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Why I blog! My 5 best reasons.

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. 

why-i-blog-pen-and-paperConsequently, 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.‘

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

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Final thoughts!

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.

Will you?

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

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Hi I'm Ilka, a self-development writer and lovable scientist with a knowledgeable expertise in brain science. I help people realize the power our behavior has on our brain - and the other way around.

Janet Burton - December 13, 2016

Ilka, thanks for sharing why you blog. It is a great way to get to know you better. You make very clear the purpose and mission of your site and blog, and I appreciate that. I like your new About Page too – you are a woman of many talents.
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    simplyilka - December 13, 2016

    Hi Janet!

    Thank you very much for your encouraging words. That means a lot to me. Since I am interested in so many things it was hard work to find the focus of my blog. But it was also necessary and truly liberating at the end.

    Hope you have a great week, Ilka 🙂

Ravi Chahar - December 13, 2016

Hey Ilka,

Every blogger has his/her own reasons to blog. Some people blog only for money whereas others like to help.

Learning is the best phase of blogging. More you write, more you get to learn about your niche.

You have mentioned some great points.
Thanks for sharing with us.
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    simplyilka - December 13, 2016

    Hi Ravi!

    Thanks for hopping over. You are right, everyone blogs for a different reason, and some people don’t know what to do with their blog at all. That’s why it was good for me to think about it and find something more specific I want to focus on.

    I’m also a person who enjoys learning. Glad you enjoy it too. It’s important 🙂

    All the best to you, Ilka

Sherri Matthews - December 13, 2016

Dear Ilka, I love your five reasons for blogging, you epitomise all of them and more. I am so happy to have met you through blogging, and to you so much for continuing to read and follow my blog too, especially when I’ve had to take long gaps for personal, family reasons. You inspire me and many others with your knowledge, which you make fun, interesting and educational, all with that beautiful smile of yours! Writing takes us on convulated journeys and blogging reflects which path we need to take for a given time I think. What’s important is you are doing what you know is right for you, at this time! Great to see you again my dear friend! 🙂 xxxx

    Sherri Matthews - December 14, 2016

    PS I’ve signed up to your newsletter – I need all the help I can get! Thank you my friend, you’re doing great things here! And the Stephen King quote expresses just how I feel about my writing…you’ve help spur me on in more ways than you know! 🙂 xxx

    simplyilka - December 14, 2016

    Hi Sherri!

    Thank you for your lovely words. I’m also happy to have met you through blogging. Actually, you were one of my first followers and I will always be grateful for you. You inspired me with your writing and the way you were (and are) communicating with others. There is a reason so many bloggers love you 🙂

    You are so right that writing takes us on convoluted journeys and blogging reflects which path we need to take for a given time. I think I’ve found the right focus for now, which can evolve in the future.

    Thank you for signing up to my newsletter. It’s a big commitment from my side and I’m already working hard to not disappoint.

    I’m glad you liked the Stephen King quote. I am also feeling his words.

    All the best to you my friend and lots of hugs, Ilka xxx

Ella - December 14, 2016

Hey Ilka!

Thank you for this interesting post and your newsletter. I like the focus you came up with and can’t wait to read your posts on habit change. I guess I tried to get rid of some habits for – hmm – ever. I always start full of enthusiasm and give up after a while.

Great to hear from you!

    simplyilka - December 14, 2016

    Thank you, Ella, for being such a faithful reader and friend. I can’t wait to start my series on habit change and am already working hard on it. I hope you can benefit from it. Feel free to share your experiences.

    All the best, Ilka

Mary Jo - December 15, 2016

Your voice is so fun and welcoming, like we’re sitting at your kitchen table conversing over coffee. I love your honesty and your enthusiasm for science, habit making(and changing!) and of course, writing.
Looking forward to watching your blog grow and reach so may!
Mary Jo (MJ)

    simplyilka - December 15, 2016

    Hi MJ!

    It’s so good to see over here. And thanks for your lovely comment. I’m glad you liked the post and I’m sure you understand the love for writing.

    Your support means a lot to me and I can’t wait to see us both evolve during our blogging journey.

    All the best, Ilka

Jelina Roy - December 27, 2016

Hey Ilka,

Well done with the post. We all have our won reason to blog, some do it for Money, some do it for readership.

But we have to admit that in the beginning most of the bloggers do it for money, but in-between they start getting balance between money and readership. And that’s the best thing to do in Blogging.

BTW, keep up the good work.
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    simplyilka - December 31, 2016

    Hi Jelina!

    Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. You are right, we all have our own reasons why we blog. And with time, these reasons can change. So, it’s good to be flexible but it is also good to know why we blog. This way we can stay focused.

    All the best to you and happy New year, Ilka

Jenny Rev - January 29, 2017

Hey Ilka

Thanks for sharing why you blog. I must say we all do for this purpose, if I talk about myself, I love writing and I want to showcase my skills to the world and that’s why I blog.

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