Day 12 – Why I Blog

Do you want to know why I blog? Believe me, sometimes I wonder this myself. It’s a lot of work, but it’s a labor of love. I love sharing my family with you and I love writing about my passions. I love sharing our family fun and our recipes from time to time. But, why did I start blogging, what does blogging do for me, and what keeps me blogging? These are the things I’m thankful for today.

Around about June or July 2011, Howard and I began watching this show (you might have heard about) called Extreme Couponing. We were instantly intrigued (mostly because we were broke) and I began researching couponing online. I discovered these blogs that talked about how to coupon and how to save money and I started following them and we started couponing and saving money.

After a couple of months, I was following several blogs and learning about blogging in general and by August 2011, I had my own blog started just for me to talk about my family. I didn’t have any thoughts of being a coupon blog or a savings blog, but just a blog to talk about my family and see if I enjoyed it, hence the name Going Crazy! Wanna Go?.

I never knew it would turn into the reason why I blog today.

After a few months of “playing around” and blogging about my family story and a few just fun posts, I realized there was a world of review/giveaway blogs out there and I felt like I fit in there. I began reviewing products and hosting giveaways and wow…what a whirlwind that world can be!

I couldn’t keep up.

I guess I kind of fell into sponsored posts after a while and I found a little passion of mine – sharing about my family using products, not in a review-type post, but rather in a storytelling way. I love nothing more than being contacted by a product and asked to write my family story around that product that I’m probably already using in my home!

Then, I realized I had a gift.

My gift is talking about my depression and anxiety. I have a stream of consciousness style of writing that rambles on, but is so open and honest, that people respond to it.

This I am thankful for today.

Of course, I can’t write about why I blog without mentioning the friends I’ve made, the connections I’ve made, the money I make for my family, the opportunities I have on a weekly basis (I’m not good enough yet to say daily basis). For all of these things, I am thankful.

But, most of all, I am thankful for an outlet for my words and my thoughts and my stories and my ramblings…and for you all for sticking around and listening to it all and reading my words. Thank you!

Counting My Blessings #CrazyThankful #Thankful30

Join me on my journey to write 30 days of thankfulness in the month of November for NaBloPoMo and follow my hashtag – #CrazyThankful – to find out what I’m thankful for this month and all year long!

Are you a blogger? Why do you blog?

Comments

  1. Lexie says:

    I love your blog and your thankfulness. I’m slowly transforming my blog. Honestly not sure where I want it to be yet! But it’s a work in progress! I think we evolve for sure and the reasons we start definitely keep us going <3 LifeAsLex

  2. Denea says:

    I love reading about the reason why someone started their blog. Great blog!

  3. I blog mostly because I like to share information with others. I started my personal blog without caring about making any connections, which has greatly changed now. Mingling with other bloggers had truly enriched the journey (and my life).

  4. I’ve been blogging for the last year and it really has been a great way to connect with like minded and supportive people πŸ™‚

  5. Blogging is such a wonderful way to meet wonderful friends! I have developed several forever friends through this journey…and It’s wonderful being able to do something you love!

  6. It was my husband who encouraged me to blog. Never thought I’d get so hooked.

  7. Jen K says:

    The connections and friendships I have made is my favorite part of blogging! Such wonderful people in our community!

  8. Debra says:

    I am so grateful for what you share! So many people are scared and you are real!

  9. I started my website in hopes of earning an income. I still have that hope but more realistic.

  10. It’s a wonderful thing to be giving of yourself & share that with others. I am always so grateful with how open and real you are in your posts.

  11. High five to storytelling. You have a great writing style I admire your passion for raising awareness.

  12. I first started blogging to share my ideas from my wedding but it has turned into a full time job that I love!

  13. Thanks for sharing your blessings each day. And thank you for sharing your story

  14. Blogging can be so positive in so many ways. I am so glad you have found your passion and truly love it!

  15. blogging is a huge outlet for me – I literally would =not have survived early motherhood without blogging friends.

  16. I’m an extreme couponing fan.

    Thanks for sharing your story of why you blog!

  17. I love reading about your family so I am glad you started blogging. When I was pregnant the mommy blogs were the ones I got most of my information from so I have been following them ever since.

  18. A friend I met online convinced me I needed a blog–she went so far as to actually set it up for me! It was always in the back of my mind that I wanted to read and review books and charities. Finally after about 4 years I think I am there. Yes, I do still do one or two product reviews and a LOT of giveaways–but what keeps me going is the books!

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