BlogHer '12 Interviews: Why Did You Start Blogging?

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As we continue to speed toward BlogHer '12 in New York City this early August, I wanted to ask a question I ask almost every blogger I meet -- whether at a conference or a meetup or a one-on-one or eventually by individual email. It's the question that, really, leads us all to BlogHer.com and the annual conference in the first place:

Why did you start blogging? Why do you keep blogging?

It's the question we ask ourselves as we prepare to make the journey to NYC, to learn more about the "stuff" and craft of blogging, to meet others who get us when those in our daily "real" life don't fully understand. Two of our speakers tackled this question, each with different reasoning and motivations and approaches to blogging and the answer itself.

Shalini Miskelly, speaking on the Telling Stories with Pictures: Incorporating Graphics, Cartoons and Iconography panel, made me laugh with her reasons. The good kind of laugh.

I started blogging for the humble reasons of getting a book deal, being famous and making a lot of money. That has yet to happen, but I keep blogging for two reasons. The first is because I met amazing and hilarious men and women online who laugh at my dumb jokes without me even needing to pay them (much).

Even better, they're much smarter and funnier than me and write amazing posts and jokes that I like to steal for everyday conversation. It's refreshing to be myself completely without any polite conversation or awkwardness and have people respond to the me that makes nerdy literature jokes and admits she hates her kids sometimes (alright, a lot of times) and gushes about romance novels.

The second reason I keep blogging is because it keeps me honest. There's no longer any inward cringing about the things I love and that make me me, and it's been so much fun to discover through blogging that the more I act like the person I know I am in my head, the more I like myself.

You can get to know more about Shalini via her blogs, Reading (and Chickens) and Office Crush, and over on twitter, @booksnchickens.

Katie Taylor, speaking on the Celebrate Your Small Blog panel, shares how her blog(s) evolved over the years.

I started blogging anonymously back in 2007 for two reasons – I wanted a forum to talk openly about my experiences in law school, and I wanted to be part of the law school blog community that I had been observing while I decided where to get my degree.

I (very thankfully) am a few years past law school now, and I’ve left two different blogs in my wake. Now I write about creativity and emotional balance, and I post art and craft projects and recipes.

My blog is a lot of work and often finds me up late at night or early in the morning rushing to get something on the page. But I keep doing it because it gives me an outlet for my creative energy, and I think I might go crazy if I didn’t have that. I love that every day I can share thoughts, photos, or a project with a community of folks who appreciate it. And I’ve developed into a much better writer, cook, and photographer along the way, which is like icing on an already delicious cake.

You can get to know more about Katie at her blog and via Twitter, @ktmadeblog.

And now I ask you, as you plan to hit the Big Apple for our annual conference or follow along from home with our tweets and liveblogs: Why did you start blogging? Why do you keep blogging? I venture to guess all of our answers will be different, yet there will be some threads of similarity. If you want to comment here or write your own blog post to gear up for BlogHer '12, feel free. We'd love to know what brings you to us!

Speaking of the conference, if you haven't registered just yet, there's still time -- but it's ticking by quickly. Register today!

 

Family/Moms & Events Section Editor Jenna Hatfield (@FireMom) blogs at Stop, Drop and Blog and The Chronicles of Munchkin Land. She is an editor, writer and photographer.

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