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Why Bother Blogging?

6 November 2011 No Comment

I read an article on a travel website recently, discussing the loneliness of travelling, and somebody commented on this article, mentioning whether it’s a good or a bad idea to have a travel blog. The discussion went further, and people were asking if there was any point in having a blog at all if you weren’t in it for the money. This sparked a debate in my mind and I thought I would offer my opinion.

I guess the first point to consider is whether or not you enjoy blogging, or if you have any interest in keeping a blog. Many people think it is the right thing to do – to have a blog. They don’t consider whether they want, or need a blog at all. If the answer is no, then don’t have a blog, it’s as simple as that. You don’t need one if you don’t want one. After all, why bother blogging if you don’t enjoy it?

But what about those who do enjoy blogging, and actually want a blog; is there any point in having one? Well, ask yourself what you want from a blog. Do you want to share your stories with others? Do you want to offer information to people regarding travel-related issues? Or do you want to make money from a blog? I think for all three of these questions, they are all reasons to have a blog in my opinion. It’s great to share stories and information with people, and it’s great to have something to look back on one day to remember past trips. It’s amazing how much you forget over the years, and reading your blog archives is a great way to bring some of those faded memories back to the forefront of your mind.

Why do I blog? Well, I actually blog for all these reasons. I started out just having a place to store pictures and travel journals for archive purposes. Then it became a way for people to keep up with what I am doing and where I am going. I soon realised that I may as well use it to try and make a bit of money from it. There are ways to monetise a blog without destroying the look and feel of a website. You can clutter a site with ads, or you can do monetisation in the background. But you don’t have to, and this is the important thing to remember.

You have to also consider that to have a successful blog – in other words to have a blog that ranks well in Google – you need to constantly update the site with good, fresh content, and to optimise your site for search engine performance. If you have the time to do all this, then there is no reason why you can’t have a blog that generates a good income.

So, is it worth having a blog? Well, why not? If anything it’s just a bit of fun.

Do you have to have a blog if you travel? No, of course not. You don’t have to have a blog for anything if you don’t want to.

Is there a reason to have a blog other than to make money from it? Yes, of course there is, there are many in fact. We live in a world that is fast becoming dominated by social media and communication. It has never been easier to connect to people in any number of ways, from a whole bunch of devices, and blogging is a part of this.

My advice is, start a blog, and if you get bored, or don’t have the time, then simply stop. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. There is no right or wrong answer to whether you need to have a blog or not, just personal preference.

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Written by Daniel Stevens,
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