Explaining My Why: On Blogging

I write for a blog with a handful of readers, a couple thousand views, and a slim chance of having sponsored posts. For others, what I’m doing is pointless. But for me, it’s something that my heart craves. It’s something that practices my skills and creativity (or the lack of thereof).

To tell you the truth, I’ve been maintaining a blog for years now. While “The Wild Flower” was only born in 2016, I have already gone with different blog names in the past 12 years that I’ve been active online. I’m an on-and-off blogger, with many months of hiatus before another update. I’ve never committed to this blog and while I wanted to update regularly, I am just another person who’s trying to make ends meet with the usual 9-5 job. It’s never been a priority, but it’s something that I’ve never quit on doing.

You see, when I was younger, I created my blog as space for me to share my thoughts. I was never really the cool kid, nor was I the most relatable one (my music and film tastes were quite “eccentric” from my peers… apparently) so I decided to seek refuge to strangers online. Like most kids, I wanted to belong to something, but unfortunately, I’ve always been different. I wanted so bad to fit into my classmates that I succumb to peer pressure — all the while killing whatever interests and values that I hold. I felt lonely and misplaced despite being surrounded by ‘friends’. At that time, I was already fumbling around the internet, doing a little bit of blogging. As days went by and life became too intense for my little fragile self, I started to get more attached to documenting my stories and sharing it with random people on the internet. I was 13, and I was talking to strangers about my deepest frustrations. It sounds funny, but I guess it saved me from doing crazy things.

As years went by, I kept on blogging. I shared my little moments, my little wins, and even the most mundane happenings — heck, I even shared my class schedule before! It was like finding a best friend that I never had. While people slowly came on the rise because of their blogs, I stayed low-key, connecting to a smaller circle of people who were really interested in what I was doing with my life. I exchanged comments, shared laughs and joys with internet friends. It was fun and I loved it. I never had the knack for writing, but blogging made me fall in love with it. It was even one of the reasons why I decided to major in writing when I was in college.

My life is painfully ordinary and not very interesting, but I kept on documenting it for the sake of having something to read when I get older. I mean, it’s fun to look back on my old posts and realize how crappy of a writer I (still) am. Although I was able to get a few sponsored posts, a couple of readers, I’m pretty sure that professional blogging would not be my game.

I remember meeting a couple of bloggers on an event, and someone asked me what my niche is. I told her that I don’t really have any, although I write mostly about travel and food. She told me that if I don’t streamline what I share then I wouldn’t go far in this field. She also told me that if I wanted to earn like her, then maybe I should rethink about what I create on my site. I just shrugged and let her be.

While blogging has evolved into businesses and jobs, I’m only here to share, not earn. I admire the hard work and effort that most people put into it — curating content, uploading funny listicles…. the list goes on — but just because people do it doesn’t mean that I also have to do it. I came here to create connections, and more than 10 years later, I’m still here for the same reason — to foster relationships, to be a friend to other people, and most importantly, to satisfy my hunger for writing, for the craft that I learned to love.

I don’t mind getting just a thousand views a month or not getting any sponsored posts. I’ll just continue to share and keep on going. I’ll keep on going because it makes me happy and keeps me sane.Β This blog is something that I’ve created from years back, and I wanted it to still be that safe space for me to write whatever I want.Β I’ll just stay right here, write about my life. If it happens to resonate with people, then I’m glad that someone else found their voice in mine. I’m just happy to be here, and I suppose whatever happens, I’ll just stay put and continue to write.

30 thoughts on “Explaining My Why: On Blogging

  1. Nice one here Jan Im sorry you have to talk to that girl who boasted her accomplishments in blogging. It’s not easy and it’s def not every blogger should do. Depends on what makes us happy!

  2. *hugs* You’ve articulated everything perfectly. I don’t have a specific niche either but I still maintain my blog because I like reading through my old entries. Nothing beats the authenticity of personal blog posts. πŸ™‚

    1. I agree! It’s so hard to look for content that’s raw and authentic nowadays, so I really appreciate reading blogs that still sticks to the good ol’ personal blogging. πŸ™‚

      Thanks for dropping by, Rose!

