Before you start reading, let me explain this will be a slightly rambling post. It’s been brewing in my head for a while and I felt it was time to finally write it all out. Don’t let the statement, ‘Find your purpose’, scare you away.

Come August, I will complete 10 years of blogging on my parenting blog, Diary of a Doting Mom, although I’ve only been doing it consistently since July 2013. Regular readers will already know I recently completed 3 years on this blog.

Almost everything I’ve learnt in the last 4 years of regular blogging have been possible due to a combination of three factors:

  • A willingness to learn something new
  • A passion to follow blogging like a career
  • The invaluable help of my fellow bloggers and the blogging community.

Why I am talking about this is because, I saw this wonderful video of Bill Gates and Warren Buffet this morning where Buffet talks about the one crucial ingredient that you need, in order to succeed. That, my friends, is passion.

I don’t know if I will ever be a popular or successful blogger, but I do know that I thoroughly enjoy blogging. Even at a talk I gave last October at a blogger event, I mentioned the same thing. You need to be passionate about blogging if you want it to work for you.

In other words:

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So, what does it involve?

For me, it is not just about blogging on parenting or writing flash fiction. Those are things I really enjoy but what do I enjoy even more than that? There must be something that ties it all together, right?

I’ve been thinking about this and was looking at my Google analytics account, looking at the posts that did well, the posts that people searched for, the posts that people shared with their networks. The common thread that popped out from them was this: It helped people.

For me, that made more sense than anything else I’ve done. Someone, somewhere in cyber space and by extension, in their cozy homes, came upon my blog and read through it, because they enjoyed it. They either identified with what I said or related to an idea that I shared.

Do you know how immensely satisfying that can be?

I was telling a friend last week that I dearly missed teaching. The vibrant engagement with eager students, the questions that came my way, the answers I shared, the mutual learning that happened- all of it energised me each day as I battled traffic to get to my job. Β When I took up freelance writing, I switched all of that out for working from home in my pyjamas, as I watched my daughter grow. Β A part of me wistfully longed for the thrill that came from engagement and instruction that teaching gave me.

And then, less than 2 weeks ago, I wrote a post on ‘how to write flash fiction.’ This was followed by a post I wrote this week on having the puberty talk with your daughter.

Both those posts were received very well and the thing people told me was the fact that I made it sound easy!

That’s when it hit me. The reason those posts were liked was because I’d thrown all my passion, my love for teaching and the need to help people, into them. It was an eye-opener.

Not all of my posts are instructional, mind you. Nor can they be. I enjoy variety and keep experimenting. But, at the core, what works for me is the fact that my blogging helps people. That, then, is how I found my purpose.

That makes me immeasurably glad.

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Now that you’ve read this, tell me:

What do you think is your purpose? Why do you blog?

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15 thoughts on “Being a Blogger: Find your purpose

  1. Howdy! This is my first visit to your blog! We are
    a collection of volunteers and starting a new project in a community in the same niche.
    Your blog provided us valuable information to work on. You
    have done a extraordinary job!

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  2. I love coming back to your blog, Shailaja. You have a knack make the post connect with the reader regardless of the topic you are writing about. That’s how I feel. Never had I come here and read a post out of obligation and left the page feeling empty. As a writer that’s a major achievement, isn’t it? You are a role model as a blogger. I am grateful that I stumbled upon your blog three years ago. πŸ™‚
    Off late, I am lost. I know I love writing. want to grow as a writer/blogger. But I am in major self-doubt or I don’t know something is going on which is not right. So what is my purpose, I need to devote time and think and come up with an answer.
    Here again, you have given me something to go on with, Shailaja. That’s what I am talking about. maybe you should start a workshop for bloggers. πŸ˜‰
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    1. Vinitha, I am speechless. You know you have made my day and my month by telling me this? One reason I blog is because I can connect with readers. To know that people want that, like it and come back is so very very very gratifying. Thank you so much. I am beyond touched. πŸ™‚

      1. I am so happy that my comment touched you, Shailaja. Just saw that you have shared it in FB and that made me feel kind of important, very important. πŸ˜€ You made my day. πŸ€—
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  3. You definitely seem to have found your true purpose – and like you said, always remember why you started it in the first place. Always helps.

  4. I agree. Passion is a must for being successful at anything. And it’s a nice bonus that you are always guaranteed to enjoy yourself, when you are working towards something you are truly passionate about.In your case, Shy, your passion is reflected in your writing. And that is what helps the reader to not only connect with what you have written, but also the person behind the writing. πŸ™‚
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  5. I can well believe you when you say that, your posts always make me think and evaluate, make me look inwards. The best bit about blogging for me are the connections I make. Each time I stay away from my blog, and I do that at least once a year, I begin to miss people’s voices – specially the ones who come regularly to my blog. Conversely if I don’t visit a well-loved blog for some time I feel like I need to go meet up that person, find out what’s happening with them.
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  6. I know of so many who get into blogging to make money of to become popular. I know that every blogger who has a substantial following is well known only because they have a passion to do what they do. Rest follows from there. For me blogging is about sharing, about conversations and bonds, about swapping tales and about empathy as we each go on our journeys called life.

  7. Writing in an experimental fashion is so fulfilling. Enjoyed reading your blogging story in making a difference to lives and congrats for a decade of writing on line. Love to read your blog for there is always a novelty that makes you ahead of the curve.

  8. A passion is often hidden under heaps of ‘I have to do this, I have no option’ or ‘Maybe this will help me get ahead in my career’.

    For me, blogging is something that helps me do the only thing I can do very well: write. For me, the written word creates a new world, a world I would love to be in. And a world I would love to introduce to others.

    Saying that, I have also recently discovered that I have two purposes for Blogging. One: create unique content that people would love, laugh at, or even think about deeply. Two: share great books with my readers.

    And three: be famous, although I’ll never admit that to anyone πŸ˜›

  9. Aye. Passion is the key. I’ve noticed that the posts I’ve written during mood swings with the least editing has garnered more views. I guess it’s because people connect with it more. Thanks for the reminder to keep our purpose in mind.
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  10. Thanks for such an important reminder. Yet sometimes, depending on how one takes it, even things one was passionate about once can become mundane, lifeless, and de-energizing. I guess one idea would be to revisit why one started to blog in the first place. Always helps me.

  11. I totally agree. The things that we write about with passion, from the bottom of our heart, are what grab people’s attention and that is what is the purpose of our writing/blogging.
    My purpose…touching hearts and assuring people that they are not the only ones facing tough moments or the ones with shades of grey to their personalities. Each one of us is a combination of different shades that make us the person we are so it’s best to accept ourselves the way we are and not shy away from being frank about our feelings.

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