This past week has been a whirlwind of jumping from one project to another. I work on this for a while and then shift gears to that project over there. There is not enough time to get everything done that I want to.
So, this morning I felt the need express why blogging is just the thing to help focus your thoughts and bring your ideas full circle. I felt a “best of” post would be a good idea to get back to my comfort zone.
Blogging – what’s not to love?!
- Blogs allow you to express yourself in the way that you want to. Don’t like to write? Create a vlog – a video blog. Uncomfortable on video, but still don’t want to write – create audios and post them on your blog. There is an opportunity for everyone. The term blogs was first coined to mean an online journal – A way to publish whatever you wanted to. As a publisher, we forget that this space is ours to do with what we see fit. Your blog and my blog are completely different – and that is what makes them appeal to our audience!
- Want to start a business, but not sure where to start or what to do first? Start a blog. When I was first starting out online and did not know what I wanted to do, I started several blogs. They’ve all been condensed into just one now. But starting all those blogs allowed me to explore the possibilities of what exists online. Even if it’s just a way to recapped what you’ve discovered or chronicling your online journey – it can be the springboard for a new business.
- Blogs can make money. Yes, blogs can be income producing. Running a profitable blog is a business model that can be very lucrative – just look at Pat Flynn’s Smart Passive Income Blog. More often than not, however, blogs don’t produce income quickly. That is just the nature of that business model – more often, it takes a few months, sometimes many months to build up your blog. Getting laser-focused on your niche and zeroing in on your audience is the first step to making money with your blog.
- Connecting with other bloggers is awesome. Bloggers have a sort of support system in place that is unlike any other that I have seen. It’s almost like everybody wants to help each other out! Essentially, a community of bloggers can help you in so many ways – from sharing your content to bouncing ideas around. If this list was in order, meeting other bloggers would rank right up near the top of my “best of” list!
- You have something to share. If you are just starting out online, having something of your own to share with others is pretty much essential. Commenting on other blogs, conversing on Twitter and Facebook – it’s all so much more fun when you have something you wrote or created yourself that you can talk to others about.
- And finally, a blog can help you get better at generating content. This is so true in so many ways! If you are thinking making a vlog might be the thing for you, then with every video you make, you’ll get better. If you are writing your posts, then with every post, your writing will get better. The widely known quote (and overused if you ask my 8 year old) of “practice makes perfect” rings so true with blogging. I guarantee if you start the Ultimate Blog Challenge with me on April 1, you will be a better blogger by the months end. And if you don’t feel that you’ve gotten any better, I will give you a copy of my report on Profitable Blogging for FREE!
Ultimately, there is no question as to the many benefits of having a blog. If you have not started one yet, then check out how to start a blog and that will help you get started in the right direction. And if you have been blogging away, I want to know…
What has surprised you the most about blogging?
What is your biggest struggle with your blog?
Thanks for sharing!