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Blogging! Why The Hell Do We Do It?

Have you ever asked yourself why we take the time to write in our blogs? Let’s not fool ourselves because we all know that maintaining an active blog takes time, a lot of time, and effort. It’s not all about the research needed to write the post, or even working out the SEO, unless you’re using Market Samurai. No, blogging also involves marketing, hitting the social media networks and commenting on as many blogs possible.

Those who have been blogging for awhile know fully well how much time and effort goes into it. While many have given up because they’ve found it was a lot harder than what they were made to believe, from all those get rich quick stories, many still soldier on.

  • So, do we do it for the money? Ha! How many of us are actually making enough that it covers all the time we’re putting into it?
  • Maybe we’re doing it for the fame? So how’s that working for you, are you getting noticed yet?

Well, don’t sweat it because we’re all in the same boat and most of the people who tell you they’re not are lying to you. So why the hell are we such dedicated bloggers? Could it be that we love it? Yeah, that could be it because blogging isn’t all hard work, there’s also the thrill we get when someone links to our post or gives it a Tweet. And let’s not forget how great it feels when someone comments on our post and we get a real conversation going. Yeah, the interaction that comes with blogging is pretty cool.

But I reckon the best ever feeling is the moment just after you click submit. You’ve read through it looking for mistakes and everything looks perfect so you click submit and when it’s finally published it hits you. If I was looking for an analogy I reckon the closest one would be comparing it to when you’re dying for a leak but there’s nowhere to relieve yourself and so you hang on and hang on until you see it! A restroom! So you rush in knowing that at any moment you’re going to wet your pants. You run up to the urinal, ladies in your case you’d be rushing to the loo, fumbling to get your fly undone. You whip out your member and let it rip. Ahhhh, the sweet sensation of relief floods over you and for a moment you’re thinking that the sensation is almost as good as having sex. No, really? Shit, must be just me then.

Pleasure series

So the post hits cyberspace, I’ve had my first cosmic orgasm but I haven’t got time to just sit back and with for the euphoria to dissipate. Nope, if I want the next rush to happen, the one I mentioned earlier that involves getting tweeted and commented on, I need to get my ass into gear. Time to hit the social networks and promote the heck out of the post. Time to also hop onto as many blogs and leave a comment so that I can get some backlinks, oh and I best make sure their killer comments so that it may generate some traffic. Let’s not forget to send an email to my growing list too and while I’m at it why not ask them to give the post a Tweet just to generate a little more interest. Yeah that should about cover it. What? I should do something else? Well, just don’t sit there gawking at your monitor like stuffed mullets, tell me what the heck else I should do?

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  1. I gotta say, Sire; you’re having a lot more fun than I am :-)

  2. Twitter:
    Blogging does seem to take way more time than anyone can ever suspect before they start. I know that there are months that it just seems like there isn’t enough time to keep up with it all. I had to make a goal of blogging more often this year to get my butt back in gear after barely blogging at all since going back to school a couple years ago. I think I’m finally getting back on track. :)

    So glad to see you keeping at it.

    1. Allie, that’s why I once wrote you have to love it to keep it up because if you don’t and force yourself to do it people will see in your posts that your passion is lacking and they in turn will lose interest.
      Sire recently posted…Tips On Tipping & Other Things When In The USAMy Profile

  3. Sire, your byline says ‘blogging for fame and glory’. For me, it’s sorta different. I actually initially just wanted to express myself some way, without having to show my face to the world. Then eventually I learned that one can actually earn with websites. And that it doesn’t really hurt to let people know a little bit about you. Thus, I even stepped out of my zone by showing my face on my blog’s header.(blush) :)

    On my personal blog, I now actually continue blogging for the rush I get when I see some of my posts showing on the serps. I only earn very little via adsense (for now), and sometimes it causes some degree of stress when I can’t post something for a time, but I somehow blog on…

    That picture up there, can one actually yawn while asleep? ;)

    1. Hi James,

      when I first started this blog I didn’t know what direction it was going to take, which isn’t unusual for me for I’m well known for my lack of planning, so when I came up with that byline it was more for fun than anything else. Strangely enough when a magazine asked to publish one of my photos from my Scenic Adelaide blog I asked her what was in it for me. She replied Fame & Fortune. :wink_ee:
      Sire recently posted…A MailChimp Review- For The Good Affiliate MarketerMy Profile

  4. That’s telling it like it is (a little embellished maybe, but that’s the fun of it), blogging CAN and WILL get under your skin, especially if you’re doing it right and getting that good vibe (I meant feedback).

    1. Getting the vibe and feedback certainly helps but that can take time and new bloggers need to give themselves time to get their brand out before giving up.

