I’ve been blogging on and off now for about six years, and I can honestly say that I would be lost without my little corner of the internet.
For me, blogging is much more than putting words on a page; it’s about expressing myself, sharing the things I love and sometimes its a place to get my head straight and re-focus.
I’ve always loved English – at school I took both Language and Literature, at university I studied it, and I have always written as part of my job. I won’t lie and say that sometimes writing doesn’t come easily to me, but it has always been something I have enjoyed so much, and something that I hope to continue into the future.
One of the things I hear a lot is that people don’t have time to blog, and even though I completely understand that sometimes it can feel like it’s a lot to squeeze in when you work full time, once you get into the habit of writing, it will come naturally.
I’ve put together a few different reasons that I think people should start a blog, especially if you’ve been umming and ahhing about it for a while.
1. It Gives You A Place To Get Your Head Straight
After I had a personal tragedy last year, I found that having a blog and writing things down massively helped me to get my thoughts down into a post to process my emotions. I have loads of blogs that I wrote but never published from that time in my life, which are always good to go back to and see how far I’ve come. Emotions are hard enough to deal with day to day, especially when you feel so many at once, so writing them down, even if it would only make sense to you, is definitely a way to relieve your brain of the stress.
2. It Can Be A Creative Outlet
For a lot of us, our full-time jobs might not enable us to be as creative as we would like, so having a blog lets you tap into that side much more. Whether you want to try your hand at photography, creating graphics or just writing in general, having a blog lets you do all of the things that you might not get to day in and day out.
3. It Helps You To Be More Confident
When I first started going to blogging events, I was so shy that I usually would only stay with the person I went with, and very rarely broke free from that cycle. It was only until I was invited to events by myself that I couldn’t have a plus 1 for, or my blogging friends were busy for, that I eventually came out of my shell a bit, and I am so glad that I did. I’m not saying its the easiest thing to turn up somewhere where you don’t know anyone, but it is definitely worth it in the long run – and trust me, you won’t be the only one thats feeling awkward to begin with.
4. You Meet Inspiring People And Friends
On the same topic as the last point, some of the girls I have met through blogging have become some of my closest friends who I see within the social side of my life and not in a blogging setup. Lots of the girls I know through having a blog our self-employed and run some amazing companies, which I find really inspiring, and I love following their journeys. It’s always interesting to meet people who have the same passion as you for writing.
5. You Get To Try Things You Never Normally Would
At the start of the year, my blogger bezzie Hannah took me to an event with Magna Pass at Rock over Climbing in Manchester – somewhere I had never been before. Rock climbing is something I had tried as a child, but completely failed at, so I was intrigued to give it another go. I feel that when you start to write about things that you are passionate about, you get to try things with people who share your passions as well.
6. It Helps Build Your Transferrable Skills
I’m not saying employers are going to want you to know the different types of lens for your Olympus Pen (but wouldn’t that be the dream job…) but for people in the Marketing, Social and PR world, skills such as writing, scheduling, social media and balancing time are key to excelling in your career – and it also helps if you know your way around the keyboard. Never be embarrassed to mention that you have a blog in your interview because it shows that you are passionate about something outside of work and that you are able to keep something going in your spare time.
7. You Never Know Where It Will Take You
This is a really important one to me, because you absolutely have no idea where blogging will take you in the future. One of my favourite bloggers, Hannah Gale, only became a full-time blogger after she went viral after writing this post, just when she had quit her job. A very close friend of mine got her current job because her employer had seen that she wrote a blog and thought she would be a great match. I’m not saying that everyone catches their big break because of their little slice of the bloggersphere, but its exciting to think you don’t know whats around the corner.
8. It’s Nice To Be Proud Of Something
Without having a child to talk about, or a really cute animal to show pictures of, it’s sometimes nice to have something that you’re really proud of to tell people about. I know a lot of bloggers who have business cards to give out at events, and although I’m personally not at the point because my blog isn’t as big, I never shy away from telling people about it and where I hope it will get to one day.
So there you have it, my eight reasons to start a blog. I hope you enjoyed them.
What do you think about them? Are there any others that you would suggest?