Friday, October 21, 2011

My Thought Process - Coming to Terms with my Purpose for Blogging

It's been a while since I've posted something here, mainly because I've been struggling with finding my purpose for blogging and what I want to blog about.

Do I want to be a food blogger?  I don't think so.  While I would like to document recipes I try or share something really delicious that I eat I don't know that I want to be toting a camera around to be taking pictures of food all the time.  Also, I'm not going to lie but I don't eat the healthiest right now so it doesn't seem like being a food blogger is the right thing for me to do.

On that same note I don't know that I could have a blog focused on fitness.  While this aspect of my life has been improving since starting a new semester of college my workouts are nothing exciting or worth blogging entirely about.

I keep coming back to the same general feeling about what my blog is - a journal of my life.

Is this a bad thing?  No, I don't think so but I do wonder if the people that read my blog enjoy it.  When I blog I do it for me but there is a part of me that wants people to enjoy reading what I post about.

Honestly, if I could have this blog be anything I want it to be it would be a documentation of how I went from the overweight college student to the healthy, happy, young adult in the "real" world - a success story.  Ideally someone would find this and be inspired, motivated, encouraged, whatever you want to say, that they can do what I've done.  But right now I haven't been succeeding in reaching my goals so this blog is just a journal of my life and doesn't seem like it is worth the time to read.

Can this be a journal of my life?  Yes!  But I want it to be a journal of my life on the road to a healthy lifestyle.  So I guess that means I need to step it up and start doing things that are on the road to this healthy lifestyle.

Writing this out has been helpful - I have now put the thoughts in my head into an actual pattern that makes sense.  If you get nothing out of reading this that's ok with me because I got something out of writing it.

Here's what I got out it...
1. Start doing! - Instead of talking/writing about the things I need to do just do it...and then write about it.
2. It is what you make of it - My blog can be a journal of my life to a healthy lifestyle if I make it one.  By doing #1 I will be able to make this blog what I want it to be.

If you stuck around to read this whole thing, congratulations - you've reached the end!

Questions for you...

If you blog how did you decide what your purpose would be?

Ever struggle with blogging?  If so, how did you get out of that "funk"?


4 comments:

Brittany @ IttyBitsofBalance said...

This is really a great post-- Blogging is something that is COMPLETELY underrated. It's very tough to find your "perfect" style and "perfect" schedule, because every blogger out there is different.

Ultimately, what I've learned from the short amount of time I've been blogging is that it's SO important to write about your passions and things you find interesting. That keeps it fun and exciting for you and your readers :)

Best of luck!

Living N Learning said...

@Brittany - Thanks for your comment, I appreciate it so much! It is a lot of work to find out what works for you as far as what you want to blog about and when you want to post and just everything else that goes into blogging. I love your blog and am so glad I found it :) Thank you again for reading and commenting on mine!

Claire-Christine said...

I am glad you did a new post, Amy! I enjoy reading your blog and was missing it! I think this post is one of your most real, reflective and honest blogs to date!

You are incredibly brave to openly question your "blogging purpose"! I feel like many bloggers experience the occasional identity crisis. I know I did. I felt like, "Ok, I don't want to be a food blogger (although I gave it a try...it just doesn't appeal to me), I love doing workouts and posting those, and I love A LOT OF THINGS!"

I think it is OK to switch directions with your blog because LIFE switches direction and takes on many forms, colors, and creative routes. Heck, at one point I had creative outlets and writing on my blog. This section is now gone because I chose to do it that way. There is no right or wrong answer. You need to have a journal of your life that ACCURATELY portrays your life if that is truly what you are going for. I think many bloggers "glamorize" their lives...so if you are trying to keep it "real" more power to you!!

XOXO

lolzthatswim said...

I wish I could tell you my overall purpose of blogging. But I don't exactly have one. I document my life journey wherever that may take me lolz.