  5. Wassup!

    To be honest, I mainly blog to build a personal brand. Once you’ve got a personal brand and a huge list — you can practically make as much money as you want by mainly releasing new products. And that is what I’m about to do in the near future :)

    /Nabil, from Sweden.

    1. Well good luck to you Nabil, I hope your plan comes together.

      1. Everything is looking fine as of now. I recently started building my list and I’m in the process of learning how to market stuff to the people that have subscribed to your list. Got any tips for that one? I’d appreciate it!

        And sorry for my late answer :)

        1. Don’t use your list just to market stuff or you’ll find it shrinking over time. Make sure you also supply useful content to your subscribers.

  6. I like your black humor :)). It is HARD to maintain a blog.I have two blogs of my own and i do not have the time to write articles. I’m not talking about Social Media, other comments and so on, the SEO job. You have good content, and the visitors like that. I like the way you write your articles, it kept me in front of the monitor until i finished it. Try some directories submission to get some links.

    1. I’m not sure exactly what you meant by ‘black humor’ Daniel but I am glad that you saw the humor in the post. I’m not so sure that others picked up on it. Whether they did or didn’t isn’t as important to me as the fact that I had fun writing it.

      SEO is time intensive, and I don’t always do it but when I do I’ve found that Market Samurai makes it a whole lot easier.

      1. I meant you had some english humor in you post. They make lots of black comedies. I don’t know if you saw any movie like that. Try Death at a Funeral(2007).

  7. Sire,
    I’ve been rethinking my time commitments lately and wondering about the return on investment for blogging. I was convinced that blogging was a marketing exercise to attract an audience that would be a market for products and services. Maybe so, but attracting the audience is no mean feat. Finding out what should be changed and whether the deficiency is content or exposure is hard as well.
    Still as you observe there is that rush at pushing the publish button and so far I keep working away. Perhaps it;s nothing more than an addiction.

    1. He Ralph,

      mate you’re not alone when it comes to getting people to your site, and it’s a lot harder today that it was for many of todays A Listers. Don’t forget they started when there was a lot less blogs around so the competition was no where near as great as it is today. Also SEO in those days were a lot simpler so it was easier for them to get noticed and start a name for themselves.

      So, you see Ralph we’ve have it a lot harder and so we can pat ourselves on the back with every little inroad we make. Keep plugging away mate, just remember to enjoy the trip as you’ll get a lot more out of it if you do.
      Sire recently posted…Back From LA With A Tip For BloggersMy Profile

  8. I think it is a funny post but it is reality that our every action on blogs is to get money and fame.Without money there is no survival.I think that blogging is industry these days and incoming years bloggers will be the richest persons of the world.

    1. I’m glad you liked the post but to think that in the “incoming years bloggers will be the richest persons of the world” sorry but I just can’t see that happening.

  9. Well, i guess i do it for the thrill. And because i’m addicted to it?!
    I like looking everyday at my stats and see them higher than yesterday. If they’re not higher… i panic and get to work.
    Can’t imagine my life without a blog.

    1. Don’t panic Maria as that will spoil the thrill. Even the best bloggers stats go up and down so it has to be expected. By all means work at improving them but don’t let it spoil your blogging experience.

  10. Hi Sire

    I initially chose blogging cos I enjoy writing. Then the reality hit. If I also wanted it to be a platform for my planned business it would also be hard work!

    That’s why as you rightly point out, we need to enjoy it as not only can it be hard work and very time consuming, for those of us who want to have a business, we also need patience and perseverence. And be willing to go on a steep learning curve like I’m doing at the moment.

    But so many positives to blogging that far outweigh the rest, that those of us who want to continue, will just keep on keeping on and enjoy the journey along with our friends and blogging buddies :-)

    Patricia Perth Australia

    1. Well said Patricia. I remember not so long ago when you started blogging and you were a little timid and unsure of yourself but not afraid to ask questions. You listened and learned from what all your blog research and have now become a formidable blogger, one that others look up to.

      You could have given up when thugs were slow but you didn’t and now look where you are, Must be that good old Aussie can do mentality :thumbup_tb:

  11. Twitter:
    You mean the lady isn’t just sneezing this time? lol

    As to the other, it’s an interesting question as to why we blog. You and I have multiple blogs, but we each have the one that we write on the most. Probably because we get to say whatever we want to say, however we want to say it and whenever we want to say it. It’s really the one true time when we get to express ourselves without worrying about what someone else has to say… sort of, since we both probably hold back just a little bit.
    Mitch Mitchell recently posted…I Know Nothing About Affiliate MarketingMy Profile

    1. Nope, this time she’s supposed to be having an orgasm. :thumbup_tb:

      Yep, and this is by far my favourite blog but I must admit my sex blog allows me to post certain things that I would never post in any of my other blogs and that has turned into some interesting posts.
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  12. Blogging is absolutely a lot of work, especially in today’s competitive environment. But, I think it depends on your purpose for blogging. And how much pressure you feel to accomplish your purpose.

