I had an English Professor many moons ago tell me to Journalize or write a daily diary. I was too cool at the time; however, I have learned the benefits and admit, they are huge.
However, I have also discovered that a blog is in conflict with the value of journalizing. The blog is for people to read; it is or could be entertainment. This means they wish to enjoy the experience of reading the blog.
Writing in a journal is a great way to solve problems, I am able to take my abstract concepts floating around in my brain, and because I need to put them into words, I must create a consistent, cogent explanation in words. The transliteration from abstract to harmonious is the benefit.
Talking about problems is not always a positive experience for a blog reader. The reader also believes I am unhappy, I on the other hand am most alive when solving problems or analyzing. The Philippines to me is an adventure, Singapore is boredom. Cleanliness and order are only sought after a long-term excursion into madness.
I believe 95 percent of blogger do it to become famous. This causes them to write to the audience, and not to themselves, robbing both the audience and themselves of authentic expression of feeling, writing what they perceive is of interest and not what they observed.
When I was travelling I also kept a paper diary as well as the blog. The paper diary was for my personal reflections... things I don't want the world or my family to read, don't want them to worry. Sometimes It was simply 'today went to X, Y, Z. was fun' sometimes I wrote pages of things to try to make sense of.
For me, the blog was largely for my friends and family, and people who have read my non-travel blogs in the past. It was also a pilot with Google Ads, but I did not get enough visitors- no advertising.
When I started blogging, it was more like a private journal- noone knew about it, only strangers who I don't care about. Over time, I became more guarded and so on. 'do I want the world to know this?' maybe not.
Blogging and journalising scratch different itches. I don't journalise regularly when i'm at home, but sometimes I take it up again for a period becasuse i need to sort out my hard drive.