Why Do You Blog?

April 22, 2013

One of the things that have become glaringly obvious to me over the last few years of blogging – the blogs that I follow have a clear purpose. They don't exist just to exist.

Over the last few years, I've come to ask myself the following question – Why do I blog?

Seriously. My scheduled is packed! Why in the world do I take the time to do all of the things that are necessary to create successful blogs.

Here are my answers:

BlogStandOutFor my Biology Blog – I blog because I believe that biology can be fun. There are so many people who, when they think of biology, think about that thing that they are glad they finished and never have to go through again. This is a shame and I believe it needs to be fixed.

For Become A Blogger – I blog because I believe that individuals have the ability to change the world and a very effective way of doing so today is by blogging. So, I want to teach people HOW to do that so that we can Change The World One Blog At A Time.

So, I have a question for you – WHY DO YOU BLOG?

Why am I asking? I'm actually creating a video for my Become A Blogger premium course to help the members discover their Why, and I want a few examples from real people (like you) as to why you blog.

Yep, this is an opportunity to promote yourself and your blog. So, in the comments below, please do the following:

  • First off, please use your real name. You can use another name if you'd like, but that would automatically exclude you from being selected to be used in the video.
  • Include the URL to your blog, so that I (and everyone else) can check it out.
  • Tell me (and everyone else) WHY you blog. I'm not giving you explicit instructions because I want it to come from your heart.

Once that's done, I will select 3 people who have AWESOME Why's to include in this video. If you are selected, I will contact you and let you know.

I'm looking forward to reading your why 🙂

Thank you so much.

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  • Sarah Arrow says:

    My first blog was to rescue a business and to this day it’s my highest earning blog. My second was for a networking / regional group that evolved into local / life commentary. My third blog has topped the Forbes best websites for women for the last three years…. my personal site became so popular that I had to move it to a company name rather than my own name.

    I have to say the last year blogging has become harder and there’s a huge echo chamber with many sites only having the purpose of making money and everything else falling by the wayside 🙁

  • I have been freelance for 22 years (eek) and so have learned a LOT about the world of freelancing. Since I have all this knowledge, I started a blog almost three years to help those freelancers who are just starting up and those who have been freelance for a bit. http://www.freelancefactfile.com The tag line is ‘everything you need to know about being freelance’.

    I also use my blog to help raise my profile in social media and to position myself as an expert.

    I am soon going to launch a self-study course and will be promoting that to my list of subscribers to my blog.

  • I’ve had a few blogs/sites in the past, but I love blogging at YoWonder.com because it comes straight from the heart.

    Unlike many narrowly focused blogs, on this blog, I simply record events through videos or I create art work or write songs or write essays on any subject that strikes my fancy for that day.

    WHY I BLOG: I blog on this site because it’s a way to record the beauty of my surrounding world. I can do that by painting, drawing, writing about it, taking a photograph or recording a video.

    A couple of artists have told me this blog has already inspired them to blog about their art work. I just want the blog to spark creativity in others.

    thanks,

    Tyler

  • I blog because I want to help people with damaged lives to gain the healing God has for them. As a professional mental health counselor and someone in whom God has done a lot of healing, I want to bring what I have learned and experienced to others.

    I feel like God has invested in my life and I want to glorify him by sharing it with others!

    I blog at A Renewed Life (dot) com.

    • That resonates with me so much Taynya. That’s just a great purpose. God has invested A TON in us and it’s great to be able to share that with others.

  • Why I blog?!

    It is simple – I believe that the 21st century is the moment when humanity will either destroy itself or colonize the universe, either be back to the dark ages or reach utopia, go extinct or conquer death forever.

    The exponential growth of technology in fields such as information technology, computer science, genetics, robotics, nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, synthetic biology and others is changing not only our civilization but the very meaning of being human.

    Humanity has never faced greater challenges or bigger opportunities and the only way that our species can survive and prosper is by recognizing the problems, acknowledging the opportunities and bravely embracing change and the unknown while intelligently steering our path into the future.

    I believe that blogging is a vital way to raise awareness of the above issues and promote intelligent discourse on the topic because, ultimately, the outcome of the debate with determine humanity’s fate. That is why I must blog, despite the all the difficulties.

    And so I WILL!

    http://www.singularityweblog.com/socrates-at-newtonbrook-secondary-school/

    • Very interesting concept Nikola. Thanks for sharing!

    • Interesting and scientific!

      Brilliant people from NASA (where I lived ate and slept for 10 amazing weeks) to Google (who is footing part of the bill) are either directly working on or supporting all the relevant research.

      This is the future of humanity – to embrace science, conquer the stars and live forever, or remain stuck with religion and go back to the Dark Ages…

    • I think we will agree to disagree on this one. I believe otherwise, but hey – that’s what makes life interesting 🙂

    • We can certainly agree to disagree Leslie! But history is history, it is a fact that the period when religion run our civilization is now referred to as the “Dark Ages.” At that time Christianity was swimming in rivers of blood from Europe to Jerusalem…

    • Yep, history is history. However, I’m sure you’d agree that interpretation also adds an interesting dimension. What you refer to as Christianity is not necessarily what I see as Christianity. Religion has definitely brought a lot of problems, and I would not argue that religion is necessary. Christianity, however, in the truest sense of the word, is something TOTALLY different.

    • Now this, I can agree with you on my friend!

    • Great, we’ve found a point of agreement 🙂

  • Here is my website can help business owners grow

    My website has a single purpose. To help you develop inspiring business habits that will help business owners beyond their wildest dreams.

    Why?

    We are the sum of our habits. Habits can be defined as a simple automatic decision making process. We have no control over the results we produce. But we have full control over the ‘action’ we take. Our actions are governed by our habits. Good habits lead to better, inspiring actions. In return these actions will lead us to success in life and business.

