Why you should start a blog right now!
Chances are that you’re looking to start your own blog, but perhaps you need a little more input into why you should start blogging and the benefits of it. In this article, we’re going to look at the benefits of blogging, our personal experience with blogging and why you should start blogging today!
Don’t be afraid to start!
Blogging is unlike any other job you might work and could potentially be life-changing if you work hard at it. One of the main things people worry about with blogging is stability.
They wonder if they can make their blog a success or if they can add any value. They doubt themselves before they even begin! But all they need to do is take the first step on their blogging journey and just start.
I’ll tell you now that to make your blog a success you simply have to work hard, keep an eye on your statistics and audience and adapt to any changes in your niche! However, along with the work, you need to have a passion for what you write about and invest in it.
Many bloggers worry that once they start to blog, then they are trapped within the niche they initially chose. That’s not true.
It would be ideal to know what you want to focus on and where you plan on going before you start your blogging journey, but blogging isn’t set in stone.
If you find you are worried about starting a blog because you’re unsure of how you will manage to build a successful blog within your niche, then you shouldn’t. The beautiful thing about blogging is that it is continually changing and challenging you in different ways.
When you start to blog, you will go through a stage of development and learning. This stage will give you ample time to figure out what works for you and your audience. You might find that you have to change your niche or change the direction of your topics to suit your audience better.
The moment we changed direction
We say this from experience. When we started Meant to be Made, we had a goal in mind to focus on a DIY blog because we were interested in DIY, and we ran a handmade business.
We invested in our hosting, built our blog, had our name ready, and even had a handful of content available to go, but there was something still niggling at us.
It wasn’t until the third month of our development stage that we realized we wouldn’t be able to give the blog our full devotion based on the niche we had chosen. So we looked into our aims and goals a little deeper and found a niche that we could contribute to.
What I’m saying here is that just because we had made months of progress with our blog, it wasn’t final, and we changed it to suit us so we could better serve our audience. The best thing we did was get started, and the rest, in its own way, fell into place.
Why blogging is beneficial
People start blogs for different reasons, whether that’s as a hobby or as a business venture. So what are the actual benefits of blogging?
If you’re looking to start a blog, then there are plenty of benefits!
Blogging is therapeutic
If you’re blogging for a hobby, then it can be really therapeutic. You can use your blog for whatever you see fit. For example, your blog can be your online diary, a creative outlet for you; even just writing content can help you channel your thoughts and clear your head.
Your blog can be anything you want it to be, and it can help you in whatever way you want it to.
Blogging can help you learn
Whether you go into blogging for a hobby or business, you are guaranteed to learn a hell of a lot along the way, and this can be very beneficial.
Learning as much as you can about the niche you are blogging about and passing this information on can make you a credible figure in the blogging world, and you can become an expert in different areas.
How does that sound, clever clogs?
Blogging can be monetized
One of the goals some bloggers have from the start is to create a blog to make money from it. There are many different ways to make money from your blog, such as:
- selling physical products
- Selling digital products
- Sponsored posts
- Affiliate marketing
If you want to learn more about making money from your blog, you can read our guide here.
Blogging can help other people
One thing you will learn about blogging is that it’s not about you, it’s actually about your audience. When blogging for business, your main goal is to solve your audience’s problems and guide them with what they need. In return, they will help you.
Blogging can become your job
If you manage to monetize your blog, you can use your blog to replace your usual means of income, allowing you to work for yourself on your own terms. This can also be handy if you struggle to get a job in the first place as you are your own boss with your own goals.
Blogging can help you build relationships
Building relationships is one of the key things to embrace when you start blogging, and it’s a good thing too. If you’re looking for company, so to speak, you will get it in abundance from your readers who genuinely value your opinion.
If you’re looking to make lifelong friends and companions in your niche who you can work with, that will happen too. Networking is an important necessity of blogging, so building relationships is guaranteed.
Blogging can give you opportunities
Blogging can open up a whole world of possibilities for you. Whether that’s attending blogging events, guest posting for your dream blog or working from anywhere in the world, blogging really can be one of those things that can change your life, if you let it.
Blogging can give you a passive income
If you plan to get involved in affiliate marketing, then you could potentially earn a passive income. Doesn’t that sound nice? We have a thorough guide on affiliate marketing here, which will teach you what you need to know about affiliate marketing and how to make it work for you.
Are you ready to get started?
When you create your blog, you will benefit from so much and learn so much along the way. You’re going to go through feelings of self-doubt, especially at the start, but everyone does. It’s common to feel like this, it’s common to feel nervous and worry about failing but what sets you aside from the failures is that you’ve actually started.
Don’t quit before you’ve even begun because then you’ll never know how potentially life-changing your blog could be.
If you would like help with starting your blog, we have a brilliant post which will help get you on the right track from the very start.