Here is a confession:
Most of the time, I see my blog as a great way to motivate myself to be creative - a way to get off my butt, cook something, craft something, think something, and then showcase it on my little piece of real estate carved out on the internet, otherwise known as - ezra.inspired.
Though, I must admit that sometimes I become pretty frustrated with the process. There are times when I wonder if I have readers, and if I do, who those readers are. Or, I wonder how I could possibly attract more readers, like so many wonderful blogs that I know, and I tediously research articles on problogger and other places to determine new techniques to attract like-minded people, for minutes and hours at a time.
But, then, after I have tired myself out with such research and exploration, I rub my eyes, look up from the computer, take a deep breath, and turn a different page. Instead, I begin to wonder why I care so much about attracting readers, anyway, because after all that is just my own ego. I blog - for myself - first and foremost, right? I blog because I feel the inner desire to do so, because clicking that "publish" button, after crafting together the post that appealed to me in that moment in time, a post that took a little bit of what goes on in my own mind and shared it with the world, just feels so good.
But, then, after that initial elation has passed, I wonder - will anyone read this? Will they comment? (In other words, the cycle begins again.)
So, tell me, what inspires you to blog? How do you attract readers? Have you found the community of like-minded individuals that you were looking for? Or do you blog just, and totally, for yourself?