Blogging is something I’ve enjoyed since I was in high school.
I can’t remember the exact reason I started a blog, but I have enjoyed keeping up with it over the years. I love to write, take pictures and share neat places and fun experiences that I want others to try for themselves.
Blogging serves as a creative outlet for me and it’s something that I do just for fun (although it’d be dreamy to turn it into something more some day!).
If you’ve ever played around with the idea of starting your own blog, here’s five reasons to urge you in that direction.
1) You can improve your writing and proofreading skills.
Maintaining a blog is an excellent way to improve your writing skills. There’s something about publishing your words for others to read that makes you want to put only your very best work out there. When you know others are reading what you’ve written, you take readability and grammar into account. You want them to be able to understand what you’re saying, and you also want make sure you word it in a clear and concise way. Blogging also works wonders for your proofreading skills. After I hit “Publish” on a post, I read the live post several times through and often have to go back and rephrase a sentence or correct a grammatical error I missed in the drafting process. These are important skills to have and ones that I use every day at my own job.
2) You can share an interesting place or experience with others.
I tend to use my blog as a digital diary. Whenever Daniel and I go on a trip, visit a new place or experience something for the first time, I share it on my blog so that others can learn more about it and consider doing it themselves! In previous posts, this has included anything from a charming bed and breakfast we stayed at in Asheville, our skydiving experience or a simple money saving tip.
You’ve probably hear that word of mouth is the most effective form of marketing. Let’s say for example that you’re going on a trip to Gatlinburg and you want to do some hiking while there. Would you be more likely to go on a hike that your friend recommended to you and showed you amazing pictures of, or would you make your decision based off an ad you saw online or on TV? Chances are, you’ll take your friend’s suggestion. Why? Because he’s been there himself and can back it up with his own experience. This is a reason I love reading other people’s blogs. You get insider tips that you might not have come across otherwise.
3) You can have a space to showcase your talents.
Do you like to write? Take photos? Travel? Do DIY projects? A blog is a great place to showcase your talents in these areas! You don’t need to work for a magazine or a business to share what you know about a topic. Blogging allows you to make your own rules and create content that interests and excites YOU. Chances are, there’s someone else out there with the same interests as you who would greatly benefit from a blog like yours. Don’t let the thought that it’s not “official” scare you off.
4) You can take a deeper dive into a topic that’s too extensive to share on social media.
I’m sure you’ve come across someone on Facebook or Instagram whose post is as long as a novel, and I guarantee you’ve scrolled right past it simply because you don’t want to take the time to read through it. When I’m on social media, I have a short attention span. I’m not prepared to read a 10 page manifesto on why someone thinks bananas are superior to oranges, but if that same person were to share a link to their blog with a title like, “Oranges Are the Worst: Here’s 10 Reasons Why,” you better believe I’m clicking on that link. I want to know why that person is so bitter toward oranges! More importantly, I’m choosing to engage with the content they’re sharing.
5) You can share an idea, skill or tip with others.
Similar to Reason #3, if you consider yourself an expert on a particular topic, don’t keep it all to yourself! Share your knowledge with others and be their go-to source for information on that topic. You might be surprised about how much you know. Have you discovered a money saving tip or life hack that you want other people to know about? Do you have a really yummy recipe that your family and friends keep asking you for? Have you figured out how to time travel? If so, here’s my email.
All jokes aside, don’t keep your talents, skills and ideas under wraps. Share them with others and you might learn a thing or two yourself and inspire someone else along the way!
There are so many reasons to start your own blog and I encourage you to give it some serious thought. The best thing about blogging is that you don’t have to know anything about it to get started. WordPress is an easy and free way to get the ball rolling.
Thanks for reading and happy blogging!
Do you have any tips to share with those interested in starting a blog, or questions about blogging? Post them in the comments below!