I was challenged to describe why I blog.
Seems like a simple question, right? However, not that easy to answer.
After twisting my mind for a while, I came up with a very specific answer:
‘I want to help people change habits’
The reasons for this very specific answer are simple:
- I have the knowledge
- I have the experience, being in middle of habit change myself
- I have the passion for it
However, the story of my blog is a little more complicated.
The story of my blog
I used to be a ghostwriter for 2 websites and as a result, I received great feedback. Therefore, I thought it might be fantastic to write under my own name and start my own blog. Being a passionate scientist I decided to blog about scientific topics explained simply for everyone to understand and to enjoy.
After some success, I was invited to guest post at some bigger pages. To adapt more to their audience I started to write about more general self-development topics. In conclusion, I gained many followers but lost my science touch. But wasn’t science what made me unique and what was my big passion? I had to go back to the drawing board.
Consequently, I’m very thankful that I was challenged to describe why I blog. I’ve found my passion again. I’m burning to help people change their habits, explain what is going on in their brains, how they can use this knowledge to their own benefit, and finally give very practical step by step advice.
You can read more about all this at my brand new re-worked about page.
My 5 best reasons
Next to finding my very specific mission, I’ve also found other more general reasons why I blog, and why I love to do it. Maybe you can identify with some of them as well.
5 points stick out to me and sum it all up: ‘Help, learn, share, connect and be happy writing.‘
Help and inspire others
Most of all, I blog to help and inspire my readers. To share my knowledge and my experience makes others understand that it is normal and ok how they feel sometimes. They feel that they are not alone and that others go through difficult situations as well. I’ve found that the feeling of having inspired or helped someone is what gives me the greatest joy. I’ve heard many other bloggers say the same thing.
Learn and gain knowledge
Of course, I don’t know everything about human behavior, science or even myself. While I blog, check my facts, read, and research I constantly learn new things and gain knowledge. This is another thing I love about blogging. It widens my horizon and boosts my thinking capabilities. I benefited so much through study, advice from fellow bloggers, as well as trial and error.
Share my knowledge and my work
I’m usually so fascinated with things I’ve learned that I want to pass it on. Moreover, I love to share what has helped me to change for the better or what was an eye opener to me. Knowledge and understanding are often first important steps on the road to change. I also do share writing work I’ve published somewhere else since it helps me build credibility and allows me to point to my freelance writing work.
Connect and network with others
It’s a blast to connect with other bloggers, be inspired and make new friends. My life is richer because of all the wonderful people I met through blogging, whether it be through comments, e-mails, or social media. The blogging community is friendly and encouraging. Many helped me to grow and hopefully I could help some friends to grow as well.
Love for writing
It’s simple! I love to write. Writing makes happy, it gives clarity and freedom, and it has a special rhythm. Words are powerful and using them means communication. I love to communicate with others. Most of all, I love to pass on information and give practical tips. And without any intention, I become a better writer as I do it.
My About page will tell you that I have a degree in science, but my blog allows me to prove my science background as well as my writing skills.
I hope that you can see my passion for science, brain science, and behavioral self-development while reading my posts.
I hope you can also see my love for writing.
And most of all, I hope you will join me in my journey of habit change and benefit from it.
Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, or making friends. In the end, it’s about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life, as well.
― Stephen King