This is a question I have been thinking about a lot over the last year. So why do people create blogs?
You will see from the story of these bloggers how different each person’s goal is from a blog.
Imagine doing something you love and replacing your income from this.
When I wrote my first post back in the summer of 2017 I had no idea what to expect from blogging. To be honest, I didn’t really know it was still a thing!!
One thing is for sure though… People that know WHY they are creating a blog get much more “success” with it and keep it up for much longer those that don’t!
I hope reading these stories will help you to wonder what the possibilities are from blogging.
So sit back, relax and take in these amazing bloggers wisdom.
14 of My Favourite Blogger’s Reasons “Why”
I figured this question is so different for every person and just hearing my opinion may not be relevant to you! So I asked some fellow Tweeters 3 questions:
- Why did you start blogging?
- Has this reason changed over time?
- Do you monetise your blog?
Please note I asked them to keep it brief otherwise I’m sure all of them would have developed their answers!!
Reading their answers certainly made me smile so I hope it does for you too.
Name: Mohammed Mulla
Blog: Live Daily Mo
1) I found that I had a passion for writing and I dabbled a bit with blogging just over 2 years ago. As I was living an unconventional lifestyle, I thought sharing this lifestyle and the thoughts I had during my mini-retirement would inspire others.
2) The blogging has definitely taken a course of its own. I now write about whatever I want to write about.
3) I don’t monetise them. It is a hobby of mine.
Blog: That Frugal Pharmacist
1) I started blogging because I had more to say than would fit on twitter! Also, I was seeking a place to express myself and have something to focus on outside of a job I was getting really burnt out while looking for like-minded community.
2) I don’t think my reasons for blogging have changed much. I have begun to think of it as a potential to learn new skills and network, maybe someday I can build some business or work for myself related to or because of the blog that would help me in a semi/early retirement.
3) I don’t currently monetize. I’ve considered it, but my readership is still low. I don’t think I would want to do it until I had lots of readers, not sure what that # is. I’d rather make money, if possible through my writing or other networking opportunities. Until enough readers
Name: Natalka Antoniuk
Blog: I want to buy a house
1) I started blogging because where I broke up from uni for summer, I found myself spending a lot of time in my flat on my own. I was quite bored, but the only way to get out and do anything always involved spending money. Blogging seemed like a great thing to do to stop me spending frivolously. But it also acted as a way for me to prove that the media hype isn’t real. Young people can buy houses. No matter how many avocadi’s we buy. Yes, house prices have gone up. And yes the living wage isn’t rising at the same rate. This means it’s harder. Not impossible. And I’m a single, female, 24-year-old waitress. If I can do it, I want everyone to know that they can too.
2) Yes, of course, it has. I was excited at first. Posting sporadically, whenever I wrote a new piece of content. My time and effort went into writing new blogs. And now I know that I need to adopt an 80/20 mindset to actually grow my platform. So now I spend a lot more time promoting my blog, be it on social media or other methods. I take it more seriously and am hoping to see a huge growth over the next couple of months with blogmas and other things I’m participating in.
3) I don’t at the moment. Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to. But right now, it doesn’t seem right for me to give people money saving advice whilst encouraging them to buy things through my affiliate links. Of course, there are some great products and brands out there that I’d love to work with eventually! And making money from my blog is something I’m really keen to get started on as soon as possible. But for now, I want to grow my DA (Domain Authority), my traffic (visitors to the website), and my social media following and really build a community platform.
Blog: 43 Blue Doors
1) I started blogging at the request of my friends and family. My husband and I left the USA two years ago to travel full-time and they wanted to hear about our adventures
2) After starting the blog I fell in love with writing and the opportunity to make an impact on others. While my blog is travel stories it is focused on helping us all think differently. More understanding is more freedom
3) I didn’t even consider monetizing during our first year, but that all changed in Ecuador. We stopped in Quito to volunteer at a safe house for girls rescued from human trafficking. I wanted to help give these girls freedom. So I monetized the blog and 100% net proceeds go to this Charity.
Blog: Divvy Dad
1) I originally started blogging back in 2006, and the intent was to build my blogs as a side hustle to my day job. I eventually built up to the point where I was earning approximately $10,000 annually, however, it was consuming far too much of my time outside of my job. Eventually, I decided to step away from blogging entirely as it was taking away from the ability to spend time with my family. This year I decided to re-enter the blogging world and launched DivvyDad to chronicle my journey to building a dividend portfolio. This time around I started simply to have a place where I can enjoy writing and connect with like-minded people about dividend investing and personal finances.
