Previously I explained the first part of the reasons you should blog. Definitely, a good starting list, but clearly, there is more than just those items that could help you see the light in the endless tunnel of blog world.
You’ve got the goods. You do. You want to get out there and share some of your insight with the world. And guess what? Other people need you! Your perspective can help others work on their personal dreams.
So, here is round 2 of reasons, I believe, you should share your insight on a particular topic.
7. Develop your writing skills and verbal ability.
If you’re anything like me, it’s been a long time since you’ve been in school. Blogging is like sharpening up the pencils to get you ready for school. It helps.
I pull out the Merriam-Webster dictionary app a lot to double check a word. Double checking the difference between farther and further; distinguishing between there, their and there’s has been a refresher course that has helped me catch up on some good grammah. Gramma would be proud. Pretty sure the synapses in my brain are suh-napping away. Isn’t that how it all works?
8. Make new friends. Lots of them. Even the introverts.
This is the part they don’t tell you about. This is so, so good, too. I wish I would have been prepped for this part of the entire blogging experience.
It’s incredible to me how people who share in this space are so willing to connect and reach out to one another. Not just empty words, either. I’ve had email conversations, one-one Google hangouts (and for the record, I had NEVER even used Hangouts before starting all of this fun stuff), joined groups of professional bloggers and social media strategists on Facebook just to pick up some techniques. And these people are quality! They’ve got so much information share and they want to! They want to collaborate, connect, learn from you- and work alongside you to success. What a great way to make friends!
If you are concerned about not knowing where to start or where to go from here- know you have a friend here that will be cheering you on and adding bits and pieces of info to help you be successful. Truly.
9. Help people solve problems.
Let’s face it. Most people go online to solve a dilemma. Either they are figuring out how to get that gunk off the laundry or Mom is looking for a new recipe for dinner (because if she was just like me she would be done with the regular menu and ready for something new.) Maybe you know how to make quilts, or fix a leaky faucet, establish yourself with Google links. (Hint: all of these are items I’ve looked up in just the last few days. Think of what else you can teach me.)
Here’s the thing about it. You have these little secrets, or that know-how that people are looking for. If you want to create a blog to document things for you or help you remember, a blog is the perfect medium to set yourself up for that.
10. It’s a 10-99 world! You can earn side money just from your thoughts. Really.
This appeals to me. I am loving the blog thing, I dig the people I’m meeting and I find myself excited to get at it. And they tell me I can make money from this??? BONUS. Where’s that bell? It seems that they always ring a bell anytime someone says BONUS on TV. From now on, when we mention the word BONUS, hear that bell. Good? Good.
I don’t have a steady paycheck coming in from this, but I know it’s possible. I also don’t want to monetize this early in the game. Trust is important to me. I understand I’m earning reader’s trust and I’m not here to sell product after product. That’s not what this is about. However, when the time is right I’ll dig into that and find the right fit for me and my readers.
11. And a Bonus: When you get a job, change jobs, or find yourself looking for a job, a quality blog can serve as a referral to your consistent work ethic.
I’m home now with my little one. Before that I was working at an office. I may just want to go back to an office someday. Having a blog let’s my style shine. It shows that I’m consistent. I strive for success in my personal life and I want to be demonstrate that as I’m being interviewed one day. This blog is the perfect tool to do that.
And if it works for me, it will definitely work for you.
Please let me know in the comments below if you’d like to learn the steps I took to get hosting, set up my domain and get blogging. I know you’re thinking about it. BONUS. (Did you hear the bell? Me too. Group hug.)