Why do you blog?

As I sit each morning on my computer for four to five hours before I head out for my other job, I find myself wondering, why am I doing this??  After pondering that question for awhile, here’s what I found out..

I started my first blog to showcase my photography.


I sell on Etsy and at shows, mostly because I simply love taking pictures!  Helen Fern Originals has very few followers and, most recently, has not been kept up like it should be.  But is served it’s purpose.  I can share my photos with anyone that wants to see them and I get some great feedback from time to time.

Then I started this blog – The Pleasures of the NW – I love where I live.  I love to show people the awesome places and to cook the fresh bounty that is so readily available.


But time constraints don’t allow me to travel around the area like I want to – and I found myself cooking a lot – and not just NW specialties.

Finding myself in the kitchen and discovering that I loved to create recipes, I put together the Lazy Gastronome!


This seems to be the blog I spend most of my time on – the kitchen my favorite room in the house!  Ideas just keep coming and living in the NW, fresh food just keep finding their way into my kitchen!

Now that I’ve been blogging for a couple of years I find I love everything about blogging.  I love the creating and writing – I love to community of support and sharing.  Bloggers don’t compete – they help and support each other.  I haven’t met a blogger yet that doesn’t want to lend a hand when I have questions.  Blogging keeps me busy and I’ve made some great friends while I share my passions with others.

So tell me,

Why do you blog-



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About Helen Fern

I live in the upper Willamette Valley with my amazing husband and four very spoiled cats - three adopted feral cats and one shelter baby. We have lived here since the dawn of 1991 and love every inch of the region.
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31 Responses to Why do you blog?

  1. The connections keep me blogging! My husband and I have had three big moves in a year and a half and loosing my physical community was hard… my internet community has become even more precious to me. Thank you for sharing your thoughts at #FridayFrivolity! Pinning, tweeting, and doin’ a little clickin’. 😉

  2. Leanne says:

    Hi Helen – I started blogging to clear my head and in the process discovered a community of proactive and positive women who have added another dimension to my life. I think about stopping sometimes, but I’d miss it more than I care to admit! Nice to connect through Bloggers Pitstop

    • Helen Fern says:

      I agree!! I work full time besides and sometime (like this week) it gets to be too much – but I find it’s the blogging that brings me pleasure and the connection with other bloggers that keeps me going. Thanks for taking time to share here!

  3. GiGi says:

    I belong because I LOVE ENTERTAINING and EDUCATING OTHERS but I also love love love meeting new LIKE MINDED people!!! 🙂

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  5. Hi Helen,
    Why do I blog? I love helping others, I love to write, I am interested in my niche. What to do with all 3 passions? Blog! I also get to stay home with my husband and dogs while I do it. Perfect!

  6. Hi Helen, I wasn’t aware you had another blog. How cool is that! I started blogging because after I retired I made it my mission to spend the rest of my days reaching out and helping others. I love the relationships and friendships I have made through my journey … I’m a writer and I always hope and pray my words land where they are needed the most … Thank you for sharing with us at #SimplifyWednesdays! Pinned, Tweeted, Shared

  7. My Blogging why was to showcase my products in the beginning. That has morphed to a higher purpose, to learn ad Teach others in better ways to market online and create life changing income. It does take time, but what is time and who is its master? I am. So I just get on with it 🙂 coz I Love it!

    • Helen Fern says:

      Thanks Julie – I have read some of your articles and you have helped me grow! I have set a goal to earn a small income within the next five years (for when I retire). I will receive my first adsense payment next month – and I’m excited! Not for the money as much as hitting that first milestone – Thanks for your articles and support to all us learning bloggers!! And thanks for taking time to share your thoughts.

  8. Libby Boyle says:

    I started blogging because I was living away from home and it was a way to keep in contact with all my friends I had left behind. I also found that the whole IT thing was a great challenge which I enjoyed. When people started saying they had learnt something from my blog, I was dumbfounded. It has helped me work on my photography and to share what I know about sewing with others. I love that blogging throws me into a worldwide community who enjoy writing, reading, sewing, photography … I blog now because it’s fun.

    • Helen Fern says:

      I love it!! I am also a photographer and, though I don’t sell a lot, the positive comments mean a lot to me. Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and share your thoughts!

  9. Pam says:

    I blog because I have always loved to write and now that I am retired I finally have time to pursue this passion. I also wanted to share some of my photography. I have discovered my own voice speaks more clearly since I began and “met” some other interesting people who also blog for whatever reason. I enjoyed visiting tonight!

