7 Reasons Why I Love Blogging

Sharing a few of the many reasons why I love blogging.

I don’t sleep these days. That pretty much sums up my life.

Juggling a full-time job and a blog isn’t easy, but after five whole years, it’s just a part of who I am and what I do.

Why do I love it so much? Why do I give up hours of Netflix watching and sleeping in on the weekends?

Well, here are a few reasons…

My writing has improved dramatically

In order to become a good writer, you have to write a lot. Every damn day. Twice a day. Even when you hate it. As a blogger, I’m writing all the time, and thank God for that because when I look back at some of my earlier posts, I cringe at how bad they were.

I have a place to vent

I started this blog because I needed to vent. True story. I never in a million years thought that blogging could be profitable or that it could be a business. I was simply pissed off at work and needed a place to rant about all the crap I was dealing with. 5 years later, it’s still kind of nice to have a place where I can share my thoughts and feelings whenever I want. FYI, it’s a  little cheaper than therapy.

I get to be creative

I never used to think of myself as the creative type. I couldn’t and still can’t draw. I can’t sing. I can’t play any kind of musical instrument. So growing up, I gravitated towards numbers. I was good at math, good at statistics, and because of that, I spent a lot of time using that other part of my brain. But when I stared writing, I realized that I WAS creative. And not only was I creative, I loved CREATING. Blogging has allowed me to turn blank pages into content that thousands of people read every day, and dude that’s pretty amazing. I look forward to creating a whole lot more now that I’ve gotten started.

I get to help others

There’s absolutely nothing I love more than being able to help others through my writing. Every once in a while I’ll receive an e-mail from someone thanking me for writing a particular post and that means everything to me. I’ve fallen on my ass PLENTY of times in my life, and my number one goal with my blogging and my book is to use all of my failures and experiences to help others. If it wasn’t for blogging, I wouldn’t be able to reach as many people as I do now, and I’m truly thankful for that.

The opportunities have been amazing

I’ve experienced a lot of amazing opportunities as a result of this blog, all of which I’m really thankful for. I’ve traveled to Alaksa (all expenses paid) to write about a hotel there, and boy was that the coolest place ever. I also landed a book deal and became a published author, so there’s that. But probably the best thing that’s happened so far is that I was able to make a huge career switch and now work as a social media manager and copywriter. Had it not been for the experience I’ve gained through blogging, none of that would have been possible.

I have an additional revenue stream

I don’t blog full time, but hey, as a part time blogger, I’m doing pretty well! I’m averaging about $1,000 a month from sponsored posts, affiliate marketing, and ad revenue, which has helped me big time since I took a $10,000 pay cut at my day job to finally work in a field that I love.

I’ve learned so many new skills

Before I started blogging, I was the least craftiest person I knew! Now I’m working on DIY projects every once in a while, creating things like teacup candles, sugar scrubs, and even a DIY kitty cave for my cat! I’m also working on my cooking skills, so Joe’s really happy about that. But in addition to all that, I’ve also become a much better communicator, a heck of a storyteller, and I’ve also learned how to deal with negativity in the healthiest of ways.

So now it’s YOUR turn! If you’re a blogger, why do YOU love blogging? What’s your favorite thing about it? Let us know in the comments! 

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12 Comments

  1. Megan | Red Around The World

    February 16, 2017 at 10:26 am

    I agree with all of this! I’m still working on monetizing and working with brands, but everything else I totally agree!

  2. Allison

    February 16, 2017 at 11:01 am

    These are such good reasons to love blogging and are super encouraging to me. I recently started my blog for similar reasons as you; I hate my job and just need something else. Would it be great if I could turn this into a career one day? Absolutely! But for now I’m doing it because I like to write and want to be better, want to connect with other like-minded people, and same as you, I get to be creative. I have never been a “creative” person, but writing allows me to be a little bit.

  3. GiGi

    February 16, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    For me, I love blogging because I have met some of my very best friends through it! 🙂

  4. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

    February 16, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    I do love that I’m able to use and showcase my passion (food and cooking) in a productive and rewarding way!

  5. Bailee

    February 16, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    This totally inspires me in working on my blog!! I love hearing what other people have to say about why they blog and what drives them.

  6. Lanae Bond

    February 16, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    I feel like I earned some more skills and I love being able to create new things!

  7. Brenda

    February 21, 2017 at 9:45 am

    I relate to you in this post very much. I never thought of myself as a creative type either because, well, I never created anything and always gravitated towards numbers. But being such a numbers and “follow the rules” kind of girl, I’m really feeling the need to be creative and create something of my own. I feel that blogging has so many positive benefits and in the near future I’d like to make something that I can put my name on.
    Thanks SO much for reminding me why I should go for what makes me happy! 🙂

  8. Anna

    March 2, 2017 at 9:08 am

    Thanks Kayla! I just started blogging this year to share the unconventional story of my life with my wife, living in a home on wheels, trying to have a baby, our crazy family, and all the love that goes along with all of that. I really hope to monetize my blog someday soon, but for right now, I’m just learning as much as I can while working on my craft. Good job with the videos, by the way. I admire your courage to go outside your comfort level.

    1. Kayla Cruz

      March 9, 2017 at 7:36 pm

      Thanks so much, Anna! Yea, like they say…there’s no growth in comfort. Gotta do new things and if they suck at first, oh well. You’re still doing things that most people don’t so it’s okay! Congrats on starting your blog! Be patient with the monetization because it can take a bit to get started but if you keep at it and learn as much as you can, you’ll do just fine! I’m always here if you need some pointers! xoxox, Kayla

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  10. Charlene

    April 18, 2017 at 9:13 am

    Great article.
    I love blogging because it was thing that got me out of my comfort zone and the fear of sharing my writing. I see the growth as I blog and I love it.

  11. Cyndrel

    August 29, 2017 at 7:58 am

    I can relate to almost everything on your list, especially number two! I started blogging way back 2012 just because I needed a place to vent as well. Eventually, I became uncomfortable telling my 3-dimensional friends some issues in my life that I know they might not be interested in, because apparently, that time, I was the only one who is having problems at work and hating my life. Weird right? I felt lost, seriously. Questions like ‘Why is it that everyone has their shit together except for me???’ or ‘Am I the only who wants MORE than what I have right now?’ are always rushing through my head. And boy I know it’s not healthy. So, I needed to let my thoughts out. That’s how my blog was born. I never thought it could turn into something that some people might find inspiring. Nowadays, people at work are asking me HOW I started a blog or WHY I started a blog and honestly, I still don’t feel comfortable telling them how to actually start it because I never felt like I’m a pro at this. I am just writing while trying to be myself and apparently, that is inspiring for them. I just tell them that I have way too many thoughts and they need to go somewhere. It’s definitely MUCH cheaper than therapy! Haha!

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