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When I’m writing and marketing my posts, I feel sad sometimes because I don’t get the traffic and comments that I want. It’s like I’ve been working so hard in a post but no one’s really reading it. It really feels like blogging is dead.
I often wonder to myself, am I just wasting my time in blogging? Is blogging still even a thing?
I’m not writing this post to tell you to blog too because I do it. You have some other blogs for that. But of course, if you feel that it’s beneficial for you, then go for it. It’s fulfilling. My favorite blog that teach you “how to blog” is Elna from Twins Mommy and Suzi from Start a Mom Blog.
I, personally, still love reading blogs. I prefer reading than watching vlogs. I feel like I can connect more to the author when I’m reading their stories in their blog and when they post updates about their family lives, I feel like it’s more real than the vlogs.
They say if you’re not vlogging, then what are you doing? Well, what do you think?
Writing. Blogging. Reading.
I’m not saying I’m not open to the idea in the near future. Maybe one day when I have the guts to do it but for now, I still go for blogging.
But Why Am I Still Blogging Even When They Say Blogging is dead?
1. I love writing
Writing is everything for me. I’m that gal who writes pros and cons when making decisions. I’m that girl who feels so good after writing. I even write on paper still. Yep, still do.
For me, the best feeling in the world is when I pick up my favorite G-Tech .3 Pen and my notebook. A good spiral notebook or yellow pad paper will do, I don’t really care.
Lately, I write thru a word processor ie. Google Docs and post them right away to my blog instead of writing on paper. Because, hey, I have a kid.
But nevertheless, writing is where I release everything inside me. My blog is like a journal for me. I wanted to say so many things and there’s just so many thoughts that I don’t know how to express. Thus, writing.
Brain dump is my favorite form of releasing my crazy thoughts and I have proven it to be very effective and helpful so far.
So if you love writing, blogging is the best way to do that.
2. It’s art
I work as a website designer and I share a passion for graphic designing. I was a graphic designer way back in college ang I kind of forget my problems when I do websites and graphic design.
And part of expressing myself is designing my blog. It reflects my skill and pretty much reflects who I am.
It’s a space to be creative, and I believe we all need that.
Besides, blogging is art. It definitely is..
3. I can express more of myself without going so public
Because I have anxiety, I am so scared of just sharing everything to people. I feel like doing vlogging just exposes too much of me and my family.
There are parts of me that I want to let out but not ready for the whole world to know which is why I chose to blog than vlog.
4. I can talk about my anxiety and depression
For years I’ve been struggling but I really don’t have the guts to share it to my family and friends. If I share my depression journey on social media, I just feel like I’d get a lot of fake sympathies than real love. I don’t know. I feel exposed and judged there. While my blog is mine and I can share whatever the heck I want.
5. I sometimes get paid to write
When I started my blog, I never really planned on monetizing it.
But now, I have a few posts that I’ve partnered with some brand or institutions and I get paid in return. Don’t worry, I always say when it’s paid or if it’s a deal so I can be transparent. And of course, I still provide my feedback with all honesty.
But that’s a perk, I guess.
6. I can document parts of our lives
Sometimes people just don’t care about what happened at home or how you survived your parenting battle. But in my blog, I am free to share that and I can feel that readers care. If there got the time to read about my blog updates then they might’ve cared right?
Also there are amazing days that sometimes we just forget about. Blogging about it would allow me to remember all the amazing things that are happening in my family’s life, even the bad ones too. I can say it’s some sort of a journal that I keep.
7. I can show it to Dreu one day
I write a lot about Dreu in my blog so one day when he’s grown up, I can show it him. He will know my struggles, my joy, and even my sadness.
One of the things I really missed with my parents is that we never really connected emotionally. They were not as expressive. I never knew if they were sad or happy or going through something.
I want to change that. I want Dreu to see the tears, and enjoy the smiles. I want him to be a part of me and through this blog, I hope that he can learn to value other people’s feelings.
8. I use it as a portfolio
As you know, I work freelance as a designer and a writer. This blog also reflects my writing style so I have a portfolio to show to clients when they want me to write for them.
So yeah, pretty much these are my reasons why I still blog. It is an awesome avenue to express our creativity despite our world going fast-paced with videos and social media.
And no, I don’t think blogging is dead.