    In the last 12 years of coaching clients one to one, I can distil down their success to just one attribute. Habits: to be precise success habits. When my clients establish success habits – success in their business follows. All the strategies, tactics and tools are secondary to success habits. Without success habits, every little success becomes temporary.

    Duke University (2006) research suggests that 40% of our daily actions we perform are not ‘decisions’ – but habits. Then why not form better habits?

    How will this website help a business owner?

    Weekly: Every Tuesday my valued subscribers will receive thought provoking and habit changing emails (cutting edge psychological techniques, intellectual frameworks, research backed studies and case studies) sent to their inbox. They may not necessarily refer to specific habits. They are designed restructure their mindset, making them more susceptible to better habits. It will open up their receptors, nurturing their mind in new ways; there is much truth in the saying, “You can do anything you put your mind to.” For an example if they are proud of their multitasking skills, a researched backed email may open their eyes to why multi-tasking actually kills productivity. As a result they may want to consider different productive habits.

    End of month nudge: In addition to my weekly newsletters at the end of every month they will receive a gentle “end of month nudge” to prompt them to review the month to make the most out of everything they do.

    Exciting Interviews: There’s probably one thing we can agree on: The people around you dictate your success. There is no faster, more effective way to fill the gap between where you are and where you aspire to be than having the right passionate and supportive people in your corner. With this in mind, I will be interviewing successful people across a wide range of disciplines to bring you their success habits!

    All this for FREE!

  • I write about science, superstition and communication in order to promote a rational view of the world. I try hard to look at the history of science, religion and propaganda and pinpoint repetitive patterns that can help people avoid superstition-based behavior. I add mind maps and videos as often as I can, so that ideas are better understood. I blog every article first in Spanish and later in English and I’ve been blogging for nearly two years.

  • Samuel says:

    Hello Leslie,

    First of all before I started blogging,I thought about what can i share with people out there that will make a difference. So what i did was i followed your videos on how to create a blog from scratch.

    The reason why I blog is simply because, I want to learn many other means of creating some activities on the internet apart from a normal and basic ways of connection with people.

    Another reason why I enjoy blogging is because I can easily connect with people opinion about the information that I’m giving them on how to becoming adventure, this make me have fun.

    Blogging is beyond making capital online even though I wouldn’t mind in the feature if God want:) . But for me, seeing people enjoying the information am giving them and understanding every content, is enough reason for me to blog.

    • I’m so glad to hear that you were able to start your blog based on the training I have here. That’s just awesome. Yes, blogging is a GREAT way to connect with people. That’s one of the biggest reasons why I Love it 🙂

  • I blog because I love it. I blog because I get so worked up over something and I feel the need to rant. I blog because it helps my professional credibility (except when I rant and it possibly undermines it). I blog because it strokes my ego when I see that I have over 15,000 views of a controversial piece, or sometimes what I think is a mundane piece. I blog because I have no other choice than to blog.

    Adam Sheck

    My personal blogsites:

    http://www.thepassiondoctor.com
    http://www.menafterfifty.com

    guest blogs at http://www.thegoodmenproject.com

    • I was just about to say that you sound Passionate about what you do, then I saw the name of your blog – The Passion Doctor. That explained it all 😉

    • Matt says:

      Well said doctor! I love a good rant.

      I’ve been blogging in one form or another for about 3 years now, and I just can’t seem to quit despite telling myself I should from time to time. 🙂

      Love the message of your site!

      -Matt

  • Blogging gives you a voice. I started a blog for my church because I noticed that we were not living our vision. (Every Member a Minister). In my country, most churches just have websites that look like advertisement boards. People don’t understand what they stand for. Our church blog is giving us a voice, members who are in different regions can connect to us through our blogs.

    I blog because i know that i can speak to people in my own way and style, in different formats.

  • Hi Leslie! Why do I blog? Let me put it this way: People around the world are unhappy and unsatisfied without any apparent reason. Even without suffering some kind of illness or endure a tragedy, people are unhappy. I believe that the reason is this:

    Through the news and the media, we have being taught to believe that the world is a dull place where everything is known and predictable, and the only exciting things are murder, violence and gossip. “It’s always the same,” we tend to think by default, when in fact we know that the opposite is true: the world is an amazing place filled with beauty and mystery.

    This fallacy is affecting people negatively, preventing them from seeing reality as it actually is. This is wrong and has to be change. How? I believe through activating the natural explorer we all have within. I am a professional explorer – in fact, I’ve been working among mangroves for more than 16 years now – and Frugal Science (my blog) is about helping you activate the explorer in you.

  • Judi Graff says:

    I blog to record our life on our family farm and have a written heritage for future generations. Farm life is like no other occupation. We live where we work and work where we live. This is especially true with caring for livestock. I blog to keep a written history of all the events that occur on the farm for our grandchildren to read and witness how life was like.
    I believe every farmer should be blogging for multiple reasons but the biggest is for future generations.

    I feel so strongly about it that I created a website that helps farmers learn to become bloggers themselves. http://farmnwife.com I have also made presentations at conferences on the topic.

  • Ray Lamb says:

    My why: Having involved with coaching for many years I wanted to create a resource that brought together coaching knowledge, resources, tools, skills, ideas and inspirations so that word about the benefits of coaching could be spread worldwide.

  • The original purpose of my blog at http://myinternationalblessings.com was to promote my business of selling crafts & jewelry from impoverished communities and inspire people to change the world. But since then, my why has been changing.

    I blog because I want to see lives changed. I have had opportunities to serve the poor and desperate in over 20 countries. The poverty and hopelessness is unacceptable. My heart broke seeing children beg for food, wearing rags, and knowing many of them lived in the streets. This has to change, and I have to be a part of that change. My blog is a place to share stories of organizations and people who are changing lives, educating people about the unacceptable realities happening around the world, and my mission to help create sustainable livelihoods by creating a marketplace for impoverished families to sell their handcrafted items and in turn feed their families.

