Why I Blog

About six months ago, I started my blog and I started it for several reasons:

  • To keep my family that I don’t see or talk to often updated on what I’m up to.
  • It sounded fun.
  • To talk about running. (I talked about it with my hubs a little too often and he would get a glazed look in his eyes each time. I think the wall looked more interested in what I was saying.)

When I first started my blog, I was reading only one blog. Since then, I read a lot more. I checked the number of blogs in my Reader today – there are 66. Please tell me someone out there has that many, because I thought that was crazy.

Anyway, here are the reasons I continue to blog:

  • Blogging is fun. I love talking about running and I love making people laugh. (Even when it backfires and you all think I really wore that belt with the hands from my last post.)
  • I love when my Aunt Mary tells me she loves my blog because it’s like following a celebrity she knows personally.
  • I love when my brother tells me to keep it up because he actually laughs out loud sometimes at what I write.
  • I love when my friend at work stops me in the hallway and tells me that he and his wife love reading my blog.

Not only do I like writing, but I like that others get enjoyment out of what I write.

Now, here are some facts about my blog:

  • I get the fewest site views and comments on posts about TV and movies. But I continue to write those posts anyway because *I* love talking about TV and movies.
  • I get the fewest comments on the S!#t My Husband Draws posts and have no clue if the majority of my readers even like those posts. But I do them anyway because my husband is freakin’ funny and his drawings make me, a couple friends, and my mom laugh.

Having readers besides friends and family is the bonus of blogging. I love and appreciate that others  take the time to read what I write when there are a billion other blogs they could choose from. So, a big thank YOU to my readers.

I see a lot of bloggers ask their readers what they want from their blog (I’m assuming so they can tailor their content). I am definitely as interested as the next blogger in what blog readers think and want. I mean, every blogger wants more readers and more commenters (a blog wouldn’t be public if they didn’t).

So this leads me to a question:  Do you think tailoring content to reader requests is a way to generate traffic instead of blogging what you really care about? (I’ve thought about asking the “what do you want” question but I’m afraid the answer will be something I don’t want to write about. So I stay ignorantly blissful and keep writing what makes me smile.)

Also, why did you start blogging? (if you do, that is)

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30 responses to “Why I Blog

  1. Keep writing about whatever you want! This is your blog, so it should be interesting to you!

    And my google reader has over 100 blogs in there, but they’re not all about running. It can get completely overwhelming!!

  2. i enjoy reading your blog just how it is! so if your questionning YOUR blog for any reason, i wouldn’t change it.

    that was a really thought provoking question…as far as to tailor a blog , to not tailor a blog. i can easily see both sides. honestly, i like reading whatever other’s decide to post on ~ from running to a date night to pooping (eh, give or take that last one). i really enjoy randomness, and that’s probably why i read so many blogs.

    my reason to blog is very similar to yours!

    • Thank you! I love yours too. 🙂 And no, I wasn’t questioning my blog. I was just curious how you all felt about bloggers getting feedback on what they should blog about. When I see bloggers wanting that feedback, then I think…”but then it isn’t your blog anymore.”

  3. I think you should write about what you feel like writing about. These kinds of personal narratives are always more funny, more interesting and more real than anything else because it comes from the heart.

  4. Don’t crap yourself but I “follow” 300 blogs but definitely don’t read that many each day. I’m a sucker for anyone that pleads for a follow and have anxiety over deleting them. (Unless it’s just REALLY boring or bad) I have personal favorites and people I connect more genuinely with and that is an added bonus of blogging but I blog for ME and my fam. While I am also very interested in knowing what readers like to hear about…I have no desire to beg people to tell me WHAT to write about. It’s my story. I can gauge by pageviews what pleases people or what draws them out of the commenting shell they might be in (usually food related posts) so I won’t nix them ever…but I write about what I’m feeling like at the time and then holding my breath that people still will want to read. I love your blog and I love that you stay true to the things you love. Eating, Watching, Running and funny shit your hubs draws. My favorite phrase lately….DO YOU. 🙂

  5. 2blu2btru

    I kept an online journal in high school, so when I first heard about blogging, I thought it would be a nice change. Everything wasn’t so personal, like with a journal, so I could share it with others. My first blog is the main wordpress one I have now. It has definitely evolved.

    I’ve never asked my readers what they want to read outright. I think I’ve given them choices between things I’d done before or planned to do. I’m more of a “build it and they will come” kind of blogger. If you write well and passionately about whatever you talk about, you’ll build a bigger following. Also, I comment on many blogs and share the link love quite a bit. That’s helped me.

    Congrats on six months of blogging! 🙂

  6. I am not blogging for readers, I am blogging for me. I am interested to know what people want to read about on my blog, but if they tell me they don’t want to read about something (like how much I love purple) then I might get my feelings hurt. So I don’t ask what readers want. Ha ha. Seriously, I am interested to know what readers want, but I mainly want to write about what I want. However, I sometimes dream of having thousands of readers too so I guess I can see why people pander, in a way. But I enjoy reading blogs by real people who want to share what they know and love, not just what their readers know and love.

    For your blog, I read it primarily because your write about running. I also read it because it cracks me up (e.g. Megan Fox thumbs). We also seem to think the same way about some things so when you recommended NOT seeing Buried, I removed it from my Netflix queue. I enjoy reading your movie reviews a lot. Everything else is enjoyable and more about you so I think you should include it all, especially if you like writing about it. It’s enjoyable reading.

