Like everything, there are pros and cons to blogging. While blogging can get you down and you can find yourself in a slump at times, the pros outweigh the negatives. If they didn’t, there wouldn’t be nearly as many bloggers as there are, or, you could even argue that no one would stick with blogging. The positives and benefits of blogging keep us going.
If you’re considering starting a blog, you might be wondering “what are the positives? What do I get out of this?” So, today I’m going to share 5 benefits of starting a blog! I’m sure there are plenty more positives to blogging than the ones I’ll mention in this post, but here are some of the ones that apply to me.
Outlet For Creativity
Some people paint, some people cook, some people make music, some people blog. If you enjoy writing, blogging is a great way to focus your energy into writing and get those creative juices flowing. Blogging is an open field; you can literally write about whatever you like! Nothing is off limits; let your creativity run wild!
Meeting New People
The blogging community is massive and is growing by the day. While this may feel daunting, it means there are so many genres/niches for you to explore and become a part of. Beauty, lifestyle, books, food, fashion and mental health are just a few of the wide range of blogging communities out there. Try out a few of them, interact with the bloggers in that community and eventually you’ll discover which community (or communities) you feel most at home in. Along this journey, you’ll meet some incredible people with similar (or differing!) views to yourself that you can chat to, interact with, support and encourage.
Sharing Your Thoughts
Sometimes you may feel like there is no one out there who gets you. People have different interests and not everyone in your circle will enjoy the same topics as you. This is where blogging can come in. Blogging can allow you to get your thoughts out there and share your passion for whatever it may be with likeminded people. Really enjoy reading, but find that no one you speak to seems to love it as much as you? Start a book blog and talk with other book bloggers until your heart’s content.
A Space That Is Yours
While blogging enables you to share your life and views with others, a great thing is that it is always on YOUR terms. You decide what you will and won’t share. You determine the level of anonymity you want to maintain. Don’t want to use your real name? Use a pseudonym. Don’t want to share your face online? Don’t post any pictures of yourself. Blogging is extremely personal and every blog (and blogger) is unique. No one can tell you how to run your blog. Sure, there are tips and advice out there, but ultimately, everything is up to YOU. No two blogs are the same and that’s why it’s YOUR space and YOUR space only.
Improve Writing Skills
Practice makes perfect, and when you’re blogging, you’re practising your writing skills CONSTANTLY. So it only makes sense that your writing and grammar skills will improve faster than if you weren’t blogging. I’m not saying that blogging will magically turn you into a linguistic wizard, but personally, I’ve found that applying the skills of writing to an aspect of my life that is not study/education based has been a great way for me to develop my writing skills in a non-academic manner. If you study, I think you might understand me here (or not, who knows!), but blogging is so different from writing an essay. While the conventions of writing an essay can assist you and do come in handy at times, the process and language used while blogging is quite different.
What’s your favourite aspect of blogging?
– Karen xx