2) As noted above, my reasons for starting a blog have changed over time although not with the same blog. I initially started with the intent to earn a side income through my blogs, however now I have changed my intent to be purely around my enjoyment for writing and having a dialogue with people interested in similar topics.
3) With DivvyDad, I am not actively monetizing the site and don’t currently have any plans to do so. There are a couple of affiliate links on my blog resources page, but I do not have any ads or sponsored content. That might change over time, however, is not a driver for me like it was at one time.
Name: Andrea Joy
Blog: Saving Joyfully
1) Why did you start blogging? I started Saving Joyfully to introduce my future readers to some of the great resources I have discovered over the years that have helped to stretch my budget.
2) Has this changed over time? My goal has still remained to help others learn how to better manage their finances and save money. It has however broadened a bit to include more of my own personal story. I have also found that I enjoy Introducing other great bloggers that I have connected with since I started and their stories.
3) Do you monetise your blogs? Yes, I do and have since I started. I only use advertising and affiliate links so far. My goal is to someday be able to blog full time and share more deals and ways that I have discovered to make money and save more money.
Name: Sigrid Chu
Blog: Life Notes To File
1) After going through the initial challenges of motherhood and approaching mid-life at the same time, I started contemplating the meaning of my life and what really matters most. I’ve been an avid reader and researcher most of my life but I’ve always dreamed of being a writer and storyteller. I started blogging to find out if I could write, to express and put in order all the thoughts running through my mind. I continue to hope that my blog can be of help to others, in the same way, that it’s been helping me.
2) My reasons for blogging hasn’t changed since I first started blogging in August 2017.
3) I currently do not monetize my plan but I plan to do so in the future.
1) I wanted to pay off my debt (and work toward Financial Independence). I thought a blog would help me and maybe others would find it interesting?
3) Does $0.09 count?
Name: Joan Senio
1) I wanted to create a positive place for people to visit when they need encouragement and ultimately change the world!
2) Now I also do it because of the wonderful comments and writing is helping me learn more about myself, too.
3) I wish!
Name: Dillon Rhodes
1) Just building out my blog now. I’m starting because I haven’t seen many in the PF/FIRE w a similar voice to mine (really humble beginnings, climbing out over decade+). Want to help those get out and hope others can learn from my experiences that differed from theirs.
3) Yes, plan to monetise but initial goal is to mostly cover expenses. Some affiliate marketing, some through the creation of products. That’s secondary to the message though.
Blog: Budgets are Sexy
1) It looked fun!! And I wanted to be better with my money.
2) Yup – I’m now better with my money 🙂
3) Yes – and it’s the worst part of blogging…
Blog: Project Palm Tree
1) As a bit of self-help (for me) and to see what I learn to help others. Motivated by Eventual Millionaire
2) I am still new, but the reason remains as strong or stronger
3) I have affiliate links but yet to make a brass razoo
Name: Matt Spillar
Blog: Spills Spot
1) I originally started my blog as a portfolio for my writing, to help build my resume for job applications.
2) Yes, the reason has changed significantly. I quickly discovered a passion for personal finance and wanted to pass along that information to others in an effort to have a positive impact on people’s financial literacy and money management. I’m passionate about helping others learn to pay off debt, save money, and build wealth.
3) Yes, but it’s not currently making very much money. I’ve been blogging for close to 3 years and have only made a few hundred dollars. I have some ads and affiliate links on the site. My main focus right now is growing traffic.
1) I started blogging for two reasons. One is that I love to write but I haven’t focused on my writing since I became a mother nine years ago. Come to think about it, I haven’t focused on myself much at all! So starting our blog was a way to focus on me and something I love to do Also, our family loves to travel but we don’t have the financial resources to go everywhere we dream of going. I wanted to start a travel blog in hopes of it someday helping us travel to new places!
2) So far, no- nothing has changed. First and foremost, taking the time to do something for myself has been incredible. I’m so happy I took this leap and am carving out time to do what I love, which is to write! We’re not travelling off our blog yet, but I’m working hard at getting it to a point where we can someday!
3) I just started using some affiliate programs. I want to be really careful because we do hope to make money off our blog, but I really dislike blogs that are just straight up advertisements. I want to keep our content meaningful and our ads even more meaningful. I don’t want them to take over our blog- I want the main purpose to remain the content! It’s a balance that I’m just starting to figure out!