    I have 76 blogs in my Reader, but I’ll admit that I have them categorized and some are not read. I always wondered the blog etiquette where blog following is concerned. You follow, do I need to follow? I’d rather people follow my blog because they want to read it and not because they want to inflate my numbers. But I guess that’s not completely true because I ask people to follow me just to win a giveaway. Hmmm. I guess what I’m saying is bloggers should write about what they want to and readers can read/follow or not. I don’t want to fill up my Reader with blogs I don’t read either.

    Oh my gosh, this could be the wishy-washiest comment ever. Oh well, I’m still posting it.

    • LOL – post away girl! I thought about the giveaway thing too. And my take on that is – they have to follow to win. But they don’t have to stay after the giveaway is over if they don’t like what they’re reading. I think giveaways are just a way to get more exposure to people who may like your blog enough to stick around after it’s over.

  7. swmbikrun

    Blog about what you want:) I only follow about ten. If someone introduces me to a blog and it’s boring then I usually just never bookmark it. I love your blog!

  8. Katie G

    I read all your stuff, but especially like the posts about your family and the accompanying old pictures. And I do really enjoy Fab’s fab drawings.

    Write whatever the hell you want. You started this blog for yourself, not for anyone else. Besides, you already spend several hours a day doing what other people want you to do: It’s called a job. If you make this into one, you’ll start to resent it.

  9. I say continue to write whatever you want! That’s part of the appeal of your blog, I have no idea what you are even going to write about. I always look forward to checking your blog and I adore the drawings your husbo does. You’re rad 🙂

  10. I follow about 150. There are about 20-30 that I check pretty much daily, and the others I read when I have time.
    I read your blog because I think you are pretty funny. The #$@% Your husband draws makes me laugh out loud almost every time!
    I usually just blog about whatever is going on in my world which is usually feeling sorry for myself about now running, shoving food in my face and sitting in front of the TV. I’m SO exciting!
    I started my blog similar to the way you did. I started off reading SR daily then decided I wanted to blog to keep family updated, talk about my running and to give everyone else a break from hearing me blab about myself.
    People may think I’m boring and crazy, but they don’t have to read. I do it for me, and have made some pretty cool friends in the process. : )

  11. I follow a butt load of blogs. Don’t know exactly how many. I could count them, but….

    I started blogging because I was always taking a ton of pictures and posting our running adventures and pics on facebook. I was boring everyone to death. I started the blog so I could bore strangers instead of friends and family. 🙂

    I have several blogs (yours included) that I stock regularly. Others I read if they catch my attention. I’m now a blog addict who has to listen to my husband complain about the amount of time my bloggin’ takes away from him. Oh well, it’s worth it!

  12. Jenn

    I have to admit, my family tells me all the time “What are you laughing at? It is your blog!”

  13. I agree. Blog about YOU, because that’s what makes it interesting. I’ve checked out a lot of blogs that are just bleh…because the blauthor’s personality isn’t there (maybe they don’t have one?). I tend to read blogs of people who I think I’d get along with in real life. Y’know, people that are cool like me and say “holla” for effect.

  14. I don’t think you should change a single thing about your blog because I love it! You are hilarious and make me laugh almost everyday. And you give me motivation to keep running and hopefully catch you one day 🙂

  15. Marilyn Fluegel

    Paula ..you keep blogging in the same format you now use …its fun,interesting and you are a comedian, a creative writer…who I enjoy reading it daily. It makes me feel that I am in touch with you and what you do and enjoy….dont stop… PAM

  16. Google reader 100% stresses me out! It feels like an accomplishment to clear it out, but I have it because I want to read these blogs, so I have no idea what my problem is!

    I started blogging to figure out what I like and try to focus on making myself happy, since I was so pissed off all the time about not being happy. It really helps me to look at the positives in my life and I’ve discovered that blogging in and of itself makes me happy!

    I love your blog because it is so uniquely you. You’re not trying to fit a mold or tailor your content and I don’t think you should! That takes some of the fun out of it, ya know? Just keep being you!

  17. Wow – that’s a lot of blogs to keep up on! It’s totally a way to generate traffic, but what’s wrong with that? We all want to be popular, and as you said, we write public blogs to get readers/commenters. Personally I have a problem asking and then not following up, so I guess I’m keeping the blog in a format I want to write about even if it doesn’t generate as many readers, but if I wasn’t so lazy I probably would tailor the content. To be honest I started blogging because I was obsessed with reading them and wanted to provide a link when I commented – but now I’m in love with it!

  18. Mz. Teri

    U R funny!! Keep blogging like you have in the past so I can get my daily entertainment! 😀

  19. T

    what was the question again?

  20. I like your blog because it is interesting and to me. I started my blog as a way to write about me. Mine is not so much for my family to keep up with me but a way to let things half way hidden out. I usually keep things bottled up and thought this was a good way to let it out.

  21. In a way, I think that you need to stay true to yourself and talk about the things that you like to talk about and think are important. But, at the same time, you do need to keep the interest of your readers. It’s kind of a fine line. 🙂 That being said, I love your blog, and I love when you talk about movies because then I know if it’s going to be a crap-fest or not!! So I will comment more on those posts!

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  23. I think I do a little bit of both–blog about what I want to talk about and what people want to read. Even if you don’t consciously try to tailor your content to please others, I think it just kinda happens, sometimes.

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  25. This is a really great post, Paula!

    I started blogging at first just for myself, to have a catalog of all of the recipes and experiences I wanted to remember ( some people scrapbook or collect things. I collect memories of food – I call it “my food collection”). I only read one or two blogs at that point too. Now I’ve discovered so many great blogs and the wonderful blogging community and it’s more fun than I ever knew it could be. But yes, the best part is when I find out that a family member or friend has been following along. I got the sweetest email last week out of the blue from a good friend of mine who lives across the country, and has been reading every single one of my posts 🙂

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