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:Find your purpose if you want to be a good #blogger. Click To Tweet
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. 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. A part of me wistfully longed for the thrill that came from engagement and instruction that teaching gave me.
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.
Now that you’ve read this, tell me:
What do you think is your purpose? Why do you blog?
Linking this up with Shantala Nayak’s Chatty Blogs linky for June