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Why did you start blogging

This post was most recently updated on October 16th, 2019

Why Did You Start BloggingWhy did you start blogging?

Has it been so long that you can’t even remember?

Or maybe you just started.

In either case, there was a reason you started blogging, right?

At some point, you went out and bought a domain name.

You got a hosting account.

Then you got a theme and plotted out your success path.

Or maybe you just got started on a free platform where all those things were done for you.

Finally, you started publishing some content on your blog.

Why blog?

My guess is that you decided to take those steps because you were looking to achieve something.

Maybe you were looking to establish your influence.

You might have been looking for a sense of independence.

Or perhaps you were just looking to supplement your income.

If you have a professional service, you might have been looking to get new clients.

Or if you were very involved in your career, you might have been seeking to establish yourself as an expert in your field.

All of these are reasons why most people blog.

And they are the main motivators that keep them working at it.

The purpose of a personal blog

Now it may have been a while since you stopped to think about why you blog.

I know.

You get all caught up in posting content.

Then you share it with the world.

Out of nowhere, somebody tells you that one of your links is not working.

So you have to tackle that issue.

Then you decide to try a new pop-up software to get people to sign up for your email list.

And of course, you’re busy writing those emails to your subscribers, right?

So you get so caught up in the process of blogging, that it’s easy to forget your bigger purpose for doing all that stuff.

Over time, the purpose of your personal blog can get lost in the weeds of blog post production and marketing.

Is blogging worth it?

So how do you get back to the real reason you started blogging?

Especially if you feel like, somewhere along the line, you’ve lost your way.

How do you get in touch with that enthusiasm and excitement that put you here to begin with?

Why blogging is so popular

People love blogging because they get something from it that they can’t find anywhere else.

Isn’t that part of what inspired you to start blogging?

And you didn’t need to spend a fortune to start your online business.

A business that can truly change your life.


It can earn you respect and authority.

And it can even give you a vehicle for earning a profit.

Aren’t those some of the things that inspired you to start blogging?

Get back on track

Okay, so maybe you got off track.

For some reason.

You got too busy to keep up.

Or things you tried just didn’t work out.

You got to feeling like you were spending too much time.

Or too much money.

And instead of your blog helping you live the dream, it had just become another job.

So maybe you started thinking that blogging was not worth it after all.

But here’s the thing.

You could probably make just a few twists and tweaks to your blog to get back on the right track.

Get back to your dreams and inspiration.

And reconnect with all the reasons why you started blogging to begin with.

If you’d like to start working on those things, then join me in my 30 Day Challenge to Reboot Your Blog.Reboot Business Challenge

So, now…

Share this article on your social sites.

Then leave me a comment below.

Tell me where you think your blogging business may be falling short of your dreams.

And I’d really love to know… Why did you start blogging?


Donna Merrill
Donna is a well known blogger and creator of "Blogging Magic" - an intensive guide to blogging. "Blogging Magic" is for beginners who are trying to figure out how to bring their blogs to life with tons of visits, comments and social media interaction. It's even for advanced bloggers looking to reach new levels of authority and engagement with their audience.

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17 Responses to Why did you start blogging

  1. Anil Agarwal
    November 15, 2019 at 1:29 am #

    Hi Donna,

    Excellent topic. I was blogging since 2004. Back then, I used to monetize my blogspot blogs with AdSense. Then, I moved to WordPress several years later and also used banner ads, product reviews, Infolinks etc to make money from blogging.

    It was easy back then (less competition and less updates from Google, including penalties). Now, the competition is making it really harder. No matter what niche you are in, there’s too much competition.

    The only way to survive is to offer huge value and be consistent. Learn what’s working and adapt to the latest changes.

    Thanks for the post.

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  2. Sachin Prajapati
    November 14, 2019 at 6:08 am #

    Blogging can be a great way to build a nice side income through affiliate marketing. And that’s just the start, there’s no shortage of ways to monetize a blog. And this is the reason why I have started blogging.

    It is also true that it is very hard to monetize a blog today compared to yesterday. But the proper blogging can help in getting big cash.

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  3. Finnich Vessal October 22, 2019 at 1:52 pm #

    Well said!!
    If you have started your blog just to make money and create sales, then you are certainly doing it wrong. I started my blogging journey as a side hustle and then got into it quitting my job. That’s because I enjoyed blogging and soon learned money making.

  4. Emenike Emmanuel
    October 21, 2019 at 3:01 pm #

    Awesome one, Donna.

    I started blogging for so many reasons.

    Here are just a few reasons:

    – To build my own platform.

    – To make money online

    – To build an online business I can sell one day for millions of dollars.

    – To grow my influence and maximize that in another industry.