    I blog because I believe in making the world a better place by doing my part in eliminating poverty and spreading hope.

    Thanks for the opportunity!

    • It’s interesting how our why’s can change over time. I know that mine has evolved significantly and will continue to evolve as time goes on. It’s great to be aware of this process. Keep it up!

  • Hi Lesley, I started my blog, Mum’s Days, in January 2012 when I was 10 weeks pregnant and suddenly jobless! I admit that I started it as a way of earning money, and while that’s a slow process, I have since found that I love writing!

    During pregnancy and especially in the early days with a newborn it is overwhelming, amazing, lonely and flipping exhausting. I blog to hopefully reach those people, who like I was, are reading the internet in the small hours when the rest of the world is sleeping. I want to remind them they are not alone (they are most probably looking for advice about sleeping through the night, much as I was!)…and hopefully make them smile about the stupid things I’ve done along the way!

    • Ahh man, I hear you. My wife and I just had our first child back in November and it has completely transformed our lives. Pregnancy was definitely an interesting process (especially for my wife of course), and I think you can reach a lot of people with your blog.

  • I blog because it keep me focus and I see the progress in the subject I blog about. It´s like a diary for me. My goal is to fine tune my subject and create the best reciepts to use for me and for others to do the same. This subject really can change so many lifes to stay healthier and live longer so I´m really excited to keep it on track.

  • James Mosley says:

    Leslie, I am 62 years old and I have lost a mother, a father and in the past 3 months, a brother to cancer. Also, I am about the age that each of them was, when diagnosed with the disease.

    I am on no medications, I don’t have high blood pressure, no diabetes and I am certain I owe this to learning what to and what not eat and to get plenty of exercise, just by simply walking. I owe it to a lifestyle change.

    his has been and is still working. It’s giving me a long and healthy life. I want to share this through my blog. I want to share what I’m doing with other people my age. I want them to know the energy, the joy and most of all, what to do to have the health that I am experiencing.

    I am struggling with writing the content, and maybe even lacking a little confidence. nevertheless, having followed your blog for over a year now, I would be honored and would consider it a privilege if you would teach me how to successfully do this and make a little money at the same time.

    I appreciate your integrity, your love and comittment to your family and your love for our Lord. Now sir, with that said, How would you recommend we proceed?

    What about purchasing your “Premium Course”?

    Respectfully submitted,

    James Mosley

    • Wow James – that’s a powerful story and I definitely think you can help lots of people. You should definitely work on building that. Cancer is something that affects so many people. My family is dealing with it right now and it’s no fun.

      In terms of how to proceed and whether you should purchase my premium course – I definitely think it’s a good option, especially if you’re looking for guidance in helping to build your blog. If you have questions about it don’t hesitate to ask.

  • Wim Telgt says:

    Hi Leslie, I am following your blog and I want participate but one my problems is I am going to start placing The blogs as of first of may. But my problem is I write in dutch. But I still want to learn The Tricks from you. Although I don’t know you ,the way you write gives me an energy of trust.
    I am a Allergytherapist and I have been training people all over the world.
    But now with the internet it is so much easier to share my experience and knowledge.
    I want to help people to live a healthier life by teaching them to overcome the pittfalls of our lifestyle.
    It is information you can use in your every day life, based upon scientific knowledge, holistic thinking and common sense.

    So my blogs will be semi-medical and I will also advise which products people can use to maintain there optimum health.
    But thanks for the motivating blogs

    Regards,

    Wim

    • Hi Wim,

      It’s absolutely not a problem that you are Dutch. My recommendation would be to blog in Dutch. You’d be surprised at how well that can go. Don’t let language stop you. In many ways, it’s easier to start a blog in Dutch, because there’s less competition than if you were to do it in English.

  • A typical winter night in my home town of Justice Illinois. It is snowing outside, the fireplace is crackling I am playing in the living room. Although I am just five years old I know enough to figure out tonight is a little different from the typical Sunday night in our home.

    My father and mother are sitting in the kitchen with a stranger. As the man came in our front door my father made sure I was standing straight and introduced me to Mr. Goeken. Quickly my sister and I were dismissed as the adults went to the kitchen to drink coffee (yuck) and talk about something important. That conversation went on for a couple of hours and at the end I was too busy watching Bonanza to pay much attention as the man left our home.

    What I was to find out latter was Mr. Goeken was John D. Goeken and he was in our home to talk to my parents about investing in his company Microwave Communications Inc. He had a plan to set up microwave repeater towers between Chicago and St. Louis. He wanted to sell more radios to truckers and thought this would be the way to accomplish that.

    This man going to friends of friends, selling this idea eventually turned into MCI. My parents did invest in the company but I can remember them talking about how hard it must be for Mr. Goeken spending all this time going around trying to find investors for such a great idea.

    I was reminded of this memory when I came across Kickstarter in 2009. Here was a vehicle that let inventors, artists and designers get funding to create amazing projects. If Mr. Goeken was alive today and starting MCI he would have used Crowd Funding like Kickstarter to get it going instead of going house to house on Sunday’s.

    The moment I put this connection together in my mind I realized there were stories to be told, and lessons to be learned by people putting themselves out there with their lives passion on Kickstarter. I also realized there were others out there that could be inspired to embrace their dream and fund a great project.

    I took my friend Leslie’s advise and decided to change the world with a Blog. Today the Roaming startup interviews people who have launched a project on Kickstarter and experts who can help folks create their own project.

    A couple of months ago one of our guest wrote an email thanking us for helping their dream (a book) become a reality. We changed the world! I can’t imagine us not wanting to continue.

