15 Excellent Answers to "Why Do You Blog?"

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"Why do you blog?" or "Why did you start blogging?" are often the first questions asked in any interview with a blogger. They're very different questions, though, aren't they? Whether you've been blogging for months or years, why you started and why you continue may be fundamentally different things. As part of our 10-year anniversary Selfiebration, I scoured the Internet to find out what drives us to keep pressing publish.

From the early years when I was pouring out stories and feelings I couldn't say out loud, to now, when I am sharing what it is like to be the mother of a tween girl and writing much more confidently about my feelings (even when they are just as hard and mixed-up as they were in 2005), I am sharing me. My heart. My truth. -- Tracie Nall of from Tracie

I encountered plus sized bloggers, or bloggers who were 30-plus, 40-plus, or even 50-plus, but not many bloggers who promoted being mature and plus sized. I blog to fill that void. You don't have to be 20-something to blog, follow fashion blogs, or wear the latest trends. -- Delilah of Pumps & Studz

So I guess I'm saying I blog because it makes me happy.  I think that there are worse reasons to do something. --David Ben-Ami of Fiction All Day

I feel it is my duty, my obligation to my silenced ancestors, to use my voice and my reach to advocate for change so no one else has to suffer racism and brutality because they were born black. --Feminista Jones

I blog because it's the only way I can get away with posting an excessive amount of pictures of my dog without being labeled crazy. -- Jess of Just Call Me Janks

I blog for the love of it. -- Jenny Clift of Semantically Driven

My blog is an outlet for my ramblings, my musings, my bitchings, and my thinkings. --Kate Kearney of Rupert Approves

… sharing and chronicling my thoughts all in this spot … it puts me in the company of many writers I admire and also has given me a wonderful record of my past. -- Kate of Kate's Point of View

Personal finance is personal, and I am so glad that I get to share in the personal journeys of so many wonderful people. -- Shannon of Financially Blonde

I just felt some strong pull inside telling me to write. --Kim Court of Kim Court

Blogging challenges me to be better, to be someone worth following. --April of Blacksburg Belle

In life, I am not a leader. In groups I am often talked over and interrupted by more dominant people, and I am not one who will openly voice opinions on a subject that interests me in case those around me are not interested. However, a blank page on my computer screen offers me a million possibilities without fear of interruption, boredom, or change of subject. It gives me a voice. --Suzie of Suzie81 Speaks

I love to press publish. -- Neil Kramer of Citizen of the Month

I was one of those journal keepers, those doodle drawers, those girls who turned words into bubble-letter art and then proceeded to decorate the bubble letters with some random obnoxious display of color and design. -- Sarah Lopez of Truth Shall Set You Free So Don't Be a Crybaby

The stories we share with each other in our online spaces bring people into our lives. -- Jenna Hatfield of Stop, Drop and Blog

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