“So when do you start making money?” My mom asked me last week while discussing my blog. I could hear my Dad and Evan laugh in the background. “Mom, I’m afraid I probably won’t ever make money from the blog,” I responded. A confused, and maybe disappointed pause followed.
Since I started my blog, I’ve been really inspired by how many friends of mine are now considering (or have now started) blogging, despite it’s lack of cash rewards. I thought I would share some of the reasons why I blog to encourage those who may be on the fence:
- Posterity: I still remember how crazy my first auto rickshaw drive was, or the charm of the first group of uniformed school girls I saw walking together in Delhi. As those sentiments fade, autos become just an everyday necessity, and those school girls get lost in the background. Blogging helps me document and share these discoveries with others in real time, as well as with my future self.
- Keep in touch: My mom is the biggest fan of my blog. Even when I’m not sure whether a blog post is good, I can be sure it will still at least get a “like” from my mom on facebook :). It is nice to know that close family friends can check up on me when they want, which is wh y I want you all to blog!
- [Thoughtfully] Write and take pictures regularly: Someone once told me that writing is like any other muscle – you need to use it frequently to keep it strong; and this blog offers important cross training for my writing style. Also, as a novice photographer I now spend more time both taking pictures and reflecting what makes a picture “good.”
- Engage in areas of interest outside of work: Work is a huge part of my life, and blogging about it is a totally new way to process what I do. Blogging also allows me to more thoughtfully engage in interests outside of work and gauge peoples’ responses to them. Getting feedback on my blog from friends (or strangers) is already awesome. Keep it coming!
There are really a million other reasons why I blog, but at the end of the day it isn’t because I have something special to say or show. It is because I want to build and share my thoughtful intentions regularly; and I’m excited to see how that takes shape.