Have you toyed with the idea of starting a blog? Perhaps you’re hesitant because there’s much to learn and investments to be made. But what if I told you there’s no need to worry? What if I told you all of it was worth it?
Whether you’re considering starting a personal blog or a blog for your business, there’s one benefit of blogging that trumps everything else: It will improve your life.
How? Let’s take a look.
You’ll Be Happier
Blogging can go in many directions. You can write for your business’s industry, or you can blog about your personal experiences. Either way, it gives you a chance to discuss topics on your mind with a wide audience. In a way, it’s a sort of public journal, and according to The Guardian, writing about your feelings helps regulate emotions.
That’s not to say that you have to blog about every emotional experience. If you have a niche blog, then you’ll stick to topics in your industry, but you’ll still write about matters that move and impact you. This will help you control your emotions and live a happier life.
You’ll Be More Creative
Everyone needs a creative outlet, and blogging can be that outlet for all types of people. It’s not just about creative writing, either. Even if you’re not big into writing, you’ll discover the creative benefits of blogging.
For example, if you decide to start a hobby blog for wood working, you might post pictures of your projects and write about the steps you took to create the final product. By laying your project out, you are analyzing what you did and how to change—often without even thinking about it. In a public setting like a blog, you also have the opportunity to gather more ideas, and since you have readers counting on you, you’re likely to feel a deeper drive to continue your creative projects and come up with more ideas.
But again, it’s not just for people who are already creative. Writing—if even on a business blog—will help you better sort through your ideas as well as work around problems in creative ways. These problems may be as simple as learning how to fit a lot of information into a limited word count, or they can be more involved like working through a business rut and blogging about it.
You’ll Make Friends and Build Connections
Once you start blogging, you not only now share a common interest with numerous people (including the act of blogging and the subjects you’re blogging about), but you’re able to discuss them in a public format. In promoting your posts and encouraging commenting, you will find a few regular readers who are truly interested in what you have to say. For the hobby blogger and the business blogger, these people can turn into life-long friends.
However, your connections have the potential to do even more. As you begin to attract more people to your blog, you’ll start developing a professional network. These people can further help you grow by offering professional suggestions and even making referrals to job offers or client connections. As a business owner, this can be invaluable to growing your business and finding a wider audience.
You’ll Be More Productive and Organized
While not all bloggers are super productive and organized, those who stick with it tend to adopt these traits. After all, if you don’t keep up with your blog, it will end up being one of the 95 percent of blogs that are abandoned.
As you put more effort into its upkeep, you’ll find that productivity and organization are essential to your blog’s success. For instance, experts tell us that a well-organized editorial calendar will contribute to a blog’s success.
Eventually, you’ll begin adopting these traits, which will become habit in other areas of your life. Successful bloggers tend to use a decided schedule and stick to it. To start the habit on the right foot, you can go with a work schedule app.
You’ll Earn Money (If You Want To)
You know blogging can help you make money, and while money can’t buy happiness, it can help you reach a point of financial stability, and it provides you with a sense of accomplishment.
How much can you make? That depends on your blog, audience, and earning tactics. Boost Blog Traffic, for instance, reports making $100,000 per month, although keep in mind that blogs like this are typically run by an entire team.
Some bloggers have made enough to replace their full-time incomes and more while others make money on the side. As a business professional, blogging can help market your business and boost your overall sales, even if you’re not making money directly from your blog posts.
Making money blogging can be tough, but it is possible!
When you’re ready to get your blog up and running, outline a marketing plan and consider consulting with a design team to get the most out of your blog launch. Where would you like your blogging journey to take you?