There are many reasons why you should start a blog, I can go on and on about how helpful it could be to others and how your blog if done right, can make an actual difference in the world. But instead, I’m going to tell you how starting a blog will help you grow professionally, intellectually, and even financially.
A blog can change your life and how you see things in life. And when your topics come to life in discussions, it offers great talk therapy. Whether you’re a college student, an entrepreneur, a marketer or even a busy mom, blogging will add some value to your life. It’ll start out as good fun which will soon turn into a hobby or even way of living. If you didn’t already join this wonderful phenomenon, here are the 9 reasons why you should, now.
Reason #1: Blogging gives you a voice.
Your blog is your safe zone to write whatever you need or want to write. It’s a place where you can freely speak your mind and tell your story without being judged or criticized. So if you have something on your mind or simply need to vent, let it out in your blog.
Reason #2: Expand your network.
Blogging is a great way to meet new people! Not just other bloggers but other people that are interested in your blogged topics and even want to discuss them with you. You’ll meet other people who share your interests, admire your writing and maybe even become friends and reliable contacts one day.
Also, it’s a great way to stay in touch with your current circle. With everyday life routines, it becomes hard to stay connected with everyone in your life. This is a great way for your friends or family to stay up-to-date with your life and progress.
Reason #3: A chance to learn.
Starting a blog will not only teach you discipline and commitment but it will evolve you as a person. Having all your ideas and thoughts documented will give you a chance to look back into the past and work on your future and how you can do things differently, and better. Also, when you take on topics that interest you, by doing research to write, you’ll fill in any gaps you had and make you an expert on the topic. In fact, there is one skill in particular blogging enhances, leading us to our next reason.
Reason #4: Improves your writing skills.
If you’re a writer, a blog is a smart way to get your career kicking! Blogging is a great practice to improve your writing skills and increases creativity so you can make a brand for yourself and set the stage for your book or writing projects. Even if you’re not a writer since writing is a universal skill it’ll improve your communication skills and even help advance in your career. It’s also a great business tool.
Don’t limit yourself. Don’t dwell on all the thing you coulda/shoulda/woulda done. — Nancy Darling Ph.D.
Reason #5: Grow your business.
How can a blog be a business tool? Instead of the old-fashioned sales calls, you can now bring the sales to you! Creating a blog for your business or employer is a secret weapon to get you leads and potential customers. Your blog will be focused on your product, its features, advantages, and relevant topics. This will draw in online customers already looking for your product. 90% of businesses with blogs get more daily sales than businesses without blogs.
The internet is the new and improved market, so get your online marketing running fast.
Reason #6: Help other people.
As much as you get out of a blog, you’re given back. When you do research and learn more on topics or write your experiences, you benefit others that need the help. Your knowledge and personal experiences can be just what someone else needs to get inspired to do more or fix a problem.
When we give voice to our feelings not only do we honor them, but through writing we are able to make sense of what we feel. This is especially clear when we use techniques such as free writing or stream-of-consciousness writing, which is writing without lifting the pen off the page and allowing thoughts to go where they want to go. — Diana Raab, Ph.D.
Reason #7: Presents as a great resume.
Running your own blog proves you’re confident and are an organized person. It displays discipline, strength, commitment, knowledge in your trait, writing, and communication skills – should I go on? Having your own blog is gold for an employer, especially if it’s for a writing position.
Reason #8: Make extra money.
The more effort you put into your blog and the bigger it grows, the higher the chances to monetize your blog. When your blog gets more traffic, you’d be able to put ads on your blog and maybe even get commissions for referrals and such. Blogging can provide a small yet steady side income. Some successful bloggers can fully depend on their blogs for income and have a huge influence online.
Reason #9: It’s easy and free
In less than 20 minutes, you would be able to create and set up your own blog. Setting up a blog with WordPress (most famous blogging platform) is easy with guided steps on how to customize your blog, set your theme and even add your first post. You can do all this for free or look into more options for a small fee.
It’s about time you took your rightful place in the blogosphere and made your online presence. Blogging will turn into your favorite hobby in no time, so what are you waiting for?