5 Reasons To Start Blogging That Are Not Monetary

Enter into blogdom; there are more than monetary reasons.
Enter into blogdom; there are more than monetary reasons. | Source

Let's Get Blogging

Many people have one blog, if not more than one. WordPress.com indicates 467,926 people have a WordPress site today. I am betting that number is significantly higher next week. I am one within that group, as I began my blog Poetic Parfait in 2011.

Many people begin blogging as a way to earn money, whether by posting Google AdSense ads on the site or by using other avenues. I have found many advantages to blogging that are not monetary in nature. For five reasons alone I give a thumbs up to the advantages of having a site.

Get Support and Feedback

Comment chatter from other writers.
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Connect With Other Writers

Bloggers read other blogs. It is a truth of the writing world.

Although you may have few readers when you publish your first blog post, readership will grow with time. Comment on other blogs and leave a link to your own site. An "I follow you, and you follow me back" approach ensues. Remember there are benefits that are not purely monetary.

The connections with other bloggers are valuable beyond monetary gains. The comments left on your posts will help you immensely. Remember, people who comment are great judges of your work as they are writers themselves.

Positive comments support you in your writing, letting you know what you have done correctly and what are the highlights of the post. Positive feedback from other people pushes you to continue on your online journey; you are are affecting readers and your words make a difference in their days.

Criticisms from readers, whether received as post comments, within an online forum, or by other venue, are also valuable to enhancing your writing skills. Take the feedback about your writing objectively and learn how to improve your posts. You are receiving help, not being attacked. Many bloggers want to support each other as writing online is hard work and support is important.

Create New Connections

A new friend.
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New Friends

Blogging requires spending a significant amount of time on the computer. There are many social networks that bloggers join as a way to circulate their posts around the Internet and gain readership.

Given the amount of time online, bloggers are likely to develop new friendships with their followers by way of post comments and through social networks online.

The friendships can extend beyond the platform of your own site. Even if the new friend does not live close to you, you may choose to correspond by personal email as a way to leave longer messages and have ease of communications. Perhaps you begin to interact with each other on Facebook, for example, as well as through your site.

You may find you have much in common with these new connections. I have personal emails with many of my followers and we communicate on many social media networks as well. While it is not in-person communication, I still feel I know some of these people well and I do consider them my friends.

Gaining new, supportive friends is a great reason to start blogging that is not monetary. You are sure to gain more friends as you continue to publish quality posts.

Develop Habits: A Benefit That Is Not Monetary

Another reason to start publishing posts that is not monetary is to get used to regularly submitting online content.

Set yourself a goal of how many posts you will publish each week. Many bloggers post three to four times per week. You will then have deadlines to meet as you must publish a certain number of times per week on your site.

You are preparing for the world of writing online. Whether writing for content mills or private publishers, there are deadlines for assignments. You are practicing for these deadlines with your site. You are getting used to writing within a certain time frame.

At the end of a month, you should have a good sense if the deadlines are realistic for you. You will be able to judge if you are likely to be able to continue the blogging journey on a long-term basis. You will be more prepared to ask yourself, "Is writing online something that I want to pursue as a long-term activity?"

Develop Skills for Your Portfolio

Create your online portfolio.
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Build Your Portfolio

Starting your own site is also a great way to add to your own writing portfolio. Perhaps you are having trouble getting freelance writing work. That benefit is more valuable than monetary gain

Create your own platform to showcase your work with a blog. WordPress offers a free basic template for you to start your own site without any money needed.

Along with listing your site on your resume, you can add a slew of skills you attain from blogging. Skills include:

  • Ability to use WordPress (or other company) software; technical ability to create site
  • Creativity to put together posts with visual appeal (post photos, select font..)
  • Photography skills
  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO) knowledge

These are just a few of the skills you attain. Be sure to include these skills in your resume and attach links to the blog posts that you are most proud to have written in your portfolio.

Publisher Appeal

Having your own blog gives you publisher appeal.

Many publishers who are interested in your work, or are considering you for a vacancy, check to see if you have your own site. If your name is queried online, does you site name appear close to the top of the search page?

Publishers like writers who have blogs largely because the skills earlier mentioned are assumed to be possessed by these writers. As well, the writers demonstrate responsibility and independence as they run their own platform. The writers are serious about contributing quality content online and are dependable. The blogger's online presence is also confirmed.

Get Noticed By Publishers

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Your Blog

Perhaps you have recently started blogging and are disappointed that you have not made a lot of money, if any at all. Chin up.

There are many advantages to create a site that are not related to money. The benefits include developing new friendships, enhancing your writing skills, and building your portfolio.

Enjoy writing your posts, and your enthusiasm will show through to your readers as well as to publishers.

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Do You Have Your Own Blog?

