Why Do You Blog?
The other morning I was riding the bus into work and listening to the radio on my iPod (oh, how I love that feature of my little iPod Nano!). My favorite talk radio station--or as the Big Guy calls it, "Chic talk radio"--was discussing mommy bloggers.
The discussion was about how popular bloggers need to also deal with the backlash of people who don't like their blog. I can see that. The more popular you are...the more criticism you'll get about every single little thing you do, good or bad.
But the thing that struck me was that blogging in general is a $500 million dollar industry, with mommy bloggers being responsible for a large majority of that. In fact, it is predicted that blogging will reach $750 million in 2012 if not $1 billion. (source)
This got me thinking.
Why do we blog?
The ability to stay at home?
I know why I blog. I love to share stories and write out my crazy observations. To make money, though? Not so much. Yes, I know. I had ads on my site. I had them up for about 3 months to see what it would generate for me. I earned a grand total of $4.09 for all 3 months....which I have yet to receive a check, thankyouverymuch. That could buy me a latte at Caribou!
But some people try really, really hard to get people to read their blog. They want followers and comments. They promote the heck out of their blog by leaving comments saying "I'm following you, you should follow me!" There is one blogger who did this recently and I saw her follow list grow from less than 100 to over 1000 (yes, One Thousand) in a span of a week.
I can barely keep up with the list of blogs I follow much less 1000!
I guess I also wonder...when did blogging become all about give aways and followers, comments, tweets, etc. etc. Don't get me wrong. I think it's cool that people can make some serious cash off their blogs and have a big following. There is also nothing wrong with the occasional give awy.
But I guess for me, blogging has never been about that.
So...why do you blog?
If you don't blog, but read blogs, what keeps you coming back?