Why Do You Blog?

If you speak to any blogger they will no doubt tell you that it’s a question they’ve been asked at least once. Whether it’s a genuine query on the reason behind starting a blog or a thinly veiled implication that you don’t have the right to post your opinion to the world doesn’t really matter.

What you may not know, blogger or not, is that most early social networking sites after the invention of the internet were blogs. People wrote their thoughts and opinions down and sent them out into cyberspace, and people commented on them. These evolved into forums, then sites like myspace and bebo before morphing into the well know social sites we all visit today.

My point is that anyone who posts on social media is, in fact, a blogger. They share their frustrations, triumphs, political views and life events with people over the internet. The only difference between them and those of us who have created our own blogs is the thought, attention to detail and joy that goes into our writing.

I started Possibly Vintage originally in 2012 when I got my first ‘grown up’ job at a marketing agency in Leeds. Everyone had a blog and I felt like an outsider. As a lover of writing I took to it like a duck to water, but as my life became more complicated I gave less and less time to it until I closed it down completely.

After a tumultuous few years I started it up again, buying my own domain in a bid to encourage myself to stick at it. I am once again in love with blogging and feel like I have an awful lot to share with career changes, mental health issues and life events. At 26 it’s time to sort my life out, get into some good routines and enjoy myself. For me blogging is as much about diarising thoughts and opinions as it is about sharing them, and whilst it would be lovely to have a gazillion readers it’s not the be all and end all for me (although please don’t stop reading if you already do, I don’t just want to be talking to myself!).

I’m terribly nosy so I’d love to know why you started blogging and how you feel about the idea that all social media users are – in a very loose way – bloggers.

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5 thoughts on “Why Do You Blog?

  1. Love this!
    I started blogging because I love to write. Before making a blog, a used to read them and I never found what I was truly looking for – a lot of blogs cover the same things and have the same catagories where as I’m more of a “LET ME READ EVERYTHING ABOUT YOUR LIFE” sort of person and so I decided that I will be that blogger, the one that over shares and writes about things you only talk about at 3am drunk in a field with strangers. I like writing to express my feelings and to have a record of my values and opinions and to hear others views and perspectives too.
    – Arora xx
    http://www.aroraappleby.com

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    1. I love those kind of blogs too! πŸ˜€πŸ™ˆπŸ‘€πŸ’ͺ

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  2. Love this! I started blogging last year because I used to write content everyday for my job, due to redundancy and a career change, I don’t now. I missed it so I started writing, I too don’t rely on how many people read it. I do it because I love it, if someone reads it I am super happy. Love reading genuine blogs like yours x

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    1. Aww thank you sweetheart. I think a love of writing is a great reason to write. What are you doing now career wise?

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      1. You’re welcome 😊 best way to be I think! I used to write marketing for a small company on and off as well as sales, now I’m just sales. Blogging takes the edge off not writing for work and I kind of enjoy it more now it’s on my terms lol xxxx

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