Why Do We Blog…?

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This has become a habit. No, it’s addictive in a way that is neither obviously bad nor obviously good.

I am sitting here with a timer on me trying, oh trying very hard, to get a post off before my daily duties demand me to depart. I had some ideas about a post during the time that should have been sleep-time, but these have hidden from me this morning. So, why do I bother? Why do you bother?

Here is an expert opinion:

Why Do People Blog? The Benefits of Blogging

While the blogging scene has developed over the last decade, the benefits of blogging are still plentiful. Here’s a list of reasons why people blog and how blogging can benefit your personal or professional life.

Express Yourself and Share Your Passions

The landscape has changed, but there are still countless blogs that serve as a platform for people to voice their ideas, thoughts, and feelings. Whether your passion is business, personal finance, cooking, politics, photography, or marketing, blogging gives you the opportunity to connect and network with likeminded individuals who share the same passions.

Make A Difference

Some people’s passions lean toward supporting a cause. Whether it’s a political, environmental or social cause, a blog is a great way to build awareness and garner support.

Share Your Knowledge

If you’re someone who loves to teach, starting a blog can provide the opportunity to educate others interested in your field of expertise. The best part is that, as you build resources on your blog to teach others, you may realize there is a chance to monetize your blog by creating educational products or services online.

Refine Your Writing Skills

The more you write, the better you become at it. Most professional bloggers write on a regular basis and therefore analyze and proofread their writing constantly. You may even get feedback from readers to help you become a better writer.

However, being a good writer is not a prerequisite for a successful blog. Many very high profile bloggers are self-proclaimed terrible writers, and part of their success could be attributed to their message of “If I can do it, so can you”.

Learn How To Make Money Online

Most people start out with one blog, but along the way, they gain experience and eventually generate ideas for blogs in other niches. What you learn from your initial blog – the dos and don’ts, marketing strategies that are effective, how to make money blogging, etc. – will help you accelerate the growth of future ventures.

Build Your Professional Network

Blogging is a community-based endeavor, and networking is one reason people engage in it. Whether you are a solopreneur or blogging to market your business, building relationships will facilitate your blog’s growth.

Meanwhile, growing your online network has its own side benefits, such as gaining access to valuable software and tools, seminars, workshops, product unveilings, and other events.

Earn More Exposure

Businesses create blogs primarily to expand their online presence, connect with potential customers, promote their brand in a positive conversation, and even generate online revenue.

Beyond the immediate results, businesses use content marketing to rank their posts in search engines, thereby generating residual leads and revenue.

Become an Authority in Your Industry

A blog can be utilized as a platform to showcase your knowledge and expertise. Publishing blog posts that are accurate, timely, relevant, and informative will eventually get the attention of industry insiders and earn you recognition as an authoritative source and thought-leader.

Build an Online Portfolio

Blogging is a great way for aspiring authors and freelance writers to build up an online portfolio. By showcasing their writing skills on large platforms with expansive reach, freelancers can grow their exposure and sign new clients.

Market Your Business

For companies and entrepreneurs, gaining online visibility is one of the best ways to grow subscribers, leads and ultimately revenue. This can’t be achieved with a static corporate website. Creating blog content that is valuable, helpful, and/or entertaining is an effective way to grow your website’s authority, online rankings, and traffic.

Starting A Blog Today

As the internet and technology become more ingrained in our day-to-day lives, the benefits of blogging or building a website become impossible to ignore. However, unlike in the early days, bloggers don’t need to have computer science degrees or HTML knowledge. Software such as WordPress.org and “how to start a blog” guides have made it simple and easy to set up a blog in 15 minutes. If you’re unsure of whether blogging is right for you, use a free blogging platform for a few months before transitioning to a self-hosted solution.

Me again:

I blog because I now have to. It has become part of my life. I blog so that I write. Writing has become so very, very important to who I believe myself to be and how I envisage my older self making his living.

Some unforeseen outcomes have been that I have met some excellent people along the way. I have read some excellent work along the way. I have watched and started to learn from others. I have share things that are so profoundly linked to who I am, and who I want to become, that I couldn’t have shared with people I knew as friends.

Blogging pulls out the entrails of ones thoughts and often allows us to disentangle them.

 

6 thoughts on “Why Do We Blog…?

  1. Gutting, ain’t it? Seriously, you write because you need to. Or I do. an audience is fine, but writing is what you do.
    I once read a book on song -writing, …. everyone is a budding songwriter till you turn twenty five.. and the author said ‘soon you start thinking in rhyme and meter.; its a curse, but sometimes it brings a reward of its own
    Birds gotta swim, writers gotta write, its fate… and now, get to work, else you’ll be late- .

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  2. Well it looks like I’ve got some catching up to do … unless I depart this life from falling lungs before the train pulls into my station.
    This was a great post… did you have many many tags? Or none? Because tags would bring in many more readers and followers, and many would like to read this….
    cough

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