    Not sure about the whole “rush” from publishing thing. Never really felt that way.

    I guess it all depends on your purpose for blogging.
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    1. My purpose is enjoyment and therefore when I’ve completed a post to my satisfaction I get a lot of pleasure from it, maybe not as much as I alluded to in my post, but then all writers have a the right for some poetic licence. :wink_ee:
      Sire recently posted…So- What The Frak Is Good Content AnywayMy Profile

  13. Why do I blog? Because I love it – love the creating, love the feedback and yes…I’ll admit it – I love seeing my articles in print.

    It does take time. It does take commitment, but anything in life that is worth doing takes time and commitment, so do something you enjoy and get satisfaction from.
    Brenda Freeman recently posted…How Do I Make Changes To My LifeMy Profile

  14. I ask that myself. I think I blog so I don’t have to go to therapy. Ha ha. It does take more time and effort than you imagine in the beginning.

  15. For me its more about informing customers, I have a huge pile of half written blog posts that I never have gotten round to finishing, which builds up each month as I come up with a new idea. Some of them I have spent a day writing, but am just not happy with where I have reached so abandon them (to hopefully pick up again at some point). Nope I’m much more of a fan of reading than writing. I like the easter egg theme : )
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    1. Thanks Khaled, my theme allows me to change the way the blog looks with a click of the mouse. I have several styles for different occasions and plan on having several more.

      You know, even though you do not like those posts you could be because you’re a little over critical. I would look them over again and if that’s as good as you could get it I would publish them over a period of time.

      1. I think that’s pretty good advise usually when I start to write a post I just want to add more and more and then I just give up as something simple has turned into a nightmare.
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  16. Funny, when I click submit, it’s more like asking someone out on a date. Clicking the button is asking the question… and then waiting for the comments to arrive to get the answer. :)
    Kristi recently posted…7 Ways I Make Money OnlineMy Profile

    1. Hi Kristi, it’s so nice to see your smiling face again. That is such a great analogy, and probably a lot closer to the truth than mine, but then I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t try to shock people with my Aussie humour.

    1. You are right Riya, there are many reasons for having a blog and many of those have nothing at all with making money.

  17. Why do we do it?
    Whjo knows.
    Maybe the comments, maybe the interaction, maybe the praise, not the money.
    I could do a few hours in a regular job and make money if that was the motivation.

    I wanted to help people with their Public Speaking, because people had helped me.
    A sort of saying “thank you” blog.
    And once you’re in… you’re in!
    Keith Davis recently posted…Keep it short- keep it sharpMy Profile

    1. And you do help a lot of people with your public speaking Keith and I’m sure that satisfaction from that alone makes it all worth while. Keep it up mate because there are so many people out there who need to know what you have to say and who knows when they may come upon your blog.

  18. Hi Sire!

    I want to be honest, now I blog for money LOL..

    Though at first, I blogged because I loved to screencast, but since I know I can earn money from it too, then I changed the goal and priority..

    First money and then pleasure lol

    Kimi recently posted…Com Domain For a Blog or WebsiteMy Profile

    1. There’s nothing wrong with that Kimi and I’m pretty sure you’re not the only one that feels like that. :cheese1_ee:
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  19. I used to own a blog but I just didn’t have time to write quality articles and I didn’t want it to turn into a useless blog so I killed it. I like to blog cause you can find out so many interesting things and not only in articles, many many times I found more interesting things in comments than in articles.

    1. Hi Matthew, that’s too bad mate, but who knows, you may want to start one up again. You don’t have to post daily, weekly would still work as long as you did it regularly.

  20. I personally do it because I like blogging and I like technological gadgets stuff. But now that I got my hours cut from work I wish I could make money from my blog. I know that they money will come if I keep working at it hard and just doing tests to see the best way to monetize my site.

    Also, right now I blog mostly about things that interest me and it may not get many visitors. But I may have start blogging a lot more on what readers are more interested and put my interests to the side.
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    1. Sorry to hear that they cut your hours back, but who knows, the extra time you can give to your blog may actually pay off later.

