Why Everyone Should Start A Blog!
A lot of my friends ask me why I decided to be a blogger and even though I do not remember why I started, I usually tell them why I (now) love being a blogger. This is also my answer to anyone looking to start a blog!
I started my first blog because I felt an urge to share my opinions with the world, I had been reading and listening to other long enough. But self-doubt paired with my little-to-no-knowledge about blogging stuff scared me and made me delete my blog just after publishing a basic Welcome post in 2009. It was a Blogger blog and well, I wasn’t a blogger yet.
Another 8 months passed and I started another blog, and then more self-doubt = Blog Delete in 2010. Another spout of courage followed by fear and self-doubt, and the result -> another Blog bits the dust. I never tasted the real life of a blogger until I was buried deep under guilt of not following my heart. I finally started a blog I vowed not to delete in 2012. You are reading that blog now!
I have been blogging for a year now and there is still so much to learn and so much to do that I still feel that I am getting started. I am still a newbie at a heart not that it is a good thing.
But there are things that I have been doing which make me love blogging all the more. It is something I enjoy so much that I kick myself thinking about what I could have done (and where could have been) had I believed a little bit more in myself. Past is history so let’s just move on.
There are plenty of reasons for me to love blogging but here are the main reasons I love blogging:
If you use your blog like most other people do on the World Wide Web (not keeping your blog private), you are going to get exposure, you are going to ‘meet’ people from around the world and share your opinions, ideas and knowledge with them. People from all around the world are going to discover your blog, interact with you, share their own opinions and encourage you (it can go in the opposite direction as well).
I have loved interacting with people from different parts of the world, knowing their reality, which is sometimes way different from mine, see their point of view and improve based on their feedback. I was a shy writer when I first started and I was full of apprehensions about showing my work to anyone else but as I started publishing posts on my blog and started getting feedback (which again went both ways) I gained that much more confidence in myself.
Killing Two Birds with One Stone.
Blogging gives me a chance to practice my writing skills. I do not know about anyone else but I can see a huge difference in how I approach writing and publishing my posts. I am more confident about my writing skills and I do not fear stating my honest opinions anymore.
When I started writing as a hobby, I looked for tips to improve my writing skills and the unanimous tip was to practice in addition to reading. Blogging turned out to be the best way of practicing. And I can track my progress right from the day I started to this day, my writing over the past 11 months has been so well-documented!
Of course I am more into non-fiction so my writing skills are limited to that but still, I feel like I have come a long way in 1 year.
New Ventures and Experiences.
I would never have dared to publish my ebooks if I had not started blogging. I wouldn’t even have known about the ebook-publishing world in-depth. With two ebooks under my belt and many more titles under progress, I feel like blogging is opening many doors for me.
I also hosted a contest on my blog this July – Photo A Day Experiment – which was basically a Photography contest where the hosts and the participants posted a photo every single day for each theme over 31 days. I roped in another blogger to host this with me, we created badges and learnt so much about ourselves, our blogs, our readers and fellow bloggers in this one month. I had never hosted a contest/challenge before this and I doubt I would have done something in the physical world. Blogosphere made it all possible in the virtual world!
A Sense of Accomplishment and Proud.
There is nothing better than being your own boss and blogging is all about that! I am the content-creator, photographer, writer, publicist (marketer), manager and much more for both of my blogs.
I am quite a competitive and self-driven person so blogging or anything where I am accountable to myself works well for me. I love competing against myself (Monica Geller from F.R.I.E.N.D.S anyone? that’s me)
I love spending my time learning more things about blogging, SEO, writing, reading books – all of the activities that tie beautifully with this blog and then I also have a makeup and beauty blog(http://shoppingescapades.com/) where I do what I simply L-O-V-E doing – talk about makeup and beauty stuff plus go out shopping!
Opportunities for bloggers are endless. Of course it is not easy. In fact blogging is everything but easy – it consumes in a way that no other profession can but of course if you enjoy doing it, you will not feel obligated, you will feel energized!
Blogging can be a good source of income if you happen to master it an build a spectacular blog, it takes time but the effort is always compensated. I am just a year old blogger so I am yet to see the benefits but when I see other experienced bloggers succeeding, I get warm fuzz feeling anticipating what blogging will bring to my life!
I can go on and on about why I love blogging (and why you should start a blog) but I think these points are good enough to make my point. I have some really big plans for myself and my blog for 2014. I cannot wait to get started on my new projects!