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10 Reasons Why You Should Start A Blog

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Do you want to start a blog? If so, you’d be joining the 6.7 million people who blog via blogging sites, such as WordPress and Blogger. Having taken some time out to go self-hosted I thought in my second post back after my break I would share with you my top 10 reasons why you should start a blog.

There are a whole host of reasons why people decide to start a blog. For some, it’s a hobby and a way of storing their thoughts and feelings in an online journal for the world to read. While, others wish to share their knowledge and tips to blogging community. A few think they should start a blog to make money and, while, there are many bloggers out there who make a decent income from their blog, there are millions more who don’t. So, here are my top 10 reasons why you should start a blog.

To have your voice heard

Have you got something you want to share with the internet? Whether it’s good or bad, tips, important information you want to share or a review or opinion that you can’t keep to yourself, a blog is the perfect place to be heard.

To make friends

The blogging community is a friendly place and you’ll find bundles of other bloggers who are always willing to help, support and advise you, no matter what the situation.

Starting a blog can be cathartic

Sometimes sharing experiences you’ve been through, no matter how tough they were, is the best way to move on and take the next step.

It gets the creative juices flowing

Planning content, blog posts and associated images are all ways to express you’re creativity. And, whether it’s a poem, a how to guide or a standard update, writing in any form is a creative process that’ll get the juices flowing.

To learn new skills

There are so many new skills you can learn by blogging. Website design, SEO, HTML coding, organisation, invoicing (if you’re lucky enough to work with brands), social media management, advertising, designing logos and branding and so much more. I’ve learnt so much since I started blogging in August 2017 and I’m sure I’ll learn plenty more.

To combat boredom

Blogging is a great pastime. There are so many things to do as a blogger, there’s never a day where blogging can’t fill the time.

It doesn’t have to cost you anything

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If you’re after a basic blogging output, sites such as WordPress and Blogger allow you to set up a blog quickly, easily and free of charge. If you decide you love blogging as much as I did then, down the line, you can move to a self-hosted platform and invest some money into your site.

It’ll improve your existing skills

Do you love to write but haven’t ever had anything published. Over time, your writing skills will improve as you discover your voice and the way in which you feel most confident it.

It’s addictive

In a good way! According to William Glasser, there are six attributes relating to positive addiction and each one sums up blogging perfectly to me. I don’t let blogging take over my life. I have days where I don’t touch my blog at all. But it’s always at the back of my mind and I’m constantly getting new ideas for blog posts as I go about my day to day business.

Opportunities

As a blogger, you’re instantly creating opportunities for yourself. Whether it’s being recognised by a brand who want to collaborate with you or being offered a freebie to review. For others, merely sharing their story gives them confidence and the opportunity to take a leap in their lives. At the end of 2017, I made the decision to take voluntary redundancy and, as a result, have started a career as a freelance writer. I was able to show the company I’m writing for my blog content and was offered a job from there. It’s provided me with a brilliant opportunity and a change of career following the birth of my daughter.

Why I decided to start a blog

Starting a blog while on maternity leave was a no brainer for me. My daughter was three and a half months old and, during nap times, I was bored. I’d been off work for almost five months and I missed my purpose of sitting down at a computer screen for 8 hours a day, dealing with issues and sharing my findings with colleagues. Blogging is nothing like my job before baby but it has, and continues to, provide me with a desire to succeed, to come up with great ideas and to get fresh content out there each and every week. After taking voluntary redundancy while on maternity leave, I’m even more determined to make my blog the best it can be.

Are you a blogger? If so, what reasons do you think others should start a blog? Or, are you considering starting a blog yourself? What reasons would you give for considering it? Let me know in the comments section below.

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9 Comments

  1. I agree with all of this! I’m so glad I found blogging! Thanks so much for sharing with #Blogstravaganza xx

    1. Me too! It’s great, isn’t it?

  2. Great reasons here. Starting a blog was the best thing i ever done #blogstravaganza

    1. So glad you agree 🙂

  3. Creating and running a blog is great. It can be challenging but there are also many benefits like those you’ve mentioned. #DreamTeam

  4. All great reasons, and it is definitely addicting! #DreamTeam

  5. Great post, I am so glad I started mine a few years ago, it is like an online diary and I love looking back on all of our adventures!

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