I've been thinking about blogging a lot. I wanted to add "lately", but I guess I've been thinking about it a lot for years now and I know I've mentioned it before. I've had so many reasons to stop: lack of time, lack of readers, depression caused by not feeling good enough, not being able to make any money from it, things happening in my life that I didn't know how to share, etc.
But last week I decided to list some reasons to keep blogging and that was a much better approach. After all, I've been doing it for... ahem... over eighteen years (thirteen in English), so there have to be reasons for that.
1. I love writing. As a young child, I wanted to study journalism and work for a magazine (not for a newspaper, because I knew I was too shy for that). I still don't understand why I had lost that dream when it was time to make choices about schools and careers.
Having a blog is like writing for my own magazine. What's not to love about that?
2. I love the whole process of blogging. Not just the writing, but also taking pictures to go with my stories, planning content, making changes to the layout of the blog, brainstorming new ideas. I just love it. Okay, and then there's also the promotion and the marketing. I have to admit I don't really like that part, but I think I'll just wait and let things grow (or not) organically for a while.
3. I love the community. Mine is very small, but I do have a few regular visitors and commenters and thanks to them writing blog posts feels like gathering with a group of friends that like the same things I do (knitting, sewing, living simply). So good.
I'm also trying to be part of the communities of other bloggers and on Instagram and I think I'm slowly finding my own little spot on that giant internet.
So yeah. I guess I'll just keep blogging.
(bonus reason: I need a place to share random pictures of cute little lizards in my palm planter that look like they're contemplating the mystery of the universe ;-) )
Linking up with Carole's Three on Thursday