  • Yes, I do
  • No, and I do not want one either
  • No, but I am considering starting a blog
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ChristyWrites 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

So nice of you to stop by and encourage me, Alicia!


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AliciaC 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is a very useful hub, Christy. You've raised some excellent points! There are many benefits to blogging that don't involve monetary gain, as you say.


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

5 Reasons To Start Blogging That Are Not Monetary well advised and written. You have accomplished a useful hub to many online workers.


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ChristyWrites 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Thanks, Pamela! Wishing you all the best with your blog.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States

This is the perfect hub for me right now as I am working on a blog on Weebly but have not published it yet. I wonder if Iwould be better off using Wordpress. There are many things to consider besides money and I appreciate the information in your hub.


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hawaiianodysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

We writers are often compelled to become one-dimensional about one reason for writing--to earn a stream of income. I like that you pulled us up to remind us that there are other wonderful and equally significant reasons for our blogging, hubbing, etc. Thank you for sharing this terrific article, Christy. Blessings and aloha!


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

A brilliant hub;interesting and useful .

I vote up,across and share.

Enjoy your weekend.

Eddy.


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stephanieb27 3 years ago from United States

Great hub! I just started a blog as a way of journalling! :)


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beingwell 3 years ago from Bangkok

Blogger here, too! I love writing and sharing stuff to my readers. It's my outlet to the world. Great hub. Voted up and shared.


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ChristyWrites 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Thank-you so much for stopping by to read my post on blogging Paul, Sweetie, Cyndi, and Linda. You are all such talented writers and I wish you much success! If you do start blogs (Cyndi, I know you already have one), feel free to let me know and we can follow each other :)


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

Keep up the good work!! When I grow up and have more time to blog or just write I wanna be like you!!! I'll call you, maybe:))


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

Christy - I looked at your fabulous blog. How in the blazes do you have so many followers in a YEAR!?! You're remarkable. AND, I see that you've licensed your work as CC-BY-3.0 I debate whether to do that on my own blog...I feel like it gets your work out there a lot faster. :)


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sweetie1 4 years ago from India

I dont have a blog site of my own nor I plan to make one but I really liked your attitude to blogging. voting it up and sharing here on hubpages with followers.


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Paul Kuehn 4 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

Christy,

I have never had my own blog, but after reading your excellent article advocating blogging, I am really interested now in starting my own Wordpress blog. I know that it will help me in the future for all of the reasons you have described. Voted up and sharing with followers and on Facebook. Also Pinning.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Yes beingwell, I do hope you have success! Thanks for the read and share of the hub :)


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beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

Shared this one and voted up! Heyah! I've been blogging for more than a year. I like sharing recipes and my personal weight loss tips and troubles with my readers. I'm hoping one day, this hobby of mine would give me a decent earning.. hahah! But for now, I'm loving it. Great hub!


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Audrey, thanks for stopping by and appreciating the words here!

Pinappu, You are right about the alternative intentions. Thanks for the comment!


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pinappu 4 years ago from India

Blogging is a source of making some pocket money but it is not its intended use. Blogging is for the expression of an individual, a digital public diary for the layman.


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Timely for so many people and for so many reasons! Thank you!!


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Thanks Cyndi, appreciate that!


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

Just had to come back and re-share this. It's such an awesome post and timely for LOTS of people I know. :D


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Hi Millionaire Tips! I think you are smart to blog for yourself and the joys it brings you with monetary earnings being a lower priority. That way you are not disappointed if earnings are slow one month. Take care!


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA

I started blogging early on, when I wasn't even really thinking about writing. I did it mostly to show my progress on my quilts and record my life events so I wouldn't forget. It is a big community, and like you said, there are so many benefits of blogging. I really didn't think about it as a money making venture until I started being focused on making money on HubPages. I have recently attached my Adsense to my blog, but the primary motivation will still not be about the money.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Hi Chuck, thanks for the tips and information. I wish you luck in the blogging world and am glad you are doing well here on HP. As our conversation is now about money and this hub is about writing for reasons aside from money, I will suggest we communicate on other platforms if we need to discuss the topics further.


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Chuck Bluestein 4 years ago from Morristown, AZ, USA

Their WordAds only started in November 2011, making it less than a year old. I have the free version. It can only be used with the custom domain that costs $18 per year. I guess that I should try it.


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Chuck Bluestein 4 years ago from Morristown, AZ, USA

I will check that out. Does it have Adsense? The name of SirenProse website is sirenprose-dot-com, but it uses the blogger/blogspot blog. She speaks 8 languages. I remember going to the wordpress.com forum (I know that wordpress.org is for people who own their own website) almost 2 years ago and asking and they said "no ads."

I saw one of my articles on wordpress from before I was on it. But it was from one of the many article sites that I wrote for that allow others to reprint it as long as they have a link to your website.

