Why might you want to start a blog? I can think of 5 excellent reasons to.
1. It’s Good Writing Practice
Good writing skills are invaluable in the workplace. Though being able to write well may not be a requirement on many job listings, having proof that you do it can boost your chances of getting hired.
If you take an interest in writing as either a hobby or profession, blogging consistently will help you maintain your skills, even when you are taking a break from working on other projects.
2. It’s a Way to Get Out There
One of the most important things for businesses in this digital age is to have an online audience.
If you’re a business owner, starting a blog is an amazing way to connect with your target demographic, market your product, show your brand, and demonstrate your capabilities.
If you’re a freelancer, a blog is a great place to showcase your portfolio, explain the projects that you have previously worked on, talk about the kind of work you would like to do in the future, and demonstrate the skills you have and how you got them.
If you’re a student, starting a blog is a wonderful way to show potential employers the projects you have worked on, what your interests and skills are, and will act as a timeline for your growth and development.
3. It Can Expand Your Skill Sets and Interests
When you start a blog, you will probably just focus on one topic, maybe two. Once you get comfortable writing about those subjects, you may want to try writing about other subjects.
Writing about other topics may spark new interests, and those new interests can potentially expand your skill sets.
It’s always good to get out of your comfort zone, and starting a blog can push you to do so.
4. It Can Create Opportunities
In the long term, a blog can create numerous opportunities for different jobs, new experiences, and personal and professional growth.
If you post consistently and grow your audience, you may be contacted directly for jobs, as your blog acts as proof for your skills and interests.
In a way, your blog can be your resume. It showcases your skills, how you developed them, your interests, and how you’ve grown over time.
Even if you aren’t contacted directly, having a blog can land you a job, as it’ll give you an upper hand over other potential employees.
With a large audience, you may also be asked to speak at conferences on the subject you write about. These conferences are a wonderful opportunity to experience a new place and event, and will help you practice your public speaking skills.
There is also the possibility of being able to blog professionally.
5. It Develops Good Habits
If nothing else, blogging regularly will help you develop good habits.
Writing regularly can be challenging to do, but starting a blog can give you the push you need to make sure that you stay in practice.
It can also give you the chance to regularly practice other skills, such as photography, editing, and marketing.
Getting into the routine of consistent practice is a great habit to have.
A blog can also increase your confidence, as it will help you organize your thoughts and share them with others.
In short, blogging regularly can be extremely beneficial to your personal and professional growth. It helps keep you in practice, connects you with others, expands your skill sets, creates new opportunities, and develops good habits.