Calling All Bloggers: The Million-Dollar Question

Let me tell you the story of the Daily Post emails. Ah, the good ol’ Daily Post emails. Everyday, there it is waiting for me in my inbox giving me a prompt to consider writing about and acting as a constant reminder to tend to my blog. Oh so helpful and inspiring, but unfortunately oh so easily overlooked.

Despite that, sometimes an email pings its way into my inbox and, guilt ridden at my complete negligence towards the Daily Post, I decide to allow them to indulge me. This time, it definitely worked.

Today’s prompt was simple enough: “Why do you blog?”

Just five minutes before that email, I was already toying with the idea of putting together some kind of come back blog to make up for my lack of writing. Do I have any excuses? Many. Can I justify my sudden disappearance? Easily. Do I even feel bad at the hole I have left in my little blog safe haven? Not as much as I should. But I also know that when life gets crazy, it’s easy to take a step back, refocus and change priorities.

These days, I have been overcome by to-do lists, never-ending planning and tasks that make me feel like I’m constantly falling behind (what else is new?). But that prompt came at the perfect time – to remind me that this blog and my writing is not just another thing on my priority waitlist. It never was and it never should be.

Why do I blog?

From before I can remember, I’ve always been passionate about writing and I knew one way to do more of it was to start up a blog as some sort of outlet for the millions of thoughts inside my head. Like every other opinionated, thought provoked, life-experiencing person, I knew I had something to say and I wanted to be heard.

Still, it wasn’t just about raving and ranting. It was about inspiring. I wanted to be able to inspire people, as so many others had done for me. But I also wanted to be able to inspire myself. Starting up a blog was my perfect excuse to face my experiences, speed bumps, hardships, triumphs, opportunities and success head on. And as much as it would do me some good to confront my own self-reflections, I knew how easily others would be able to relate too.

But let’s be frank, I didn’t have some extraordinary story on how I overcame a life challenging hardship. I didn’t create something no one in the world thought to do before. I’m STILL not a good enough cook to run a food blog (although I am obsessed with them! Props to all the foodies out there!). And I definitely am not an exceptional photographer to showcase my captivating snapshots of moments frozen in time.

Simply enough, I know life. I know that it has ups and it has downs. I know that it has speed bumps that sometimes feel like mountains too steep and too rough to climb. I know that it has lights at the end of tunnels. I know that leaps of faith sometimes don’t work, and sometimes they actually do. And I know that the scariest part through it all is feeling like we’re going at it alone.

So my blog was created!

Lead by my optimist and hopeless romantic, I wanted to be the hand to hold; the light bulb moment; the voice in your head; the quote you use to define what you feel; or simply enough, the comforting moment you realize we’re all in the same boat.

That’s why I blog. Because I love it. Because I love to write. Because I love to inspire – myself and everyone else willing to listen. It’s worked for me thus far, and I just needed to remember that.

Thank you, Daily Post. I owe this one to you.

: : : It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us… : : :

–A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens–

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6 responses to “Calling All Bloggers: The Million-Dollar Question

  1. Mission accomplished! I recently took an unintentional leave of absence from my blog as well. Even though I recently focused on writing again, reading your post steeled me to make sure I don’t let it fall by the wayside again. So you’ve done it! You inspired me to make sure I write for me, and that it’s not a chore.
    Good luck on not letting the everyday drag you away from your writing.

    • Well if that prompt wasn’t enough of a reason to re-motivate me, your comment definitely was! Even I’m comforted by the fact that I don’t feel alone in the writer’s consistency dilemma. But yes, we must soldier on and keep doing what we love! We owe it to ourselves :). Good luck to you too. Looking forward to seeing some of the stuff you’ve written ;).

      • You know, I’ve recently discovered that writing is a lot like working out for me. I dread it, I look at it and I can spend weeks coming up with excuses not to do it. Then I sit down and start hammering out a few ideas and I feel SOOOO much better. It’s nice when you can keep focused on the feeling you get while you’re writing and when you’ve finished, rather than all the effort you have to put into making yourself do it in the first place.
        Though I’m much better at making myself write than exercise!

      • HAHA! You and me both that’s for sure. Someone fast ball me a prompt to motivate me to exercise too and I’ll be set for life! :P

  2. Thank you for posting this! I’m on the same boat– and I tend to prioritize one blog over the other, but I’ve come to accept that I can “loosely” update the other whenever I can.

    This post came at the right time for me (going through self-doubt weirdness), and you describing your joy of writing mirrors my own. It brings me happiness and peace of mind, and I’d be happy to do it forever.

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