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What do you get out of it? What’s the return? These are just some of the questions I’ve seen raised at to the pointlessness of blogging. After all you’re not going to get any money out of it.

But the answer to the question is actually pretty simple. Why do anything? Why does an author sit down and take the time to write a book or novel? Why do poets write poetry? Do they sit down and think ‘I need to make money… better write a book.’ While I’m sure there are people out there who do exactly that, the majority are more likely under a compulsion to do so.

What does this mean? This means that they have a desire to create something and share it with other people by having them reading it. It’s the sharing of beliefs and the expression of ideas. Others comment and add to your output, sometimes validating it, sometimes debunking it.

It’s not always about the money. People draw, sing, dance, snap photos and do so many other things for free. These are all things that don’t necessarily give any monetary return, but the people performing these acts enjoy doing them. What else do you need to do something… isn’t that the bare requirement?

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2 Comments

  1. monetary gain, in my opinion, is necessary to fund these activities. for people who live off their parents, you can do all these things for free. but, for example, if you’re a musician, and you’re on your own, and you don’t have a shitty job, then you’ll need to get some money out of what you do.

    besides that though, I don’t think you should try to make money out of everything you do. if you’re offering a service that you do, not necessarily out of your own desire to do it at that moment, then you can charge someone. but if you’re doing it cause you want to and you enjoy it, then you might as well do it for free if it’s not going to harm you financially.

    well that’s what I think (:

    I write because sometimes I feel the need to express what’s within and put it out there, and see what form it takes in this process of creation. it’s also interesting to see how it’s perceived by others, how it’s understood, and what it does to others. But mostly it’s to get things out there, instead of have them swelling up inside.

  2. So what brought about this post? 🙂


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