To post blogs regularly takes time and effort. People blog for all sorts of reasons, but mostly because of the rewards which can be satisfying on a personal level or useful for business.
Creatives like artists and writers post blogs to create or attract an audience for their work. Some people monetise their blogs, which means they make money through their blog. You can read about how to do this here.
Blogging requires self-discipline, especially when the blogger’s energy levels flag in the normal course of life. I’ve occasionally thought about stopping, but then I remember all the reasons why I do it.
I started my website in 2014 to see if I could. When I turned eighty a few years ago, I thought it would be fun (and perhaps helpful to others) if I changed the emphasis of my writing. I hope How to be eighty points to some of the fun things older people can do. I also hope it also helps in other aspects.
Here are some reasons why I post blogs every week
- I love it! That seems like the best reason to do anything. When my blog post doesn’t quite happen, I feel miserable and unfulfilled.
- Sharing wisdom. Sharing our wisdom is one of the life-roles for older people. It is one of the roles I accept with pleasure. It’s taken a long, long time to gain the experience of an eighty-year-old, to see the world through the eyes of such a person.
- My career included work as a nurse, marriage and family counsellor, welfare advocate in ageing and elder abuse, and management. I also raised six children. In the process of all of this my knowledge base increased and I gained wisdom.
- I hope that at least sometimes what I write is helpful.
- Writing. I’ve been a writer all my life, and to write is essential for my well-being. I have a Masters Degree and a PhD in Writing . If I don’t write, I’m miserable.
- Communication. I enjoy sharing information and knowledge with others and this is one way to begin conversations with my readers.
- The challenge. As part of my lifelong learning journey, I always try to accept new challenges. When I first started to blog, everything about it challenged me, from the technical aspects to making time to write. Even after all this time, new challenges present themselves especially through the mastermind blogging group I attend. See below for more information*
More reasons I post blogs
- New learning. It’s impossible to write blogs regularly without researching new topics, increasing your knowledge and keeping up-to-date with latest trends.
- Creativity. Blogging demands creativity. To post a blog a week, one must choose a topic, research it, and write about it. As well as that, a blogger takes photographs, chooses which to use, and insert them or other graphics. This can include working with programs such as Canva to combine illustrations and text. I wrote a blog about being creative for life and you can access it here.
- Analytical skills. Writing regularly improves a person’s analytical skills, and improves problem solving. That I also have a place to share my thinking in my posts is a bonus.
- Observation. Because the weekly deadline comes around so regularly quickly I find myself observing and thinking if what I’m doing will translate into a post that will interest my readers.
- Discipline. The challenge to post a blog a week means that some of my time has a specific focus. As an older retiree, it would be all too easy to let go important activities. We are constantly told that older brains need stimulation. Writing and posting a blog exercises my mind.
Do you want to start a blog?
I talk at libraries and other groups about blogging and its pleasures, joys and down-sides. Often the audience includes up to 70 men and women who are interested in the topic and want to learn more about blogging and what bloggers do.
There are often few people who want to set up a blog and want me to tell them how to do it. That’s not my area of expertise! I refer them to resources like the books Blogging for Dummies and WordPress for Dummies, the books I used to get my website and blog started over five years ago. Following online instructions, people can set up a blog in a couple of hours.
If you do not feel confident about starting a website, the University of WA runs courses.
Want to improve your existing blog?
Amanda Kendle Consulting facilitates regular mastermind blogging groups. Amanda is a talented facilitator. If you want to find out more, would like improve your blog , or want to experience blogging challenges with like-minded friends, check out Amanda’s website.*