This is a difficult little question to answer, because what is your reason?
Do you actually have a reason?
Did you start with a reason?
Or did you just feel like doing it? What motivates a person to take time out of their life every week to write a blog post for free, and post it online for perfect strangers to look at? You could argue that programmers do the same.
You could argue that programmers spend weeks on making open source programs, only to give them away free. And, then people take the open source code and improve it for free and post it online again. But, at least with programming you get a little bit of a return. You get to see what others have done to your code, plus you get the benefit of other open source programs. But, what motivates a blogger? The financial rewards are pitiful and nobody has ever achieved fame via a blog (feel free to cite examples if you know any), so why do it? And what inspires a blogger? Here are a few potential motivators and inspirations.
Blogging as a hobby is often motivation enough
Some people simply like writing and a blog is a good place to put your written works. Writing for money would seem to be a good option for this sort of person, but that will mean writing about the things that your boss tells you to. This is not very exciting for most prolific or hobbyist bloggers.
With a blog a person is able to come up with any topic that he or she likes, and then write about it. People do not often have this option when they are employed to write.
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Blogging to make your voice heard
People have opinions and thoughts that they would like to express. They can use a blog to express their thoughts, which act as both a motivation to write and inspiration to write. They may have a strong view on a new amendment that is going through parliament at the moment. They may be able to use their blog in order to make their voice heard on the subject.
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Blogging can be used to show your support for something
A blogger may have strong political views and want to show the world what he or she thinks about the newest presidential candidate. This is something that a blogger can do quite freely. There is also no restriction on what a blogger may say on his or her blog. Sure, he or she may get in trouble if the blog is all about how to make a bomb, but for the most part there are no restrictions on what you can and cannot say on a blog.
The only person that administers the blog is the blogger himself/herself. This means that things such as foul language is okay if the blogger likes it.
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A blog can be an outlet for pent up feelings
Some people like to talk about their feelings to their friends; others like to talk to therapists. If you are a New York cab driver then you like to talk about your problems to the busy businessperson who is late for a meeting. A blog is a suitable place to express your pent up feelings.
The topic and inspiration for the topic is going to be highly personal.
But, what difference does it make who reads it?
After all, in 100 years, everyone who ever read it will be dust and the blogger will be eating turkey with Jesus, so what does it matter if people know your personal problems and pent up feelings. Ironically, the really candid stuff is what makes it such a thumping good read.
There may be people who appreciate your unabashed and uncensored truth. Lots of people recite stories to make themselves look good, but few recite stories that are no-holes-barred true.
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Some bloggers write in order to practice writing
This provides plenty of motivation, but not very much inspiration. A writer may wish to get better at writing, and the only way to do that is to practice. New writers are going to have trouble selling their works, but this changes as they get better at writing. The unsalable stuff can go onto the blog, since it may as well go somewhere. It is also a nice record of how a blogger’s writing quality has increased over time, starting with the poor quality first post and leading up to the high quality recent posts.
The guest post is written by Sonia Jackson from www.essays.mightystudents.com. She writes essays on different topics and can give you useful advice.
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