Name: Cara Lisette
Blog: Cara’s Corner
1) I wanted to carry on raising awareness and breaking down the stigma around mental illness
2) Kind of, I initially wanted to talk about my journey as a newly qualified nurse but soon that didn’t feel relevant to my writing
3) I did used to have adverts but the money I made from it didn’t justify how annoying I found them so I turned them off. I am open to collaborations though.
These are some of the bloggers that have really helped me to stay focussed and continue with what I have been doing over the last year or so.
I’d highly recommend checking out their websites. The best way to learn about what interests you and what writing style’s you like is by reading other people’s work.
Why did 13 Wealthy Affiliates Start Blogging?
The same questions were asked to some of the community inside Wealthy Affiliates. The first question was added as I thought it would help to see how long each blogger has been blogging.
It’s important to note that it is not the length of time that each person has been blogging that is important, but rather the amount of time they put in each week and more importantly what they spend their time doing.
- How long have you been blogging for?
- Why did you start blogging?
- Has this reason changed over time?
- Do you monetise your blog?
Name: Riaz Shah
Blog: My Internet Quest
- I’ve been blogging since college so it’s been 4 Years now.
- Back then Internet Marketing was viral so I wanted to see if I can somehow leverage that and use the knowledge I’ve learned to apply to local businesses here. It worked, my business grew and I received a lot of calls and emails online.
- Now, no but initially, I wanted to give up.
The difficult part of growing a blog is that you won’t see an immediate result and you’ll have to put in your time and energy for several months and that really tested me. I wanted to give up halfway but having friends who supported me, I decided to give it a year and within month 6, I began to see results. I never looked back ever since.
- Definitely, every blogger should.
I manage 3 blogs altogether – An SEO blog, an event company website, and an esports website. I monetize through affiliate programs and services I provide and altogether, I make about $1000-$2000 monthly.
October 2018 is my best month ever where I make $7000 in total ($600 from my SEO blog, $1,300 from eSports, and $5,100 from events)
Blog: One More Cup of Coffee
- 8 years
- I started blogging to supplement my income as an ESL teacher in China. I knew the strong American dollar would have more value overseas, so even if I only made $1,000 per month ($12k per year), I would basically double my Chinese income.
- Yes. Now I see blogging and online marketing as an investment in my future. Online shopping is growing, so I know that I’m positioning myself to have a strong foundation for any future business ventures I want to do.
- Yes, I monetize. I don’t share exact figures or publish income reports because, for me, it always made me feel bad when I read how rich everyone else was. I’d rather leave it to people’s imaginations of what’s possible online (anything is possible).
Name: Loes Knetsch
Blog: Work At Home Future
- In July 2014 I published my first blog.
- To get my children’s book out there. I ran into walls with publishers. After struggling for over a year, I decided to publish my booklets for free on the World Wide Web.
- Yes, once my booklets where out there, I started up new websites, one about kids art, about superfood, sharing pictures, and my experience with WordPress and Wealthy Affiliate. At the moment, I maintain 8 websites, I love to write.
- I monetize my website with affiliate income through partners, and with the earnings, I make at Wealthy Affiliate. I am not sharing my exact income, but I can say I make a profit and it’s a very nice addition to the life I like to live 🙂
Name: Leo Emery
Blog: Net Wise Profits
- Since 2003 – but it was not a blog back then it was a one-page sales letter on individual URL’s selling one product.
- As marketing evolved it was the natural transition from a 1-page sales page.
- No, having a blog (website) allows you to build relationships and authority. And with how SEO has changed so much over time content is more and more relevant to building a solid online business.
- I earn 6 figures per month from my sites.
- I have been blogging for about 2 1/2 years.
- I started blogging to earn an extra income.
- The reason has sort of changed, I am retired and this gives me something to do that I am passionate about.
- Yes, I do monetise my blog, but it is not a “huge” amount yet.
Blog: Fearless Affiliate
I have been blogging 1.5 years. I had a workplace injury and lots of spare time, so it helped me focus on something besides my physical pain and feeling sorry for myself.
2. I was thrilled to discover blogging because I have always wanted to write, and blogging gives me a platform. I love it and nothing gives me more satisfaction in my day to day life. I believe that it has helped lift my injury depression.
3. Now that I have been blogging for a while, I find that I am deeply loyal to the concept. I try to encourage others to blog, but of course, they look at me like I have something in my teeth lol. If anyone has ever wanted to write, then blogging is the best way to start. Try a free blog and just write about anything. It is therapy and many people think that it gives their lives a new meaning and direction. I know it did that for me.
