One year and 100 posts later, we ask: why keep blogging?

Why blog? As Paws for Reflection celebrates the 100th blog post, Paws asks what keeps us going, and why do we blog?

Paws looks for blog ideas.

If people think blogging is easy, they are wrong. It’s a lot of hard work. It takes a lot of time. While Paws for Reflection finds the ideas are endless, researching them, and making sure sources are credible, takes a tremendous amount of time.

Paws takes pause to share a few of the reasons we continue to blog.

  • Meet new people
  • Connect, connect, connect
  • Learn more info about cats – there’s ton to learn
  • Meet fellow cat people, worldwide
  • Learn about cats and pets worldwide
  • Establish a reputation as a credible cat and pet blogger
  • Branding
  • Did I say learn?
  • Provides for my cats better – I’ve become more educated
  • Become a better cat parent
  • Look to the future – maybe someone will become interested in my work
  • Develop a future book audience – I have a few ideas
  • Gives me a reason to keep up with changing and evolving technology
  • Sharing photography
  • Creating better videos
  • Keeping up with social media trends
  • It’s interesting – I’m learning
  • I’m challenged
  • I’ve met a boat load of fellow cat people
  • Sharing information with others – maybe I can help them learn
  • Melt my journalistic, public relations skills with today’s media market
  • Help people understand cats better
  • Work for the betterment of cats – seems people love them or hate them
  • Learn about cat behavior
  • Help people understand the problems related to cat overpopulation
  • Educate people why they should adopt from shelters
  • Learn about various cat breeds
  • Go to cat shows
  • Spread the word about cat diseases and what can be done to help
  • Share info about dental issues often downplayed
  • Let people know where they can turn when their cat passes over the Rainbow Bridge
  • Share that it’s ok to grieve
  • Write about best practices and holistic medicine
  • Share why cats can be beneficial to your health
  • Write about fun stuff
  • Post funny photos
  • Improve my photography
  • Post funny videos
  • Improve my video skills
  • Cats are independent minded, they are their own selves. Perhaps we, humans could learn from them.
  • Write political spoofs – these are fun
  • Share Lenny’s story. Rescued at one week in a brush pile, he has a lot to teach us
  • Inform people about cat legislation
  • Cover the cat, bird controversy
  • Teach people about Trap, Neuter and Return
  • Write about the misunderstood feral cats – they have their place
  • Share stories about the human/animal bond
  • Learn about therapy animals
  • Find out why cats purr
  • Gives me an excuse to read lots of cat books from cat experts
  • It’s a reason to try some new wonderful cat related products
  • Takes me down memory lane with the KitKat Klock
  • Gives me an excuse to connect with a whole host of awesome cat people

And of course, I’d like to make a second income from this, but when I look at the list, there are a whole host of other reasons to blog than money.

Did I say the list was endless? It is. Let me know some other topics, issues, you’d like to see added to the list.

Do you have a blog? What is your motivation for spending countless hours to keep it up? Please share your story.

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BJ

BJ Bangs is an established journalist, photographer, and an aspiring author. She loves everything about cats, including writing about them.

10 Responses

  1. Thanks for an excellent post! I’m new to blogging and I’ve printed out your of reasons to keep blogging. I know it will give me inspiration and ideas.

  2. Connie says:

    Great list! and congratulations on your blogiversary

  3. Congrats on your one year!!

  4. Carmel says:

    No blog yet, I know I need to, but my work offline consumes most of my time (yes, cats are a part of that too). Not sure if your post has inspired me or not!

  5. Good question! Congrats on year one! For me, creating blog posts are easy but maintaining blogs are headache ( I have 2 blogs) i.e. today the Subscribe 2 plugin needed updating and so my subscribers didn’t receive email notification. Thankfully some faithful fans let me know and I can troubleshoot. After milestones, it important to reevaluate what’s working and what’s next. I’d love to take this convo offline with you.

  6. You are so right – blogs are lots of work. but I love it.

  7. I love you list of reasons to keep blogging :)Finding out passion is so important because it makes blogging fun and keeps us motivated 🙂

  8. Cat Holm says:

    I do have a blog at http://www.catherineholm.com. My purpose? Still trying to figure that out. A big part of it is spreading the joy of cats. You are right — it is a lot of work!

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