    • Helen Fern says:

      Hi Pam – thanks for taking time to comment. I’m loving reading about each person and how they started and have grown in the blogging world. I have found some great friends!!

  10. Edye says:

    Such a lovely post to read! I blog because I want to spread a positive, encouraging message to others. I love that I can connect with people from all over the world and make new friends 🙂

  11. I definitely started to blog as an outlet – I just needed to write and create. Then came all the other reasons – loving the blog community, the friendship and support, earning a little money, accountability for my goal setting, feeling like I have helped others. I love that you have had so much vast blog experience! 🙂

    • Helen Fern says:

      Thanks Erin- Not sure I have such a vast experience – I just keep plugging at it. Not earning much right now, but it’s a goal. I retire in five years and it would be a nice to have a small income by then, but I’m doing this because I love it. And as you said the support and friendship of other bloggers. Never have I found a community quite like this.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment!

  12. I have thought about this, too, because blogging does take a lot of time – time that I am writing but not getting paid! (I work part-time as a freelance writer). My blogs serve two purposes – one is to have a place to showcase my writing to help get paid writing jobs. That has worked fairly well. The other purpose is community. That’s why I started my chronic illness blog specifically – to find other people like me and to talk about what we’re experiencing. Same with my book blog – I LOVE talking about books, and through that blog, I have found many virtual friends who share my passion. Because of my chronic illness, I’m not always able to get out in the world and see my real-life friends, but I never feel lonely with these communities at my fingertips.

    Great post – very thought-provoking! I found you through Small Victories Sunday Linkup.


    Book By Book

    • Helen Fern says:

      Thanks for stopping by Sue – I’m going to visit your book by book – I am sort of trying to write some children’s books – but it takes time and I don’t seem to have much of that these days!! I do enjoy reading!

  13. Kristine says:

    Hi Helen! Coming at ya from #smallvictoriessundaylinkup. I first started a blog because I asked myself, “if I could do anything in the world, what would it be? writing.” I’ve always loved to write. Then I was diagnosed with FMS/CFS a couple of years ago, and the blog morphed into a way to bring awareness to the ‘invisible chronic illnesses’. BTW, I love your photos! Such a BEAUTIFUL section of the country you live in! Perfect for a photographer 😉

  14. Sarah says:

    I blog to share the beauty of God’s design. I used to write about building a healthy family at Grounded & Surrounded, but I shifted my focus a year ago and started blogging at SarahKoontz.com. I love to write about the Lord and hope to publish books someday, so blogging is a logical step. I love the community I’ve found with other bloggers. Blessings to you in your many adventures! Visiting from Thoughtful Thursdays.

    • Helen Fern says:

      Thanks Sarah – As a photographer, I wonder at the beauty of the natural world. For me it’s illogical to think all this just “happened”. God has to have a hand in it to make any sense at all. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment – Have a wonderful weekend!

  15. I’m not sure if I’ve ever done a “2-for-1” before but congrats – you are our Friend Of The Week at Create With Joy and since you have 2 blogs, I have decided to feature them both! 🙂

    I initially started my blog as a place to creatively play and share my love of crafting, never imagining what it would blossom into!

    I love your perspective on blogging and are so glad you’re a part of my creative community at Create With Joy!

    Have an amazing week Helen! 🙂

    • Helen Fern says:

      Thanks!! (Actually I have three blogs – keeps me out of trouble). I am totally honored to be your friend of the week! I am blessed to be a part of this creative community. Have a great week end.

  16. Brandi Raae says:

    Well, I wouldn’t blog if I didn’t love to write, but I mainly started a blog over 10 years ago to share about my family life. I didn’t have time, space, and money to keep scrapbooking after baby #3 came along, so I wanted a place to sort of online scrapbook. Plus, all of my out-of-town family could see the kids.

    Then, I found out that blogging was more than just writing for myself, it became a way of connecting with other cyber moms. 🙂 I also began blogging more about tips and what works for me type of stuff which ended up leading to a “job” working for The Old Schoolhouse Magazine. I wrote reviews for 5 years in exchange for products, mostly homeschool related.

    Now, I love blogging about all things mom life – homeschooling, cooking, gardening, you name it. I’m actually getting ready to change everything over to wordpress, so I can take my blog to the next level. Hopefully, it won’t be too much of a headache.

    • Helen Fern says:

      A mom’s job is hard!! All our kids are grown and have their own families. It thinks its great there are so many ways for young parents to connect these days and share successes and how they’ve handled the not so successful! Thanks for taking time to share your story and have a great weekend!

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