5 Reasons I Blog, and Why You Should Too

February 21 is my 1 year “blogiversary” (yes, that’s a thing). In celebration, I’ll be writing a short series this month on blogging. I’ve learned so much in one year, but there is still SO much more to learn. I hope this series might encourage some of you to start a blog and give some helpful tips if you’re a new blogger. Here are 5 reasons I blog, and why you should too:

5 Reasons I Blog

1. Accountability

I shared here, in my very first post, my main reason for starting the blog one year ago. In the beginning I wrote once a week with a before picture of a decluttering project, and then the following week I posted an after picture of the same project. It was a simple format that helped me focus on completing a task, and also process the thoughts I was having while decluttering. When I first started there were many rationalizations  and realizations whirling around in my head and writing it down helped settle them and bring clarity.

Now I am writing and sharing my monthly goals along with the progress of our larger and smaller decluttering projects.

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2. Community

When I started blogging I was sure there were people like me who yearned to see others working through the process of decluttering and simplifying their lives. I have been honored to interact with so many people through this blog. Many are still in the process of decluttering and re-evaluating their relationship to stuff, just like me. I call myself an “aspiring minimalist” because I love the values of minimalism but I’m not there yet. I’ve loved sharing my journey and gaining encouragement from groups such as this Facebook Group.

Since I’ve recently started budgeting, I’ve been reading and interacting with many new readers who are also trying to budget and live well while practicing frugality. When you’re trying something that feels difficult, surrounding yourself with others who are doing the same thing is priceless.

3. Encouragement and Authenticity

There is so much on the internet that can make us feel discouraged – uncluttered and perfectly decorated homes, fit bodies, and stories of great financial success. I am pretty inspired by those stories, but they feel so far from my reality. I wanted to show my “mess” so that others would be encouraged to face their “mess” as well.

The goal of the blog isn’t to stay in our mess – but to make small changes that eventually become habits. Blogging about my struggle to make decluttering, praying, meal planning, and budgeting daily habits hopefully encourages others that it’s never too late to start making changes.

I’m in my 40s and still learning how to consistently implement the daily habits that many young 20 something wives and moms are blogging about. There’s a part of me that wants to kick myself and say, “You should have that down pat by now.” Decluttering negative self talk has been a large part of this journey to simple. My mantra around here is progress, not perfection. We can all make progress – perfection is a myth.

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4. To make a Side Income

I didn’t start blogging with the intent to make money, but it is one benefit of blogging. There are bloggers who are making a little bit of money (me) and there are bloggers who are making a great full-time income (not me).

Since I work part-time and my husband is currently unemployed, making money from blogging will be a focus this year. Don’t worry – every blog post won’t become a sponsored post in hopes of earning a dollar. However, I will be accepting sponsored posts, that our family already uses and is in line with our values.

5. Writing is Healing

I worked with a principal who gathered the staff together for morning prayer before the children arrived. She would stretch out her arms and wiggle her long fingers while saying, “Touching is healing,” and we would grasp one another’s hands in a circle of prayer.

I find writing is healing. Growing up, I always kept a “diary” or a journal. I lost the discipline and joy of that somewhere along the way. Blogging is getting me back into a regular habit of writing.

If writing isn’t your thing, there is “vlogging” (video blogging) or podcasts. Personally, the idea of putting myself in front of a camera or microphone makes me break out into cold sweats.

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Have you thought about starting a blog? If you’re already a blogger, why did you first start blogging? I’d love to know!

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49 thoughts on “5 Reasons I Blog, and Why You Should Too

    • Angela says:

      Hi Sara! I’m so glad to have met you through the MinsgameBOSS as well – what a great community of people. Thanks for reading and commenting. I appreciate it!

  1. Renee says:

    This past November was my 1 year blogiversary. I have not been as consistent as I would like to be (I’m working on that now). I agree with all of your reasons for blogging. It is a great outlet and I’ve learned so much about myself.

    • Angela says:

      Hi Renee! It’s so hard to be consistent – Especially if you have little ones and/or work too. I’m learning how to recognize my limits and work within them. Here’s to our second year of blogging!

