Why do we blog? I have been asked this quite a few times, albeit mostly by people who have no inclination to write. Those who blog seem to just “get it”.
I think all bloggers start out from the same basic need: to write. To play with words, flirt with language and have a fling with opinion. To have a space in the world that belongs to you and you alone. Your little corner where your words fill the pages, where you are the master of creation. It is this need that drives me.
Blogging is the perfect playground for exactly this. No editor breathing down your neck or telling you what to do. No one that takes your words, put together over hours with sweat and tears, and shredding it to pieces.
There is nothing I want more than to get published. I am happy to say that I am one step closer to that thanks to Abbott Press! Which writer does not have a quiet, hidden wish to be the next J K Rowling, Dickens or Nicholas Sparks?
For any blogger with a serious commitment there is nothing more important than being noticed. For that reason, I was very grateful for the follow up article by WordPress about statistics and how to use them to your advantage. Silently we all become addicted to the little block which is Site Stats. Therein lies the secret but also the challenge.
How do I attract more readers? More importantly though, you are pushed to constantly improve your writing. To turn your little corner from a shanty into a mansion, where all are welcome and leave satisfied wanting to come back for more.
That is why I blog.