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Now, wondering if there are good reasons to start a blog?
Blogging is a time commitment. Time you could be writing something else.
You have to figure out what to write about, who you are reaching, how this will help them, and finally, how to put it all out there in a format that is inviting and serves its purpose. Whew. Only, you’re not done.
Now you write the posts. Which leads one to ask…
Is blogging worth it?
Just what are the benefits of blogging?
Why should you as a writer invest your writing time in a blog?
I say yes and here are 9 reasons why.
Benefits of Blogging for Writers
- Consistency. This is a key to successful blogging, so you cannot put off writing. Being consistent is a habit one can form. And consistency spills over into other areas of writing.
- Making your work public. Hitting ‘publish’ on a blog on a regular basis short-circuits the fear that others will see what you read. You get used to the idea. Hitting ‘publish’ becomes easier, then, just as doing your best work and sending it off also becomes easier.
- Creates a positive habit. If getting your work out there is not easier, at least it becomes habitual.
- Promotes community. Blogging offers a community of others who are interested in the same thing about which you are writing. Connecting with others is a fillip to the often lonely job of writing.
- Builds an understanding of your audience. Remember: audience is made up of your potential readers in any genre. Blogging forces you to constantly think about the person reading your words. Do they make sense? Are they worth writing? Could I have written it better?
- Defines your work. By writing regularly for an audience, you find fairly quickly what you enjoy writing and what you grow bored with. You discover your best writing methods. You learn how fast you can write. In other words, you learn your own best writing practices.
- Inspiration. Something happens as you post your words. They feel real – like they have the power to touch someone.
- Motivation. Your habits of writing, connections with others, and the inspiration you create in your words act as natural motivation to write more.
- Confidence. You find out you can. You can write 500 words a day. You can come up with a new idea. You can.
Consistency in writing is key. Blogging can help you get there.
P.S. Check out the blogging courses below taught by Jonathan Milligan. He is one of the best and I can highly recommend him for his thoroughness, easy-to-understand tutorials, and clear teaching.
Yes, I’ve been through them and continue to use them. I am also a member of his Fast Track Lab (and an affiliate :). Well worth it!