I worry about gaining readers, and why I still feel as if I have no idea what I’m doing when it comes to social media, SEO (that stands for Search Engine Optimization for you non-bloggers), and anything else regarding blog promotion. In other words, I constantly wonder WHY HAVE I BEEN TORTURING MYSELF TRYING TO BE A SUCCESSFUL BLOGGER?!?
To answer that question, I’ll back up a bit and explain why I started to blog in the first place. It all began when I wrote a book — more specifically, a memoir. I haven’t tried to publish it yet because I’ve been told many a time that I should establish a writer’s platform. I was envisioning a stage or a train platform, something I’d stand upon and proclaim, “I’m a writer!” But no, these knowledgeable writer types are referring to being published previously.
Oh yeah, that.
I have had articles and essays published in magazines and online. I know, you’re impressed. So what if they were published in 1998, right? Well, um wrong. I knew I had to get cracking and get some more recent writing credits to my name, but since I had been focusing on the book for the past few years, I wasn’t actively trying to market any other work. That was when the blog suggestion became more appealing.
I had tried blogging once before and failed miserably. I posted on it maybe ten times and then gave up. At the time, I didn’t realize that my blog had absolutely no focus and I had no clue about how to maintain it. Since I am the Queen of taking online classes, I signed up for a blogging class and within weeks, had my editorial calendar set and domain name secured soon after. That was about nine months ago.
What I’ve discovered since Oh Boy Mom’s launch is that now I blog for all kinds of reasons, not just to become a published author. Although that is still a goal of mine, I’m not even so sure I want to publish my memoir anymore. It was important to me to write it, but I’d be okay if I didn’t publish it. What I’ve discovered during these past nine months is that I gave birth not to a child (please God no…I am done, done, done and also way too old, old, old), but to a whole new writing world for myself.
I blog because I now see how I can gain access to a variety of other writing opportunities. Perhaps I will publish a book, whether it is my memoir or a different type of book. Or maybe I will become a regular contributor to a site like Babble (hint, hint) or NickMom (hint, hint again). And maybe I will even get paid (like in real money!) for some other writing gigs down the road. I know it could happen. The potential is exciting.
In the meantime, I’m going to keep on blogging because I not only love to write, but I need to write. And, I am curious to see where this journey takes me next.
(And I hope you’ll continue to stay with me on this road…don’t you want to see where I end up?)
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