People blog for many reasons. The first time I launched my blog towards the end 2013 as a platform for authors. As time went by, I realized my blog provided much more than an author platform and it wasn't all about numbers. Blogs serve a different and more profound function. I'd even say it's changed how I view and experience my life. If you're thinking about setting up a blog, then I highly recommend it. This is, if you're writing for the right reason. If you're starting blogs to earn money or even to eke out a living, well don't bet on it. Monetizing a blog is super hard nowadays. In fact, after three years, I'm still not making income from my blog. By the way, don't take the word of people selling online courses that claim that blogging is a great option to earn passive income. There is no doubt that writing and promoting a blog is a lot of work. There is nothing passive about it. In actual fact, it's easy to be frustrated when you first start your blog. As a technically-challenged person, I had to learn WordPress. Then, I spent much of my time advertising my blog and trying to find an audience. Something else I knew little about. Like most bloggers I became overwhelmed - and even depressed with the numbers and the number of visitors, subscribers, and Facebook followers I was getting on any given day. The truth is that growing readership for a blog takes a LOT of time, effort and perseverance. Visit:- https://googlenewsblog.com/ Why do we blog? A few people might disagree with me, but I think blogging shouldn't be just about making money, drumming up business, building massive followers, chasing fame, or trying to sell books. Blogging can be used as a creative channel to voice thoughts, ideas, thoughts about beliefs, feelings, and thoughts. On top of that the writing of a blog can provide a wonderful opportunity to inspire and influence the lives of other people in a positive way. How blogging has changed my life My blog has definitely taken me through many ups and downs in the last few years. I've written about happy times like a trip to Chicago along with my partner to commemorate our anniversary, a day of being outside in snow and playing with my children, watching Paul McCartney and the Rolling Stones at Desert Trip, and a quick weekend trip with my children to San Francisco. I've also let my heart out in caring for my Mom who was suffering from Lewy Body dementia and wrote about her death. I shared my angst when my mother-in-law passed away from ovarian cancer and my son was battling a difficult divorce and custody battle that same year. (Ironically the day I began to write my blog about happiness, I went through the worst time of my life.) I do enjoy reading, which provides some relief from my worries, but writing is my main escape an outlet and passion. When I write, I get more focused and my troubles are able to disappear for a few minutes providing me with a much needed break. In fact, if you're a true writer, be assured that it's an all-time addiction! The process of putting my thoughts and feelings in writing has provided me with ease and comfort, and also helped me to relive joyous moments.writer As I've written about my life, my blog helped me to think about what is important to me, and assess if my life is headed toward the direction I want it to. Since I'm not able blog about every single event, idea, thought, and experience, blogging is a sort of filter, helping me to understand my life. My blogs have helped me discover the things that are most important to me. I've realized that sometimes it's the simplest moment that makes me most content. Embracing Creativity As a professional writer, my blog provides me with a wonderful freedom of expression. I'm not trying to blow up anyone's balloon However, writing may sound more glamorous than in actual fact. For most of the past 25 years, I've written articles on topics that magazines, newspapers, publishers and clients prefer to me write for. Yes, I've written two books for teens with travel stories, humorous pieces and feature articles about interesting people. It was fun. However for the sake of earning a living, I've also created articles that bore me to tears. I've tackled technical articles - and one technical book - that gave my the Excedrin headache and made me numb. I've written on demand and have met deadlines set by other authors even writing late into night as my brain is desperately trying to end the day. Don't get me wrong. I'm not perfect at times, but I'm fully aware that I'm lucky enough to have made a living by doing something that I am passionate about. I wouldn't have had it otherwise. What's important is that my blog is my baby. I write about subjects I'm intrigued by and feel passionate about. I'm hoping my readers will enjoy as well. My blog is a way for me to develop as a writer to explore, discover and explore new avenues when the inspiration strikes. Writing professionally has helped me develop the ability to write blogs every week however, I write my blogs at the times I want to. And believe me, that's not before the crack of dawn or after 10:00 pm at night! That's luxuries. So, those are some ways in which blogging has changed my life. But, as I stated earlier, the major benefit is that blogging can alter the lives of others as well. People have left messages telling me that I may have impressed them or provided them with helpful information. This always gives me a sense of joy. Writing a blog has provided the opportunity to interact with readers as well as other bloggers, which is so satisfying. What kinds of blogs have been most popular? It's always interesting to see what resonates and hits home. My top ten blogs by number of followers: 1. Five Ways to Become A Happy, Go-Lucky People Every year, this is my best-performing blog. Merriam-Webster defines"happy-go-lucky" as indifferent and carefree. Synonyms include affable, laid-back easy-going, low-pressure, and calm. It seems like we all want something like that! 2. Golden Boys at Concert Bobby Rydell, Frankie Avalon, and Fabian My task was to write review of a book written by the autobiography of Bobby Rydell. This resulted in an interview, free tickets to his Golden Boys concert with Frankie Avalon and Fabian the gang, and a VIP ticket to see Rydell in person. This was an awesome perk which came from blogging! On the day that they posted my concert review on Rydell's page on Facebook, my page's visitors rose by 3000% over the day. No joke!