After reading 12 reasons why people blog by Jeff bullas who did a survey on why people blog, I went to think on the reasons on why I started blogging although I procrastinated for 6 months whether To Blog Or Not To Blog before starting askaaronlee on the 1st of January 2010 because of a New Year resolutions that I set.
Here are my reasons
I think I have an addiction to social media networks like twitter, facebook and recently linkedin and I can spend like 4-6 hours on them everyday. I was actively on friendster last time before becoming more active on facebook. Then I played around with twitter and I never stop tweeting since. Soon I posted tweets on twitter which was all the tweets that I read so that people can benefit like how I benefited. People liked them and I never stop posting since.
After being on twitter for a while I wanted to “brand” myself and give @askaaronlee a brand on twitter and to share with people what I’ve learned on twitter and my experience using twitter. So I used the domain name askaaronlee.com which i bought 6 months earlier to brand it. At first I was afraid what people will think about my writing as I don’t really have the best writing on the block. Then I thought I should just go for it and worry later. I just “jump” not knowing what will happen and what others might think about the blog.
3. Improve my writing
Like mention above I was afraid what people might think about my writing as writing isn’t my best skill. Tweeting is easier, read>copy>paste>edit>send. Done!! while writing takes more time as I needed to make sure that I don’t have TOO MANY grammatical errors around them so that people won’t think its too unprofessional. After writing my first ever blog post I asked two of my friends to look at it and they gave me great feedback although they found a few some grammatical errors.
4. Write my thoughts out
I do have a lot going on my mind like everyone else behind all the tweets. I did mention in one of my blog post why twitter and blogging go hand in hand that i use twitter to be my voice and my blog as my thoughts. This is how I view twitter and blogging and why I feel blogging and twitter go hand in hand and not against each other. I doubt twitter will replace blogging at all.
I wanted to use this blog to share my experience on twitter as well as learning new things. The entire blog was done by me and it is something that I learn from so many people. Recently I started to learn more about SEO from great bloggers who took the time to teach me and guide me from their experience. I also learn a lot about social media by researching and blogging about them.
What about money? For some reason I didn’t have any thoughts about making money through blogging at all, my long term reason at the time I started blogging was to write my passion and addiction and getting a brand for myself. I have no intention to make money off blogging, however after reason problogger book and kaching by @joelcomm I will be starting to play around with adsense.
What about you? Do you have a blog? If yes why do you blog? If no why not?
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