Blogging has been such a huge part of my life ever since I started this crazy adventure. I have met so many awesome people (virtually, unfortunately) that I now consider some of my dearest friends. I have teamed up today with one of the amazing bloggers, Chelsie, to bring you a new series called Blog Boss in order to share the love of blogging and help those along their way (: After you read this post, make sure you head on over and read about how to be a productive full-time blogger!
We all have dreams of being our own boss and starting a business that is our dream job. Heck, now-a-days it seems like everyone is trying to get a startup going.
Well, what’s the best way to go about starting your own company and being a boss? You need to start a blog, my friend.
In over six months of blogging I have learned a ridiculous amount about writing, networking, being authentic, and so much more. When I was first contemplating starting a blog, I was extremely hesitant because the whole concept was completely new to me. During my time of sharing my advice on the internet, making absolutely awesome friends, and forming relationships with some fabulous companies, I have come to realize the importance of why you need to blog.
Why You Need to Blog:
1. Perfect your writing skills
Being an awesome writer is so important no matter what career avenue you want to venture down. You will always need to be a skilled writer. No matter what you decide to write about (as long as you are consistent), you will eventually become a better writer. You know what they say…practice makes perfect (:
Blogging is so diverse that you can essentially write in any style. Experimenting with different voices will help you understand what interests you, what you like to write about, and what voice works best for you. Even if you decide to not take your blog down the entrepreneurial route, you will still benefit from expressing yourself through text.
2. Do something different
Although it seems as if everyone is blogging these days, it’s actually not true. Blogging is still pretty new, but it’s also up and coming so now it the time to hop on the bandwagon!
One of the reasons I started my blog back in April 2015 was simply to be different. I read on College Info Geek about the importance of having your own website or blog and was instantly obsessed with the idea. When applying for jobs, I know how important it is to have something on your resume that not many people have. Because I placed my blog on my resume (which is completely unrelated to Biomedical Engineering) I stood out over other applicants who only have common experiences on their resumes.
This reason why you need to blog is because it helps you stand out and allows you to be seem as an individual. When you are constantly writing about topics you know and are interested in, you become viewed as an expert in whatever category your blog is about. This is so beneficial because once you decide to start your own business people will already know that you know what you’re talking about and won’t hesitate to become a follower.
3. Make your own schedule
When you run your own blog and business, you have all the power to create your own schedule. Running my blog, I have loved that I can choose how long during the day I will work on content, pitching to companies, networking, or any other miscellaneous task that I have to do. It’s also awesome that since your blog is run from your own computer, you can take your work wherever you go!
4. You will inspire people
When you blog about topics that are personal, yet provide advice to help your readers to grow, you benefit more than just yourself. Yes, people like reading about what’s going on in your life (sometimes) but they really go to your blog in hopes to gain knowledge and learn something knew.
Whenever I post about college or my anxiety, it can be extremely nerve racking, but I know that I am helping someone out in the internet world and that is all that matters to me. Writing inspiring content will keep readers coming back because your posts bring them up and make them want more and do better.
5. You become more confident
As I previously stated, putting myself out there on the internet was so terrifying to me. I was so scared to even tell anyone about my blog because I was scared of what they would say about it. Now that I have been blogging for a little while, I am increasingly getting more confident in my writing and my message to my readers.
Writing often has allowed me to become confident enough to accept criticism and use it to help make my blog a better place for people to visit.
6. Meet new people
One of my favorite outcomes from starting a blog is without a doubt the awesome friends I have made along this journey. Through several facebook groups, I have been able to find other bloggers who share the same interests as me. These common interests have now lead me to forming genuine friendships that I know will last for years.
Want to know how you can be a more productive blogger? Check out Chelsie’s blog post about how she manages her day as a full-time blogger and a free printable with her social media strategy!
There are so many great aspects to blogging, and I know I haven’t even skimmed the surface. This is why I would love to hear why you blog!