With blogging becoming more and more frequent, you might be feeling like you too should start a blog and jump on the bandwagon.
If you are on the fence though, here are 10 reasons to start a blog.
1. Share your knowledge
As humans we love sharing knowledge and there is a little bit of a teacher within all of us. Whether it's geeking out about our favourite TV show or sharing what we learnt in class, we love imparting our knowledge onto others. Not only does it help solidify what we know, it makes us feel helpful and interesting.
So if you're passionate about something, starting a blog could be a great way for you to share your passion with others. Share what you know through your writing! If you're a history buff then educate everyone about the ins and outs of ancient Greek sports such as Keretizein. If you're a literature fan then tell everyone why Edgar Allen Poe was the greatest writer to ever live. If you're comic obsessed preach how The Flash is the most powerful superhero.
With blogging there is something for everyone, you just need to find your thing.
Starting a blog is also a great way to build a platform for yourself or your work. If your business or livelihood is dependent on your own success, then a blog can be a great way to help raise your profile.
For example, if you're an artist a blog can help you showcase your art to the world. This can bring in more customers, increase your chances for commissions or simply help you improve through feedback. Equally, if you're a public speaker then a blog emphasising your key message can help increase the number of event bookings.
We all enjoy our hobbies, but sometimes it's also good to be recognised for them.
3. Conversation starter
While this isn't applicable for all niches, it is highly relevant to some. In fact, some niches are dependent solely on creating meaningful conversations.
Difficult conversations on topics such as sexism, domestic abuse and sexual orientation, can stem from personal experiences shared in blogs. A victim sharing their accounts helps shed light on, often, silent problems that brings with it change and activism.
A blog could be all that's needed to promote awareness and start a revolution.
4. Creative outlet
For some journaling is their creative outlet, for others it's doodling in a notebook. A blog could be yours.
Think of it as a digital diary, it can be either private or public, and the possibilities of blogging could be endless. Maybe you just want to use it to jot down your ever increasing work-in-progresses, or perhaps it's just a virtual scrapbook of memories.
Make your blog your own.
5. Mental health
Personal reflection and talking about our feelings brings with it a great sense of calmness and acceptance. Since reflection is often evoked through writing, a blog is a great place for your online outlet.
Not only do you get the therapeutic results of simply sharing your thoughts with others, you also get the comfort of realising you're not suffering alone.
There are blogs out there for those with cancer, depression, eating disorders and everything in between.
Depending on the nature of your blog, blogging can be a good way to bolster your CV and make you more employable.
Employers love to see applicants that are more than just workers - they want to hire well-rounded people. Blogging helps you showcase this to others by allowing you to prove you're a passionate person with strong interests.
Blogging also helps if you're applying for specific roles such as marketing or content writing as you can use your blog as a portfolio for your capabilities.
Moreover, the success of some careers come down to superficial indicators, such as the acting industry, where having a larger social media following can help land you roles.
You've probably heard the old tale of "it's who you know, not what you know" that has given networking its continued popularity. However, not many people realise that blogging is a great way of forming a network.
By sparking engagement through your blog and building a close audience on social media, you are building a support network for yourself and others. This network doesn't need to be purely for professional gain either, since having a personal network is just as important.
Your blog's audience could give you advice to help you with a problem, or put you in contact with someone to help you grow.
Blogging brings together a wide range of skills that are ripe for personal development. The low skill entry to creating and running a blog is accessible to all, but the depth of potential that it offers is great for those looking to step things up a notch.
Rather than 'blogging', you could dip your toes into content writing or freelancing. Rather than just copying images, you could venture into graphic design. And rather than simply choosing a pre-built theme you could delve into web development and create your own. That's not mentioning the wealth of marketing and advertising skills that are also on offer.
Running a blog is as flexible as it gets. As long as you have internet connection and a device regardless if it's a phone, tablet, laptop or desktop, you can blog. It doesn't matter if you're in the office or at the beach, you can truly blog from anywhere.
It's this flexibility that attracts people to the blogger lifestyle. It's remote, it's free and you can post as often or as little as you like.
Finally, blogging can be a great source of income. With some bloggers able to make thousands a month from advertising and Affiliate sales alone, there's no reason why this can't be you.
However, it's worth noting that generating a substantial income from blogging will take time and can be niche dependent. If making money is something that appeals to you though, then you should definitely give blogging a shot.
Here are some ways you could make money with your blog:
- Affiliate marketing
- Product sales
- Sponsored content
While we don't suggest making an income should be your main focus, having a little extra income never hurts.
We hope this article has helped you decide to start a blog. Blogging is a great way to improve your life both professionally and personally and can even be a job within and of itself.
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