Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Blogging: Why Do You Want to Do It?







So you want to start a blog?

I started Precious Monsters because I want to further nurture my love for monsters and horror/paranormal.  I know that there are others who are interested in zombies and stuff too. I also recently wrote a horror/paranormal novella, and I needed a home base, other than my website, to post information about it.

But what about you? Why do you want to blog?

Blogging, if you want to do it right, takes work. Once you get it going, you need to keep it going. You need to be devoted to it. After all, the people who you will attract to your blog deserve it.

Here are some reasons why people want to blog.

"I blog because I just want to write."

This is actually a great reason to blog, because if you need a platform to write, chances are you'll offer quality blog posts to your readers. People who blog just to write are doing it because they love to write. There's no other reason behind it.

"I blog because I need a family newsletter."

Blogging about family is a fun thing to do, and just because you're blogging about your family it doesn't mean others won't be interested. One of the bloggers I met during the 2012 A to Z Challenge  is Jen of We're Living a Full Life. I consider her blog a bit of a family blog. Jen, a mother of five children, lost two of her children to a tragic accident. Her blog is a tribute to her family and a testament of how she and her family have been able to carry on. She explains how she came up with the name for her blog:

"We have lived through so much heartache but there were so many blessings too, we are after all hopeful people. Surely there was a name there somewhere! In my search for that blog name, I kept on coming back to one thing, people are curious ya know! And the #1 question I get asked is, what it's like after the loss of a child and how do you go on.? My answer to that is, you go on because you have to there's no other choice. But you do have a choice in the manner in which you live on. I will tell you this, there's a ache that never goes away but God has provided for our family and 'we're living a full life'."

"I blog because I'm a staunch Democrat, and I need a place to rant."

No problem. I often rant on Facebook, but a political blog is a great way to attract readers. However, be prepared for lots of arguments. Just because you want to blog as a Democrat doesn't mean you won't attract a ton of Republicans who are pissed at you. If you're going to start a blog to rant, then you need to be able to take the heat - or get out of the kitchen.

"I blog because I have a product to sell."

Great. Do you crochet hats? Perhaps your blog is about your latest creations and where people can buy them.  Or maybe you're an SEO pro who counsels via eBooks, instructional videos and more. Blogging is a great way to sell your products. My blog fits somewhat into this category, because as I get more and more into my books The M Series, information about these books will appear at my blog.

"I blog because I'm a member of PETA, and I hate animal killers."

Okay, so you blog about the way animals are mistreated or how they are tortured and killed. Along the way, you also offer information about organizations that help animals. This is a great way to find people who care about animals as much as you do. You're offering a public service by telling people where they can go to help animals.

"I blog because I'm a pro at photography."

You're blogging in the niche area of photography, and your blog will answer readers' questions about photography.  It's important for you to keep your blog posts centered on photography and not to get off track. My blog is about monsters, and although this post is about blogging, I made sure to mention monsters, horror/paranormal and my books in this post.

"I blog because I adore Kim Kardashian."

You blog because you’re a fan of something and in this case it's Kim Kardashian. So on your blog you will offer all the information that you can about Kim Kardashian to make your blog a good resource for her fans.

So these are some reasons that people blog. Some people blog because they want to fill their time with something productive. However, for blogging to be truly productive, you need to know why you're blogging and who you are blogging to.









I Love Horror/Paranormal Novellas Blog Hop August 2012

5 comments:

Mina Lobo said...

1. Kudos to you for staying on the blogging horse immediately after completing the A to Z challenge - I'm *exhausted* from April and, frankly, didn't want to blog one more danged thing, for a looooong time. But then I did post a blog today, so there you go. :-)

2. I heart the look/design of your blog!

3. I started blogging because I've got some fiction I want to publish. I've been trying to get an agent for my mythical romance novel but no luck, so far. If I don't get a nibble in the near future, I may well self-pub and so I've followed the marketing advice of countless others to build an "author platform" by establishing a presence on social media - like a blog! You're right - blogging's a LOT of work, but it's rewarding, creative work. It's wonderful to have an outlet for self-expression (and even more wonderful when others want to "hear" what you've got to say!).

Some Dark Romantic

Jolie du Pre said...

Hey Mina,

You're blogging for about the same reason I'm blogging. Also, I'm not sure why more authors don't consider small presses where an agent is not necessary. With the popularity of eBooks, I know authors who have made at least $100,000 in eBook sales. You don't need an agent with those.

Mina Lobo said...

True!

maggie brooke said...

but is it work if you really love what you're doing?

Jolie du Pre said...

Nope, it's not work if you love what you're doing!