      What you need to do is work out what tech stuff people are looking for on the Net and then write about that using the right keyword and stuff so they can find you. If you can resolve a problem they’re having or write stuff about what they’re interested in then you are more likely to make money.
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  21. Hello Sire,

    I am glad that you are having fun, and that you are in it because you like it and not just the money (funny is that while I was reading this post at the TV a promo about a show where bloggers explained how they make money).

    Now money can be motivating, but from the amount of work you need to exert in order to promote your posts and get recognition, you should make a lot of money to keep it going, but passion (which seems to me, the culprit for your ongoing blogging activity) only needs time :P
    Alex recently posted…Masini nfs miciMy Profile

    1. If I wasn’t enjoying it Alex I would have given it away long ago because if I was devoting the time I spend in blogging elsewhere I could be earning a lot more. But if I was to do that I wouldn’t be enjoying it and that would be a pity.

      Luckily the money I make from blogging is actually increasing, slowly but surely, which just goes to show that you can make money by doing the things you love.
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  22. The more blogging i do, the more i like it. I suppose it’s the same as when i played that stupid zoo on facebook, but not i can leave that alone. Not that i have an addictive personality :)

    1. Hey, that’s really cool that you enjoy it so much, maybe if you play that stupid zoo game a little less you can devote more time to blogging :wink_ee:

  23. I have been blogging since 2009 and I am apart time blogger.I blog because I love blogging and it is so simple.But if you blog for money then it is not an easy task.

    1. Yeah, it’s never easy to make money, you always have to work for it.

  24. Yes i appreciate to you,i use my own Blog,
    That is really cool post,thanks for this.

  25. Well, I do blogging to share what I got to share and to help others. If a small amount of money comes out of it then its not bad too

  26. I guess that for many people it is really exciting to see their articles on the web. Even if you self-publish your stuff, it is still there – and anyone can read it :)

    And there is another group of “forced bloggers” (that I am probably a part of). For such authors blogging helps establishing authority in the specific field of knowledge AND increases search rankings (I bet, you didn’t know that! =)

    But being “forced” doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy it)) So it is all quite complex ))

    1. I’m not sure any blogger is forced to do blogging. To me forced means you do it against your will and unless someone has a gun to your head no-one does it against their will.
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      1. Of course it is not that bad! But once you want your website to rank high you need to create some valuable content (or have the rules changed in the past two days? ))))

        So for me “forced” means I would have never started blogging if I didn’t have to promote Invest Engine :)))

  27. Why do I blog? Well, I don’t really, I guess. At least not in the sense you guys are all talking about it . I manage a couple company blogs, but that doesn’t involve me writing posts myself. We have a copywriter doing that all for us. I do make sure that our content/site is optimized and I use social media to promote our blogs as much as possible. So I guess I “blog” for financial reasons, if you can even say that. I do it because it’s part of my job. The more experience I get with certain aspects of blogging, though, the more strongly I feel about starting a personal blog.

    1. Hey Petra, if you ever do decide to become a blogger I’m sure that you will do really well at it.

  28. Just discovered your site. Enjoyed the articles i’ve seen. But you here ask the question thats in my mind at the moment.
    Why the hell do i put the time and effort into blogging. What i will make in monetary terms in the coming year, I make at my coaching job in less than a week. Yet the time i put into blogging is probably about 40% of my waking time.
    Depression sets in today, because i wrote what i thought was one of my best posts, yet 2 comments received. What’s the point?
    Is it the fame? To get to the point where i’m an A-Rated blogger, well that’s a universe away.
    I think it must be love, as a guy, it’s my chance to nurture, develop, and tend my very own baby without the wife taking control.
    So i’m in control, and that must be the BUZZ.

    1. It is a great post Larry and I can see you put a lot of effort into it. You now have three comments as I just left one.

      Comments don’t just happen, a lot of the times you have to work at getting them, like leaving comments on other commentluv blogs because just as I left one others will as well.

      I would also suggest you add a subscribe to comment plugin so that people will get notified when someone replies to their comment. A great way to stimulate conversation.

      I was going to tweet your post but I couldn’t find a button that would allow me to do it. As you said time is precious so you have to make it as easy as possible, saving people time, for them to tweet your post.

  29. I guess I do it because I think what I have to say is important, but my wife will tell you otherwise.

    Someday I will gain the courage to blog about the major governments of the world, detailing how they, and politicians in general, have become the major killers, thieves and liars on the planet.

  30. I have never thought of blogging as deep as that. But yes, there is a feeling of satisfaction after publishing a post. Sometimes, we even edit it if we think we can still improve the post or just make it look better. :) I used to blog for money, using adsense. But Google deactivated my account so my personal blog is now outdated. lol

    1. There is life after Google Calli as there are other ways to monetize your blog.

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