As bloggers, we create content for our blog – book reviews, discussions, random fun things, etc. We’re generating content often. And we’re not the only ones out there churning amazing stuff out for the world to see.
So why do we do it?
Sometimes we reach a point in blogging where we’re so unmotivated, we wonder why we do it. And sometimes that helps get that motivation back (which is great!). And sometimes it doesn’t, which sucks horribly and we’re left feeling miserable. At least, I feel miserable when I’m unproductive and want to be productive. (I can’t help it if I’m not in the mood though.)
First, let’s get into the story of a little Sophia in February 2012. (Trust me, there’s a moral to this.)
When I first started blogging over six years ago (that’s… not how old this blog is. We don’t speak of my very old blogging days), and I got asked this question, I really didn’t have a good answer. I thought it was interesting and wanted to give game blogging a try?
That failed. Epically. After 5-7 months of blogging about games, I started Bookwyrming Thoughts, where I blogged about books.
I enjoyed blogging about books way more than gaming.
This is probably the biggest reason why I’m still blogging today – I’m talking about something I enjoy! I shove books at people! I gather them as part of my army and call them book dragons (or bookwyrms)!
On a side note, you should totally join our bookwyrm army. This is shameless self-promotion.
Gaming eventually felt like a chore.
It was fun at first, talking about my journey in a game (it’s Wizard101, in case you’re wondering). I enjoyed writing and taking horrible screenshots and writing random little things about my wizardly life that people may or may not care about.
I took gaming and ripped it to shreds for myself.
But after about 3-4 months, it became boring. Gaming became boring. I felt repetitive. I wanted to stop and never come back. I even took a hiatus from the game and went full storm into book blogging. Eventually, I came back – book blogging gave me renewed energy and more ideas than in 2012.
As I grew older and got more blogging experience, I had a better answer to why I create content and blog.
I used to joke around and say that I got the chance to read books freely, but that is not the case. Of course, I always elaborated and said I was joking, but maybe people took me seriously? I was 15 okay? I regret a lot of things I did as a 15-year-old. At that age, I was, still am sometimes, immature and growing and learning. I still struggle speaking publicly, but when anyone asks this question I already know why.
Take a second and think about why you started.
Whatever platform it may be, we all have similar reasons why we create content on that platform.
If you’re a blogger, streamer, YouTuber, writer, artist, etc. reading this, take a moment. Think about why you started your website, your channel, your novel, your art, etc. If you’ve been around for awhile, why do you continue to create content for your platform?
It’s not about being popular.
What even is a celebrity/popular blogger? I asked this question two years ago, and I don’t think I’ve found a dictionary answer yet. Popularity comes over time and hard work, but it’s not the reason why we started on our platforms. It shouldn’t. (And if it is, that’s fine. You do you, but it’ll probably bite back later.)
It’s not about free items or profit.
I might be an Amazon and Book Depository Affiliate who gets a small commission when you use one of my links. Publishers and authors might give me advanced copies of their books to read and review honestly. Getting free books and making money is not my goal. I might have joked about it at 15, but that’s not the real reason.
Is it okay though? Is making a profit okay?
It is! It’s perfectly fine if you want to make money, but it should not be your main reason.
(And if you’re curious, all money earned from being an Amazon and Book Depository affiliate goes towards supporting the blog, including hosting and giveaways.)
But why do we create content?
Regardless of what platform we’re on, how long we’ve done it, how large our audience is, we all have reasons why we started and why we’ve continued. There might be some variation, but it all comes down to one reason:
We’re passionate about what we do.
The reason why I started blogging about Wizard101 was that I was passionate about the game at the time I started the blog. The reason why I started book blogging was that I was passionate about books. I want to shout about books, talk about books, scream about books, hoard all the books like a proper book dragon (especially my favorites).
I want to continue doing all of those things, and I don’t want to stop if I can.
But if you’re not passionate about what you do, it’ll show.
It might not show now, but it will eventually show. It might show earlier to your audience than it will show to you. It might not ever show – who knows?
Any and all support means so much.
I was told my senior year in high school by my family I shouldn’t go to graduation because it wasn’t worth it (most people graduate high school, big whoop, they said). My manager at work almost threw a fit (as professionally as fits can be for a manager) and wanted to buy my graduation gown for me despite the fact it was expensive.
I cried for ten minutes in public at work. (Still kindly declined it though, because she had other important things to pay as well.)
P.S. I did get to go. No family members went to see me
faceplant as I walk across the stage though.
Sad story aside, every comment means the world. I suck at commenting back, but I try. I love interacting and talking about books with people and the Discord group created by Evelina from Avalinah’s Books. I’ve met some amazing people on there, and I’m so grateful they deal with my bookish squealing (especially Vee – she’s been dealing with me and The Heart Forger for like a week). Getting over 1000 views makes me so happy and grateful. Heck, even 100 views in a day.
We wouldn’t be here without YOU.
Whatever ups and downs happen, we don’t regret it (at least, hopefully not). Blogging, YouTubing, streaming, drawing – whatever we do on our platforms, we don’t regret what we do. And if we regret it, we try to learn from those mistakes. We’re passionate about our topic and our audience shares that excitement with us. We want to share that excitement! Every little bit of support counts – it means the world, and we wouldn’t be here without YOU.