Saturday, December 20, 2008

I Know Why I Blog - Do You?

My friend Terronda, of Unique Commodities, recently wrote a blog post that got me thinking. Terronda writes a wonderful blog called "Random Musings," in which she puts up whatever she randomly is thinking about, and it often has to do with building and promoting your business. I love it! This post was It was titled "Why Blog?" and presented the questions "Why do you blog?" Terronda not only laid out specifically why she blogs, but also gave some great tips on blogging, so make sure you go and check out her blog!

After reading her blog I thought I'd share why I blog! I actually have a LOT of reasons for blogging. Which is probably why I have three blogs...

Ok, so my most basic reason for blogging is because I love to write :) This lets me do lots and lots of that! But let me break it down by my three blogs:

Rose Works Jewelry (this blog):
~ To promote my store.
~ To talk about the creative process.
~ To share a little bit of who I am, as an artist and a person.
~ To promote the teams I'm on.
~ To help encourage and empower other artists.

A note on that last one - My most popular blogs to date have been my blogs on promoting your store and time management.  I've had a ton of fun writing both of those series and kinda dropped off because I was just too sick.  Current plan is to do a new series (promotions related) after the holiday :)

Rose Works Treasury:
~ To share awesome things I find on etsy (and maybe other sites soon).
~ To promote my fellow artists both in general and on my teams.
~ Ok, and I might once in awhile slip one of my own items in :P

A Jedi's Musings:
This is my writing blog - and hopefully I'll eventually be able to participate in the "paid to blog" world.  They like to have the blog established though, so these are my goals while building it, and while they may change slightly after I start getting paid to blog, I hope to continue on with these goals.

~ To improve the over-all quality of my writing by consistently posting quality blog posts.
~ To improve my fiction writing by posting at least one fiction piece (prose or poem) a week.
~ To improve my non-fiction writing by sharing short pieces that memoir pieces or otherwise non-fiction.
~ To share my thoughts on books, movies, web-sites, and anything else I happen to write a review for :P

So that's why I blog - now I'm curious - why do YOU blog?


BeadedTail said...

Every night when I'm trying to come up with a post I ask myself "now why do you blog?" But, truth is I do it because it's fun and along the way I promote my shop and other artisans too but also I get to meet wonderful people, mostly animal lovers, from all over the world. No former goals at this time although I probably should get some in order.

KayzKreationz said...

I started blogging to promote my etsy store. But I found I enjoy blogging about my family, our small Texas ranch and the wildlife management we do there. Organic gardening, shops of the day on etsy, etc. So there ya go. Now I'm hooked. :)

Random Musings said...

Cool Stuff Ruthie! Glad my blog served to encourage you, inspire you and make you go hmmmm... ! That is the whole focus of it! Plus the fact that I LOVE to write!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful posting and oddly I've never stopped to consider that question. In the beginning it was merely to promote my business but over time it's evolved and now I blog to keep in touch with friends through sharing in a part of my day-to-day life and theirs.

storybeader said...

I originally started to blog because I wanted to promote my art and direct people to my Etsy shop. Then I found that I wanted to write and express myself, and the blogging became as important as my jewelry making. THEN (there's more) I was blogging because of my friends on Etsy, to encourage and promote them. So now, I feel if I keep these three reasons in mind, everything will equal out! (notice how everyone's comments are long!)

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

I am like many others here...I originally started my blog to promote my etsy store. I was going to stick strictly with creative/scrapbooking stuff. Over time I found I enjoyed blogging about lots of stuff and have added in several personal blog posts as well :)

Miriam said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. This is a great post so I thought I'd add a comment. I write for pretty much the same reasons as you, except I can't say I make my jewelry! I sure wish I did. But I love blogging, promoting my store, getting to know others and blogging is tons of fun.

By the way, love this blog & your products :)


Census (aka Cen aka June.S) said...

Thank you for your kind words on my blog, they are much appreciated!!

You've really got me thinking now on why I blog. I know I love doing's reaching out and making so many friends, my love of writing, giving and sharing and so many other reasons!!
Thank you for making me take the time think about this one!

Swapna said...

Thanks for ur comments.. that Santa is my case u haven't guessed ! LOL :)