4. Yes, I monetize and have since day one pretty much. And I earned my first commission on day 22 of my blog, with no prior experience. So yes, you can make money as a new blogger. Not a fortune, but it motivated me to keep going!
Name: Alex Owens
- Right now, I have been blogging for a year now. I started back in October 2017.
- I started blogging after a life-changing trip to Kenya for a study abroad program at De Anza Community College. We spent 10 days camping in the bush of Northern Turkana picking fossils off the ground. Each evening we would watch the sunset and every night we would stare up at the stars. It was an experience like no other. A big scorpion scared the heck out of me and I helped advance anthropology by finding monkey teeth. When I came back, life seemed a lot more boring by comparison. I wanted to do something like that trip again in the future. In short, blogging offers me the time freedom to do a trip like that again.
- Nope, it has not changed one bit. I still want freedom.
- Yes, I have monetized my blog. Unfortunately, though, I have not really made much money with it as of yet, only about $5. LOL! I call myself a blogger, but I do not make any money! That is okay. I know these things take time. I am juggling school and responsibilities while working on this. After I graduate and get my Bachelor’s Degree though, I will jump into this full time, probably 6 articles a week until I start to make a sizeable amount of money. I want it bad. Blogging is a long-term game. It takes time before you see the money come in.
Blog: Care Free With Komboloi
- For about 8 months part-time.
- I love researching and learning and I wanted an outlet for that and have something that could hopefully bring in some money for my children’s medical expenses.
- No, but I’d say that the outlet/sharing aspect has evolved from just regurgitating facts to a desire to share something that will hopefully improve the reader’s life in some way.
- I’m in the process of monetizing but haven’t made anything yet.
Blog: Supplement Reviews Lab
- I have been blogging for approximately 6 months.
- I started because I was feeling really frustrated with my day job and wanted an outlet to express myself and find others in the same field.
- Yes, the reason has changed a bit in a way. I have started a second blog about my love and interest for nutritional supplements. While I am still doing it because I love the subject, I also am planning on making money from the supplement blog and I would say that after helping people, my primary reason for the blog is to earn an income.
- The first blog that I created is a personal one and I have not monetized it. I just recently began to monetize my second and primary blog (Supplement Reviews Lab).
Name: Suzanne Stoddart
- I’ve been vigorously blogging for just over a year now. I had started years ago, then let life get in the way. Everything just sat there for a couple of years. Last August, I started taking it seriously, and have been publishing every week since then.
- I started this because my husband and I are approaching retirement, and we weren’t ready, haha. He’s worked in the private sector all our lives, with no pension other than the gov’t. And we’ve realized our RRSP savings aren’t going to be enough. Thus… my business from home!
- My reason for online marketing remains the same, though now I’m eager to help others create their own income streams as well. Anyone can do this. Some just need more encouragement!
- I haven’t monetized it so far. Waiting for enough traffic to make it worthwhile lol.
Name: Jason Ong
Blog: Chillax Easy
- I have been blogging for about one and a half month.
- I started blogging because I was really bored. I want to do something else so I tried to make a website. I studied how to make a website 2 years ago but failed. Since then I forgot about that, but 2 months back, I really want to try it out so I search the internet again. I created a website to share my experiences and learnings. I share what I think about Financial advice, Stress management, Productivity tips and many more. Overall, my website’s goal is to help people improve their lifestyle to the next level.
- As of now, it didn’t it is still the same.
- I do have some advertisements on my website but that’s it. The earnings are not that big because I only have few visitors since I have only been making posts for 1 and half month.
Blog: No Web Experience
- I have been blogging for a couple of years.
- I really liked the idea of sharing content with others and helping them with a problem through my opinion and experience. My first blog was on Google Blogger and was fun, but wasn’t what I really wanted, so in February I started a new blog with WordPress about my hunting passion and monetized it with affiliate offers. I absolutely love it, and have found a way to bring my passion to others and offer helpful content and earn at the same time. It’s great!
- Yes, the reason has changed over time and was the catalyst for starting a new blog called No Web Experience.
I found that people I know and people I met online were asking me about it and were interested in a way that they could get started as well. I was fielding questions left and right, and decided to start the second site to pass along what I was learning, as well as let people know about the training I received at Wealthy Affiliate. I decided to only promote what I truly believe in so Wealthy Affiliate is the biggest of a short list of recommendations I make.
- I do monetize my websites. My hunting site is earning an average of $220 per month right now, but grows a little every month. That site has 33 posts on it and only 4 posts with affiliate links.
