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Why I Started Blogging

Updated on January 28, 2011

Why Write Online?

To run a good blog, you have to open yourself up and share something personal about yourself to the world.  Everyone has a different motivation for why they want to write and how they get started. In this hub I am going to share my personal story about how I got started writing online

I had Content to Share

Over two years ago, I was shopping in various markets when I came across some cool knit earflap hats, but they cost too much to buy one. As a knitter I thought that I would be able to produce a knit hat just as nice, so when I got home I started searching for ear flap hat knitting patterns.

To keep track of my patterns search, I started adding the links of the patterns I found along with descriptions of each pattern (to help me keep track of where I had already looked.) I wished that someone had just assembled a list of these free knitting patterns so I would not have to do so much work. And then ChemKnits was born. In the process of my own research, I had written one of my first ever blog posts!

Until this moment, I had never thought about creating a blog. What did I have to offer that was not already available online? I realized that if I were searching for something, that others might be searching for the same thing. In that moment, I realized that there was a value to what I had to say and contribute to the knitting community.

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Writing Helped Me Grow

ChemKnits has been around for over two years, and I have not yet run out of things to say.  Through writing at ChemKnits, I found myself growing as a knitter.  To develop content for the blog, I started trying new knitting techniques and more complicated knitting projects.  This evolved into designing my own patterns and creating knitting tutorials.

Expanding My Platforms

I am now the author of three blogs and a writer at Hubpages and Squidoo. I have been doing well as a writer because I write about topics I love. I enjoy what I do, and I have never had to force an article out of me. If you write about what you love, then you too can succeed!

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      ChemKnitsBlog 6 years ago

      Thanks, Puzzlemaker. For now it's really just ChemKnits, ChemEats is going to launch in just over a week, and then the third one has not yet been announced yet (it's a BIG work in progress :))

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      Puzzlemaker 6 years ago from Florida, USA

      I didn't know you had three blogs. The best blogs are started just like yours: passion, necessity and a desire to share information.

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      ChemKnitsBlog 6 years ago

      There isn't really a good straightforward answer to your question.

      I think that Hubpages and Squidoo are similar in that you write in a number of capsules/modules and can add amazon ads, but Hubpages seems more streamlined than Squidoo at the moment. With squidoo you have more flexibility over formatting and the appearance of your content, where Hubpages the platform is more uniform.

      One thing I do is publish a lot of free knitting pattern searches, which involves linking to a lot of links as I find free patterns across the internet. Squidoo is better at this project for me than Hubpages because they allow more outbound links.

      I think that you need to give Squidoo a chance and then decide for yourself. I think that ultimately it comes down to personal preference, why you are writing and what you have to share. Good luck!

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      Casey Coulter 6 years ago from Wisconsin

      I have a question for you. which would you say is better for you Hubpages or Squidoo I am currently on Hubpages (obviously) but I have hear a lot about Squidoo don't know if it's worth my time to sign up there too.

      Stay Happy and True...Mylife