Dear readers, did I mention I was on holiday this week and would be having an amazing time? Maybe once or twice, huh?
Well, never fear, because I have a treat for you today. Guest posting for me today is Debbie, and she has done a few posts for this blog (because I like to keep her busy and out of mischief). Today, she posts 10 reasons you should start a blog, and Debbie herself only started her AMAZING and SUCCESSFUL blog this year, and has had an amazing response from her readers.
Born in 1982 in North East England, I knew from an early age I wanted to be a writer. Life got in the way, and the dream was put on the back burner, although never forgotten. I now write my own blog which you can read here: www.myrandommusings.blogspot.com, write guest posts for other blogs and am planning on completing my first novel by the end of this year!
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Blog link: www.myrandommusings.blogspot.com
And now, all that's left is her post for us today. Don't forget to show Debbie some love by commenting below!
10 Reasons You Should Start A Blog
For this post, I thought I would share with you ten reasons you should start a blog. Maybe you have been thinking of it for a while, and just need a little push to get you started. Maybe it’s not something you’ve considered seriously, but would like to have a go. Maybe you’ve never thought about it, but you just might after reading why it’s so great to have a blog. Try it! What have you got to lose?
To get your voice heard
If you are anything like me, you have an opinion on everything! Sometimes, your friends need a break from hearing them all. A blog is the perfect place to share your views with the world. From my experience, blog readers value honesty, and enjoy reading different thoughts and perspectives on things.
To become part of an amazing community
Before starting my blog, I pictured the blogging community as bitchy, back stabbing and very competitive. I was sooo wrong. The blogging community is awesome! Everyone is friendly and welcoming, and you can guarantee if you have a question about anything blog related, someone will be happy to help you out.
To build an online presence for you or your brand
If you aspire to a career in the media, or anything PR based, a good starting place is a blog. It puts your name out there, and helps you build a following. If you have good content on your blog, and are honest, people are more likely to trust you to handle online PR than if you have no proven track record.
To record your journey
A blog is a place to record anything and everything you want to share with the world. It is so good to look back on your blog and see how you have progressed, what has changed and how far you have come. You will look back and cringe at some of your earlier posts, but they will still bring back memories.
To become more organised
I am not the most organised person by a long shot. I have found blogging forces me to be organised in at least one part of my life. I have a schedule, which I stick to, and deadlines to meet – even if I do set them myself! After you build up your readership, your readers will start to know when to expect a new post – you may think now that wouldn’t matter to you. It will! You will learn to manage your time effectively so you can stick to your schedule, because you don’t want to let your readers down!
To make money
Initially, this won’t happen. Like anything, blogging isn’t a get rich quick scheme. Given time and effort, you can make money this way though, using affiliate links, and sponsored posts. Maybe even becoming a brand ambassador. So yes, it’s hard work, but as income sources go, it’s got to be in the top ten of best jobs!
To build something you can be proud of
At the risk of sounding soppy, your blog is a little piece of you, an achievement you can be proud of. You will pour blood sweat and tears into it, and there’s nothing wrong with being proud of your achievements, no matter how big or small. When you look back, you will remember that feeling you got when you published your first ever post and 6 people read it – 6 whole people! It’s an exciting moment, you want drum rolls and fanfares! That feeling never goes away. Hopefully, the numbers get bigger, but that feeling doesn’t change!
To boost your confidence
I almost used the words ego boost here. It feels good to know people care about what you have to say. However, that’s not quite it, it’s more than that. It’s validation, it’s knowing it’s ok to be you in a world where the media tells you you should conform to certain social standards, and it’s the realisation that your voice matters!
I use that term lightly, but it does feel that way sometimes! If you are upset about something, often, pouring your heart and soul into writing about it can help. After writing your feelings down, I think you feel lighter. Perhaps something is eating at you – have a good rant about it, you will be surprised how many other people feel exactly the same.
If you aren’t ready to share your feelings with the world straight away, I still find writing is a good distraction from your problems!
To have the best hobby ever!
Blogging is fun! I know everyone will tell you it is time consuming, and harder than it looks, and they are right, but it is so rewarding, and more than worth the time and effort you will put in. It feels so good every time you can tick a goal off your blogging bucket list!
I hope these reasons to start a blog have helped you make the decision to take the plunge! Do you have any reasons to add? Share them in the comments!