Why Should I Blog?

Why should I blog?
There are hundreds of millions of blogs that exist, so if you happen to be one of those individuals who doesn’t yet have a blog, you might be wondering why you should blog. The truth is there are probably as many reasons to blog as there are blogs, but there are some general reasons why it makes sense for most people to blog. While this isn’t anywhere close to a comprehensive list, here is a few answers to the question, “Why should I blog?”

1. Promotion
2. Online Diary
3. Improve Writing Skills
4. Share Interests
5. Make Money
6. Inform People of Topics Important to You
7. Learn New Skills
8. Challenge Yourself
9. Personal Reasons

Promote Yourself and/or Your Business

This is probably the biggest reason why people start a blog. If you want to boost your online presence, you need to add new content regularly. Businesses often hire freelance writers to provide regular injections of new content to improve their search engine visibility. This also applies to brick and mortar businesses since most people look for information online these days.

Private individuals can also build credibility and a strong reputation through a blog. If you write about your area of specialty, you will be able to refer prospective employers to your blog so that they can see you know your subject well.

Keep a Diary of Life Events

Paper diaries can be lost or stolen, but a blog is much more difficult to lose. No matter where you are, you can go online and post a story about your experiences. Some people keep a blog because they have serious problems they want to get off their chests, others want to keep a record, and some want to immortalize important life events such as having a baby.

If you want to keep your blog private, you can do so. Alternatively, you can opt for public visibility in the hope of meeting like-minded fellow bloggers.

Improve Your Writing and Verbal Skills

Writers and aspiring writers are often avid bloggers, but even a student can improve his or her writing skills by regularly writing blog posts. Practice does help you write better, and if you blog frequently, you’ll see your writing style improves. You’ll also become more confident and expressive as you go along. Plus, it can be fun making friends in the blogging community and reading their work for inspiration. As you use words to express yourself in writing, a side benefit is you may become more confident as a speaker.

Share Your Hobbies and Interests

If you have a relatively unusual hobby, you may struggle to find people who share your passion for vegetable instruments or your dedication to producing historically accurate models of famous battles. The good news is you can find all sorts of people online, and through your blog, you can get in touch with people who share your interest.

You can also use your blog to create an online record of all your completed projects and the process that went into them. This will be interesting to those who would like to follow your example, and you can also get fresh ideas from other people who are doing similar projects or tasks.

Make Money

If you can build up a popular blog, you can make money from it. Even smaller blogs can bring in part-time income. There are a wide variety of ways to create income from a blog these days. That being said, making money from a blog doesn’t start happening overnight. It usually takes several years of regular posting before you can build your blog to the point where it can make you some extra cash.

Draw People’s Attention to Important Issues

If you’re passionate about an important issue, you can draw the public’s attention to it and even influence public policy through your blog. In Wales, two junior school students drew the nation’s attention to poor conditions at their schools using their blogs. The government responded, and the problems were solved.

You can also promote a charity or a cause, gaining support that could be worth hundreds or even thousands of dollars to the organizations you promote.

Learn New Things

Let’s be frank; you don’t have to know a single thing about a topic you decide to blog about. But if you do your research well, you’ll know quite a lot about it by the time you’ve finished writing your first post. If you write a series of posts on a topic, digging a little deeper every time, you could even become an expert.

Challenges Yourself and Build Self-Discipline

A good blog should be run on schedule. Some people post several times a day, others post once or twice a week. By developing a schedule and sticking to it, you’ll be practicing self-discipline. It’s an important mental muscle we all need to work on which can benefit you in many other areas of life beyond blogging. Finding interesting things to write about and presenting them in a creative way is challenging, but it’ll improve your mental agility and give you the satisfaction of knowing you were equal to the challenge.

Your Personal Reasons

The above list of reasons to blog has been broad to include as many potential bloggers as possible. Most individuals will have specific and special reasons to blog that relate to only them. If you find yourself reading this article, chances are you already have reasons to blog but are simply looking for confirmation it’s something you should try. Once you begin, you’ll likely soon find you’ll want to improve your blogging productivity as the next step.

5 comments

  1. Most people today start blogging to make money which is the worst reason to do it imo. Yes, you can make money doing it, but for the amount of time it takes, you can make a lot more doing other things. You should blog if you like it and get benefits for it, but don’t begin to try and make money.

  2. I think everyone should blog. It’s the diary of the digital age and I think everyone should keep a diary. Then you can look back on where you were at different times in your life and have a record of it all.

  3. Everyone should blogs so they can make more money. I started blogging a few months ago and I’m already making money. It’s one of the easiest ways on the Internet to earn a passive income. It’s crazy not to do it.

  4. If you’re a writer, having a blog is a wonderful way to promote your work. Anybody who comes to your blog and regularly reads it is somebody who will potentially by your book. In this day and age, if you can build a large following on a blog, it will be much easier to find somebody to represent your writing because that following will make selling the book that much easier. Yes, it’s a lot of effort, but every author should really have a blog that they regularly update.

  5. Blogging is over rated and over saturated. if you have a compelling reason to blog and you are willing to put the time and effort into it (and it takes a lot of time and effort), by all means, go for it. If you are doing it just to have a blog, I think it’s a waste of time.

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