If you’ve read through this blog, specifically the FAQ, you know I don’t make any money off of it. Not one penny.
So why do it? That’s a great question. Maybe I should add that to the FAQ.
There is no single answer. In fact, I do it for several reasons. I’ll give you four below:
For one, I love to write. Writing is a great form of expression and it’s even therapeutic. I do a fair amount of writing in my job, but at work I’m not writing about things that are of great interest to me. Blogging about fish keeping gives me the opportunity to write about something that I love and lets me enjoy two hobbies at once. Hobbies, by definition, are supposed to be something you enjoy.
a pursuit outside one’s regular occupation engaged in especially for relaxation.
a regular activity done for enjoyment, typically during one’s leisure time, not professionally and not for pay.
an activity that someone does for pleasure when they are not working.
Second, I want to help other aquarists. Numerous people have helped me, directly or indirectly, since I first started my fish keeping venture. Sure, there were a few who really invested in helping me, but I learned from a lot of people. If you’re not helping others in the hobby, you’re being selfish, especially if you have years of experience. Knowing that what I write might help someone in the hobby, especially a novice, makes me feel good.
Third, by writing about the hobby and sharing my knowledge, I’m paying it forward. It’s my way of thanking those who helped me and maybe passing information down from one generation to the next.
Finally, I want to share my enjoyment and knowledge of the hobby with others. Hobbies are usually better when you have someone to share that passion with. It’s a lot of fun to share stories, experiences, successes, and failures with those who enjoy the same things you do. I wouldn’t go so far as to say that a goal of mine is to make new friends with the blog. However, that’s a bonus if it happens…and it has. I have made many new friends as a result of being an aquarist and a blogger.