Maybe you read my blog sporadically. Maybe (preferably), you’ve bookmarked my site and you look for a post everyday – and if that’s the case, I apologize for those days I fall a little behind on my schedule and disappoint you. Maybe you read some of the comments and think to yourself, “What on earth would make a person keep a blog?” Today, I’ll tell you why. Here are 6 ways blogging will change your life if you ever decide to start a blog yourself.
You become a consistent writer – I like to write. I like to talk too but now that I have a blog, some of what I would have otherwise spoken, I now write down. Blogging helps keep my writing consistent. Being on a formal writing schedule helps keep me in the attitude of writing so when I’m done writing down my thoughts, I am more likely to want to write fiction or poetry or work on my articles. You might have thought blogging would tap out my writing desires but, instead, it just makes me want to write more.
If you want to force yourself to write more and share your writing with other people, instead of just filling countless journals that collect dust on your bookshelf, becoming a blogger will change that.
Become a professional photographer – I have about 5,000 pictures on my phone. Most of those are pictures I took for the blog and might have deleted long ago if not for the blog. I’ve long been a photography aficionado but this blog helped develop my interest in honing my skills and made me more creative with my pictures – staging, using filters and editing.
Sure, there are lots of images on the internet that you can use to supplement your blog posts, for instance some of those ee-cards are hilarious and help to illustrate a blog post better than anything you think you could make up yourself. But creating you own original images are the only way to ensure your point gets across the exact way you want it to. Images invite people to read your content. Also, a lot of those “free” images aren’t really free so it’s just best to make your content.
Make new friends – This blog introduced me to people from all over the world, people I wouldn’t have met otherwise – people who encourage me, who validate my madness or keep me from going further into the crazy. Last year, I signed up for a blog hop and met a lot of people in a little bit of time and you know how that can be. Imagine going to a party and meeting a lot of people who are so interesting but you don’t have time to get to know them at the party so you have to take their number or their card and find out about them afterwards. I’m still getting to know some of those blog-hop friends and it’s fun!
If you don’t want to meet people and connect with them, then sure you can start a private blog as a way to just write stuff down but the moment you make your blog public, expect comments and feedback and interaction. It might be slow, it might be infrequent, it mightn’t be the same people all the time, but company is coming.
You can become an ambassador – Last year, I started reviewing books for Blogging for Books and NetGalley. All the free books helped make me a better reader, taught me new things, inspired me, entertained me and kept me on my toes. I’ve also become a SweatPink ambassador, I joined the BlogHer network and I just became an ambassador for NuUn. Exciting stuff! None of it would have happened without this blog.
Unless you have a widely successful blog with a huge amount of regular traffic, companies won’t necessarily approach you asking you to represent them. Most of the opportunities I’ve had to review products, have been because I expressed my interest to the companies. So becoming a company rep is a choice you might want to pass on, although I don’t know why you would. The benefits can be astronomical and you decide how involved you want to be.
You’ll challenge yourself – If you’ve been reading RunWright for a while, you know I love challenges – I love signing up and trying even if I fail. Well, technically, even if I don’t finish the challenge, it might not be a failure. Check out what I’m saying about progress this year. But having a blog introduced me to a whole new community of blogging that I wouldn’t normally even want to participate in. I signed up for this reading challenge because it’s hosted by a blogger I enjoy following.
There are lots of challenges online and if you have a website, you’ll receive invitations to join them. You can only decline so many invitations before you get tired of saying No. One day, before you know it, you’ll be saying, “I’ll try that.” It might be a blogging-everyday challenge. It might be an invitation to try a running-streak. Or to blog on a particular topic so you can join a link-up. And one day, you’ll say Yes and it will change your life.
You’ll become a “share-er” The number one thing that this blog has done for me is make me more comfortable with sharing my thoughts and sharing my experiences. Sure, there are things I don’t talk about much on the site but I am pretty open with sharing my ugly running pictures, my home cooked meals that are made when I’m too hungry to care about making them pretty. I share my goals even with the risk that I’ll fail and you’ll know all about it. Blogging has kept me honest that way.
Blogging = Sharing. If you’re a blogger, you’re a sharer. Period. You’ll share your writing, your photos, visual access to the major events of your life.
Bloggers: What else has blogging brought to your life?
Non-bloggers: Have you ever thought about starting a blog yourself? Why haven’t you done it yet?
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