Why YOU should start a blog.

A few weeks ago I talked to you about stepping out of your comfort zone and doing something that scares you. I mentioned how starting this blog was that for me. But what I forgot to tell you is that whether it scares you or not you should start a blog, too. My life has honestly been changed by this exciting journey I started just six months ago. I have a new circle of friends from all over the country, a passion that is slowly leading me to great opportunities, and I’m learning some really great skills that will benefit me for the rest of my life. If that isn’t enough to convince you to start a blog, I decided to compile a list of the most beneficial reasons to start a blog.

You’ll Make New Friends

To be a successful blogger you are going to need to network with other bloggers, and I promise that it won’t be long before you find that you really “click” with some bloggers in particular. Despite being an anomaly in the blogging world by being a teenager, I’ve found that I have made connections with bloggers of all demographics that I wouldn’t trade for the world!

You’ll Become a Better Writer

If you run a blog, you need to be able to express your ideas clearly so that your readers can get a good idea of what you’re trying to get across. At first, it’s hard. But the longer you blog the more practice you’ll get and the easier it will become. Writing first drafts of my blog posts used to take me hours, and editing even longer. Now through practice and improved writing skills, a post takes me just around 3 hours to write and edit. If you’re in college like me, these writing skills will transfer over to essays. When you’re used to writing 1000 words posts, a 500 words essay becomes a breeze.

You’ll Learn New Skills

SEO, HTML, and CSS become much more than just a jumble of letters to you once you start blogging. You are going to want to learn Search Engine Optimization as well as basic coding (though I recommend learning as much as you can!) so that your website runs smoothly and attracts as many visitors as possible. On top of that you’ll quickly learn how to make cool graphics for your blog, how to grow your social media followings, and how to manage your time more effectively.

You’ll Become More Creative

When I first started blogging I was terrified that I wouldn’t be able continue coming up with posts after a while, but the more your blog – the more you have to blog about. I now see everyday things differently, I constantly am trying to imagine how I could make a post out of the mundane things that happen in my life. Not only has that resulted in a boost in my creativity, but I also find myself bored a lot less frequently.

You’ll Make Money

If you take blogging seriously then chances are that you’ll make some sort of income. That’s not to say blogging is a get rich quick idea – it’s not. It took nearly six months of constant blogging for me to even break even and cover my hosting fees, but some people like Lindsay and Bjork from Pinch of Yum make a full time living from blogging. And that’s crazy.

You’ll Become a Goal Setter

A lot of blogging is goal setting, coming up with attainable goals such as: I am going to post once a week, get x amount of visitors a month, improve my Alexa ranking by 10,000 this week, etc. I’ve gotten good at setting goals that are tricky, but still reasonable. Goal setting is no longer limited to my blog now. I have a huge list of goals that you can find here and I now am able to better plan how I am going to reach my goals.

You’ll Begin to Brand Yourself

When I google my name, my Facebook and Twitter are the first two things that show up, third is my blog. When you apply for a job, there is a good chance you will be googled. Having a blog shows that you are: computer savvy, dedicated, and clever. If you were neck and neck with another applicant, chances are that your blog will put you in the lead. If you are a niche blogger, you can also establish yourself as an expert in your field, making you all the more appealing to potential employers.

You’ll Have Something Productive To Do

In between the daily hustle and bustle of life, it’s likely that you’re going to find yourself with some downtime. Utilizing that time to create a blog is not only a great use of your time, but blogging is something you can do anywhere. If you’re bored in line at the store you can brainstorm posts, if you can’t sleep you can make cool graphics, and if you’re itching to express yourself you can pump out a post.   8 reasons why you (yes you!) should start a blog today!

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  • Paula Parker

    Great list. I agree with them all. I made new friends, learned new skills, became a better writer and more creative, I set goals, etc. I wish I had this post from MostlyMorgan.com when I started blogging. It’s a must read.

  • Julie Auler

    These are definitely all true!

  • I never thought of how being Googled for a job application could put me ahead of the competition by owning a blog. That is a great tip 🙂 Thank you so much for this awesome post.

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  • Dana Green

    I have thought about starting a blog, but I have absolutely no idea of how to go about it… Any help or tips you could give me?

    • You totally should! Starting a blog is definitely one of the best decisions I have ever made! And I am actually working on a step by step post on how to start a self-hosted wordpress blog right now! It should be up on Tuesday at the very very latest!

      But I will give you some general advice in case you aren’t looking for a self-hosted wordpress blog!

      Starting a blog:
      1.) Your main options will be blogger, wordpress.com, and wordpress.org. The first two are free and will be .blogspot or .wordpress.com, while the third will only have your site name, like mine!
      2.) Go with a free layout until you get established (I still use a free layout, though I am saving to buy a custom one, it’s just not in my budget now)
      3.) Read a ton of guides before you set up!

      When you have a blog:
      1.) Prepared a handful (maybe 4) posts to publish when you launch your site so it doesn’t look empty
      2.) If you want to make money you should bite the bullet and buy a domain (it’s ~70 dollars, and blogging casually I have already made my investment back!)
      3.) Blog consistently, people won’t keep coming back if you only post once every three weeks.
      4.) Make pretty picture you can pin to pinterest (I do this using my mom’s old camera and cheap editing software!)
      5.) Network! For the first few months the only visits I got were from other bloggers, and now I have some really great blogging friends!

      Blogging is hard work, but very rewarding work, too. And I love it so so much and I want to share the experience with others so if you need any help at all just email me (mtimm2@illinois.edu) and I will get back to you as soon as possible. School is starting back up soon, so it might take me a day or two as things get crazy, but I promise I will help!

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  • Megan Wood

    I love your website and all the tips for blogging that you have on here 🙂 Your posts have helped give me the extra motivation I needed to start my own blog, which I’ve been meaning to do for a while.
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