  2. Echo says:

    I completely agree that writing is healing! It is most definitely my outlet! I also don’t know where I would be without some of my blogging friends, so yes, the community is important! Thank you for sharing this at the #SmallVictoriesSundayLinkup!

    • Angela says:

      Thank you Betty. Writing thoughts and ideas down provides me with clarity that sometimes doesn’t come otherwise. Thank you for reading and commenting. I truly appreciate it!

  3. Isabelle says:

    I write my blog for the same reasons. It also pushed me to do and try new things. I have more to write about because of it and it keeps our family life more interesting!

  4. Elizabeth @ Guilty Chocoholic Mama says:

    Happy Blogiversary, Angela! How exciting! Your #3 reason is one of the reasons I do this, too. I really got into blogging because I want to encourage other moms. I love to facilitate those “me, too!” and “I thought I was the only one” moments…the community you mentioned. And if nothing else, when I share what a mess I am, I trust it makes other moms feel great about themselves! 😉 Stopping by from The Alder Collective party!

  5. Melanie Redd says:

    Hey Angela,
    Happy Anniversary! I started about a year ago as well.
    And, I love all of the reasons you have shared to blog. There are so many amazing friendships and connections to be made online. I’ve even gotten to meet some of my favorite online friends in person! It’s been sweet.
    I came over on Alder tonight.
    Hope you have a good evening~

  6. Carol Lander says:

    Angela, great expression of what you do and why. I feel the same way. I don’t know why I’m so passionate about writing (something I’ve always loved to do) and growing my blog and community. I love sharing and you are so right about accountability. Congrats on the anniversary. Mine is August 15th and I can’t wait to see what happens between now and then.

  7. Jill says:

    It looks like we started our blogs around the same time. Happy Blogiversary! Like you, I consider myself a minimalist-in-training. It happens in fits and spurts.

  8. Mrs. AOK says:

    Yes!! I couldn’t agree with you more.
    I love my community, blogging has brought along such wonderful friendships.
    Thank you for sharing with us at #MMBH!

  9. Tanya @ Mom's Small Victories says:

    I agree with you wholeheartedly about the healing aspects of writing, the accountability blogging gives you and it’s nice to have a little side income when I’m a stay at home mom who was worked full time for 15 years and earned my share of the household income. I never thought I’d love blogging as much as I do when I started on my blogspot blog 5 years ago (gasp!).

    Thanks for sharing with Small Victories Sunday Linkup. Pinned to our linkup board. And the readers chose you as a Featured Blogger AGAIN this week. Congrats! I love reading your posts, keep up the great work!

    • Angela says:

      Thank you Tanya. I’m glad to hear you’ve been at this awhile – you’re so very organized! Maybe with time (and great blogging resources from bloggers like you) I’ll get it together planning wise. Thanks for the party -it’s one of the best!

  10. Kelsie says:

    I agree completely! Writing is healing. Congrats on your Blogiversary! That is so so exciting. Thanks so much for linking up with The Alder Collective :) We always love your great posts!

  11. gigi says:

    I also love the community of bloggers! I learn a ton from other people’s blogs. I first started blogging (with my current blog) to share my photographs. Slowly, I have been writing posts. I love blogging!

    • Angela says:

      Hi Gigi, thanks for stopping by! Photography is something I’m looking to grow in for the blog. That’s neat that you started out with the photography as a focus.

  12. Marva | sunSPARKLEshine says:

    Hi Angela, these are all great reasons to blog — I especially love point #3. I started it as part of a personal journey and a way to extend encouragement to others. I feel so blessed to have made many blogging friends along the way and be part of a supportive and helpful community. I’m so glad our paths crossed as well.

    • Angela says:

      Hi Marva! Thank you for coming by and sharing your thoughts. I feel like I’m still a “baby” in the blogging world, but I’m so thankful for the people who share their wisdom and encouragement. I’m thankful for other newbies that are learning right next to me too. It’s nice to have “classmates” in the blogging world!

  13. Rebekah says:

    I also blog for many of the same reasons. Accountability and the healing of writing are big ones! Congratulations on one year! Looks like you are off to a great start! Linking up with you at #intentionalathome :)

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