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If you love writing then there are endless reasons to start a blog! For some people it’s their main source of income, for others, it’s a hobby. No matter how you choose to use your blog, there’s no doubt that it can be good for the soul.
My own blogging journey began in early 2019.
After my mental and physical health relapsed in 2018, I was lost. I had known nothing for the last ten years of my life other than working, studying, or both. It had been a long time since I had nothing to focus on other than myself. And that terrified me!
I spent the majority of January and February 2019 in a deep, deep depression. It was during this time that I made the decision to start writing for at least an hour a day. At the time I had a private blog where I was recording all my thoughts about recovery and declining mental state. I’d never thought to make my posts public, nor did I think anyone would be remotely interested. But I joined Twitter regardless and the rest, as they say, was history!
What started off as a means of therapy quickly became a passion and one I’ve kept up for over three years now. I fell in love with the community, the creativeness, the support, and, most of all, the ability to make money on my own terms. While some bloggers are full-time, I’ve chosen to use my blogging as a means to top up my paycheck from my day job. But, with a little hard work, the option to move fully to blogging is always there.
8 Reasons to start a blog.
It can be an excellent way to get your voice out there.
Whether you’re going self-hosted or not, blogging is a great way to voice your opinion, collect your thoughts and much more. If there’s an important issue you want to weigh in on or something that interests you, why not blog about it? My own blogging journey started with me wanting to address the issue around eating disorders and mental health. Three years later, I’m writing about various topics, some of which I’m familiar with and others that I’m covering for the first time.
It can be a wonderful creative outlet.
When we’re suffering from emotional distress or mental turmoil, writing can be an excellent way to process those feelings. After all, it’s better to let them out than to let them run rings around your mind. If you’re used to keeping a journal, then blogging can be a similar experience. You don’t even have to publish your writing, you can keep selected posts private, for your eyes only. Maybe something will come of them later? You never know!
Blogging could become a potential side hustle.
You don’t always have to monetize everything, especially the things you enjoy. But for some of us, blogging has become a nice way to earn some extra money. Some have even successfully made blogging their full-time job!
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It can help give a boost to your confidence.
I’ve personally gone through a massive transformation since starting my blog. Some of this has been down to my ongoing recovery, but I owe a lot of it to the confidence boost gained from blogging. While impostor syndrome can still reign free, for the most part, I’ve learned to trust my instincts, listen to my inner voice, and fight back against those telling me ‘you can’t do it.’ Even when I’m writing just for me, my confidence is able to shine through. And it shows in how I present myself, the boundaries I put in place, and how I promote myself online and in real life.
Improves your writing skills.
It’s simple really. The more you do something, the better you get. Even reading other people’s work helps improve your own writing skills. So get out there! Read more blogs, interact with more bloggers and write until your heart’s content. Even if you’re not confident in your writing at the moment, there are always other bloggers on hand and ready to give you advice. Remember, even bloggers who have been at this for years are experts, and we were all where you are now.
There is an amazing community behind it.
The blogging community can be amazing. Yes, there will always be bad eggs but I’ve yet to find them. I can’t recommend the supportive writing community more than those I’ve found on Twitter, Instagram and even Facebook! There are always people on hand to give you advice, help you with a blog post and even help boost your blog to new readers.
Blogs have the potential to open many different doors.
I’ve learned so much from blogging. While some people may suggest you stick to your own lane, there’s nothing wrong with branching out. I’ve covered topics that I could never have dreamed of, and done them well (if I may say so). Not only that but I’ve been invited to local events through various media streams and even worked for local papers. Your writing can open so many doors for you and putting it out on your blog is a wonderful way to get yourself seen.
You can make a difference.
I started blogging just to talk about my own experience with anorexia nervosa recovery. There were various parts of recovery that I felt could benefit someone in my position. My blog was dedicated to talking about the good, the bad and the ugly of it all. And I know for a fact that I’ve helped many people along the way. Even articles not related to recovery always have some sort of message behind them, and that can make a difference in someone’s life. It might be as small as altering their routine for a specific illness, or it could be I’ve encouraged someone to seek help. Either way, big or small, my blog has made a difference.
Yours could too. No matter what you write about, even if it’s personal diaries, you could touch someone’s life. So write that first paragraph and keep going. You never know who it could help.
Are you a blogger? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
What drew you to start your blog? Have you any advice for baby bloggers or even those who are still on the fence?