Here is something that you can do, Christy. You can write an article and pay them $14 to publish it on their website. Note this tip may be worth a fortune. Actually to publish it is free and you get to place 2 links at the end-- like one to poetic parfait and one to hubpages. But when you pay them $14 for "article distribution", they send that article to 191 other articles sites. I have done this a number of times. The place is articletrader-dot-com.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Sirenprose, thanks for your interest! My blog is called Poetic Parfait. What is the name of your blog? Please do NOT put a link here as HubPages frowns on that within the comments section. Simply put the title and then we can connect by following each other on our blogs :)

Chuck, Yes you are out of the loop for WordPress. The WordAds program there started a few years ago. Go to the WordPress.com website (not WordPress.org) and you will see the program. You can then begin to make money from ad clicks and page views on your WP blog.


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Chuck Bluestein 4 years ago from Morristown, AZ, USA

I am friends with SirenProse so she must have found this article (hub) from me tweeting it.


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Chuck Bluestein 4 years ago from Morristown, AZ, USA

I have a blog on wordpress.com and on blogger (blogspot). The latter is owned by Google and they let you put Adsense and amazon.com ads on it. You mention wordpress.com and then you say "Many people begin blogging as a way to earn money, whether by posting Google AdSense ads on the site or by using other avenues."

As far as I know, you are not allowed to place any ads on wordpress.com. If I am wrong then I have been losing money all this time by not having ads on it. I have lots of people following my wordpress blog, but have not posted on it in awhile.


Sirenprose 4 years ago

I started my blog without any interest in financial gain. Sirenprose is all about existential philosophy, poetry and art. I love that people who comment there THINK and I love and respond to the comments too.

Want to exchange links Christy?


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Thank-you all for the supportive comments and taking the time in busy writing schedules to read the post. I wish you all luck with your blogging journeys!


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alahiker28 4 years ago from the Deep South

It's refreshing to see someone inspired to write for reasons other than money. It's a guess, but I'd guess those earning the most are those writing about how to earn from blogging and Hub pages. Kudos to the "true" journalists of the information age : )


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tsmog 4 years ago from Escondido, CA

Hello Christy. I was updating responses to replies. taking a dash along the home front scrolling, and what do you know, I saw your smile! Great article. Very good reasons to blog. The learning experience and portfolio are two high on my list. The blog I write has an adult content warning, offering freedom with imagery and ideas to be explored too. No violent stuff, just beauty and discovering poem and essay. Yet, like you said it does have a need of consistency to be successful. Darn deadlines lol, Thank you for a hub that both reminds I need to offer a new post and great ideas for the planning phase I am in today.

tim and Mitch more today, I'm going though a change lol


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bridalletter 4 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

Like hubpages, it is a long road to success. I have to stick to a schedule, otherwise I don't post enough to my blogs. Since I started writing on textbroker, I have even less time. I have a long ways to go and have to figure out exactly what days and how much time to spend on each writing project. I have improved my chances over the last week to include: Dragon - speach to text to improve my speed and grammarly to improve my writing errors and check for plagerism. Great blog, I couldn't have said it better! very helpful for many people.


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

I have a blog but just haven't done much with it. I will go check yours out, thank you. Up and sharing.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Thank-you ShaamCA!


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ShaamCA 4 years ago from India

Hi , the article is very nice with quite good information's, thanks for sharing .


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Hi CC (hope you don't mind me shortening the name!), thanks for stopping by. I think you should blog about what you are passionate about that readers will respond to. There are all sorts of blogs out there. Start with a free one (I use WordPress) and try blogging the new site for a few months. See how it goes. If it doesn't flesh out you haven't spent money and you don't have to keep the venture going. Wish you success!


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

Another fabulous writing hub, Christy! I have a photography blog and worry a little bit that there are more images than writing, but it's also relatively new. I'm considering starting another blog, one that's more personal - what do you think about more personal blogs - like the fact that I love to homestead and I'd be writing on that?


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

@stevesco, that is a great added perspective. Glad to have the added information here!

@jainismus, Excellent. You are a blogger with a lot of experience and your feedback is great to have here.


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steveso 4 years ago from Brockport, NY

Very good blog. I might add, from my own experience, that blogging helps keep your mind active. I discovered blogging after I retired and I enjoy the challenges of promoting my blogs, as well as trhe relationships I have made. Getting a little extra pocket change helps too. For me the most important aspect of blogging is using my brain. I think it is a great way for retirees to spend some of their time.


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jainismus 4 years ago from Pune, India

I am blogging for last 7 years and I have got lot of returns from it, both monetary and non-monetary. Your hub is very useful for writers. Thank you for sharing.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Thanks IntegrityYes! Great to see you at my hubs today, glad to help!


