Blogs are popular for a variety of reasons. In the beginning, I began my blog at the end of 2013 as an author platform.
As time went by, I realized my blog provided much more than an author platform and wasn’t just about the numbers. The blog served a different, more important purpose. I’d even say it’s changed the way I see and live my life.
If you’re considering setting up a blog, then I’d strongly recommend it. If you’re writing for the right reason.
If you’re launching a blog to get rich or even to eke out an income don’t put your hopes on it. The process of monetizing a blog is hard these days. In fact, after three years I’m still unable to make money through my blog. Also, don’t believe all the hype from sellers of online courses who attempt to convince you that blogging is the best way to earn money passively. There is no doubt that creating and promoting a blog can be a lot of work. It is not passive. it.
In actual fact, it’s easy to get frustrated when you first begin your own blog. As a technically-challenged person, I had to learn WordPress. In the meantime, I spent much of my time advertising my blog and trying to reach an audience. The other thing I was unsure about. As with many bloggers, I became in awe – and then depressed with the numbers and the amount of people, readers and Facebook fans I was able to count on any day. Turns out building up readers for a blog requires an enormous amount of time, effort and perseverance.
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So , why do we blog?
There are people who disagree with my views, but I believe blogging shouldn’t be just about earning money, drumming up business, building massive followers, seeking fame, or trying to sell books.
Writing blogs can serve as a creative channel to voice ideas thoughts, thoughts and opinions views, and beliefs. Additionally writing blogs can provide an excellent opportunity to motivate and touch the lives of other people in a positive manner.
How Blogging has changed my life
My blog has certainly seen me through many ups and downs these last few years. I’ve written about joyful moments like a trip to Chicago and my hubby to celebrate our anniversary, a fun day playing in the snow with my kids and listening to Paul McCartney and the Rolling Stones at Desert Trip as well as a quick weekend trip with my children for a trip to San Francisco.
I’ve also poured my heart out in caring the needs of my Mom who was diagnosed with Lewy Body dementia and wrote about her passing. I shared my angst after my mother-inlaw passed away of ovarian cancer, and my son was battling a difficult divorce and custody battle that same year. (Ironically just a few days after I started writing a blog about happiness, I experienced one of the worst years of my life.)
Yes, I enjoy reading, which is an enjoyable escape from my daily struggles, however, writing is my real escape, outlet, and passion. Writing is my outlet. I get so focused, my problems fade away for awhile providing me with a much needed break. If you’re truly a writer, believe me, it is an all-time addiction!
The process of putting my thoughts and feelings into writing has brought me comfort as well as help me to relive joyous moments.writer
Since I’ve shared my life, my blog has helped me reflect on what’s important to me and help me determine if my journey is headed toward the direction I want it to.
Because I am unable to blog about every single event, idea, thought, and emotion, blogging serves as an element of filtering, in a way, to help me understand my own life. Blogs have allowed me to to understand the things that are most important to me. I’ve discovered along the way that it’s often the simplest moment that makes me most happy.
Being a professional writer, my blog allows me the creativity and freedom to express myself. It’s not my intention to blow anyone’s bubble however, writing can sound more glamorous than it is actually. Over the last two decades, I’ve been writing articles about subjects that magazines, newspapers, publishers, and clients request for me.
True, I’ve written two books for young adults, travel articles, humorous pieces as well as feature stories about fascinating people , all of which were fun. On the other hand in order to earn money, I’ve published articles that brought my eyes to the point of tears. I’ve tackled technical writing – and one technical book – that gave me the Excedrin headache and made me numb. I’ve been writing on demand in order to meet deadlines for other people and writing late into the evening as my brain is desperately trying to quit.
Don’t get me wrong. I might sound a bit grumpy however I am fully aware that I’m incredibly fortunate to have made a career at something I love. I couldn’t have it in any other way.
The thing is, my blog is my child. I write about subjects I’m keen on and feel strongly about and hope my audience will enjoy as well. The blog helps me develop as a writer as I explore, experiment and test new approaches whenever the muse comes calling. Writing professionally has given me the determination to publish weekly blogs however, I write my blogs when I choose. It’s not at the crack of dawn or at 10:00 in the evening! That’s luxuries.
So, these are just some ways that blogging has changed my life. But, as I mentioned earlier, the biggest benefit is that blogging can change other people’s lives too.
People have left messages telling me that I might have helped them or given them helpful information. This always makes me smile. Writing a blog has given me the chance to connect with readers and bloggers, which has been so rewarding.
What type of blogs have proved to be most popular? It’s always fascinating to see what resonates with people and resonates. My top ten blog posts in order of popularity:
1. Five Ways to Be a Happy-Go-Lucky Person
Every year, this blog is my top-performing blog by far. Merriam-Webster defines happy go-lucky as at ease and relaxed. Synonyms include easygoing, relaxed easy-going, low-pressure, and calm. It seems like we all want something like that!
2. Golden Boys at Concert Bobby Rydell, Frankie Avalon, and Fabian
I was asked to do review of a book written by Robert Rydell’s autobiography. This resulted in an interview, complimentary tickets to his Golden Boys concert with Frankie Avalon and Fabian as well as a backstage pass to meet Rydell in person. This was a nice perk that I earned from blogging! The day they posted my review of the concert on Rydell’s Facebook page, my page’s visitors increase by 3000% for the day. No joke!
3. Keep Laughing in the 7 Dwarfs of Menopause
The blog has been a third-place position since I started blogging. It’s either funny or cry through menopause and wouldn’t we prefer to laugh?
4. Believing in yourself despite problems
Everybody experiences problems which make us feel helpless and defeated, and I’m not too surprised that this blog was ranked among the top ten. Three simple suggestions on how to control the way we think and how we can choose to be content despite our struggles.
5. What are Your Most Memorable Moments in Your Life?
If you were to look back over your life, which of the moments do you consider to be your greatest? What are your biggest regrets? That’s the question that one study asked people aged 70 and older. I’ve posted the outcomes of their insightful answers within this post.
6. Why Older People Are Happier than Baby Boomers
Aww, my very first blog which helped me get my blog going. The idea for this blog was based on research which show that, generally older people, and the younger generation too are happier than us baby boomers. A study has confirmed that there is an U-shaped happiness curve, with the age of 50 being the lowest level of happiness.
7. Happy as easy as 1-2-3
“I would like my day to feel like there is boundless potential and beauty to be experienced, discovered, explored, and expressed. You know what? I am able to do it and so are you,” I wrote. This post was discovered by Stumble Upon, bringing me my second (after the Rydell concert review) all-time record high number of visitors for one day.
8. Being Happy All Through Menopause
I wrote this post after Hot Flash Daily hired me to write humorous articles about menopause to launch their new website. I’d never written humor before, but I had an absolute blast writing for them! I was happy to share it all – the scorching hot flashes along with the massive insomnia, the annoying forgetfulness, and crazy panic attacks that lasted for many years. Yes, YEARS!
9. Enjoying Grandchildren’s Fun with Grandchildren
This blog was a straightforward writer to make. Being wanted and needed by these adorable little ones is a wonderful treat and a privilege. As with many others, I find that the benefits of family life only grew bigger and more rewarding as each baby was born.
10. Five Happy Snoopy Quotes
The surprise of this video surprised me a little bit. But hey, don’t everyone still love Snoopy? Since I’m writing a blog about happiness, I’m overwhelmed by the amount of wisdom Charles M. Schultz cartoons contain on the subject.