Hi All, hope you found our previous blog 21 Warnings That Indicate It’s Time to (Switch) Your Web Hosting Right Away useful. Today, we’ll discuss the reasons why you need to start blogging right away. So, let’s dive in!
Why start a blog? Because Blogging is an excellent means to get your story and your life out there. Some might say it is the ultimate immortality. Proof that you’ve lived and lived well. After all, isn’t that what everyone on social media wants? Every food, event, and adventure photo are yet another means to say “Hello world, I am here. See me grab Carpe Diem by the horns and throw it at YOLO”.
Blogging is not only about putting your story out there. It can also be a great place for introspection. No one listens as well as paper and pen. Once you see your thoughts out there, you can get a very good idea of the person you are. You can even find those things that have been hiding below the surface and you didn’t even know they were there. These are just two possible reasons to start a blog. There are many others.
Blogging can serve as a call-to-action on an issue others do not yet know about. It is an excellent medium to get your views out there so as to fight the good fight. You can galvanize people to your cause. Blogging can be a very powerful tool that gives you access to the homes and minds of people. Use it wisely.
For this article, we will look at 17 reasons why blogging is not only a great idea but also why you should start a blog yourself.
- A. Should I Start A Blog?
- B. Why Start A Blog?
- 1. Blogging Is Really Not All That Difficult
- 2. It Can Be A Tad Bit Challenging
- 3. Blogging Is Your Own Personal Journal
- 4. It Is A Great Way To Reflect
- 5. It Is A Means To Meet New People
- 6. It Is A Means To Stay In Touch
- 7. It Is An Excellent Hobby
- 8. It Can Help You Become An Expert In A Niche
- 9. It Is A Way To Help Others
- 10. It Is A Way To Make The World A Better Place
- 11. Positive Comments Can Give You A Great Rush
- 12. You Can Improve Your Writing
- 13. Great Way To Grow Your Online Presence And Brand
- 14. Blogging Serves As A Self-Promotion Tool
- 15. Your Focusing Skills Are Sharpened
- 16. You Are Able To Identify New Opportunities
- 17. You Can Earn Money With Blogging
A. Should I Start A Blog?
This may be a question you are likely asking yourself now, or it may be one you have asked yourself in the past. When it was my turn to ask the question, I hesitated. My primary concern was that there were so many voices out there, how was my voice going to be different?
It was only when I realized the importance of blogging that I did have a voice, that my opinion mattered, and that there were other people out there who felt the same way I did, that I started my own blog. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made.
However, starting a blog also include a host of other information that is most likely going to help make the journey easier. There are things to consider such as what blogging platform to use, when deciding to use WordPress, whether you’d use WordPress.com or WordPress.org and how to install and configure your blog, amongst others.
B. Why Start A Blog?
1. Blogging Is Really Not All That Difficult
Blogging is exceptionally easy. Most people suffer from the question what should I blog about? However, at its core, it is fundamentally a stream of your consciousness, with you putting down your ideas and your thoughts. It also is documentation of your life and the things you have seen and done. Getting and creating content can be a continuous process that you do with minimal effort.
However, the set up is the most difficult part. This is made easier with services such as WordPress that provides you with a streamlined and fully functioning platform, making things much more manageable. Once you have the blog set up, configured and enhanced all that remains is to add the content and to be consistent. Readers need consistency in order to be fully engaged.
2. It Can Be A Tad Bit Challenging
Although blogging and creating content may be easy, it can also be challenging at times. This may seem like a contradiction, but it is not. Blogging can be a challenge because it can include a lot of hard work and brainpower, especially when thinking of things to blog about. Blogging is a commitment. Blogging is about consistency and it is also about a tonne of work. It is challenging to sit down and write consistently.
Writing in any form, whether fictional or non-fictional requires you to bare yourself and that can be scary, difficult or challenging, yet it bears great fruit. Once you are past the crucible, you will be better for it. Challenges are good as they show us who we are.
3. Blogging Is Your Own Personal Journal
What should my blog be about?
Time passes and each day new things happen. Memories are great and they can stay with us forever. Yet they are easy to lose. That is why a personal journal can be so important. It helps us keep those important memories in their crystalline form. It is a means to write down our feelings and to have them, no matter whether they fade from our minds as time progresses.
Journalling and blogging are a means of catharsis, where you can put things down on paper, or online paper for that matter, for later reflection. It is a permanent means to always have that moment of yourself. You can then use them to get back and take stock of who you were, and where you are now.
4. It Is A Great Way To Reflect
Through self-reflection, you are able to see your pitfalls and your strengths. It is a vital skill and habit to have.
Blogging is a means to cultivate this habit. As mentioned earlier, blogging is about telling your story, whether it is through photos, event narratives, or even music. All of these are ways for you to look at yourself and reflect.
The blogging process creates a unique opportunity, as it lets you not only tell your story but also be able to see where you have been. A further advantage is that you can have others comment on your narrative and your unique point of view.
5. It Is A Means To Meet New People
If you’re the social type and enjoy people and interactions then blogging will provide you with the means to hook up big time. Apart from the fact that people will subscribe to your opt-in form, these faceless subscribers can easily become lifelong friends.
Since you can use your blog as a means of running a business, you have the ability to meet new customers or forge relationships with business partners. Heck, as far-fetched as it may sound, blogging can be the place where you might meet your life partner. Love has blossomed many times, over something as technical as the internet.
6. It Is A Means To Stay In Touch
Another reason why you should blog is as we grow older we lose touch with our old acquaintances. People we thought we could never live without. Yes, we grow further and further apart from people as we grow older, but through blogging, we are able to get back in touch with people who we thought we would never see again.
