How Starting a Blog Can Change Your Life

Anyone who spends any amount of time with me in real life knows I’m the world’s biggest proponent for starting a blog. No matter who you are, where your passions lie, and what your goals are: blogging can benefit you in a million different ways.

First off, starting a blog is easy. Trust me – I started mine on a serious whim in the middle of the night with no trouble at all. So if you’re trying to say, “but it’s too complicated….” then you’re really overestimating most of us bloggers. I’m flattered when people seem to equate blogging to rocket science, but it really isn’t.

Now onto the life changing stuff.

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Blogging has changed my life for the better. It’s put me on a new career path, helps me make a living, and has introduced me to some of the most incredible, big-hearted people I know.

But enough about me, I want to talk about you and more specifically why you should start a blog.

You can make money

First and foremost, let’s get this out of the way: blogging is a great way to make money. While I tend to average around $2000 a month after expenses, there are some bloggers who are making upwards of $30,000 every single month.

If blogging for money is your main motivation you might end up a little disappointed, though, because it takes at least a few months to build up any real income.

Your blog is a living resume

Sure, you can keep the generic resume that every other candidate is turning in when you apply for a job, or you can link them to your blog that you are regularly updating with killer content.

Being a blogger shows that you’re dedicated, a talented writer, self-motivated, and the list goes on.

Even if your blog has nothing to do with the position that you’re ultimately applying for, being able to run and maintain a blog says a lot about you as a potential employee.

Blogging opens doors for you

Through blogging I’ve done some really cool things. Think walking in a fashion show in Chicago, moving to New York City, getting invited to New York Fashion Week, and even meeting one of my best friends.

When you have a blog it’s easy to find you. You never know who might stumble on your site when scrolling through Pinterest or Googling something. If the right person finds you, you never know what can happen.

Blogging gives you something to fall back on

Personally, I hope to make blogging my full time job in the next few years, but if you are going down a more traditional path, the money you make from blogging can allow you to be pickier on your job hunt, and less stressed about layoffs and downsizing.

Furthermore, if you are unhappy with your work environment now, if you have a profitable blog you might have more flexibility to leave and live off your blog income while you look for a new job.

That security blanket might end up being a blessing for you when you least expect it.

Blogging allows you to be creative

I love this one – I am in complete control of what I write about on my blogs. There is nobody telling me how to write or what to write about. Even when I do sponsored posts, I have creative freedom.

This outlet is a great way to connect with people and get my feelings out in the world.

As a blogger you feel an indescribable connection with your readers – I’ve talked to y’all about things I wasn’t ready to share with my real-life people, and you’ve helped me get through some rough times.

Blogging keeps you sharp

I’ve learned more than I could ever imagine through blogging. SEO, HTML, marketing, social media, the list goes on.

You learn a lot by being a blogger and it’s a good way to keep on learning and challenging yourself.

Blogging keeps you interesting

Along the same lines, blogging makes you interesting. Whenever I see anyone I knew in high school, or only vaguely know (aka I haven’t already talked their ears off about blogging) that is the first thing they ask.

Once people know you blog, especially if they know you make money, they are going to have a ton of questions. This means less awkward small talk and more talking about the things you’re good at.

Tell me about your blog in the comments!

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  • Mackenzie

    This post was so good to read, I find it so inspiring reading how blogging has changed your life and I hope my new blog (like, less than a week old) has a similar positive influence on mine!

  • This is such a great post! I know for me blogging has helped me think outside the box and be more creative with my passions & desires. I never knew that I had a heart for inspiring people with stories from my personal life and making an impact until I started blogging about my mental health experience & social situations :).
    Nikki O. | http://www.herdaringthoughts.blogspot.com

  • I love blogging so much! It’s my little space on the internet where I can talk about whatever I want! I’ve met such amazing people through blogging and although I’ve only had my blog for 8 months, I’ve already had such amazing opportunities!
    Cloe X http://clxelouise.blogspot.com

  • Love this! I’ve been feeling a little blah about blogging lately and this was definitely inspiring to read!

  • I recently just started blogging again after two months and oh boy I have missed it! Thanks for sharing! was really interesting to read 🙂

    -www.Jasminesecret.com

  • Natalie

    I love this! Blogging isn’t a career focus for me but I’ve learnt so much from doing it and its such a rewarding experience. Thank you for sharing!

    http://www.whatnatalieknows.co.uk

  • Love this! Blogging has been such a great thing for me. Thanks to blogging I was able to make enough extra money to study abroad this year and it looks awesome on my resume 🙂

    paige // eyeliner wings & pretty things

  • I am so glad you wrote this. I think it’s super empowering to read. I am a blogger as well and LOVE it. The part I like the most is what you said about being creative. I can write about whatever I like, and it’s always a way to get a little creativity into my day. Plus, when I write about what I really love, I find that I gain new readers who really relate to me, because my content is such a reflection of myself. I think being genuine and authentic is so important. Love the post, Morgan!

    Jess | http://www.JessExplainsItAll.com

  • I loved this post! The living resume point was something I had never seen before, and is very encouraging! As a (very) new blogger, this post reminded me that I can do this and I made the right decision in starting a blog! XD Great post, Morgan!

  • Ashley

    I really like this post! I have only been blogging a little over a month, but I LOVE being creative and look forward to creating new content. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    – Ashley
    ashleykay.squarespace.com

  • I started a blog to inspire others. I do love that it keeps me creative and is a great way to communicate with the world. Cheers!

  • Kerry Maciver

    I have a niche mental health blog that I updated regularly for several years but stopped 2 years ago. I kinda ran out of steam and have said all that I wanted to on it. I felt being in a niche was too restrictive. You’ve given me the motivation to start another blog with is for whatever I want, and I can’t wait to get going!

  • Sabrina Zulkeflie

    thank you so much for this post! I’m a new blogger im still quite lost on what to post and stuff cause i have a habit of exposing myself too much too soon but it’ll be nice if you could give me tips on what to write next! http://smxshedsxxx.blogspot.my/

  • Gabriella Lopez

    Reading this was awesome. I started a blog as a creative outlet for myself, as well as to create something that I could look back on. One of the amazing things that you get from doing this is mainly connecting with people. I think its cool that people can look to you for help and just relating to you on certain levels. Anyone looking to find connection with people for the better, start a blog.