Why I Blog: Mod Podge Rocks

I heart Making StuffHi!  It’s Amy from Mod Podge Rocks.  In addition to being a crafty ninja of sorts, I’m one of the Crafterminds.  We are all planning to share our reasons for blogging, and it’s my turn.  Blogging is not just a hobby for me; it’s a passion.  These are the reasons why.  As I do with most of my tutorials on Mod Podge Rocks, let’s jump in.  This is why I love to blog.

  1. It’s a creative outlet. I’ll never forget the day I wrote my first blog entry.  It was very fulfilling.  I had no audience, no idea what I was doing – but it didn’t matter.  I am a crafter, but I am equally a writer.  I absolutely LOVE writing, and I have to do it for a variety of reasons.  Sometimes it’s for fun, sometimes it’s an outlet for frustrations.  For better or worse, I’m one of those people who always has something to say.  Blogging allows me to do that and get creative at the same time.
  2. I love crafting. I’ve been doing it since I was little.  I already told you I write – my love of crafting is something natural for me to write about.
  3. I want to inspire. I love being inspired online, and I want to return the favor.  The #1 main reason I chose Mod Podge is not just my undying love of the world’s greatest decoupage medium, but because I couldn’t find good inspiration without taking hours to troll the internet and find it.  I like providing both myself and others with decoupage inspiration, all in one place.
  4. I LOVE meeting other crafters. Can I tell you how many local events I tried to go to for crafters?  And how many events didn’t result in any crafty friendships?  I’m from Seattle, and I never had any problems making crafty friends there.  I moved to Atlanta, and it’s a lot tougher because the city is so big.  I still try locally, but connecting online is so awesome . . . I can’t tell you the wonderful connections and real friendships I’ve made.
  5. It forces me to take the time to be creative. If people read my blog, then I’m accountable.  I’m a woman, you’re a woman – you get it.  We put a lot of other people and things ahead of ourselves most of the time.  I like having the obligation of posting, because then I will do it rather than vacuuming the hallway.  And when I die, I don’t want to be remembered for having the cleanest hallway.  I want to be remembered as someone that lived and did fun things she enjoyed.  A little dramatic?  Yes.  But very true?  Definitely yes.

Those are the primary reasons I blog.  There are a lot of other, smaller reasons.  Yours might be different, and (I hope) equally fulfilling.

But I’m not done yet.

As an added bonus, I want to tell you what I don’t get from blogging.  There are a lot of myths about blogging in general, and I would like to dispell them.  I also think my perspective will be valuable for those of you who are considering starting a blog or have just begun your blogging journey.

  1. Large blogs make a lot of money. Let me sum it up for you – being a large blogger pays decently at best.  Very few bloggers make enough money to quit their jobs, and it takes A LONG time to get there.  Having a large blog basically gives you some spending money.  I promise you – swear to you – that if you blog for the money, you should get a part-time job at Target because it pays more per hour.
  2. If you get your blog to a certain number of readers, you can “coasts with the posts.” The truth is that you have to fight for every reader no matter how big your blog is.  I work way harder now than when I was just beginning.  At first, I could decide whether or not to post depending on my mood and what I had going on.  No one cared because no one read my blog.  No sweat!  Now there is an expectation that I will post every day.  I also feel more pressure to make the posts good, especially when it’s my own projects.  I’m not complaining, because I have set that expectation.  It’s just a different space to operate in, and you have to be aware of that.
  3. Big bloggers are great at time management. For most of us, other things in life have suffered at one time or another because of our blogging.  I’m not saying it happens all the the time, but sometimes we don’t spend enough time with our families, don’t clean, don’t exercise and don’t shower to blog.  It’s an ongoing battle for everyone who craft blogs.  Especially because we can’t just write – we have to craft too.
  4. There is a special formula to making your blog big. I wish that were true.  The Crafterminds can help your blog grow, that is for sure.  We have learned a lot between the four of us from years of blogging, and we are here to impart that wisdom onto you as best we can.  But to be a HUGE blog?  There’s no way to teach that.  It’s a combination of hard work + putting certain elements into place + being in the right place at right time + luck + faith.  Some of the biggest things that have happened to my blog were random.  I remember when I was chosen as a Google Blog of Note and my hits exploded in one day.  I didn’t even try for it.  It just happened.
  5. Big bloggers love to blog all the time. Most of the time.  But there are those times when I don’t want to look at another e-mail – or do another craft – or write another blog entry.  Instead I want to blow up my Mac.  It doesn’t last long because there’s always the “why I love to blog list,” but there are those moments.  Running a large blog is a mixed blessing.  Growing is awesome, but you have to be ready for the responsibility.  My mom always recited a Bible verse to me when I was younger.  I just looked it up and it is Luke 12:48 – “For everyone to whom much is given, of him much shall be required.”  It makes me wonder, was Luke a blogger?  Tee hee.

I hope reading both my lists has been valuable for you.  Your loves and myths might be different, and they are just as important.  This makes me curious . . . what do you love about blogging?  And what do you think people don’t know about it?  If you have any feedback, I’d love to hear it in the comments.

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