There once was a time when blogging was unusual, individual, designed purely for personal expression and in order to “have a voice”.
Now it is a multi-million pound (or dollar) industry, a mine field of advertising, commercialism, and method, on top of the original pure unadulterated fun.
By Lauren from A Typical Atypical
I thought it was probably time that we celebrated blogging again, in case it gets lost in the potential, overrun by marketing and promotion. To take a quick second to remember not what it once was, but what it still is.
So here we go – the 5 best things about blogging!
Number 5: Anonymity
For many bloggers, this genre of writing is more than just a place to document likes, dislikes and more. The potential for complete anonymity is great, meaning complete honestly, or contrastingly complete lies. You have the capability to make up an entire imaginary blogging world – or to show the internet your world without risk of repercussions. This makes blogging unique – nothing like it has ever existed in the public realm!
Number 4: Psychological benefits
My how serious! Whilst blogging can be fun and frivolous, for many it is a chance for therapy, psychological redemption or counselling. Whether writing posts to get supportive and impartial advice, or as a form of expressive therapy on a public level, this unique platform for self-expression has brought hope into a lot of people’s lives. We should never forget this as one of the true brilliant things about blogging.
Number 3: Having a voice
Initially, blogging was a medium to get your voice out to the world. Since those days when everything was shiny and new, this is one of the things that has held true. Whether making attention grabbing statements, challenging the powers that be, or finding like minded people, having a voice has never been as easy. In a world with millions of blog, it can be hard to make yourself heard – but within your circles, your niche, it is always possible.
Number 2: Learning new things
This reason (one of the biggest blogging benefits out there) is all based on being a reader of blogs, not a writer. This is all to do with the copious amounts of eloquent and brilliant writing that is in the blogosphere – whether swotting up on a new love, choosing a new outfit, or searching for bargains, there will be a blog out there that will help you to fulfil those dreams and learn new things. There is, without even a smidgen of exaggeration, something for absolutely everyone.
My personal favourites?
For eBay bargains, I love eBay Fashion Addict!
Number 1: Community
The undisputed king of blogging reasons, I doubt there are many bloggers who would argue against community topping the top 5 things about blogging list.
The community of bloggers is something that often shocks newcomers – they weren’t prepared for the comments, the forums, the friendships and more. It is a delightful world even following commercialisation, all based on reciprocal behaviour, click through, and link love. From IFB to personal subscriptions, being part of the blogging community only takes a little work but gives a lot of welcome!
What benefits do you get out of blogging?
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