When you started blogging, did you know how it would impact your life?
Blogging takes a lot of work, time, patience, and a hell of a lot of love. It can seem like it will take over your life sometimes, and sometimes it actually does. But the truth is, if it didn't improve our lives in some way, we wouldn't do it. I can tell you from personal experience, I had no idea how much my blogs would change my life, and how my life improved since. So whether you're just beginning, haven't even started, hitting a wall, or are just plain jaded, it's good to think about the ways blogging can improve your life.
It helps you find your voice.
It's true that blogging gives everyone a platform for amplify their opinions. That's not what I'm talking about. The act of blogging regularly, gives you the opportunity to practice your writing, photography, video whatever you do which in turn helps to develop a voice. You can look back at your work as a whole or just keep going. Either way, it gives you a vehicle to develop your skills, aka your voice.
It makes you more creative.
I don't believe creativity is a magical thing that just appears. It takes work. It's a evolutionary process. With blogging and it's competitive nature, it forces us to think more creatively to stand out. The experience you have creating one thing, or conjuring up one idea will lead to the next, and then the next and so forth. At least from personal experience, once I get in the habit of thinking up new posts and the like, the easier it becomes to imagine more things to do.
You meet new people.
One of the best things about blogging is the community. I met my first friend through blogging, Natalie from Coquette a few months after I started in 2007, we're still friends today. It's amazing how many people you can meet and make friends with in real life. After all, it's easy to tell if you have anything in common with someone if they have a whole blog full of stuff you love.
You learn new things.
No one has all the skills they need to blog when they start. Even if you already came in knowing HTML, PHP, won literary prizes, photography awards and worked in marketing there are still things you can learn from blogging. I've been blogging for several years, and just when I think I understand, things change!
You learn how to find new information.
Believe it or not, a lot of people don't know how to come up with new things to talk about on a regular basis. As a blogger, scouting new content becomes a highly refined skill, and can be exhilarating to be the first to publish or to be a step or two ahead of everyone else.
It gives you a sense of accomplishment.
There is nothing like having volumes of work in one place to give you a sense of accomplishment.
It opens your life to new opportunities.
Whether it be starting out a new career, developing the one you already have, or even just to do cool things like going to store openings or reviewing products, having a blog opens your life to opportunities you would never have as a civilian.
You can make a little cash (or maybe a lot of cash) doing what you love.
The beauty about blogging, is you can make it about anything you want. No one is going to tell you what to do, so for most of us, it's about something we love. Once you start getting an audience, you can monetize your blog through affiliates, or ads, maybe brand partnerships. You can make your blog into a portfolio and start freelancing. The possibilities are endless!
It's a fun way to spend your spare time.
Before I started blogging, I was on the internet all the time goofing off. So might as well do something productive! Even if it does feel like goofing off at times.
It makes you try to be a better person.
We all have good days and bad days. I'll be the first to admit sometimes I have a temper, or can be a jerk or whatever… it's easy to gloss that over when it's spoken words in the air, or flipping off someone on the road. When it's in writing it's hard to gloss over the complaining, the pettiness, and the like, and we make an effort to try to be better.
But like anything else that improves our lives, whether it's blogging or being a better person, it's a work in progress.
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