IntegrityYes 4 years ago

OOH,Christy! HAH-HAH! That is very useful and interesting. The sincere passion for writing is number one. You rock!


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

@Jane, you are right that blogging is an intimate experience. We get to know each other and I have made wonderful friends like you along the way!


Jane Carroll 4 years ago

Believe it or not...I think blogging keeps me nearly sane! It's weird that connecting with others in cyberspace can be an intimate experience but it is.

Great post...as usual!


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

@sadie, those are great reasons to blog! I agree that connections are a big part of why I blog too. Thanks for sharing your experience.

@sgbrown, You are so kind. If you wish to follow my blog Poetic Parfait, feel free to connect there too (link is on my profile). You are a positive spirit that I am happy to connect with :)

@moonlake, Thank-you so much! Take care.

@Victoria Lynn, Thanks for stopping by my blog! I do hope you go for it, there are many positive reasons to start one. Keep me posted as to your progress :)

@bdegiulio, Thank-you, I appreciate your kindness.

@Peggy, Hehe yes and I write for other websites as well. I do love the community here at HubPages. Including great supporters like you!


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sadie423 4 years ago from North Carolina

I have been blogging for over 4 years now, I love the connections and being able to keep family up to date, and it gives me a place to share my life and my loves and teach others about them too.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

You have some really great advice here for reasons to blog. I currently have 3 blogs, they are all fairly new. I really don't know much about blogging, so I am happy to find you here. I will be visiting some of your hubs here and your blogs. I hope to learn more from you. Voted up and useful! Have a wonderful day!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

Very good information for blogging. You have a very nice blog. Voted up on this hub.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

It was meant to be for me to see this today. I've been thinking of starting a blog for a long time. Today I started reading "Blogging for Dummies," reading so many pages per day to get it done this week. I am learning the lingo, where I might start, etc.... I looked at your blog. It's really attractive. I like it! Thanks for writing this. It gives me some good reasons why I should continue with my blog plan!


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bdegiulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Interesting Christy. Had never considered starting a blog but maybe I should. These are very compelling reasons. Well done.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Christy,

Alas, I do not have a blog but might consider it in the future. Will have to take a look at yours. The reasons you listed for having one seem valid. Having a blog and writing on HubPages...you are one busy writer! Voted useful and interesting. Thanks! Sharing!


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

@website promoters, Thank-you for the great comment. I am glad to provide useful information!


website promoters 4 years ago

I like the valuable info you provide on christywrites.hubpages.com . I will bookmark your blog and check again here regularly. I'm quite sure I will learn lots of new stuff right here! Best of luck for the next!


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Hi Brian, I'm glad you found this hub helpful. Thanks for the comment! I wish you luck with your blogs too.


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BRIAN SLATER 4 years ago from Nottingham Uk

A excellent hub with great ideas, I have two blogs and you do need to work at keeping them up dated but I took some ideas from this so will be implementing next time.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Thanks THEHuG5, I am glad you found the hub useful. You will be happy with the number of connections you make as well by blogging. Take care.


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THEHuG5 4 years ago

These are all excellent reasons to start blogging. Going into my senior year of college the portfolio reason is at the top of my list right now. Voting up and sharing :)


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Thanks for connecting Otwen, I will stop by to see your blog


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Olwen Mears 4 years ago from Donostia-San Sebasti├ín, Spain

That's great advice Christy. Here's my blog: http://big-questions-small-reflections.blogspot.co...


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Thank-you Reves-diary, I am glad you enjoyed the hub. The passion for blogging can really drive you forward to continue!


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

I'm glad to hear you have undergone the process of creating your blog! I wish you much success and look forward to hearing more about it.


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Reves-diary 4 years ago from Dhaka

Well everyone is just using every possible topic for blogging and obviously to make money! So, it is quite difficult to find any topic that has not been written for non monetary purpose :)Anyways you have written a nice hub. Thanks for that :)


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Thank you for the information and suggestions for blogging. I have stared a blog and look forward to the challenges it will bring and the positive results it will prove. voted up.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Hey thanks Posh, nice to see you here!


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Thank-you Rajan. Blogging is a fulfilling experience in so many ways. I am happy to read that you feel the same way!


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Thank-you so much. I hope the advice gives you support to keep blogging. Your hard work can pay off if you keep at it!


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Why thank-you, from one blogger to another :)


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poshcoffeeco 4 years ago from Cambridgeshire

Good work as usual Christy. Well presented information.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Christy, these are wonderful reasons to blog. It is a high that nothing else can match up to. I know it from personal experience. Thanks for sharing.

Voted up and awesome.


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

Very inspiring hub. I am blogger and I am glad to follow your advice. Thanks for writing and share with us. Good job and rated up! Success for you...

Prasetio


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Marc Babineau 4 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario, The Seaway City

Some really good reasons to blog, my blog friend!

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