I started this particular blog on the Eve of Christmas Eve, December 23, 2015. I never dreamed that I would now blog twice a week, and be engaged in a blogging community that has opened my eyes to a unique, amazing world of wisdom and knowledge around me. Some well-meaning loved ones have told me that since I don’t make money off my blog (yet), that I should only engage in this as a mere hobby. However, to me, blogging is much more than a hobby. Blogging, for me, is a ministry–a service, if you will. Yes, I still have a day job, and I love it! However, when it all comes down to it, about 90% (I’m estimating, of course) of the blogs that I have read have to do with life, whether it is a life about how we dress and carry ourselves, a life of exploring new places (travel), a life of being a parent, a life of doing what we love the most, or how to live life well. The three primary purposes of my blog are:
- To teach others about how to live life well—both emotionally and spiritually.
- To encourage others—So that my readers will know that they never have to face life’s challenges alone and feel invalidated by anyone.
- To teach myself the things that I need to work on. I often know what to do, but fail to put what I learn into practice. I blog to keep myself accountable.
First of all, I blog to teach others how to live life well, both emotionally and spiritually. I, not only want to teach others from the things that the people in my life, including myself, have done well, but also so that others can learn from the mistakes I’ve made, to spare people the consequences of doing the same thing wrong. I want my readers to be able to grow as individuals and together, and be catalysts to make their world a better place, not only for themselves, but also for those around them. I write from a primarily motivational/spiritual perspective, and incorporate that into what I hope to teach others.
I also write to encourage others. Many people that I have encountered in life feel alone and believe that, few, if any, people really care about and want to make any kind of investment in them, or their life stories. One of the main reasons why I often relate my own experiences into my blog is to let, you, the reader know that if you, or a loved one, are facing anything similar, that you don’t have to face that trial alone. I also want you to know that you are loved and cared about, and I value you and your life stories very much. When I write about my personal experiences, I also want you to be encouraged not to give up. This is, because, from experience, I have always found that, in perseverance, there is always light at the end of the tunnel. If you ever need moral support and feel like you have no one to talk to, you can always email me privately, using the contact form on my website. I will be more than willing to offer you words of support, validation, and/or advice (if you want it).
Finally, I write to teach myself things that I need to improve. Sometimes, when I blog, I feel like I fall woefully short of the ideals I believe. This is why, when I blog about something, I often write about things that I do well, or that other people in my life have done well. Of course, I also write about things that I need to work through, from a self-teaching perspective. For instance, I once wrote about the things that I still struggle with. For that post, see this link. This serves not only to re-teach myself, but also to keep myself accountable, so that I will, at least, strive to line up my beliefs and actions better.
These are the three primary reasons why I blog. I hope one day some of my posts will be published in a magazine or some other media form, but that is not my primary goal. My primary goal in all this is, through my words that I type up on my blog website, to inspire others to live better, not only for themselves, but also to change the world for the better. If you blog, why do you blog? Please share in the comments.