    – And most importantly, to be a solution provider to small businesses. I help them grow their business and avoid expensive mistakes.

    These reasons have shaped everything I do on my blog.

    I don’t blog for everyone. I focus on my audience and serve them better.

    Thanks for this amazing piece here.

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  5. Jeangam Kahmei
    October 12, 2019 at 4:17 am #

    Hey Donna,

    This is a great motivating question.

    How crucial is to know your goal before you start doing anything.

    Does starting a journey without knowing your destination is good or starting a journey knowing your exact destination?

    Of course starting a journey knowing your destiny.

    As a novice in blogging, I remember my goal of blogging. I started blogging based on my interested topic and want to pursue the freedom of financial as well as work.

    Most importantly, I like blogging because i’m getting to learn a lot on the particular topic.

    I’m thankful for your great challenge question.

    Jeangam Kahmei

  6. Moss Clement
    October 11, 2019 at 5:28 am #

    Hi Donna,

    I have ventured into several businesses in the past and still undertaking more. But at one point, I realized that I love to write. Then I said to myself, “if I love writing that much, I can help someone with my words.” That was how I got into blogging. However, as you mentioned, sometimes you lost your passion and enthusiasm for blogging. It becomes challenging to find the excitement and joy you derive from blogging. But putting your reason for starting a blog as Ryan puts it, one can regain his blogging vibe.

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    • Donna Merrill October 20, 2019 at 7:33 pm #

      HI Moss

      Yes, sometimes your blogging zest just seems to fizzle.

      But it’s like that with anything, right?

      People who love to write can begin to dread the next article, or someone who loves to dance can find their stamina wearing down.

      The key is to keep your focus on why you chose this path, and then figure out what things you might do to reboot and get it moving forward.

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  7. Amar Kumar October 11, 2019 at 3:23 am #

    Hello Donna,

    Blogging has become the premium source of generating awareness and reaching your target audience most effectively and efficiently possible.

    What I learned from blogging it enables us to speak directly to your prospective customers and educate them about what your business does in very inexpensive way.

    When it comes to connecting people to your brand’s presence, people often wonder who you are, what are you willing to offer and conversely, why should they read your blog.

    Eventually, thanks for motivating.

    With best wishes,

    Amar Kumar

    • Donna Merrill October 20, 2019 at 5:47 pm #

      Hi Amar

      You’ve got it right, my friend.

      Blogging is all about making real and deep connections with your audience.

      That means blogging to build your brand.

      And your brand should totally mimmic the reason why you started blogging back on Day One.

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  8. Henry Obilor
    October 10, 2019 at 10:49 pm #

    I’ve always wanted to be known for something and that’s the very reason why I blog. I want to be someone people will look up to.
    I went back and ask what really can i do to be remembered for;
    Being a gamer…..Nah
    Go into Sports… Nah
    Writing…. Yeah and besides in this 3 categories, im more good in writing.

    My passion for writing brought me into blogging.
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  9. Ryan K Biddulph
    October 10, 2019 at 3:32 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    Bloggers need posts like yours because folks get lost in practical tips for blogging, and forget why they blog, in the first place. Knowing why makes the journey easier because you face fears, and nudge out of comfort, for freeing yourself and inspiring other people. I keep my why front and center so I do not stray off course.


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    • Donna Merrill October 20, 2019 at 5:27 pm #

      Hi Ryan

      Good practice, to keep your “why” visible and present in all that you do.

      Otherwise, you can totally get lost in the weeds of “how” and “what” to do… and stray far from the reason you started doing it in the first place.

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  10. Marquita Herald
    October 9, 2019 at 1:12 pm #

    What a great question and challenge! I vividly remember how and why I started blogging.

    As a life and small business coach in Hawaii, I had a rather unique challenge – clients spread across 4 islands. It costs almost as much to fly inter-island as it does to fly to Vegas at times of the year so I came up with the idea of setting up a Yahoo group.

    I had no clue what I was doing, but the response was so strong I started a newsletter and began creating training materials.

    Then came a turning point when I realized I enjoyed writing and the work I was doing online much more than the other stuff so I made the transition to my next (but surely not last) reinvention and first official blog. That was ten years ago and I still enjoy it.

    Happy to share the news about your workshop, Donna!

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    • Donna Merrill October 16, 2019 at 4:00 pm #

      Hi Marquita

      Blogging is a great way to connect with clients in any business or niche.

      And, as I’m sure you’ve learned… it’s a really powerful way to attract new prospects and grow your business.

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  11. Rakshith October 9, 2019 at 8:37 am #

    I started blogging to learn seo and digital marketing, I dont have any blog now, but also want to learn writing content, so it will be useful for me.

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