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It’s no secret that I feel like I’ve been struggling with my blog. Where I was once making a (small) profit from my blog and had big ambitions of making this my full-time job, it’s not quite the same anymore. I feel like I’m losing my way in the blogging world– I’m not getting any sponsored posts opportunities and I feel disconnected from other bloggers. I’ve actually struggled a lot recently with the idea of shutting down my blog because I just don’t know what to do with it anymore.
I’ve been pondering this question a lot lately, but Chelsea’s recent post really had me thinking: Why do I blog? I went digging through my archives, and found this post about my personal and blogging mission statements. I’m going to rehash that post a little, mostly because I need the reminder.
So why do I blog?
I blog for myself. I blog because it gives me something productive to do and it’s a hobby that I truly love. It’s an emotional outlet for me, although I try to not always express all of my emotions on here because sometimes I have foot-in-mouth syndrome.
I blog for my fiance. I’ve been blogging about Andy since the very beginning, and I love being able to record our love story for our children and grandchildren to someday read. Andy is a huge supporter of my blog; he reads every single post on his own and will start a conversation about them over dinner. When he lived 700 miles away, he would listen to my vlogs when we couldn’t talk on the phone so he could just hear my voice. This blog is a journal of our lives and I just love that.
I blog to inspire others. One of my original goals for this blog was to inspire and advise other college women. When I graduated college, it was to inspire and advise women like myself who were struggling in the post-graduate world. Now that I’m a soon-to-be military wife and Human Resources professional, I want to help other women navigate marriage, military life, and careers. I love reading blogs by ordinary women like myself and I hope I can be that woman for someone else.
I blog for God. Occasionally, I’ve gotten emails from readers who don’t know much about Jesus and want to learn more about him. That’s the best part of this, I think. I’ve always wanted to share Jesus with people, but I learned that street preaching wasn’t for me. I get to use my God-given talent of writing to point others toward Him.
In the end, it’s not about page views. I may never make another cent from my blog again. I’ll never stick to the “blogging rules.” That’s okay. As long as I blog for myself and my soon-to-be husband, and most importantly God, then I’m going to stick with this.