What do I want from blogging?
An flatlay image of my notebook. Just a standard blogging image.

When I returned to blogging in March of this year, I had a stern voice inside my head. Reminding me not to get lost in the numbers. To remember what I write for. To keep this blog for myself. Whilst I’ve kept to that voices advice partially, I’ve realised, I love the numbers, I love seeing my blog grow and develop, and I think last time, I forgot what the numbers meant, so they became a burden rather than a supportive tool. So now I am asking myself. What do I want from blogging?

I’m the first person to shout from the rooftops, “write for yourself”, “don’t think about the stats” and I’m a massive hypocrite, because I focus on the stats. Not because I want big numbers, but because it’s something I can track – and if there’s nothing I love more in this world, it’s numbers, and tracking growth.

I’m in the wrong job, I really am.

Who wants their blog to grow?

I want my blog to grow! We all do, whether we say we do or not, we want our posts to hit as many people as possible. AND THAT’S OKAY! But I also want my blog to help me grow.

If you’ve visited before you’ll know I post predominantly mental health topics, then lgbtqia+, and throw a little bit of lifestyle into the mix.

Blogging has taught me how to self reflect, and use it in a positive way. Now I want blogging to teach me how to let other people take that positivity for themselves.

I want blogging to teach me new skills, I love my #anotherbloggerseries, and I want to expand to more technical aspects of blogging with that, but first I’ve got to learn them myself.

The whole point of that series is that as I learn things, I pass them on. Another big part of this blogging journey is supporting other bloggers along the way. It’s something I’ve found is really important to me.

A business??

Would I like this to be a business? I’m not sure yet. I wouldn’t say no to earning a little bit of extra income, but every time I imagine a business all I see is stress, and with stress, I see myself falling out of love with blogging.

If this little space could realistically provide me with a small income, regularly (ish), then I’d probably jump feet first and see what happens. For the time being though, it’s not doing that and I’m not making a massive effort to make that happen either.

I do like my IRL job, but it would be nice to be able to work and care for Nan from home. It might even help me find some balance

Connections

Something else blogging has brought me is a sense of community, I’m seeing more and more people I feel I’m making a connection with. It’s nice seeing the same names popping up commenting on my posts.

Blogging makes me feel like I’m part of something. That’s a big thing I love about the blogging community.

I’m still figuring out exactly what I want from blogging, but it’s already given me so much already.

What do you want from blogging?

I’d be fascinated to hear what you want from blogging, or hearing about why you blog, so feel free to leave a comment or if you’ve got a similar post, drop that below! I’d love to give them a read.

Take care, stay safe.

James. aka Anothermaleblogger

This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. Unmumsy Twin Mum

    Loved the blog James, my blog is to keep me sane during the monotony of maternity leave. I miss using my brain.

  2. Boomer EcoCrusader

    This is really a great question. As a new (less than a year) blogger, I started it as a hobby. My numbers have been growing over the last couple of months and I have to admit, it feels good! I am surprised at how much I enjoy the community, the connections I have made, and reading other blogs and learning from them. I think I will keep it up!

  3. Nikki O

    I’m the same way James! The whole business side of blogging would stress me out. It would be nice to work from home and get that extra income though. Blogging has really given me a sense of purpose and a voice. Any time I feel immensely discouraged by life, I remember what I have created and the people that are supporting me in it and it gets me right back on my feet again. Loved this post!

  4. Rachel Roy

    This is a great post. I love your honesty of using the numbers to see your growth, of course most of us want that! I would like to make money off my blog. You’re also right, I do like the community-I didn’t expect that.

    1. After a year away from blogging (and scrapping everything) it was the community I missed so I’m glad I’m getting that back! Thank you for taking the time to read and comment! Hope you’re keeping well x And I’m glad you’ve found the community 🙂

  5. Ali

    I really love blogging but I find the whole thing confusing. On one hand I want to just blog to practice my writing and do it just for me, but on the other it definitely gives me a dopamine hit to know someone has liked my blog and my writing, and if I were to get some work/ money from it then that would be amazing, but I just don’t have the confidence to believe my writing would ever be that good!

    1. Thanks for commenting! I know what you mean, I used to think my writing was awful, but we all write for different reasons. Your writing style will develop over time anyway the more you write 🙂

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