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Never considered blogging before? Well, you should! Not only is it fun and free, it gives you the freedom to write about what you want, when you want; and could even help you get ahead in the job market. Not to mention now is a perfect time to do so…
Read on for 10 great reasons to start your own blog:
You’ll become a better writer
Even if you don’t have your heart set on being the next Hemingway, there’s lots of things that can test your writing skills; university assignments, job reports and more.
Blogging encourages you to develop your writing style, formulate your thoughts and ideas, and then present them in a way that’s readable for others.
The more you do it, the more you can improve on any weaknesses you might have. Not only will this help in all different areas of your life, it can afford you the ability to express yourself about any topic you’re passionate about!
It boosts your creativity
Some days you’ll have tonnes of ideas, others you’ll suffer from the infamous writers block; those times when pen just doesn’t want to meet paper or fingers meet keyboard.
But having your own blog means that you can have the freedom to experiment with new types of content. That’ll force you to adapt and find new, different ways of being creative which can be a hugely useful skill to have.
You’ll connect with new people
Blogging can help you connect with other people; whether it’s someone on the other side of the world who shares the same interests as you, potential new friends or even potential recruiters.
It gives you the opportunity to connect with peers who are passionate about similar issues and so can be used as a vital tool to extend both your personal and professional networks.
It’ll help you be healthier
Blogs are a lot like personal journals in an online medium. Having the discipline to keep your blog updated takes time, effort and patience, but you might find that it can help you develop new lifestyle habits.
It could be as simple as getting a gym equipment to blog about your journey to get fitter, or it could be that it makes you more aware of the choices you make and how you spend your time.
The great thing about blogging is that it’ll make you want to experience more of the world so that you have more stories to tell, which will improve your overall quality of life along the way!
It’ll give you a digital portfolio
Having a digital footprint and being able to show proof of your abilities and efforts could be your golden ticket when it comes to searching for jobs or internships.
It’s easy to see how a fashion design blog would benefit someone who wants to work in fashion design, but even if your blog has absolutely nothing to do with your career, the skills it takes to maintain one can be invaluable to all sorts of different employers.
It costs absolutely nothing
Although if you want to run your very own website it’ll likely take a little bit of money, there are loads of different free websites that you can use for your blog: most often in return only for hosting a few adverts on it.
Some of the most popular free blogging platforms include WordPress and Wix, both of which have the added benefit of being extremely user-friendly. You don’t have to worry about being a HTML expert; all you need to do is choose a theme and start publishing!
You could even earn money
Let’s just start by saying that you could earn money, but that if financial gain is your main motivation for starting a blog then you’re likely to end up disappointed.
Still, if your audience increases to a certain point you could start earning some decent cash, either from placing adverts on your blog or by doing sponsored content.
Just look at celebrity blogger Perez Hilton, who started off blogging in 2005 and who’s now amassed an estimated personal fortune of $30 million!
You don’t even have to be a writer
Although blogging can improve your writing, you don’t actually need to write to run your own blog; look at the success of YouTube sensations like PewDiePie and Smosh!
If you’re the sort who feels more comfortable in front of a camera than in front of a Word document, all you need is your smartphone and some video editing software to start your very own video blog.
You can even mix and match between vlogging and regular blogging, as the more content and more variety you produce the better.
You can blog about what matters most to you
Up-and-coming photographer looking to get your work in front of more people? Start a blog. Talented chef who loves creating new recipes? Start a blog. Just like mouthing off about whatever comes into your head? Start a blog!
Whether it’s for self-expression, to boost your personal profile or to create social change, blogging can be a great platform for getting your ideas, thoughts and talents seen by others.
It doesn’t matter whether it affects one person, lots of people or nobody at all; blogging will still make a positive impact one way or another simply by being an outlet for what matters the most to you.
Aside from anything else, blogging is fun; and we should know! If you choose a subject, or many subjects, that really matters to you, then blogging won’t feel like a chore.
Sure, you’ll have highs and lows just like doing anything else, but even if you’re writing for an audience you should never forget to create content that you enjoy making and that you actually want to make. Isn’t that the whole point!
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