Later this year, which is flying by at an unreasonable rate, my blog will turn 8 years old. EIGHT. Eight years of words and pictures, stories and challenges. I’ve seen a lot of bloggers come and go in my time. Loads of changes to the way things are done and even the platforms they’re done on. But this post isn’t about this, not this time, it’s about my why.
So, why do I still blog after all this time?
You mean other than being a total narcissist who assumes the world revolves around her, right? My OTHER reasons. Haha. Mostly I’m still blogging after eight years because I love to create ‘stuff’. I’m never happier than when I’m writing, taking photos or creating something. Blogging is a perfect fit for that and it allows for a whole range of avenues that I can make a living doing what I love.
Blogging is also something of a structure for me. Now, this won’t be a surprise if you know me IRL but I need structure. I’m much too chaotic of mind (wasn’t that poetic, haha) to exist without a set of deadlines and expectations placed upon me. Blogging has been that for me. When I posted every day, especially during the times I wasn’t working a job outside of my house, it gave me structure. A framework on which I built the rest of my life. And I keep blogging for that. For the consistency of it all.
And last, but certainly never ever least, I blog because of you.
Stop. Laughing. It’s cheesy, for sure, but it’s true. When I started this blog I had no idea what blogs really entailed. I never pictured a community of women who would not only look to me for advice or stories but who I would learn so much from. You have no idea, well, I assume you don’t. The impact on my life of having you here with me has been huge.
Every single time I write a challenge or a series or spill my guts on a post that is bottled up inside, it changed me. I credit this blog and the guiding hand of all of you for showing me the person I want to be. In 2009 when I clicked “publish blog”, I had no idea what I wanted from life. I knew what was expected of me but not how I felt about it. Talking it over with you, well, it laid a foundation for me to stand on. The real Suger stood up and continues to show up day after day.
That is my why.
If you’re looking to start a blog, I say do it. If you want to write your story and share your life, do it. One hundred percent do it. If you want to find a way to something you haven’t really figured out yet, blogging will help. It’s always done that for me. I believe that pretty strongly. Just watch yourself, it’s pretty addictive. But boy-oh-boy, what a ride.
Do you blog? What’s your why? Let’s use this neglected comment section and share some blog love. Links welcome, I’ve cleared the blocks, it’s all systems go.
Hi! I’m Melissa Walker Horn. Around here, they call me Suger. I’m the Chief Blogger and doer of all the things here at Suger Coat It. Blogging since 1901; I love a casual ootd, taking photos, and writing about things that irk or inspire me. I love wine and cheese, long days at the beach and spending time with my family. I make stuff for the internet over at Chalkboard Digital. You know, living the sweet life.
I’ve been blogging for over 8yrs as well and for me it’s a combo of my love of writing (so I need to write SOMETHING!) but also feeling like I need to get things off my chest. I cut back completely on my personal blogging for a few months earlier this year but missed it. I decided I’d aim for just one ‘personal’ (not book-related) blog post a week for when I had something I really wanted to say or share.
Of course I love the sense of community as well but I noticed I moved that to some of my FB Blogger groups when I stopped reading and commenting on as many blogs.
I love that, I turn to my blog when I have something to say too. Blog, or associated platforms (there are so many! Haha).
And you’re right. Conversation around blog posts, or blogging in general, predominately happens on Facebook for me now. Occasionally in the comments here or on Twitter. It’s been a change!
Wow 8 years! I think I’ve been following you for about 5 x
It’s SO LONG. Thanks for your suport, gorgeous!
Great post and it makes me ask the same question. My blog was my therapy and still is today. Enjoy your life!
Thank you Neti! Well worth asking the question of yourself, for sure. x