We all know blogging began long ago, in the days when Blogger and WordPress were just concepts, just possibilities. When I started my first blog twelve years ago, I had no idea how big the web log movement would get. But 12 years is more than a lifetime in the online world, and what’s “in” next year will probably boggle us. Still, there’s a part of me — as well as of some other women whom I’ve been sharing and conversing with — that misses the old school, heart-to-heart type of blogging that the world fell in love with in the first place.
This thought began last year, after the WAHMderful Life workshop last October. That Saturday evening, a handful of women bloggers and I began talking about our passion for writing, and writing on our blogs. We discussed the changes that had happened in the past few years: the rise of the mommy blogger; the influence of media; the event-centric nature of Pinoy blogging (i.e., the efforts of bloggers to get invited into events), etc. We pretty much peeled back the many different layers that blogging has acquired. In the end, we all were clear on one thing: A lot of people love the idea of having a blog, but not many people are actually purposeful about why they blog.
This take-away thought from that evening led to other meetings over milk teas and Starbucks lattes, in particular, a meeting that set the ball rolling for a continuing conversation about blogging. Why do we blog? Is there a better way to do this blogging thing? Are we just wasting our time?
One thing’s for sure: If you’re a living, breathing human being, you have a story to tell.
No matter who you are, there’s always a life you can touch with your writing.
If you put your voice out there, you can use it for good. There is always a way to reach out with your words, whether they be written in essay form on your blog, or video-blogged on YouTube for the world to see, or tumbled on Tumblr for other people to share.
Being a blogger isn’t just about starting a blog because everyone seems to be doing it. Heck, it’s not even about the money — let’s just put that out there. There’s so much more to it than nabbing your first sponsored post, running your first ad, or getting invited left and right to events. A blog is a platform, a place to share your worldview. And the most important thing about it is to never lose sight of your “why”: your purpose, your “you-ness,” what makes you tick.
Want to be inspired?
One of the blogging resolutions I made this year was to create an event for women bloggers, where we could share, collaborate, and gain new, fresh insights into the craft of blogging. It turns out (obviously) that I’m not alone in this idea: My friends Toni, Jayme and Michelle were passionate about it, too. Do you want to join the conversation we’ve been having, the one about going back to (or beginning) the purposeful, passionate kind of blogging? If so, then we invite you to join us.
We’re holding a FREE blogging workshop for women like you. We’ve called it Blog Inspired, and we’re so excited about it.
There’ll be some great content here: Tips on writing; how to find your “why” for blogging; how to dig deeper into your personal story and discover your brand as a blogger; and, of course, a few tech tips in language that we can all understand.
Curious? Join us. Details are on the poster below.
Sign up now to reserve a slot.
Blog Inspired is now fully booked. We’ll make announcements via email if you made it to the list: We had 35 slots, and added 10 more. However, all 45 slots have now been filled.
If you want to be wait-listed, please fill up the online form here.) We will inform you if there are people who are not able to make it, so that you can take their place. Thanks!