Blogging has become in the last few years a pretty big phenomenon. It seems that everybody has started to write posts online. From the great firms that want to extend their online influence to entrepreneurs that use blogging to build their online brand and boost their authority.
In this article I will show you how and why creating a blog could help you achieve personal and professional success.
So if you are currently thinking about how to create a blog you should read this post and by the end of it I bet you will be more motivated to start your own little adventure.
1) It’s free and easy
To start a blog you don’t need prior experience in web development or anything. You just need your personality and a bit of time.
You can choose to use a web hosting platform and if you do so it will cost you absolutely nothing. Or you can choose to have your very own domain name for about ten dollars a year. There are currently a ton of very cheap and very good blog hosting platforms out there.
Then you can learn everything you need from the Internet: blog posts or video tutorials are really easy to follow and you can find helpful forums or websites if you have more specific questions.
2) Improve your writing skills
Managing a blog means communicating with people, sharing ideas and thoughts. And to do so you need to write it down. I know it can be a bit intimidating to share them to the web because it needs to be neat and understandable to others. However, blogging is a great practice as you will be posting on a regular basis. Indeed after a while you will become good at communication and that means becoming good at moving people. It just happens.
3) Become a better thinker
Writing clears the mind. This statement is so true: what is on paper doesn’t need to be on your mind anymore. The blogging process helps you to take some time to sit down, to slow down and write down your thoughts and ideas. Moreover, as you are writing to someone else, it forces you to sort your thoughts and clarify your reasoning to be understandable for your readers. Blogging can even become therapeutic in a certain way!
4) Learn to be organized, be more intentional
Running a blog is a challenge, really.
It is a challenge to sit down and write, especially to do that routinely. Coming out regularly with good content needs time. You will have to do some research beforehand, then you need time and practice to write all that down. Afterwards, you will need even more time to promote your blog and to interact with your new little community.
Moreover, the exercise of writing down your thoughts and organizing them will help you to become more intentional about yourself. You will have the ability to think more deeply about who you are and what you would like to be next!
I confess, it could be a bit overwhelming but it is worth it.
5) Document and record your life
There are no rules about what you choose to write about. You are totally free about what you choose to blog about. It can be personal experiences, thoughts, ideas or really anything you want to write about at that time. It is a great way to record significant bits of your life so that when you decide to look back on what you have done so far, you can have access to your blog posts.
Moreover a blog is so much more than a simple diary. Indeed you can have feedback and similar stories from readers so you can learn from each other’s experiences.
6) Connect with people
With time and nice content you will start to build an audience made of people who value what you are sharing or who are simply interested in the same subjects as you are. You will be able to connect through emails, comments or social media. The Internet is a place where you can meet people easily and a blog can make this process even easier.
7) A new way to present yourself
Starting a blog could help you professionally. Indeed, if you dedicate yourself to writing what you love and what you really think and if you keep updating your blog on a regular basis, your blog can open new doors for you. Good content and resilience bring new opportunities. A blog simply introduces yourself to the world.
Blogging is a great way to share ideas, skills, expertise and interests. The format is not fixed: it is what you want it to be, it gives information about your personality… What a fantastic resume!
8) A hobby that pays
After a while of blogging regularly, bringing up good value content and growing your audience you could potentially earn honest incomes from it. It can be $10 a month as well as $1000!
You don’t have to be a full-time blogger to earn some money from it. It lets you have time for other activities like your family, your business or your studies for example.
Those are 8 pretty good reasons why you should start a blog. This is not an exhaustive list but it contains some of the reasons I find the most relevant.
If ever you decide to jump in and start your blog, please don’t forget that you need to love what you do and not do it because it is trendy. If you write about what you know and about your passions, you will find it easier and better for you. Blogging should not be a chore, it should be fun.