Blogs today have become an essential part and needed for most of the generation worldwide.
It’s raining blogs.
Life was never so tech savvy before this.
Whether one needs advice, needs to share a personal experience, be aware of the views on any topic, all one needs is to gear up and punch in a few keys and write a blog.
With the birth of blogs, conventional writing has taken a back seat.
Ink is replaced by the keyboard and readers are targeted globally.
Blogging gets you the reactions from worldwide. It provides a place to say it and be heard.
In general, ‘blog’ used to mean a personal online diary, typically concerned with boyfriend problems or techie news.
But after September 11, a slew of new or refocused media junkie/political sites reshaped the entire Internet media landscape.
The blog now refers to a Web journal that comments on the news — often by criticizing the media and usually in rudely clever tones — with links to stories that back up the commentary with evidence.
Catherine Seipp in the American Journalism Review
Top 15 reasons people write blogs:
1. To Share Knowledge
A lot of individuals start a blog to share their knowledge, Especially the curious types, as they understand the knowledge they have is precious, and they should document and share the same.
And it makes sense, as one also learns more by teaching. Since blogging requires you to research more, and come up with the best version of your knowledge.
2. Hobby/Interest in Writing
This is the most common reason people blog.
Many people like to write and they like to write for themselves. Basically, this is what blogging is all about. It’s why blogging started, and it’s why blogging exists. Most people just want to keep an online space for writing.
These people don’t care about the best blogging platforms, how to get more traffic, and how to increase the number of comments. They just love to write, and if someone comments, then hey, that’s good too.
That said, blogging out of passion should be every blogger’s biggest reason for blogging.
It’s a great way of meeting new people, globally or locally. Blogging helps to spread ideas and connections beyond geographical boundaries.
It is one of the best way to connect with like-minded people, and also share your thinking about certain issues. The comment section of a blog is gold mine, where you also get to hear others opinion, point of view on the topic you are writing on.
What could be the better way to connect then talking about common interest with a stranger?
4. Digital Nomad lifestyle
Digital nomadic lifestyle is not an unfamiliar concept, and a lot of individuals like to travel the world and work. Blogging is something which gives you this opportunity, as you can work from anywhere at your pace.
Harsh Agrawal (Founder of epostakur), has lived a digital nomadic lifestyle for years, and in his own words
I can’t think of any other profession that could have given me an opportunity to travel the world, learn from the wisdom of different cultures if this would not have been blogging.
His Instagram profile is a reflection of his grandeur lifestyle. Now, being a digital nomad is a pop-culture, and a lot of individuals are adapting as a new norm.
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When people see any successful person, they try to follow that path.
When I was a kid, I used to see Sachin Tendulkar (famous cricketer) and I wanted to become a cricketer. When I used to see movie actors on posters and newspapers and TVs, I wanted to become a film star.
- This is not just me, this is the human tendency.
This is also true for the blogging industry. When people see successful bloggers like Darren Rowse, Amit Agarwal, Tim Ferriss, or other bloggers who have money and fame, they try to be like them.
This is not a bad approach, but what they’re forgetting is that all of these famous and successful bloggers are blogging because it’s their passion.
Again, passion is the foundation of blogging.
Not only is quick fame and fortune a misguided reason for starting a blog, it’s not possible. I’m sorry…
Every success is preceded by a lot of hurdles, and if you want to become a famous blogger, know that it’s going to take you a while to get there.
You need to crawl; it’s impossible to jump.
6. For making money
Most people look at professional bloggers (like Harsh) and think, “Oh, all I have to do is write a few things, click a few buttons, and I can make a lot of money!” But this is very, very, very untrue.
Many people blog for money. And while you can make money blogging, I need to say it again:
- If there’s no passion, you’ll find making money very hard.
Blogging can be a gold mine for people who want to tap into the rich field of online marketing, but if you just want to make money, you’ll make more money at a “traditional” job.
If you do want to make money blogging, you should have a well-planned road map for your blog, and be able to target a profitable niche.
Learn: How to make money blogging
7. Advertising and Branding
Since the enormous part of the population is internet friendly, a lot of companies see it as a profitable exercise to blog and advertise their company.
Through the blogs, they can also get reviews on their products and hence test the waters.
It’s a great platform for the branding of the products.
You can talk about your products and its features, how it works etc.
Inform the readers about the new products that are to be launched in the future and answer their query on the same.
8. To connect with like-minded people
Blogging helps to bring in together the people who think alike.
When you blog on a certain topic.
Sometimes they help you to take your thoughts forward. Through blogs a lot of idea sharing takes place, that couldn’t have been possible otherwise.
7. To create awareness or get your voice heard
This is one reason why people blog. Sometimes it just takes a simple move to start something big. Many blogs are issue-based, meaning the blogger is trying to provide information to sway people’s thinking in a certain direction.
Many political blogs and social issues blogs are written by bloggers who are trying to make a difference in their own ways. Such blogs bring people together and connect them.
For example, if you see any injustice and you raise your voice about that on your blog so that lots of people react on that and probably there could be a mass movement.
9. Self Promotion and build your personal brand–
It’s an excellent way to promote yourself in the field of one’s’ expertise or interest. By writing blogs one can share the knowledge as will showcase your skills in front of your potential employees, who would read your blogs.
This will also help legitimize your expertise and expand your online presence and platform. It also helps in promoting your credibility.
10. To find new jobs
This is one of the newer reasons why people create a blog.
Let’s say you’re a programmer who is skilled in creating websites, you could create a blog and start posting about programming-related topics. This will help drive potential future employers to your site who might want to hire you for a project.
Or maybe you’re a photographer. You can start a blog on your website with all of your pictures to try and draw in people from search engines.
This is actually a very effective way of finding jobs.
11. To help others
A lot of blogs are written to help people going through a certain phase or circumstances.
Like break-ups, disease, parenting, depression and so on. It is difficult to talk to someone personally on these topics.
Such blogs work therapeutically for many people.
It also makes them feel that they are the only one going through such a phase, but there are so many others who are going through the same situation.
12. Stays in touch
Personal blogs are a great medium to stay in touch with the family and friends, whom you cannot see every day.
To let them know what you feel about them. Make them feel special. Share what is going on in your life or advice them on certain topics.
13. To satisfy your creative side
Sometimes your mind is abuzz with creative ideas, which you are not too sure of, expressing openly, you have a lot of fear of their acceptance, or you are not too sure how to start something like that, blogs are the best option for unleashing your creative ideas.
It not only gives you readers who might admire your workpiece but also gives your confidence a boast.
One also has the liberty to write semi-professionally.
14. Create a record
By writing online open journals one can create a record for future, for personal use like kids and family so that they can refer to it in the future.
15. To gain Knowledge
I started this article with “To share knowledge”, and adding this again, as a lot of forward-thinking individuals, actually blog to gain new knowledge.
There are almost half a million blogs available on the web, they cover almost every topic. One can gain and share information on the topic of interest. Updating blogs regularly with the latest information is a perfect way to stay abreast of the events in a specific field or topic.
There are certain things, which are to be kept in mind while writing a blog. A blog should be updated regularly with the latest information otherwise, is considered as a static web page for the readers.
This, in turn, will mean less credibility for the blogger and even less traffic on the blog. Before starting with the new blog, it is essential that you should define a goal for it and what do you want to accomplish out of it.
You should know who are your readers and blog should be written in order to meet their expectations. Your blogs should reflect your personality and not something you are not.
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These are some ways that will help you sail smoothly. Do let us know other reasons why one should start blogging now?