I think everyone should have a blog, whether it is to make an additional income, to build a home based business or even just as a hobby. Today I want to answer the question, “Why should you start a blog?”
Here are the top five reasons why I think you should start blogging.
1. Sharing is caring.
If you have a hobby or passion, chances are that you have experienced something along the way that will help someone else. Maybe you ran into a particular problem that is now vexing someone else. By writing a blog about your experience, you may help someone (or many someones) out.
Maybe you just want to share your daily life with friends and family. While you can share these things on social media such as Facebook or Twitter, they have their limitations. On your own blog you can create more user friendly image galleries and link your content in a fashion that is conducive to the way you want your viewers to see it.
2. The more you write the better you get at it
There is no reason not to be a good writer and often, becoming a better writer is in our own best interest. If you have a job where you have to communicate with people via electronic medium (email, chat, etc…) being a good writer is almost a requirement.
When you write your own blog, you will learn new techniques at writing and as time passes and your writing quality increases, all of your written communication will improve. The more you write, the better you will get at it, so the point you are trying to get across will become more clear and concise to everyone.
3. You can meet new people.
This is maybe the best part for me. If you write a helpful blog and engage in the community you are helping, you are going to make friends. Why? Because you will get known for helping people.
The really great thing about this is that people can view your blog from anywhere in the world. You may make a friend in Germany or Ireland or Australia. Think about it. The world wide web does not know any boundaries (except for the maybe the great firewall of China or other countries that limit internet access to their citizens).
You could be chatting with one person from the U.S. in the morning then chatting with someone from India in the evening. It’s a really neat way to meet new people (your audience) from all over the world who share a common interest with you. You could be forging a new life long friendship.
As you research for your content, you could also find other bloggers just like you. If you start following them and engaging on their blog, you may find that they reciprocate.
4. It’s completely free.
Blogging does not cost you one red cent. There are tons of great places to blog for free, not the least of which is Wordpress which offers free hosting for personal blog sites.
There are a few other sites that offer free websites to blog on as well. My top pick is Wealthy Affiliate. They offer free hosting for up to two WordPress websites completely for free. There is also a lot of great free training on how to best use WordPress and how to write. And if you decide to start making money using your fancy new blog, they have you covered there as well with some other great training.
Well that’s a great segue into my next reason.
5. You can make a few extra dollars.
While blogging does not have to be a source of income, it certainly can be. If you are helping people in your blog or even simply writing about a hobby you are passionate about (what we call a niche in affiliate marketing), why not throw a few ads on your site. Or if you write a review of a product you use for your hobby, why not earn a commission on the sale if someone decides to purchase it based on your review?
Blogging can be a great source of revenue for you. You don’t have to believe me. If you do a google search for how to make money blogging you’ll come across all sorts of products and programs to kick you off. Just remember, a lot of them are complete and utter rubbish.
If you are interested in a revenue stream by simply writing a blog about something you are passionate about, I highly recommend you read my review of Wealthy Affiliate and sign up for a free account. It is a great place to 1) create your free blog and 2) find more information about how you can create an income stream through doing something you enjoy. The best part is that it is completely free to start.
There is, of course, a premium option, but you can go your own pace and you never have to upgrade to it if you don’t want. You can just stick with your free account if that is what you want.
Why should you start a blog? There are lots of reasons and these are just my top five reasons. I hope you have enjoyed reading it and as always, if you have a question or have another good reason to start a blog, I’d love to hear about it in the comments below. Remember, I’m here to help.