As someone who has always been interested in creativity, reading, and writing, I’m surprised I hadn’t gotten into blogging much sooner. I wish I had, it is becoming more popular as the days go by and it would have been great to have a head start. That’s why I’m here today to help you get that head start! There will be a part 2 and 3 in separate posts.
Blogging comes with a variety of benefits and has played a huge role in positive growth in my life. I started my interest and journey in blogging just 7 months ago. Here are some reasons I think you should start a blog, but don’t just take my word for it, do it because these reasons speak to you and you’d be interested in writing and reading other blogs.
Reasons You Should Start A Blog
- Passion: Obviously, a great reason to start a blog would be if you have a passion for reading/writing. You’ll be doing a lot of that!
- Express Yourself: Do you just want a space where you can express yourself freely? Maybe you have several stories your heart is aching to tell. A blog would be great for that.
- Share A Talent/Hobbies: If you have a talent/hobby or interest you want to share. Examples: poetry, photography, cooking, books, DIYs, fashion. There’s a blog for everyone!
- To Inspire: If you’re looking for a way to inspire others through your work or be inspired, blogging is a good way to start.
- Pass Time Productively: Maybe there is some reason why you can’t work or you have to stay home for a while. A good way to pass the time in a productive way is to start a blog if you have something interesting/helpful you can share with others. There may be others that can relate to your situation and in turn, you can help each other. A great example of this is full-time mommy bloggers, but if you’re interested in being a mommy blogger and you do work you definitely still can! Just be sure you’ll have some time for it if you’re serious.
- Improve Skills: I’ve noticed my writing and communication skills improve since I started blogging. Since you’re constantly reading and writing you’re basically practicing your craft. If you participate in monthly writing challenges or writing competitions you may notice your creativity being challenged- in a good way!
- Learn New Things: Places to travel, new words, a new dish, skincare, and healthcare to name a few. I’ve learned so much in my 7 months of blogging already! So much about myself and others. I’ve experienced personal growth and have noticed growth in my web/graphic design ability which can also be added to improve skills.
- Boost Confidence: Blogging can be a confidence boost if you’re blogging for the right reasons. You’ll quickly realize that it’s okay to not be perfect all the time, it’s okay to make mistakes. We’re all human. When you decide to share your life, emotions, and opinions online for the world to see you’re already pretty brave and confident. After a while, you’ll start making friends and getting amazing compliments you never thought you’d get. All of the positive will drown any negatives.
- Meet People/Build Connections: Blogging is a great way to meet people from all over the world and build connections. I can proudly save I’ve made a few friends online through blogging, the community is amazing!
- Possibly Earn Money: You can earn money from blogging if you work hard and stay committed, but don’t expect to get rich.
- It’s free to start: You don’t have to spend a ton of money to start your blog! However, if you want a professional look and possibly earn a decent amount you should consider paying for your domain name (yourblogsname.com) and extra benefits/enhancements which are worth it in my opinion. Free platforms are good to start out on if you just want to get the feel for it first which is basically what I did. I suggest WordPress.com but there are several others out there. yourblogsname.wordpress.com is an example of how your URL would look if you go the free route.
Reasons You Shouldn’t Start a Blog
- If you don’t like reading/writing or creating content.
- If you prefer to keep your life, your work and thoughts private.
- If you don’t have time. Blogging is very time-consuming. You have to post consistently and read/engage with other bloggers. You need to plan, take pictures, design, respond to comments/emails and a ton of other things. If you don’t think you have time for that, blogging probably isn’t the right thing for you.
- If you aren’t interested in connecting with other people. This goes along with engaging and responding to comments and emails.
- If you just want a quick buck. Yes, you can earn some money from blogging but it usually doesn’t happen quickly and you won’t be rich in a month, or even a year. You have to really dedicate your time to blogging, be patient, do your research, produce quality content, and have a good amount of views before you can really start earning any money. What you can gain in that amount of time is a loyal audience. Build and work on that first before you think about ways to get paid.
Those are the reasons I have for starting a blog, and the few reasons you shouldn’t. I’m interested in knowing your thoughts on my list and what your own reasons are. Why did you start your blog? Let’s chat in the comments below.💕