Blogging has connected the world and if we had an old school crush or an old friend, they may be able to get in touch with us through our blog. A dimension of blogging is keeping people in touch with what is going on in your world. You can easily keep relatives and others in the know of what is happening in your life. Business associates will know of your new services or the improvement over old services.
7. It Is An Excellent Hobby
Life is made by the hobbies we take up and get good at. These are the spice of life and make life that much better. Blogging can be just that. It is an excellent hobby that will allow you to spend your time productively. It is both relaxing and cathartic, allowing you to divest yourself of negative emotions and thoughts. As a hobby, it is also very easy to find like-minded individuals who share your worldview.
8. It Can Help You Become An Expert In A Niche
One of the key success factors for any kind of business is the provision for a need within a specific niche. In many regards, blogging is the same. Once you have your niche figured out, you will find yourself writing and blogging to that niche.
Over time you will specialize in that niche and reach expert level knowledge on niche related topics, because of the experience you have acquired over time as you were blogging. That reason alone sells many people to blogging when asking themselves: Why start a blog?
9. It Is A Way To Help Others
If you have the question yourself as to why write a blog? Then the answer is simple. Blogs fulfill a need in a specific niche. They inform, educate and in many ways save people from taking on enterprises that may otherwise be expensive financially or even emotionally. When you share your story on a blog, through writing or in photos, you allow people to see that they are not the only ones going through a particular phase. This is very important.
The world is full of people who are looking for a connection. A friend of mine who is also a blogger reached a point with her followers where she spent a huge part of her online time running an emotional crisis helpline and has helped untold numbers of people through her videos and blog to work through the emotional crisis. Blogs allow you to reach an audience you would not easily reach by other means, and through this, you will be able to help people, some who did not even think they needed help.
10. It Is A Way To Make The World A Better Place
I believe that most people at their core are looking to make a positive change in the world. Most people want to leave the world a better place than when they came into it and this is one of the reasons why blogging in important as it allows you to do this. Your unique voice expressed through your blog, can be an instrument of great social change.
Given how interconnected the world is, you reach a far greater audience and are able to help a multitude of people. This also helps make the world a better place. The fact that you can use your blog to draw attention to a specific issue and thus get your audience thinking and talking about the issue, can help change and solve the issue, thus making the world a much better place as well.
11. Positive Comments Can Give You A Great Rush
Once you have a good following on your blog, you will be able to get more and more comments on your work. This means that your intended audience will be able to tell you how you are doing, as well as how your work affects them.
This can be a great morale boost when you are feeling unsure. It can also reassure you that you are doing well in your efforts to bring out great content and establish an authority in your chosen niche. In the end, appreciation for one’s hard work is something we all yearn for and something we enjoy when we get it. Thus seeing positive feedback amongst your comments can be an amazing rush.
12. You Can Improve Your Writing
One of the benefits of having a blog is that it will make you a better writer through consistency. Writing, like any other skill, needs to be honed, in order to be used well. You can look at your blog as the place where you hone those writing skills.
As you are writing consistently, you will find some self-reflection that your writing is improving, especially as you find more succinct ways to put your points across. The challenging nature of blog writing makes this so, even without you actively taking steps to get to that point. It is a happy bi-product and the result of a “good days” work.
13. Great Way To Grow Your Online Presence And Brand
In the modern technological era, an online presence can be key for those looking to get into many fields.
Blogging brings you followers and loyal readership. This is one of the first steps to building an online brand. As your experience level with regards to a certain niche grows and with it, your readership, it will translate to you having a bigger and better online presence. This may open up many doors in life. As stated earlier, blogging is a bridge that allows you to reach a much greater audience.
14. Blogging Serves As A Self-Promotion Tool
In many ways, blogging is the new business card. These days, a lot of the time, when you are looking to apply for a job online, you may be asked for an online portfolio and this is another reason to start a blog. A blog is a clear illustration of who you are and what you hold dear. In other ways, it also gives your would be employer a sample of your work.
Also, Search Engines love blogs and you may find yourself finding more customers and clients for your services because they came across your blog while searching for something else. So go ahead, get out there and start your own blog.
15. Your Focusing Skills Are Sharpened
When you make the decision to blog, and you endeavor to get good at it, you are involuntarily challenged to look beyond the obvious and to question norms. This in return, sharpens your reasoning skills.
Whereas before you would accept whatever you hear as truth, you now wonder about the validity of the information. You want to research and focus on what is the ultimate truth. Because of this, you’re ensuring that you sharpen your memory and improve your performance in other areas of your life. So, if you’re studying while attempting to blog, you’ll be killing two birds with one stone.
16. You Are Able To Identify New Opportunities
You will be able to grow your business by identifying new opportunities as they arise, and tremendously increase your clientèle. By taking comments through your commenting system on your blog, you will be able to pick people’s brains.
This will allow you to cater for those specific needs that your readers outline in their comments. This will make it that much easier to identify new blogger opportunities and see more possibilities. With your greater audience, you will also be able to grow your network, meaning you may find possible collaborations you would otherwise not be able to actualize if you did not have your blog.
17. You Can Earn Money With Blogging
You can earn money with your blog, and I am not talking about chump change. Some people have reported earning thousands and thousands of dollars through their blog via digital marketing techniques like Affiliate marketing. This, of course, depends on your readership, but the more people following your blog, the more ads you can run on your blog. This means your site will be making passive income for you.
That is just one of the possibilities you can explore. There are other options such as product reviews for companies who would then pay you. With some dedication and commitment, you will be able to make a real living off your blog.