September 30, 2013

Why I Blog

Fact: Blogging is a lot of work, and sometimes I have to remind myself why I keep doing it. 

I think that it's important for everyone to stop and assess WHY they do the things they do - specifically the things that take up a significant amount of their time each day, so here it is ... Why I Blog: 

♡ To have a creative outlet 
♡ To document my growth and change 
♡ To learn more about cooking and photography 
♡ To inspire others 
♡ To have a place to think
♡ To share my favorite things 
♡ To be vulnerable 
♡ To challenge my creative abilities 
♡ To strengthen my voice and sense of self 
♡ To document moments and memories
♡ To practice authenticity
♡ To develop friendships with people all over the world 
♡ To share what's on my heart 
♡ To document my messy, beautiful life 

Some days I can write long heartfelt posts in under an hour, other days I can't even force myself to write a sentence. I go through periods where I really love this whole blogging thing, and other times where I say "To hell with all of this!," and think about signing off from the blogosphere for good... but every time that I receive an email from someone who asks me for advice or someone tells me that something that I wrote here helped them through a rough day ... it reminds me that I'm supposed to be doing this. I'm supposed to be writing, I'm supposed to be blogging, and I'm supposed to be sharing what's on my heart.


This blog is my diary, my recipe book, my photo album and my travel journal. It's a collection of the places I've been, the moments I've lived through, and the things that make me, me. I sincerely hope that you enjoy my Travel Babbles as much as I do ... and that you'll stop to say "hi" at some point if you haven't done so already.

Why do you blog?
Why do you read blogs?

If this post inspires you to write your own "Why" post, please leave your link in the comments,
I'd love to read it!

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28 comments

  1. When I think about why I blog, I really do it because it feels like I've always done it in some capacity. I remember having livejournal/xanga back when I was around 12/13 yrs old then that just love of writing evolved into having a "real" blog. The idea of connecting with people around the world through writing about our lives is so cool to me and the friendships you can make through blogging are amazing. It's definitely hard work to maintain a blog and keep up with all of the other elements but it's so worth it!! Loved this post, Kym!

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  2. You know I love reading your posts and your blog is a huge reason why I started my own! You gave me the courage to just go ahead and post it publicly instead of only keeping it for myself. So glad you've kept with it over these years and I've told you before that some of these posts helped me make sense of some of things in this lifestyle that are completely unclear to me. Keep on rocking girl & don't forget to take deep breaths during this move this week. Everything is gonna work out how it should!!

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  3. I totally agree, blogging is definitely a love/hate relationship with a lot of love on the side. It's a full time part time job but the payback is worth so much more in the whole scheme of things. Life isn't perfect but through blogging, I've found an outlet to maintain a space of positivity and capture moments to remind myself of my blessings when the going gets tough :)

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  4. I love this. With two kids, Blogging can be hard. But I love having it as my diary and how I'm able to look back in time and remember things.

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  5. Love this!! I feel a lot like this!

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  6. I agree with every word! Blogging definitely has it's ups and downs. Sometimes we forget why we blog in the first place. Thanks for reminding us what it's all about!

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  7. love this, i kinda sorta wrote a post today about why i blog but it started out for a completely different reason and has really morphed into everything you said!

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  8. We always need this gentle reminder, especially during the down days and the "bloggers block" days :) I blog for so many reasons too and I read blogs to make special friends like you x

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  9. I always wanted to blog, but thought I needed to define a niche to blog about. Unfortunately, I'm interested in too many things. Just recently, I started a blog that is just about my life, struggles and accomplishments. In one month's time, it has been far more successful than any other blog I tried to write.

    So why blog? Because I love writing and socializing. I like to think others will find my posts interesting and informative. Even more, I enjoy finding people who are going through similar life experiences to see if there is anything I can learn.