  3. You just said what I feel about me and why I still blog. Very well sadid Jha! Hahaha. It’s a really nice topic btw. πŸ™‚ I just want to document what I have achieved and what I did so when I get a little much older I could look back and see what I have done in the past years of my life. Hahaha! Lets keep on blogging and share what we can. Aja!

    love,
    rejcanaynay.com

  4. Yes. It’s true. Blogging is not only to make money. But also to satisfy ourselves. Keep up the good work. Good luck.

  5. I feel the same way! Honestly, the only reason I accept ads on my site is for the upkeep cos domain/hosting is not cheap haha! But the primary reason why I maintain my blog is so I can have something to look back on. πŸ™‚

    1. I guess balance is always the best way to go when it comes to blogging! A few ads wouldn’t hurt, but too much of it makes the blog look like an advertising board. πŸ™‚

      BTW, welcome back to blogging, Teesh!

  6. I have the same thoughts! Like you, I’ve been blogging since 2002 as well, but started doing it on and off when blogging became mainstream. But unlike you, I lost track of the reason why I started blogging and started chasing the earnings. I got blinded by the trend and started to go along with it without my own ground. Last year, I finally decided to settle. I realized how my views on blogging changed drastically to the point that I wasn’t enjoying it anymore. But now that I’m settled with a blog my sister and I started, I felt so much better. I recently received the Liebster Award that we bloggers used to pass around too. And it just so happened that I nominated you with it. Receiving the Liebster Award opened my eyes further and made me reminisce the past when blogging was more than just fun. Here’s the link to the nomination btw. :)γ€€http://moreliketwins.com/sharing-bit-liebster-award/

  7. Always on point! I used one of my blogs to get products to review and attend local events. It’s fun! But, in the long run, it made me feel like my blog is a work. And it made me miss the first few blogs I had where I can share whatever comes in my mind. Now, I’m trying to make my blog as personal as possible though I’m still reviewing products and attending to some events and invites.

    Wannderzel by Hazel Asoy

    1. Hi Hazel! I guess we’re all different on the way we want to approach our blogs, and I don’t blame other people if they want to attend events and do reviews! It’s fun actually! πŸ™‚ I guess I just wanted to let that ~person~ know that it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. I guess all that matters is that what you do makes you happy! πŸ™‚ And I’m glad that you’re enjoying your blogging journey (and that you’ve grown so much in this space!)

  8. Hello, Jhanz.
    I feel like crying now lol
    There are several bloggers now who blog to earn, become famous and all that.
    I’m happy to know there are still people like you who blogs because it’s what they love πŸ™‚
    Just continue writing xoxo

  9. High-five to this post. You shouldn’t ever have to explains yourself (except to the police, and only if they have a warrant). Really, though: do you. Someday our society might get back to being friendly and non-judgemental.

  10. Oh this is beautifully written! I do feel you. Somehow, it feels very comfortable sharing thoughts and bits of your life to strangers, connecting with them after and making friends. Its what made me love blogging at first and what keeps me. I did try to blog more for business or turn my blog into a job but I realized its not my style. While there’s nothing wrong with that blogging style, I do prefer personal blogs like yours. It feels more genuine to me. πŸ™‚

    Keep blogging, Jhanz! <3 -Dems // dearstrangrs

  11. I’ve already read this days before but only have the time to comment now. I’m happy you still hold firm on your why and that you keep on blogging. I think you were one of the first bloggers I met when I was just starting out and it’s such a thrill to see updates from you.

  12. I still want to blog as well. πŸ™‚ although at times I get so lazy because of a lot of things, but still, in my head, there are many things that I want to write about/blog about. πŸ™‚ You go girl. πŸ™‚

    1. True! Being a blogger is a whole lot of effort, so I really admire those who can blog and juggle it with other things!

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