While it was once just a way for people to essentially have a public journal, blogging has changed a lot over the years. Businesses often have blogs now and many individuals are able to make a lot of money from their blogs. Blogging has been growing in popularity steadily and there are now hundreds of millions of blogs on the internet.
Despite the growth in the space, there are still many people who are interested in blogging. They are just too apprehensive to start for one reason or another. With that in mind, this article is going to help ease that uneasiness. We are going to look at several of the biggest benefits of blogging.
You Get to Write About What You Want
One of the great things about blogging is that it allows you to share your passions with the world. There are no limits as to what you can write about. There are blogs on nearly every topic under the sun. Not only that, but there are likely people out there who share your interests and would love to read your blog.
However, if you are one of those people who want to start blogging but isn’t sure what to write about, don’t worry. There are many online resources out there, such as Get Niche Quick, that can help you decide on a topic or niche that will be both enjoyable and profitable. The beauty of blogging is the sheer amount of flexibility and options you have.
You Could Potentially Make Some Money
While many people start blogging simply to share their passion or show off their writing skills, there are also many who do it simply as a way to make some money. To be fair, though, who wouldn’t love being paid for writing about things they enjoy. Bloggers can monetize their blogs in a number of ways from advertising, creating sponsored content, doing guest posting and more. The amount bloggers can make will vary a ton based on niche, how many readers they have and what monetization efforts they have made.
Also, in addition to making money directly from a blog, businesses can utilize blogs to expand their reach and get more potential customers interested in their products or services. This in itself could lead to more money, despite not monetizing the blog itself.
Of course, there is no guarantee that you will ever be able to make money off of a blog. However, if you get enough active visitors, there is a good chance you will be able to advertise, create some sponsored posts or guest post, which could net you a little bit of cash.
You Will Join a Great Community and Build Your Network
If you are unaware, there is a thriving community of writers and bloggers out there who do everything from reading and support each other, share ideas, collaborate, chat and more. They are a friendly group and can be found everywhere from social media to various forums out there on the internet.
By virtue, if you begin blogging you are a part of this group and networking is something nearly every writer on various platforms and niches will be open to. You have the potential to build lifelong relationships and can meet people you would have never known otherwise if you decided against starting a blog.
In addition to making new friends and joining in the writer/blogger community, blogging also gives you a chance to build out your network. You might meet people who you are interested in collaborating with or who you may one day work with. Simply put, the connections you can potentially make when you start blogging can help and affect you both personally and professionally.
You Could Become an Expert in Your Space
While having a blog in itself doesn’t make you an expert, as you slowly start to write more articles and share more posts, you may see your reputation change from just another blog about a certain topic, to one of the premier destinations for people looking to read about that certain topic.
So why would you want to become an expert in your space? While this will take a lot of dedication, being an expert in your space will surely garner more readers, more opportunities for monetization, chances at consulting and more. Also, in order to one day be seen as an expert you need to keep most of your posts focus on a similar theme. If you are all over the place, becoming an expert in one will be tough.
You, Will, Become Skilled in More Areas Than Simply Writing
This is by far one of the most underrated benefits of becoming a blogger. While the most important aspect of being a blogger is actually writing and posting your content, it is far from the only thing you will be doing if you want a successful.
You will need to become an expert researcher to find exciting and unique topics, you will need to learn some web design to improve how your blog looks, will need to do a lot of marketing and SEO to get your content in front of its target and will surely have to be on top of your social media game. These are all skills that will transfer into other industries and could potentially help you land future job opportunities.
To Become a Better Writer
Writing is a skill that is universal and will apply in many different industries. Unfortunately, many people don’t get the chance to brush up on this skill that frequently. There is a chance it could disappear altogether. However, if you are looking to become a better writer, starting a blog is a great way to do it.
Having a blog will give you a reason to write every day or week. The more you write, the better you will get at it. The added bonus of practicing in the form of a blog is that you will get readers who won’t be afraid to critique your writing and give you some pointers and potential room for improvement. Even if your blog never takes off, it will definitely help you improve as a writer.
To Build an Online Portfolio
If you want to start a career as a freelancer or contract writer, starting a blog is a logical place to start. Many jobs in the space will require you to have some sort of resume or online portfolio, so a blog can be a great way to be able to show off something for potential employers or clients.
Even if you’re not actively looking to become a freelance writer, you never know who is going to be looking at your blog. Be sure to keep it professional and be proud of every blog post you make. The hard work you put in will show through in the quality of your work and who knows, companies or individuals might reach out to you if your blog is a good representation of yourself and your skills.
Hopefully, this article has shown you some of the many benefits of blogging and has inspired you to give it a try. While your blog likely won’t be successful overnight, if you keep working at it and write content people enjoy and want to see, the benefits spoken about within this article could become reality for you.