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Why I Started A Blog And Maybe You Should Too

03.30.17

Why I started a blog - Jessica Rose Williams

When I started a blog, my head was full of negative reasons not to. You don’t live anywhere glamorous like London or Paris, you don’t have time, you don’t know where to start, people won’t be interested in what you have to say. These are all reasons, I told myself not start a blog. Doubts.

I wanted to start a blog, because I wanted an outlet where I could create and share content I thought like minded people may find valuable, and could trust. I’d been reading and enjoying blogs for years, and I’d imagine what my own might look like, but I never had the confidence to start my own. All the reasons above stopped me, until now. Instead of thinking about the negatives, I started thinking about the positives, and that’s what gave me the push I needed to take the leap. Let me outline a few of these for you.

It’s never been easier to start a blog.

I had no idea where to start, but it isn’t as difficult as you might think. A quick google search and an endless list of how to guides will appear, my favourite being The Minimalists and Becoming Minimalist . These are both really simple guides that take you through the process step by step. Help is out there and if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that there’s no blogging problem Youtube or Pinterest can’t solve.

Starting a blog could lead somewhere really exciting.

It isn’t guaranteed to, but it’s existence creates the possibility. Think about your favourite blogger, and how their lives have changed because they decided to start a blog, for a little inspiration. It’s only by never starting, that you can guarantee your blog won’t lead anywhere at all.

You’ll Think BETTER

Writing for an audience, will encourage you to process thoughts more deeply and this will make you a better thinker. As an over thinker, who often gets lost in their own thoughts, I’d definitely benefit from this. Even just by having to write this first blog post, I’ve had to think about what it is I want to say and how to say it best. My guess is you’ll learn some interesting things about yourself by exploring your thoughts and consequently becoming a better thinker.

You’ll become a better writer

Imagine, being able to communicate and express yourself more effectively with just your words. This is a really powerful thing and like it or not, we’re all writers thanks to the 21st century. Being a better writer means you’ll write better emails, texts, tweets, cards, Instagram captions – you name it, you’re writing in that form will improve.

DO IT FOR THE VISUAL DIARY

Even if nobody reads it (which they will!) and assuming you’re writing a lifestyle blog like I do,  you’ll have a beautiful scrapbook you can look back on. Blogging is an online diary of sorts, depending on your niche and audience. Being able to look back on how you’ve grown and what you’ve seen or learned over the years is something worth considering.

PEOPLE WANT TO KNOW YOU

Believe it or not, people want to know get to know you and they want to know what value you have to offer. Finding the right audience to share yourself with may be tricky, but there will be other people out there like you. Sharing your knowledge and providing value to those people via your blog is a wonderful thing.

YOU’LL CONNECT WITH LIKE MINDED PEOPLE

A blog is a great way to engage with like minded people, who share a hobby, passion or interest. As an introvert and a rare personality type, this idea really appeals to me. Social media platforms are bringing in more and more algorithms, that dictate what we see and when. This makes it harder to engage with people we want to, because we are missing each other’s posts. A blog’s content is always available.

the money aspect

Money is a possibility when it comes to blogging but I didn’t start for money and I don’t think it’s a good idea to start a blog where your sole intention is to make money. From what I’ve seen, these are the types of blogs that don’t do well. I’m not against making money, I need it to live and travel etc, but its not the purpose of this blog. That said, all those reasons above combined with extra money sounds pretty good to me.

So what’s holding you back? If you’ve already started, what are your positives? Let me know in the comments below.

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24 comments on “Why I Started A Blog And Maybe You Should Too”

  1. COngratulations on taking the leap and starting! I think it is so easy to get caught up in negative thInking when it comes to following our dreams, but like yoU said so perfectly there is nothing to lose and everything to gain from just giVing it a go! Can’t wait to see more from you! X

    1. Thank you so much for your support! Never expected any comments on my first posts so this has made my day xx

  2. SOME OF THE SAME REASONS WHY I STARTED MY BLOG. WORKING IN AN OFFICE, I DON’T HAVE MANY OPTIONS TO BE CREATIVE AND THE BLOG GIVES ME THE CHANCE TO BE JUST THAT.