    • Robert,

      I’m SO GLAD that you shared that story. I mean, I had an idea of what you were doing and why, but this really brings it to life for me.

      LOVE it. This is why you will be successful!

  • Why Do I Blog?

    I preface this by saying I hesitate to say I’m actually blogging yet. At best, I am a novice blogger with big goals!

    Several years ago I was bitten by the blogging bug. Certain I could do this, I researched with the intention of a blog to inspire interesting communication with other over-50 women, about all the topics that interested me, but primarily about aging well. I bought a domain and began http://www.justafewwrinkles.com. Suffice it to say my goals were bigger than my commitment, and today the blog is sitting there doing nothing. I designed it to be too big, to have too many categories, and I did not come anywhere close to spending the time and making the efforts necessary to develop a successful blog.

    Fast forward to today, or actually this past weekend; my friend Linda and I FINALLY published our blog,www.gracefulover50.com. This blog has the same basic theme as my first, appealing to over-50 women about issues of healthy aging. The difference is I have a partner, and we are holding each other accountable, setting mutual goals, and operating under the assumption that two heads are better than one. We are novices we know, but we plan to succeed where we know so many others have failed. To do this we plan to absorb all the knowledge about blogging that we can, and follow the wonderful advice of successful bloggers such as you Leslie! But we also plan to do this at a level that makes sense for two busy mothers and wives, both of whom still work full-time jobs elsewhere.

    Why do we blog?
    • to stay young as we challenge ourselves to stay on top of technology;
    • to communicate with a vast number of like-minded women about healthy aging;
    • to keep ourselves busy with a portable and meaningful business as we approach the “golden” phase of life;
    • and to contribute to our community through philanthropic activities.

    Leslie, if you’re looking for bloggers with an actual name NOW, that would count us out at this time. But please keep us in mind for future. Thanks for listening!

    Tess Mickelsen
    http://www.gracefulover50.com

  • Sarah says:

    Hi!

    At the age of 38 years, when my oldest daughter was 2 years old and my youngest only 2 weeks old, I suffered a stroke that left me and my family broken for a long time.

    I had to deal with symptoms of sickness, disorientation, being unable to walk or talk and forgetting how to do simple things, like reading, writing and remembering people’s names. The worst thing, and the thing that haunts me everyday, is I couldn’t even remember the name of my 2-week-old baby.

    I’ve always loved to write and thankfully it became the key to my recovery as it helped my brain to heal. So I decided to write about things that made me feel good and inspired… like family adventures, childhood innocence, outdoor life, foraging in the wild, surfing, cool camping and glamping (glamorous camping).

    This is when I started my first project: writing a children’s adventure story calle:

    Beach Potato.

    Then after independently publishing the book I decided to focus on one of my other passions and set up my first website:

    Inspired Camping.

    I really believe that if something inspires you enough to make your head fizz and your heart pound then you should definitely share it and spread the love. It’s good for you and it’s good for those around you.

    Howard Thurman put it so perfectly when he said…

    “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

    So for the sake of my health and still being around my family in the years to come, that’s what I’ve done and that’s why I’m here.

    Thanks for reading.

    Sunny smiles. Sarah

    • Sarah, your comment inspired me. I’m so glad I asked this question, because I get to meet awesome people like you and to find out why you do what you do. Keep going. I’m glad you got a partner. You guys should really push to keep it going.

  • Robert Andrews says:

    I blog mainly to help people who are transitioning into leadership and to help people who are new to leadership. I want to give them practical advise that will help them to be successful in leadership.

    This not only applies to work and business but in their personal lives as well.

  • Jack Parker says:

    I started http://www.thefilmreviewsite.com just a few days ago because i wanted to show people my talent, do you ever get that feeling that your really good at something but have no way to show others well that’s what i had and i thought to myself why not create a blog and share the talent you have with anyone and everyone that wants to see it.

    That’s my WHY in ‘why do you blog?’ so if your like me and have a talent thats going unnoticed then get yourself blogging!

  • Rory Wilson says:

    Hi Leslie,

    This is a great idea of yours.

    My blog is called “Enjoy Life” and I initially started it with the idea of it being a hobby centre, where people could find different ideas for hobbies, crafts, book reviews and games.

    But then it kind of grew into something different, it became an all-encompassing story of Enjoying Life. I now blog about all the things that affect how I enjoy my life; hiking, holidays away, health issues, spiritual issues, financial issues, having fun outdoors and indoors in all different ways.

    It basically became a blog to be an example of how to enjoy life positively without having to be a millionaire.

    Blogging is something that I spend a lot of time on (I run 7 blogs), but it never feels like a tedious job, as I am mainly writing about all the enjoyable things which I spend my days doing.

    ~ Rory

  • I started my blog simply because I love the printed word. I have been a book lover since early childhood. There are two things I’ve done pretty consistently throughout my life: Reading and writing. Reading gives me the ability to get inside someone’s head and learn something. Writing gives me the opportunity to express myself and perhaps help someone in the process.

  • Sohag Patel says:

    Why do I blog?
    Because I was not happy with the way everything around me was.
    I was seeking something and I didn’t know what it was
    CHANGE OF CONSCIOUSNESS

  • June says:

    Hi Leslie,

    I started blogging in April 2011. I wanted to use a platform to inspire, motivate, educate and inspire women. I dived in at the deep end without a clue about how to run a blog. I set it up and spent countless hours in front of the computer trying to get it right. Believe me, lots of trial and errors went into just putting the theme together. After that I poured out my heart into writing lots of articles.

    This blog became my baby. I dedicated all my spare moments to it. It’s been nearly two years. It’s not perfect but I’ve written some posts that I believe have benefited other women. To be honest, I haven’t updated it as much as I should lately. That’s because of work and also because I started another blog. But most importantly, I’m in the process of embarking on a new path as a freelance copywriter.

