You’ve probably thought about creating a blog, but you’re up in the air about how you’re going to do it, what it’s going to be about, and whether or not you have the chops to compete with all the other blogs out there.
Here’s the thing though, you have total control over whether you can create a successful blog or not.
So, you want to know why you should start a blog today?
Of course you do, because part of you feels that natural and basic need to create something. We all want to be the Gods of something, to wield the power of creation in some form or another.
Think of a blog like your own world, one where you have total control. In this world, your word is the only one and the people who follow you are the ones you seek to serve and attract to your world.
Once you’re finished reading here, be sure to check out the featured guide I did on starting a blog so you can have all the tools you need to get started. This isn’t something reserved for a select few; it is an opportunity for everyone to take part in. You need only reach out and take it.
A Quick Note on Free Blogs and Self-Hosting
You will find a more in-depth examination of these concepts in the guide I mentioned above, but suffice to say, you’ve got two types of blogging methods out there.
“There are blogging websites that will allow you to set up one for free, and then you have hosting sites where you can purchase a domain and run your own blog from the ground up on whatever platform you decide to use.”
Both of these have their pros and cons, and if you need help picking which is the best blogging site to use, I’ve got an article for that too. Suffice to say, I would like to humbly suggest a method that I find to be the ideal choice.
While using one of the free blogging sites out there is fine for starters, the really serious bloggers are all using a self-hosted WordPress blog. The good news is, with my help, it wouldn’t be expensive at all to set it up.
With that guide I mentioned, you won’t have any problems figuring out how to do it either. You can head out into the wide open internet and search for a good hosting site, but you’re going to run into situations where you see all these fancy “packages” and “offers” that try to lure you in with promises of savings.
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See what I do for you, my dear reader? While I pick out a new alias, click that link and set up your account. If you’re still on the fence (why?) I’ll get to the part of the article that the title promised. Here are the best reasons to start a blog!
The Top 10 Good Excuses on Why you Should Start a Blog Today!
1. Blogging is Easy and Fun
I know you’ve heard this phrase when you were in school and I know it’s been associated with things like math and chemistry, but unlike those ill-fated attempts to sway your mind, this is a given fact: blogging is very easy, and fantastically fun.
Honestly, the only hard part is getting set up and my guide that I mentioned at the beginning of the article will take care of that for you. Let me put it this way, if you can write an email, or you wrote any kind of stuff in a Word document in school, you’re good to blog.
I recommend using WordPress because of its themes, plugins and features. If you decide to use it as your blogging platform, you’ll find that you don’t need to deal with any of the website development coding and HTML that scares most people off.
You can focus solely on writing engaging content and adding in some cool plugins. When you’re just starting out, you may need some ideas for posts, so I’ve got 151 of them right here.
At the end of the day, once you’re setup and you start writing, it’s going to feel as natural as breathing. Just be yourself, and write like you would talk, or, maybe a little better depending on how many times you say the acronym LOL out loud on a daily basis.
2. You’ll become a better writer and a better person
When you boil it down, writing is all about placing your thoughts on paper. Anyone can do it, but with practices you can become truly great at conveying your ideas. As a blogger, you will have constant practice as your fingertips push you to become a better writer.
You won’t be forced to become a better writer, that’s the beauty of it. You’ll just become one as you continue writing posts. Even if you don’t have plans to be a writer (like myself) for your career, having good writing skills will benefit you in all different parts of your life (unlike math).
Getting all of your thoughts down on paper is going to create another major benefit for you: You’ll get to know yourself better. Think of blogging like a socially acceptable method of talking to yourself in the mirror. This is doubly true if you have a personal blog that acts as an online journal of sorts.
As you get to know yourself better, you’ll start to understand your motivations, your goals, and your life a whole lot better as well. It feels good to know who you are and where you want to go. It may sound crazy, but writing a blog can do that for you.
3. Blogging helps others
The most successful blogs are the ones that seek to help other people. You can offer advice about something you’re knowledgeable about, but more than that, you can target specific problems in your topic and post solutions. People rush to the internet when they need answers, and you can be ready and waiting for them when they do.
Let’s say you’re really good at fixing computers. Start a blog that teaches people how to do typical fixes that would normally cost them an arm-and-a-leg if they took it into a shop.
Any blog topic can help other people in some way. Whatever you’re blogging about, look for ways that you can offer advice, even if it’s something little. It may seem insignificant to you then, but to someone else it may change their whole perspective.
You never know how profoundly you can affect someone with your words. There’s nothing more satisfying than reading a comment where a follower says that you helped them with a problem.
4. Google loves bloggers
Are you trying to get your idea out there? Do you have a blog idea that blows every other one out of the water? If you want your business to grow, or to carve a place for yourself on the every shifting walls of the internet, then you and Google need to become really good friends. How does that work?
Well, a process called SEO or “Search Engine Optimization” dictates how easily and quickly your blog appears when people search your topic on Google.
Of course, this stuff can seem complicated but it really isn’t.
There are people who devote their entire careers to learning the secrets of mastering search engines and still never become true masters of the craft. These people make Tibetan monks look like high school jocks when it comes to commitment and drive.
That being said, doing some research on your topic and incorporating keywords into your posts that are commonly searched is a great way to start on the path of creating a blog that Google goes to every time someone does a search on the subject.
