You all probably remember my bad job situation just over 2 months ago, right? Because of it I had become pretty random with my blogging, wasn’t really feeling it, would go weeks without posting, etc. Because of this I think my blog sort of went downhill and maybe I lost followers and/or commentors. I’m slowly (oh so slowly) trying to get back in the swing of posting regularly and trying to have interesting things to say but… life, man. Life. (Seriously, when did this become my catchphrase?)
Some days, and I hate to say this, I get kind of bummed out because I get no comments or blog love and it’s just a pooey feeling. I mean, what happened to Candice, the confident “who cares, I love blogging!” blogger? When did I suddenly become a nervous newbie?
I might have Twitter stalked – although not on purpose – someone* who mentioned this very same worry of why we are getting less comments on our reviews and posts. Are our reviews not good anymore? Are people not caring anymore? What is going on?
*I’m not going to mention this person because hello I was Twitter stalking her convos about this with others but THANK YOU for bringing this up on Twitter because I’ve been having some major issues with this! You’re my hero, you know? 🙂
I did read some of the responses to her proposed question and they were all fantastic responses. It made me think about my own blog (I’m self-centered like that) and what it is I’m doing. Am I doing things right? Wrong? Half-assed? Then it hit me. I’m not doing anything WRONG per se…. I just seem to have lost sight of the purpose of blogging.
Which led to this question:
What IS the purpose of blogging?
Books. Books. Booksbooksbooksbooksbooksbooks
No, I don’t mean getting all the books. That’s just a fun perk that comes with blogging. Seriously, this stuff is WAAAAAY too much work just for a handful of free books. The purpose of blogging is to talk about books, whether it’s reviews, discussions, memes, likes, dislikes, whatever. It’s easy to get lost in all the worries that come with running a successful blog but truthfully, whether you get 1 or 100 comments or likes or page views, you’re blogging about books. That’s your purpose.
Seriously, give yourself an hour of blogging and you have learned something. Interact with another blogger and you have learned something. Talk to an author, publisher, or agent for five minutes and you have learned something. There is a plethora of learning out there when you start blogging. You may learn different view points, learn about different cultures and industries. I am constantly amazed just how much more I know now than I did 2 years ago. Heck, I’m amazed how much more I know now than I did 2 days ago! Learning. That’s your purpose.
Making friends and developing relationships
This is one of those hidden treasures you discover once you become a blogger. Seriously, some of the people I’ve met through blogging have become my closest friends. I chat with them daily, I tag them in Facebook posts, we support each other, we discuss our personal lives. Quite honestly, it’s awesome. Regardless of how new or old you are to the blogging world, building relationships with other bloggers is your purpose.
There are some other purposes that I’m sure I’ve left out (easy since this list was ubershort) but I wonder why, when I have such a good understanding of these three purposes, do I CONSTANTLY forget them? Why do I get so bogged down with not being as good or as popular or whatever?
So let’s discuss. What do you feel your purpose for blogging is? Do you feel like you lose sight of it? If you do, what do you to do regain it?