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 the possibility of making an income from creativity 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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