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  10. I am semi-new to the blog world, and stumbled upon yours randomly about a week ago. It has quickly become my new favorite on my bookmarks bar. :) I started thinking back in June, if I can just help one person have a better day, or have them click my link on a bookmark bar and get anything from anything I post, I will be okay with that, then Lady Lunchbox was born. (Lunchbox is my English Bulldogs name). Mine are mostly recipes and my weight loss journey with Weight Watchers. I am still getting the hang of it, but I love reading others blog post, it lets you know you are not alone! Keep on keepin' on! I love what you are doing!

    Oh, and my link is : www.ladylunchbox.tumblr.com

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  11. I love this post. I think all bloggers go thru a phase(s) to stop blogging! I blog b/c it's our virtual scrapbook. I love being about document our lives & meet people.

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  12. OMG haha, I totally had a livejournal when I was in my early teens -- I don't remember what it was named or what I wrote about, but I definitely had one!! I guess I've always been a blogger in some capacity as well :) It really is amazing how many true, real friendships can be made with people you've never met in "real life"!! I'm glad you enjoyed the post!! xo

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  13. You're the sweetest, Miss April <3 I'm so glad to see that you started your own blog - don't give up! It's a lot of work and it can be very discouraging when you don't see people comment, etc ... but at the end of the day, and I have to remind myself of this often ... when I look at my blog years from now, or even six months from now, I want to have a space that I am happy with. If you ever need help or want advice feel free to ask...I don't really know anything and I kind of wing it here, but I'm happy to help you :)

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  14. YES ... a love/hate relationship for sure!! I try not to consider this space my part time job any more because when I get in that mind frame it's not fun anymore, you know what I mean? I've really been focusing on keeping a space that makes me happy, and like you, I want this place to capture all of life's little memories :) Thanks for your comment!!

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  15. YES! THIS x 100! I always wonder what blogging is going to be like when I have children and no longer have all day to sit at the computer all day. I give you mommy's who have babies and blogs mucho credit for keeping it all together!!

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  16. Thanks for your comment, and thanks for sharing this post today on Twitter :)

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  17. I often forget my WHY ... I hope that by publishing it off into the interwebs and now linking it to the top of my blog I will remember it each day, and make it a point to only publish things that reflect my why. Thanks for your comment Mackenzie :)

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  18. Yes, I love the blogging community! It amazes me that this blog world is so large, but so small...and that we can befriend people and get a peek into the lives of people that live 6,000 miles away!!

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  19. I bought a DSLR last year and I'm so embarrassed to admit that I hardly use it :x Reading my manuel is definitely on my to-do list for our drive to Denver!!

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  20. You are welcome Miss Samantha! If you create a list of your own I'd love to read it :)

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  21. YES. You are one of the major reasons that I LOVE the blogging world <3

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  22. YES! This x 100! As soon as blogging starts to feel like work, or I get caught up on page views rather than content it all becomes so overwhelming and I feel like giving up. It's nice to know that I'm not the only one who struggles with this :)

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  23. I wouldn't say that it's unfortunate that you are interested in too many things! Your blog should be your space and you should feel comfortable sharing whatever you want! I love your "why" - the blogging community is incredible, isn't it??

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  24. Ugh, phases or rollercoasters, I'm not sure which one is a correct depiction!! I love referring to a blog as a virtual scrapbook. I definitely need to start sharing more personal photos on my blog ... I just feel like I need to be asking for people to sign a release form before doing so, you know what I mean? haha I'm a weirdo :)

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  25. Annie @ Mismatched SimplicityOctober 5, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    Always a great reminder to strip back to the basics, remembering "why on earth did I even decide to start bloggin in the first place?!?" It's so easy to get overwhelmed on bombarded with numbers or posts or sponsors or keeping up or hiding the entire circus that is everyday life. Love this list and your lovely blog!

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  26. Thank you so much for the ecard!! I have never heard of puck bunny before!

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  27. I need to remind myself of my "why" and revert back to the basics often. Thank you for stopping by and for leaving such a wonderful comment :)

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