    Thanks for this opportunity to share a bit about my blog. 🙂

  • I blog because I am passionate about reading and teaching others to read. My motivation is to share my teaching experience with parents and teachers so every child will receive the gift of reading. I love what I do because reading enhances lives.
    Many children throughout the world have benefited from my free lessons and eBook I give away on my blog. I will continue to blog to present great education ideas to my readers.
    Blogging also keeps me aware of new ideas and resources both for myself and others. It also opens me up to sharing myself with others.

    • Such an important topic Marilyn. As a teacher, I’ve been exposed to so many students who’s reading level was not where it should be. Cheers to you for trying to fix that.

  • I blog because so many people seem so unhappy and so lost, and they don’t have to be.

    I blog to help people learn how to deliberately shape the way they think and feel by changing the way they view the events of their lives.

    I blog because happiness is about taking responsibility our own lives; it’s about choosing to think positively and reach for the better feeling thoughts. My blog is dedicated to increasing our understanding of how we can make this choice, and to providing resources and support to all who decide that they, too, can and will change their vibe and choose a better, more joyful life for themselves.

    I blog because a friend sent me a note that said I was changing lives with my words, even if I couldn’t see it yet. She told me I would move mountains, and help others to do the same.

    • Oh Wow Nathalie, I see that you have shifted your vibe to a brand new blog. I LOVE the concept. Thank you for sharing 🙂

    • Thanks Leslie — I’ve been a busy girl since we last chatted! 🙂 I’m still working on my free resource items for my list sign up (hoping to have them done this weekend). I’ve also got several videos in the works, and a book! Also, my RSS subscribers are growing fast, my site views are increasing, and my Facebook likes are almost at 1200 (sooo close)… and I only launched at the end of February! I’ve also done one guest post for someone else’s blog, and will be doing one on another site in the near future. It’s really going well, and I’m so excited! 🙂

    • Oh I already noticed before you told me. I checked you out and felt so proud. You are making GREAT progress and I’m so happy for you. Keep up the great work!

    • Nathalie, I will definitely be checking out your blog. I am a firm believer that we, as human beings, have the ability to shape our lives and our emotions. Yes, some things in life, we just can’t control. But we can control the way we react to them, and that is where we are going to determine if we are generally happy people or not. Great concept!

  • I don’t have a blog yet, but I am in the process of setting one up as I move my business from consulting, to training and coaching leadership teams. Stay tuned for SwitchedOnLeaderhsip.com

    So why do I want to blog? Firstly, there are some obvious commercial reasons. In a nutshell, there are 3 pillars to a successful business: you need to add value, build relationships and systemise your processes. And blogging allows you to do all three.

    But despite the commercial benefits, the real reason why I want to blog is that it aligns with my values.
    1. I love learning, anything to do with personal development and business success
    2. I love sharing my ideas, connecting with and learning from others. Blogging gives me a great excuse to meet and interview the top leaders in business today!
    3. I believe in continuous learning. It’s not about going to a week long course and you are done for the year.
    4. And I believe there is a massive amount of new information, strategies and ways of doing business that isn’t being covered by traditional learning institutions. Blogging allows me to deliver new information in a timely manner to large numbers of people.

    Blogging is therefore a fantastic platform for me to align with my values.

    And as an added benefit it helps me become better at what I do. The best way to learn anything, besides putting it into practice, is to teach someone else. So in essence I get paid to learn. How cool is that for someone who loves to learn!

  • Gary Korisko says:

    Hey Leslie:

    What a great question to get people participating.

    I blog at RebootAuthentic.com because I feel like I’m filling a gap. Not that there’s a shortage of blogs or anything like that 🙂 but so many of them seem to be coming from the same angle.

    As a 20+ year veteran in business and sales management (AND a lover of content marketing) I wanted to shake off the normal spin in the blogosphere and bring an element of what makes real, lasting, repeat business happen in the real world.

    My goal is to teach that those same principles work as well online as offline, marry real-world business principles with content marketing and wrap it all in a big old layer of old-fashioned authenticity. Not the overused word authenticity – but the real, actual thing.

    So far it’s gone really well and my posts have been well-received – both on my own blog and on several major blogs who’ve allowed me to guest post.

    So what I do is help people learn what they can achieve in online business by being sincere, employing smart business strategy, and forging *real* lasting relationships.

    • You are right – there sure are a lot of blogs out there, but there’s always room for a new one if it’s coming from a unique angle that offers value. Others have done it, and so can you. Keep up the good work.

  • Evan says:

    I blog for a couple of reasons.

    I am finding out if I can make my income doing what I love. So far I can’t.

    As to the blog itself (I’m a self development blogger).

    The crisis in health funding is largely due to the cost of technology (pills and machines) and the ‘lifestyle diseases’ – which can be altered by human choice. Helping people be more in charge of their lives will contribute to a steep decline in lifestyle diseases so that funding is available for other health problems.

    People are usually capable of living with far greater and deeper satisfaction than they realise. And the path to this (authenticity) is fairly simple if not always easy.

    I think self development based on success is an illusion – lasting satisfaction is based on authenticity. Satisfaction based on success only lasts until the next problem or challenge. I want this message to be part of self development.

    So I guess that is three reasons for why I blog, benefit to myself, benefit to others, caring about my message. I guess most people probably have a similar mix.

  • Greg Hickman says:

    Thanks for the opportunity Leslie and a great question to ask.

    My blog, http://www.mobilemixed.com, is helping bloggers, podcasters and online entrepreneurs better understand mobile marketing and how it can better connect them to their audience.

    Why?

    Well, when you find a blog or podcast that has great content that transforms your life or business you try to consume it as much as you can from wherever you are. By mobilizing our content we can better serve our audience and allow them to digest our content however they prefer.

