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Are you looking into starting a blog or do you already have one established? As I’ve been posting on my blog pretty much every day since school ended I’m reminded of how much work blogging really is. So you might wonder why I do it. Here’s a great list of reasons of why I blog and suggest you do too!
Blogging has given me a sense of drive, vision, and mission to achieve for myself. Honestly, as someone with chronic illness, it gives me something I have to do each day and stay accountable for. I have a reason to get out of bed. (I have a few, but this is one of the big ones.)
Blogging has allowed me to share my experiences with other people and to have them share theirs with me. Blogging allows you to network, especially in Facebook groups (There are a ton and I think I’m in all of them, which I’ve read is bad for marketing but let me tell you it’s great when you are bored. Ha.) There are ways to connect with other bloggers all over social media. We learn from each other.
I have been exposed to a wealth of information. When you decide to teach yourself how to blog, there are so many things to learn. Not only about your niche but blogging itself (which for me is one in the same.) There is just such a vast amount of information to sort through. I love that, honestly as I love to learn new things.
I found that by seeking to help others through blogging, I found help for myself. This connects with the point above. By helping others learn how to blog, I have become a better blogger. You become an expert at something through blogging.
It is allowing me to stay focused on my goals. I am such a planner now! At one point I had three planners! I’m consolidating to one now as I just find that way easier to manage. I am always consulting my planner and making sure I’m checking things off my to-do list that brings me closer to the major goals that I have in mind.
I have become a much better writer. I have always been a writer and won contests even at a very young age but you get rusty with time if you don’t keep up with it. Not only do I land gigs as a freelance writer but I’m just a better writer in general. This is really helping me in college as a non-traditional student in my thirties.
You can learn profitable skills, many of which you can put on your resume, such as:
SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
There are always new challenges like strategies to grow traffic. Social media platforms are forever changing their algorithms and so is Google. There is always something to fight against to keep your blog on top.
You can make income from something that you love. Not many people can say that, even those with advanced degrees.
You don’t need a degree but it has encouraged me to get one. I love freelancing and want to be able to get the best jobs, and this has led me to return to college in 2017. I’ve even been encouraged by an advisor to consider graduate school!
It gets me freelance writing gigs, all the time. This is how I primarily make money through my blog. You are essentially your own boss, although you do have the clients you work with if you freelance like I do.
So would you like to join in on this and start a blog of your own?
If you are interested in starting a blog of your own, I created a tutorial that will help you, How to Start a Blog. If you are asking yourself “Can you seriously make money blogging?” My main tip is to be self-hosted. This is essential if you want to monetize your blog. It also makes you look more professional to companies you will partner with. Blogging income won’t happen unless you are self-hosted. You can pick from these links: Bluehost, or HostGator.