With so many blogs available to read, with so many viewpoints and reasons to blog. I wanted to share my top 5 reasons to blog why I blog and why you should too (if you aren’t already).
Before I launch into my reasons why I just wanted to say that blogging is a personal journey. If you have something to say and want to spread your message, story and voice to the online world, then blogging as a hobby, is absolutely available for anyone and everyone.
Pro-blogging however, is a different kettle of fish. You need to invest a lot of time, some money, be prepared to never stop learning, have a flow of versatile and diverse content available for your readership and be passionate about blogging/writing. But it certainly can steam from blogging as a hobby and many pro-bloggers start this way and end up making blogging their business and successful ones at that.
My Top 5 Reasons Why I Blog and Why You Should Too
1: Voice My Message
This is ultimately my main reason. I want to voice my message as far spread as possible. My messages are diverse and varied and range from sharing my experience as a vegan, my passion for business, my compassion towards others, family life experience and about making positive lifestyle changes. To be fair, it’s whatever I want my message to be. My blog is my platform on which I can publicly speak off my own back. It’s an incredible tool especially if you have worthwhile messages to discuss.
2: Help Others
Being able to help others through sharing your own experiences online is a powerful thing to do. Over the years I have had private messages and emails from people connecting with me because of something I have written, expressing how my posts have helped them. My first blog and posts were mainly about PND as that was what was going on in my life at that time. Then I shared my experience and how I was coping becoming a single mummy when the twins were just 16 months old. It feels weird when people say I have inspired them, it’s lovely – don’t get me wrong. But I never feel like that as a writer. I just say what I feel and I always speak the truth. But if that means it inspires others, then I am blessed and grateful to be in this position. Because naturally, I want to help others, I have always been this way.
3: Connect With Likeminded People
It’s always hugely exciting when you get to connect with like-minded people, especially because of your writing or presence on social media. Knowing you have attracted those around you or vice versa because you share similar values, goals and experiences. Blogging network events are also a wonderful way to meet those people IRL (In Real Life) which is the best bit. Finally getting to put faces to names and being able to hang out with the people you hang out with on social media is awesome. I have made some incredible friendships via blogging and I am forever grateful.
Putting yourself “out there” can be risky. What if people don’t like you? What if someone thinks you are weird? What if… you get offered once in a lifetime opportunities to do things that no one else can because you put yourself out there? I have been so fortunate to have had some amazing experiences via blogging. When I tell friends or family what we get up to, so many people are wowed by these opportunities. This isn’t a brag at all, it’s just sharing the facts that when you really commit to blogging, it can bring some incredible opportunities that you wouldn’t have otherwise got if you hadn’t started. Something I find repeating to myself and others is…
“Don’t let your fear stop you, from having what you really want from life.”
5: Make Money
Making money is a fact of life. In order to survive, have a roof over your head, put food on the table and clothe yourself and your mini humans if you have them – you need to earn money. The thing is, money isn’t evil. Money is good. Although money isn’t the focus, hence why it’s at number five; because without all the first four above reasons, the money wouldn’t follow. I blog because I want to share experiences and messages, help and connect with others. The opportunities and money are a huge bonus and ones I am eternally grateful for. I have worked hard to build my website from scratch. I pour my heart out on a screen. I stay up late to write posts hoping that they will inspire and help others. I work hard at building my amazing readership and social media following. So, to be compensated is a real honour and one I am grateful for, as it means my hard work is being recognised.
Yes, there are lots of blogs out there, but there is always room for everyone. Saying there isn’t room for your blog is like saying there isn’t room for you on this planet. So if you have always wanted to start a blog, then don’t let the fear stop you. Start a blog and see where it takes you.
If you already blog and you are reading this, then feel free to share your top reason you blog or your top tip for new bloggers.