    So as you aim to change the world one blog at a time…i’m trying to have each of those blogs affect the most amount of lives as possible using mobile.

    • Music to my ears Greg. Music to my ears. Yep, mobile is powerful and it’s funny how it’s still in its infancy. I can’t even imagine how interesting the mobile space will be getting over the next few years. Great stuff!

  • HwaiTah Lee says:

    My blog ‘Coaching Journey’ is a collection of thoughts, ideas, experiences and lessons in my journey towards and being a professional coach.

    I’d like to use the imagery in this quote, “If a stick is floating down a river and gets stuck, it doesn’t need years of therapy. It just needs a little nudge and then it will get back into the flow of the river.” ~ Michael Neill.

    Coaching Journey aims to provide the right nudges (hopefully) for people, and help them ask the right questions to get unstuck and get back into their natural flow and rhythm of well-being.

  • Carl Hogue says:

    To recap my previous post a Month or so back: I’m a Volunteer Chaplain (no salary), here at the Lawton / Fort Sill Veterans Center, where I have been serving for 8+ years now.
    We provide Bibles, Ministry supplies, and other equipment for doing the sound and video for our Ministry and Bible Study, as well as, refreshments for them and other Bible study groups and local retirement centers here in Lawton Oklahoma.
    I have been trying to find some ways to supplement our limited income, to provide more services for our veterans and their families. I stumbled upon your blog site, and was very impressed with your comments and stellar insights.
    I’ve been trying to set up a blog site, for affiliate marketing, not only to supplement our income to provide more resources, but also to guide our veterans and their families, both physically and spiritually.
    I really like the layout of your blog site, and would like to know if you could guide me in setting up mine which can be viewed at chaplaincarlslist.com, which I’m still working on.
    I know you have a lot of insights and techniques, that could make the site great, and I would appreciate any help or advice you can provide.
    Take care and God bless!
    Chaplain Hogue

    • Hi Carl,

      Sounds like a very worthy cause. In terms of guiding you in setting up your blog, that’s exactly what I do here. You can start with the 10 free videos, and also listening to the Podcast. If you want to take it further, you can even purchase my premium course. I teach blogging in detail and there are many ways to learn here.

  • I used my blog to tell everyone that by bettering themselves without on relying on others. We are design to improve our live by discovering our true potentials.

  • I blog because I want to help kids learn to read. My focus is creative kids. These kids are often reluctant readers, they’d rather be making something or drawing than reading a book. Well, that was me as a kid.

    I have been studying a lot about the brain, and hope to help parents learn to enhance the creative gift their child brings to the world. Learning leads to creativity, and creativity leads to learning.

    I’m going to be honest. I have very little followers, and am struggling with what I’m doing wrong. But I won’t give up!

  • Chris says:

    I had for years searched for a way to write about all of my experiences, but writing on paper or just a word processor wasn’t doing it for me. So, when I heard that people use blogs to write, all of a sudden I had this enormous motivation to write. Of course, I also heard that people are using blogs to earn money, and while that alone sounds like a great motivator, I still write because I enjoy it! I have many passions, many niches, and most importantly, many happy memories, and because of blogs, I can put all the above to good use! Man am I busy.

  • I started out as a copywriter. And as I was out networking and promoting my business I noticed that there were a number of people who, like me, were starting a business later in life. These were (and are) amazing people with incredible skills and experience. They have amazing businesses. But they were struggling with marketing. Many found marketing scary. And social media marketing terrified them. But I love marketing. I decided to start helping them get better at their marketing so their amazing businesses would thrive.

    So I started wring my blog http://www.TheBabyBoomerEntrepreneur.com to help them with the marketing. I decided on a blog rather than writing a book because it was faster than writing a book … I could start helping people right away.

    Oh yeah, and it would be great for marketing my business too.

  • Nick Price says:

    I blog to help men return to the time less classics of grooming, style, and etiquette. The world is need of real gentlemen to be better husbands, fathers, employees, and friends. I want to share my knowledge to help others stand a little taller. I hope that in some small way if will have an impact to make the world a little bit better place to be. I blog to share my passion with the world!

    • Nick P. says:

      Thanks Leslie! That quote is fantastic. It really sums up what I hope to inspire in my readers. Thank you for sharing that.

    • Yep, it’s definitely one of my favorite quotes, because it’s SO TRUE!

    • Love your comments love the idea of men being more gentlemanly like the man who tips his hat to say hello, I like it, I like the hat, I like the gentleman

    • Yep, the world needs more gentlemen 🙂

    • Nick P. says:

      Deborah, thank you for the kind words. I am a firm supporter of the idea of hats coming back. They are, like many things that are gentlemanly, timeless.

      You have a great looking blog and I will be happy to recommend potential home buyers to it as a resource. Best of luck to you!

    • Hey Nick, I don’t know if you know about this blog, but if not, you should check out – http://www.artofmanliness.com. It sounds like they are doing what you are talking about. It would be awesome if you could network with them.

    • Nick P. says:

      Oh yes. Brett and his wife are doing an awesome job promoting our niche. It is one of my favorite blogs to read. I have posted comments but as of yet I have not reached out. I have a goal to submit a guest post for his site. He is the king of the hill and it would be a great thing to be able to put some of my writing in front of so many visitors.

      I think this post has really done something. I have really enjoyed seeing what people have to offer and to feel the excitement they have for their blogs. It really helps me feel excited for the future of my own blog. I would have never thought I would have been doing this a few months ago but life brought me to this point and I am enjoying the ride.

    • Yep, that would be an awesome platform. Hope you get through.

      You’re so right – it was great to have everyone involved in this post. I hope to do similar ones in the future, because it’s not about me, but what we all can do to grow together.

