I always encourage my husband to blog. I even offer to set-up a blog, or create a sub-domain from my hosting account for him. The reason is simple – I’ve been blogging for 8 years now, and the benefits that I get from blogging have been incredible, both in my personal life and income opportunities.
If you’re wondering whether blogging is worth your time and effort, I’ll say it’s definitely worth it. Throughout my life, I’ve had a number of different hobbies but none of them have ever impacted my life or brought me such a great feeling of satisfaction as blogging.
As you may remember, this blog started as a “personal blog” where I documented my son’s childhood and developmental milestones. As years went by, my blog readership increased and I’ve also re-positioned my blog’s theme to parenting and lifestyle of a working mother.
Frankly, I’m not an expert in parenting. I’m just sharing my genuine parenting experiences that many parents can relate to. And I’ve also broaden my blogging topics to include food, travel, beauty, blogging, etc. Gradually, blogging has become a therapy to me. Every time I read my old posts, they remind me of where I am now, fuel me to continue blogging, and motivate me to get to where I want to go.
Why You Should Be Blogging?
In my personal realization, here are EIGHT reasons why I think everyone should be blogging.
1. Blogging makes you a better writer and thinker
This doesn’t happen instantly, but over a period of time as you do it. Blogging is an on-going process of recording your thoughts that takes a lot of maturity and courage to follow through with. It helps you to improve your writing style and grammar, it helps you to think and constantly flesh out new ideas, it encourages you to think deeper into certain aspects of life, and it enhances your creativity too.
2. Blogging leads you to healthier lifestyle habits
It’s true that blogging requires time, determination, commitment, and self-discipline. Blogging helps you to develop healthier lifestyle habits over time. Most bloggers spend their time like anyone else – working, spending time with family, cooking a good meal, and doing all kinds of activities. But on top of that, they manage their time effectively and squeeze the most potential out of each day so that they can still spend time to blog.
3. Blogging allows you to meet new and interesting people
The blogging community as a whole is welcoming, friendly, and supportive. So, you’re going to meet a lot of new and wonderful people – bloggers, PR people, readers, advertisers, etc. I’m referring to real networking connections and friendships that can greatly benefit everyone involved.
So, in my blogging journey, I’m thankful to meet blogger friends like Summer, Angeline, Susan, Rachel, Dominique – just to name a few. And of course, wonderful readers like you. Thank you for being a part of my blogging journey.
4. Blogging makes you learn new skills
For many people, once they get out of university and start working a stable job, they stop learning new skills. It applies to me too. Being in the workforce for more than 10 years, I realized that my skills have become stagnant. When I started blogging, I find myself continuously learning new skills again – which make me very happy.
As a blogger, here are some skills that you’ll learn over time: HTML and CSS, SEO, writing, graphics design, networking, business planning, photography, photo-editing, PR, marketing, videography, communications, etc. Thus, blogging helps to diversity your skills set.
5. Blogging is your best personal journal
A blog keeps your important memories alive forever. A picture may worth a thousand words, but when you pen it down in a blog, you can flesh out exactly how you were feeling, why you were feeling it, and how that particular occasion means to you.
This is more significant if you’re a new parent, newly married, getting a new home, etc. If I don’t have a blog, there’s no way I can remember how I gave birth to Edison, how he started his first day of school, how his kindergarten graduation was like, how we celebrated his 6th birthday, etc. Not forgetting all the great places I’ve been to, all the happy memories that I had, and all the beautiful things that I’ve experienced in life.
That’s why I always say – blogging is my best personal journal. When I read my old posts and look back on the happy times in my life, I have beautiful positive feelings that no words can describe. Thus, every single effort that I poured out on this blog is worthwhile.
6. Blogging opens new opportunities and makes you money
The more you blog and gain followers, the more you become a respected voice in your field. The opportunity to promote yourself and showcase your skills through blogging is better than any resume could provide.
When your blog readership increases, you may find advertisers approaching you for collaborations. You may even get paid by companies for writing advertorials, endorsing a product or service, appearing in TV commercials, and not forgetting the traditional web banner advertising.
But of course, you can choose not to monetize your blog if you don’t want to.
7. Blogging is free after all
You can start blogging today without investing a single cent. Yes, blogging is completely free! I’m on WordPress, and I highly recommend it. You can create a free account on WordPress or Blogspot to start your blog. You can also find free beautiful blog themes from the internet. And if you prefer to have your own domain, just invest a few dollars a month. I’ve written a simple guide to starting a blog, you can read it HERE.
8. Above all, blogging gives you satisfactions
Don’t think that your voice doesn’t matter. It does, and whatever you post on your blog will have an impact on others. That’s where blogging ethics come into the picture. Blog responsibly and with passion. If you’re able to inspire others through your writing, you gain satisfactions and it’s priceless.
Appreciative e-mails and positive feedback from readers, social shares of your writing on Facebook or Twitter, and encouragement from family and friends are your biggest motivation to stay committed with your blog.
Remember, writing a blog is like running a marathon. You’ve got to have grit, determination, willingness to write for free, and have faith in what you’re doing. Admittedly, it’s not an easy task.
But what really makes it worth, you may ask.
Knowing that no matter who reads my blog, and how many visitors or page views that I get, I can rest my head on my pillow because I’ve given all my contents truthfully. It may not be the best as compared to the others, but it’s certainly “my best”.
Enjoy blogging without worrying about my blog statistics, never be discouraged with the success of others, and firmly believe that readers will find inspirations in my writing – that’s what truly matters to me, and makes blogging worth for me.
Do you blog too? If yes, why do you do it and what makes you think it’s worth it? If you’re planning to start a blog, please do not hesitate. Do it now, and good luck to you.