My second website is at around $280 per month but has just hit the 6-month mark and is starting to see some increased traffic. It should be doing much better by the end of the year! This site has 101 posts on it and only 6 posts with affiliate links. But there is a lot of internal linking. It’s best to keep the number of affiliate links down until you start getting really good traffic because Google isn’t fond of affiliate links.
Traffic is the real key, and the patience to get the traffic is a must, but it’s fun as heck at the same time!
Name: Adel Cheffi
Blog: Your Dreams
- Since I joined WA in July 2018
- Initially to write contents for my coaching website
- Yes, I realized how much I like writing in English which is not my native language and I started writing about subjects that passionate me
- No, and I am not counting on monetising my blog. I just dot it for fun and I am enjoying it
Does it Have to Provide an Income?
Will Qatar win the World Cup in 2022?… (in case you don’t follow football the answer is absolutely not!)
Many people create blogs for themselves to look back on in the future or to document thoughts that they have each week.
In fact, this is exactly why I started blogging.
If you can blog for your own enjoyment or to clarify your own thoughts then it will never feel like work.
I blogged like this with at least one post every week for a year. There were times when I had 7 “in the bank” and I didn’t feel the need to write anything for weeks!
However, there are definitely disadvantages to starting a blog that is not made to be monetised. If you are thinking about monetising it at a later date it is possible to do this from a free domain… but (how did you know there was a but!!)
It is just 100% easier to monetise a blog if the website is set up for this from day one.
Imagine if suddenly you start spamming your website with adverts or promoting certain things. Your audience would feel as uneasy as a child left alone in a room with Gary Glitter.
A paid domain is much easier to get ranked higher on Google and, therefore, create free monthly traffic.
There are also more options available when the website is hosted by a platform that allows pop-ups, (everyone loves a pop-up… as much as they love Gary Glitter… Ok I’ll leave him alone now) adverts or sign up forms etc.
If you are creating a blog with the idea of monetising it at a later date, it is important to consider how serious you are about doing this. If you’re not fussed about the income levels then just go for it on a free domain and see where blogging takes you!
If you think you would like to monetise it at a later date, then spending $15 on a domain and using a good hosting platform is going to be important from the start. See my hosting recommendation below…
Why Do I Create Blogs?
The reason I create blogs has changed over time.
Originally, Sarah and I wanted to document some of the things happening in our lives.
We became aware that our life as an expat was something slightly unusual for a lot of people. We also didn’t know exactly how long we were planning on being an expat for.
It seemed like writing blogs would be a great way for us to look back at our time abroad in the future (plus my Mum always wanted to know what we were up to!)
The reason for my blogs now is that I would love to help as many people as possible that want to make money online to free up their time.
The blogging world can seem pretty daunting when first getting started as the more you learn, the more you realise you don’t know!!
But it doesn’t have to be daunting! Just focussing on creating some great content, whilst reading and commenting on others blogs is pretty much all you need to do. All the technical jargon can cause confusion early on…
So What is the Answer?
So let me explain this through a story about this guy Bill:
Bill didn’t like the way that people just accepted living this rat race lifestyle of waking up, going to work, coming home, sleeping and repeating. He wanted to help them get out of this race as he knew people didn’t need to be doing this.
He had a house, a great family and in general, really enjoyed his lifestyle…
He just always knew there was more to life.
He wanted to travel more, see new things and be in control of what he did with his time.
More importantly, he just wanted to give more back… to his family… to the community… and to leave a legacy.
Bill had always been interested in starting his own business. He had read a lot of books on the topic and thought he would have the growth mindset to learn and be stubborn enough to stick with something to make it successful.
However, there was a slight problem…
He had no idea what business to start… let alone help others to get out of the rat race!
Ok so I lied it’s not a story about Bill. This is me…
This is exactly why I have found Wealthy Affiliates to be so useful in fast-tracking an online business to be set up in a much better way than I ever could by myself.
Pin this for later so you can come back to it.
The Make Time Online Summary
There are so many personal and different reasons as to why people create blogs.
It absolutely does not need to generate an income. However, it’s important to realise that it absolutely can generate an income. Read some ways to make money through a part-time blog here.
The reasons for creating a blog can change over time and it’s pretty likely that they will if you blog for long enough. For me, it helps to clarify thoughts and can actually help me to be more productive.
I always want to learn more about what I am writing about, and the more I learn the more productive I become.
If you have a blog I’d love to hear about your reasons for writing. If you don’t blog but would like to it’d be great to hear some of the reasons on what’s holding you back.
Keep changing for the better,
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