  • My blog is all about buying and selling homes, healthy homes and my real passion health and well being. This is not a huge blog, it is not monitorized, it just exists because of the work I do in real estate, I have such a long way to go and all the time in the world to achieve it. I am confident I will have a great blog one day with people like Leslie and others sharing their knowledge. Watch this space!

    • We all have a long way to go Deborah, and hopefully we continue to look at it that way. It’s a journey rather than a destination 🙂

      Glad to have you along on this journey!

  • I blog because I believe in the power of women. There are still too many inequalities that exist in the world for women today. As technology widens our lens and continues to shape our world, what happens over there, impacts what happens over here. The best way to solve our global challenges is to raise the level of education and ultimately the quality of life everywhere. The best place to start is by increasing the opportunities for women everywhere. Women do the best job at paying it forward to their children, families and communities. I blog to share my stories, knowledge, and experiences. I blog to be a part of the conversation and hopefully change the language we use for future generations. And I blog in hope that some day it affords me the financial opportunity to pay it forward to women who are in need of opportunity. Please join the conversation at weplaytoo.org.

  • Mitch says:

    Wow, you lit a fire here and that’s what it’s all about. I will pass on the video inclusion this time around but I started blogging because I was hoping to connect with other college football fans around the nation because I don’t hang out in Sports bars and had really no one to talk football with. Over time things have changed and it’s now what I do for a living and while I still love college football and sports, it’s a business, plain and simple, what we do might be in electronic format but it’s a business and with that comes obligations to employees, advertisers, agents, agencies, and others. As much as I wish to say I am changing the world and that’s why I blog, it isn’t true. I think I have changed blogging, not just in the sports world, but I blog because it’s my business and its simply what we do. I guess if we were selling cupcakes we would be working just as hard, but maybe standing in a kitchen a behind a counter. Personally I’ll stick to the blog thing. 😉 And yes, I love what I do.

  • Why do I blog? This is an easy, yet involved, question for me to answer. After suffering from disordered eating for 13 years, I found that the answer to recovery was within myself all along. I came to the realization that I had the power to make changes within myself and that I was a strong individual who was ready to start writing her own life story, rather than letting my food issues write it for me. After about a year into recovery, I met Leslie Samuel of Become a Blogger, through a webinar, and what a life-changing day that was for me! There was something said that stuck out to me. ‘What is your story? What do you have to share with the world that will set you apart? What are you passionate about?’
    That is when it all hit me. I am passionate about helping others. I am passionate about showing people their personal strength. I knew that I had something that would set me apart from other bloggers. I had the personal experience of beating an eating disorder and now living on the other side of it. Women all over the world struggle with weight issues, poor body image and self-esteem, and a war with dieting. I knew that my voice and my passion could help these women, if only I could reach them.
    Blogging has given me that opportunity to reach all places of the earth and to inspire women to realize their potential and their strength. The emails I have received from some of my readers have helped me to see that this is truly my life calling. This is what I’m supposed to be doing with my life. I was placed on this earth with the purpose of using my personal experiences to help others.
    I blog to inspire. I blog to motivate. I blog to teach. I blog to share. I blog to love. I love to blog.

  • Ed Wait says:

    Wow, where to start.

    I’ve been blogging, in one form or another, for a couple of years now. At the time, and before I actually started a blog, I was driving a truck over-the-road. I found and fell in love with podcasts and eventually started regularly listening to quite a few podcasts including a few “Make money on the internet” shows.

    When I got the chance, I started to check out the blogs that were associated with the shows and after a while I told myself “I can do that”.

    So, I started a blog. But there was a big problem. I started it with the intention of blogging to make money AND I started it without any real plan.

    To say it was a failure is an understatement. So, I went back to the drawing board, still believing that there’s a living to be made by blogging. I searched out more people who were blogging. Mommy bloggers, health bloggers, food bloggers, etc.

    From what I found, they all had one thing in common. They were all super passionate about what they were writing about. Then I started to follow others who were teaching blogging and other topics related on online income – teaching it the way I now know it needs to be taught.

    I found people like you, Leslie. And people like Pat Flynn, Leo Laporte, and Amy Porterfield. There’s too many to list, but unfortunately, the list of people teaching this stuff wrong is even longer. Maybe wrong isn’t the right word. But for sure with the wrong motives in mind. ($)

    So, after a couple failed attempts at blogging I took a step back and really thought about what I knew, what I had at least a bit of passion for, and in what way I could help others.

    The answer eventually came to me: Gout!

    I’ve suffered from gout since 1995. It’s an excruciatingly painful disease. It’s completely unknown or misunderstand by most people, and it’s on the rise throughout most of the world.

    Close to two years ago I decided to get serious about trying to manage my gout and after 6 – 8 months of study, research, and trial & error, I found that I able to manage gout through diet alone. So now I’ve been gout-free for over and it’s completely the result of learning what and how to eat. I haven’t taken any gout medication in over a year and haven’t had a gout attack in that long either.

    So now I have a blog up all about gout and an associated Facebook page. I’m teaching people what I know about gout, about how to eat better, and what to look out for to help them manage their own gout.

    The site isn’t monetized yet. But eventually what I plan to do is repurpose the content into a book/ebook and add more information in addition. Something that Pat’s taught. In the mean time, I’m building a community all based around the common theme of gout. If this site never becomes a real money maker that’s ok. I’m learning a lot and this is just the first step of a “grand plan” all related around teaching people about nutrition and other aspects of healthy lifestyle.

    If anyone cares to check it out, the website is at: http://www.goutdatasheet.com and the Facebook page is http://www.facebook.com/goutdatasheet

    On the FB page, I post a new gout-friendly recipe daily but really, if anyone reading this is looking for healthier eating ideas, there’s really good info there.

    Thanks Leslie – and everyone else.

