What drives a blogger to write?
- To make money
- To make a difference
- To share details about their life
In broad terms that pretty much covers it. However, it’s not an either or proposition. A blogger could narrow their focus to one of these tasks or accomplish all three at once. It simply depends upon that person’s goals and objectives.
I’m going out on a limb to say in the field in which I write (personal finance), the overwhelming majority of bloggers would concede reason #2 has to be a part of what drives them. How can I say that? Because I’ve read their blogs and personally talked with them and this issue always comes up.
We are – somewhere deep down in our nature – desiring to see the things we talk about help other people with their finances.
So we do what we can to reach as many people as possible. And the other day I got a message from an unexpected source that made me realize – really for the first time – that what I’m doing is worth it.
You’re Writing From Where?
I mentioned last week that one of the ministries I love is Allworship.com. At their site they provide free streaming audio of Christian music. People around the world who may not have access to that genre of music in their country can tune in and listen if they have Internet access.
Because I believe in their ministry, we recently partnered together to promote one another. To that end, I installed a banner in my sidebar linking to their site and they published one of my articles in their monthly newsletter. It was a collaboration I was happy to do.
Their newsletter is sent around the world. I had no anticipation of what might come from that. Then I received this personal message the other day…
“…I just want to say thank you for your inspirational blog at Allworship.com…I believe with the grace of God as I continue to read your post it will help me in handling finances and enjoy serving God with financial freedom. God bless you more…”
That message originated in the Philippines.
Mind blown…how cool!
I know the Internet is worldwide and people everywhere have access to my site. There are times though, that the scope of the world wide web becomes more of a realization. My words are impacting someone’s life on the other side of the world in a place that is economically challenged compared to where I live.
I find that extremely humbling and gratifying.
Why Do You Blog?
It doesn’t matter to me why a person blogs. I’m not mad if someone only wants to make money or share every detail about his or her personal life. That’s what freedom is all about – the ability to follow whatever passion you desire.
I’d be missing out if those were my only intentions. I love making money on my blog and I love sharing stories about my life. However, to impact people through my writing will always be part of my agenda. I couldn’t find the motivation to continue if that wasn’t an objective.
Why do you blog? What is your motivation? What’s the coolest personal message you’ve ever received from a reader?
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