    IT’S ALSO TAUGHT ME SO MUCH, ABOUT EDITING PHOTOS, PROOFREADING MY RAMBLINGS, SEO, ENGAGING (WHICH BEING AN INTROVERT ISN’T ALWAYS EASY), BUT IT HAS ALSO GIVEN ME THE CHANCE TO MEET NEW, LIKE-MINDED PEOPLE AND THAT’S THE BIGGEST GIFT.

    Like you, I wouldn’t mind if it led to making money, but that would just be another perk. Money doesn’t change why I started writing.

    Keep it up, I love your minimalistic style.

    Maya | londondamsel.co.uk

    1. Working in an office – I’ve been there! It drained me. I love how much I’m learning too. Money is definitely not what it is about for me, I wanted to be clear on that to anyone reading it. Thank you so much for your lovely comment. It’s great to know another introvert blogger xx

  3. YESSSS! I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS. I’M SOOOO HAPPY YOU’VE JOINED THE BLOGGING BRIGADE. TRUST ME WHEN I SAY, ALL THOSE REASONS YOU OUTLINED ARE FANTASTIC ONES FOR STARTING A BLOG. YOU ALREADY HAVE A NATURAL RHYTHM IN YOUR WRITING — AND AS A COMMITTED READER AND FAN OF YOUR BEAUTIFUL BLOG ALREADY, I CAN SAFELY SAY I AM EAGER TO SEE WHAT YOU HAVE IN STORE.

    ALSO, ONE BIT OF ADVICE I’VE LEARNED FROM BLOGGER FRIENDS IN OTHER AREAS IN THE UK: THE SMALLER THE AREA, THE MORE PROMINENT OF A BLOGGER YOU CAN BECOME, AND THE MORE OF A ‘NICHE’ YOU WILL FORM WITH FELLOW BLOGGERS. LONDON IS ACTUALLY THE WORST TO BE BLOGGING FROM, BECAUSE THERE ARE SO MANY OF US, THERE IS NO REAL ‘COMMUNITY’ NOR IS IT EASY TO BE RECOGNISED. REACH OUT TO NETWORKING GROUPS, OTHER BLOGGERS OR PR’S IN YOUR AREA — I CAN IMAGINE YOU’D FEEL LIKE A PART OF THE COMMUNITY IN TO TIME <3 X

    (PS… SORRY FOR THIS ESSAY. YOU CAN TELL I'M EXCITED FOR YOU).

    1. Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely comment and for being excited about this. Your tips made my day! Xx

    1. Thank you. I’m really glad you liked it. I wanted to write this post first so that I could keep coming back to it and remember why I’m doing, what I’m doing.

  4. Thank you for this post! The reasons you listed are exactly why I have been putting off starting my own blog. Maybe this was the nudge I needed.

  5. Jessica, I love this. I started a blog years ago and then let it die out. I’m back at it this year and loving it all the way. SOme days it’s tough to push out content, but once I do it’s so worth it! Thanks for sharing so many encouraging posts. It’s a pleasure to get to know you in little ways through your blog. May you know and be encouraged by the fact that you’re affecting others with your words :).

    1. Thank you Jessi. I’m so pleased I took the plunge and started it. I’m meeting so many amazing / inspiring people thanks to it – you included!

  6. just wanted to say that this was a great post and I definately told myself all those things in your first paragraph whenever I first started my youtube channel and also my blog…doubts can be killer but the feeling whenever you challenge/surpass them is amazing. Also, I love your blog’s style. It’s so clean and fresh! 🙂

    1. Thanks Tessa! Your comment made my day. I really suffer with self doubt but I’m learning to deal with it. Starting this blog has really helped. Cheering you on with your youtube channel and blog!

  7. Jessica Thankyou for your words of encouragement, I’ve literally just started my
    Blog, ( luckily my daughter helped with the techno bits) you said about processing our thoughts , so true , I now carry my little note book with me , everywhere ! & look at my surroundings differently, it’s helping with my ‘mindfulness ‘ & I feel , even if no one reads it, it will help , ‘ a diary for a healthy mind’ and maybe help someone else feeling or thinking the same as me, as mine is about changing my life on route to 50, I’m certainly enjoying my clear out , once again Thankyou Jessica

  8. These are such brilliant reasons to start a blog. I find it difficult to get motivated about my blog sometimes but this post has definitely given me extra encouragement to stick with it.

    I’m loving your blog and everything you have to write about and teach me from your experiences.

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