    • Ed Wait says:

      One thing I forgot to mention, I work on the blog on the one day I have off per week. I’m still driving a truck but now I haul crude oil in the Texas and Oklahoma oil fields. My normal day is about 16 hours log and when I’m done I sleep in the truck with no internet access.

      That’s why I don’t have more posts up but for being less than two months old, I think the site is doing fine. I’m averaging about 18-20 visits a day and have almost 80 “likes” on the FB page after a few weeks.

    • Ed, you are making progress, and you have made a commitment. That’s what it’s all about!

    • Ed, I checked out your blog. Wow, it is really nice! I don’t have gout, but am always interested in healthy eating.

      Your site was neat, informative, easy to navigate, and easy to read. Nice work!

    • Wow Ed, that’s an awesome story, and I’m so glad to be able to play a part in the process. Blogging about something you struggle with can be difficult to do, but you are doing it and that’s awesome.

      Keep up the great work.

  • Ray Brown says:

    Hi Leslie

    I started blogging last year and I’m still very much in the learning stage. My first objective was to understand the purpose and the potential of blogging (video blogging in particular). I have a great interest in helping businesses engage with their customers before, during and after the point of purchase. I now see blogging as what Seth Godin calls a “meta cognitive” process. As they say in Australia what the …………. He explains that a blog forces you to think about your customer and to stop the hype. (no one reads hype any more!). According to Cisco and Google video will account for over 90% of new online content within 3 years. Video blogging therefore is going to be a key business skill. My blogging objective is to remove the fear, promote authenticity and help businesses use video blogging to create more profitable revenue.

  • Matt says:

    It would really be a lot easier for me to write this if I didn’t have Tim Ferriss talking in my head every time I tried saying, “The main benefit of your product should be encapsulated in one sentence or phrase.” 🙂

    I blog because I believe that taking care of ourselves physically is absolutely essential to living as the best version of ourselves.

    Having a mother and father-in-law who have struggled with their weight for most of their lives makes it very personal for me. I’ve watched them spend hundreds of dollars for solutions that don’t work, and it makes me angry and it inspires me every day to create a better resource for people.

    Six months into blogging some crappy little fitness niche site stole my header, which only makes me loathe the greedy little pill pushers more. Bunch of little pirates. You’re darn right cease and desist!

    I could talk about health and fitness all day every day, just ask my wife. With blogging I get to do just that with people who are just as passionate about it as I am. I love meeting new people and hearing their stories, their struggles, and their successes.

    P.S. Leslie – Is the different color for your comments new? I like it!

    • Wow Matt, I don’t think I’ve heard that part of your story before. That’s definitely a motivator, and you are obviously taking the right kind of action. Keep it up.

      And yes, the different color is new. Glad you like 🙂

  • Rose Myer says:

    I blog at mybusytoddler.com and I do it because
    1- there are moms out there just like me who are overwhelmed at being a parent, I offer support for those moms, so they know they are not alone.
    2 – I offer opportunities for healthy recipes to be tested out. 3- I also blog to bring awareness to moms about products that will help them out in life.

  • Tamela Lewis says:

    These are the reasons I blog:
    1. To clarify my thinking. There are plenty of brainstorms swirling around in my head, but getting them to paper is quite another matter. What is brilliant in my head often loses sheen on the page. And vice versa.
    2. To Share with others. It is in this process of sharing the ideas with others that my ideas get more sharply focused. Giving makes my ideas better.
    3. To get other’s input. As I share, I get other’s input and my own ideas get refined, changed, or solidified.
    4. To make a difference. Just as others improve me, I hope I also improve them. “Iron sharpens iron” and being part of that process enriches everyone.
    Tamela Lewis

    • One thing I’m loving about this exercise is that it’s showing me just how awesome you guys are. Thanks for taking part, and thanks for having AWESOME why’s.

  • Yousfi says:

    Hello Leslie,

    Thank’s to be here for us.

    I’am Vétérinarian and I blog, because I want help pets owners that have problems with there four leggs freinds.

    I blog in French and I wil be happy if you join me in my adventure.

    Yousfi

  • DWI Prasetyo says:

    if for my self, why a blog.
    1. learn to write well about the story, the outpouring of the heart, experience or other knowledge.
    2. as a means of creating such an interesting article,, lihatkan photo in the world for my work.
    3. for the promotion of products or services for online stores
    4. and could make make money.

  • there can be several reasons to blog sometimes its use for information exchange,money earning not to forget some times it can be an entrepreneur idea blog too…meanwhile a good blog

  • Uros says:

    I help people about computer IT new say something interesting…

  • Darla Ruiz says:

    My name is Darla Ruiz and my blog is http://www.darlaruiz.com. I use my blog to promote my business, Ananda Wisdom. It started out to generate interest and anticipation about a book I’m writing called “Trial by Fire”, but the book evolved into a personal development business. I blog to inspire others to live a fulfilled life. I hope that others will relate to my blog posts and will use what I have learned to better their lives.

  • Hi Leslie,

    Thanks for your question and your thoughtful, individual replies. You’re a generous role model.

    I’m just starting my blog (and Facebook page) called Inspiring Women Who Travel.

    I blog to:
    – inspire women to live with confidence and passion
    – inspire personal growth through travel
    – showcase inspirational women travellers as role models
    – encourage acceptance and tolerance of all people around the world through travel
    – share my passion for travel and support others to stretch their boundaries
    – encourage women to travel without fear or guilt
    – build a sharing and supportive community of women travellers
    – build my own confidence by sharing my story
    – help to fund my own travels and retirement

    Thank you for the opportunity to leave a comment.

    Jane

    • That’s just awesome Jane. I like the name of the blog – Inspiring Women Who Travel. That’s a pretty neat twist on a popular topic. I also love your why’s. Awesome stuff!

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