Speaking to some experts in the industry, here’s the best advice they can give when it comes to focusing on what’s most important in starting your blog.
5. Blogging will help you develop better lifestyle habits
“Blogging is like those anti-oxidants and super foods you keep hearing about.”
It has health benefits in addition to the obvious benefit of being an internet guru with people who hang on your every word.
An online blog requires a lot of things: Time, devotion, patience, commitment, discipline, basically all the characteristics of a fantastic human being. Knowing this, blogging will help you develop these skills through a schedule that you create for yourself.
You’ll start getting better sleep, you’ll wake up and make the most of each day, and you’ll have opportunities to become healthier.
Most bloggers spend their free time running, working out, spending time with their families, and doing all kinds of healthy things because they’ve learned how to manage their time and squeeze the most potential out of each day.
6. You’ll become a social butterfly and you’ll inspire other people
Through comments, e-mails, social media, and forum posts, you’re going to meet a lot of new people.
I’m not talking about meaningless acquaintances either. I’m talking about real networking connections that can greatly benefit everyone involved.
The blogging community as a whole is welcoming and nurturing to newcomers. On top of making new friends and colleagues left and right, your writing will also inspire others around you.
Blogs are free to read and the information you offer is going to bring a huge value to the reader at no cost to them. Many people see blog writing as an act of giving. This kind of charitable donation to the world in the form of knowledge is something many people appreciate.
You are performing a selfless act by devoting time, energy, and knowledge to your blog posts. When someone feels inspired or changed by your writing, it’s one of the best feelings you can have.
7. You can make good money
This one takes some time, and you’ll need to build a following and bring in some traffic to really take advantage of this, but that’s all the more reason to start today. If you need help bringing more traffic to your blog, check out this article. That was a number five by the way; I just gave you free advice.
While it is possible to monetize your blog, you’re going to need to build up to truly make some money on a consistent basis.
It will start with a little here and there, but once you build up enough consistent flow, you can truly make a living off of blogging. Plenty of people do it, so why shouldn’t you? Seriously, some people make millions of dollars per year doing this stuff!
8. You will become more wise and profound
This may come across as a pretentious concept, but blogging is going to put you in a position to understand more about the world and about your specific purpose within it. Hear me out; if you decide to blog about something you’re interested in, you’re going to learn more about it as time goes on.
It’s just a fact; you’re going to be doing research and gaining knowledge with each post you write.
That’s exciting, who doesn’t want to be smarter?
More than this though, you’ll start to see the world around you differently. You can’t write about every single little thing that you come across, so you start to create this filter that in turn gives you an eye for meaningful things that are useful to your readers.
Think of it like an instinct that develops with each post you create. More so, you’ll really start to appreciate the finer things in life and certain things that you always thought were boring suddenly have new life to them.
9. Blogging can grow a business
If you have a company or a business that you’re trying to get off the ground, creating a blog is the first and best step toward making that happen. Your business can promote your blog and in turn, you can promote your business through engaging content.
Clients for your business will want to know more about you and your company. They can find all of that is a well maintained business blog. You can talk about various success stories and ideas for the company as well in a blog.
Sharing these concepts and stories on a company blog can turn visitors into paying customers before you know it. Using that concept of SEO I mentioned earlier will massively increase your potential for success as well.
“A company who blogs has 97% more inbound links, so this is a huge opportunity.”
10. Blogging opens a lot of doors for you
Starting a blog puts you on the map. The more you post and gain followers, the more you become a respected voice in your field. This kind of opportunity to promote yourself and showcase your skills is better proof of worth than any resume or application could provide.
People will start to respect you more and more as you build a reputation for yourself. What does this mean for you future? Well, you’d be surprised, but the sky is truly the limit.
You may find that someone approaches you with an offer to purchase your blog, or you may be offered a joint-venture that could open up even more potential for followers. You may even be offered paid working positions with companies who have seen your work. You never know what could come of it: so start your blog today.
Here are some final facts about blogging that should honestly be icing on the cake:
- There are 130 million active blog readers in the US right now.
- 90% of companies who blog daily have obtained customers on a daily basis because of it.
- 80% of U.S. customers online trust information that they find on blogs.
- 61% of U.S. customers make purchases based on recommendations they found on a blog
- 20-35 year old people make up over 50% of the blogging community.
Now you know why you should start a blog today, so don’t wait until tomorrow!
Here at On Blast Blog we want you to put the competition on blast as you showcase the finest blog in your niche. Think of it like a healthy competition, but a competition nonetheless. We are here to help you create a blog and turn it into something great.
Don’t forget, before you set up your blog, check out our special discounted self-hosting service through Web Hosting Hub.
They offer fantastic service and because they know we’re training the next generation of top bloggers, they are willing to offer you their services for a paltry $3.99 a month! Try finding that deal anywhere else and you’ll just end up wasting your time.
Thanks as always for reading, and now that you’re pumped about starting your blog, check out our other articles for the best blogging advice the internet has to offer!
Now It’s Your Turn
I’ve been talking this whole time, my throat is parched. Why don’t you tell me about your blog now? I want to know why you started, or if this article inspired you to start. If it’s the latter, I do expect a present of some sort.
I’m a classy guy, anything will do, I know you’re limited to the comments section below so toss me an emoticon or something.
Either way, I want to hear from you!