Writing my blogging 101 guides, I keep coming across different reasons for starting a blog. Not everyone is starting a blog to make money. Or at least it’s rarely the main motivator.
Granted making money from a blog is up there near the top of the list for “why start a blog”… but digging beneath the surface there’s usually a lot more going on.
It can be summed up in one word…change…
How Blogging Helps With Life Changes
I get a lot of emails and messages from readers of this blog. I love receiving them. It’s often an intimate glimpse into another person’s life.
A common trend is not so much that people want to start a blog to change their lives, but that they want to start a blog because their lives are changing.
See the subtle difference?
All those blog posts about starting a blog to change your life can be blown completely out of the water.
Well maybe not completely, blogging certainly can change your life but it may not be the real reason people start a blog.
So Why Do People Start A Blog?
Search on Google and you’ll find the many different reasons people give for starting a blog. I like this one from Joshua Becker at Becoming Minimalist.
Like many of these posts, it’s a list of reasons why blogging is terrific, but I don’t believe it gets to the nub of why people start blogging in the first place.
The Mom Bloggers
Ever thought about why there are so many Mom bloggers? It’s easy to say they all want to make some extra money. Most people do. But is this the real reason?
Or is it to cope with the over-whelming loss of identity you feel when you suddenly find yourself at home all day with a tiny child. Your friends and colleagues are all at work and have zero interest in your daily routines of feeding and poo.
It’s as if someone’s pulled the plug on your former life overnight.
The change has already happened.
Suzi at Start A Mom Blog admits “I started connecting with other moms and didn’t feel so lonely anymore”.
Blogging is the comfort blanket. A way of making change more bearable, enjoyable even. Opening up a world of opportunity.
The Empty Nesters
The strong community of mid-life bloggers is impressive. I fall into the recent empty-nester category. I like to kid myself that because I’ve always worked it’s not a big deal – but it is!
But blogging is a huge distraction. It’s an opportunity. I love the way I’m building a community and making new friends.
I think when you’ve lived in one place for a long time, seen your children grow up and then leave, you’re looking for something more. Something to engage and challenge you beyond the circle of friends where you live.
This is where blogging helps.
A new blog is a new beginning and helps you reconnect with yourself. You can start putting yourself first now your children are venturing into the world without you.
This is the big one. The mother of all changes. Stepping from 40+ years of service to nothing with just a gold watch (if you’re lucky) to show for your commitment.
Suddenly realising that you’ve been replaced and it’s as if you never existed at the old firm. You may have a lot of hobbies but it’s not quite the same as engaging in the workplace.
Blogging can fill this void. It’s a way of reaching out to a new community of people who still think you’re relevant. Who appreciate your knowledge and experience, or just find your writing entertaining.
A new start. Blogging to help the transition. Blogging’s not just for Millennial’s…
The Sudden Job Loss
I have come across so many successful bloggers who started a blog when they were fired! Andre Chaperon is one of them.
The change has happened. The blog is born out of necessity and ends up being the best thing ever!
There’s a lot to be said for getting yourself fired if you want to be successful! (I kidding, well maybe…)
But it is true that if you want to make money from a blog, there’s nothing more committing than a sudden job loss.
You don’t have to be going through a major life change to start a blog. But if you are going through one it does help. You’ll certainly find a lot of other bloggers in the same position.
Think of blogging as an opportunity. It can be a way of turning all your negative thoughts about change into positives.
We’re hardwired to resist change. It’s stepping out of our comfort zone and can be a scary place to be. Blogging can be a way of connecting with others in your position, making sense of your new situation.
And if you’re in the sudden job loss category… It’s the only business I can think of that you can start for less than $100.