Launching this blog is one of the best decisions I’ve made. Let’s face it: there’s not a lot of demand for professional doll reviewers or dressmakers. Blogging, however, gives me the opportunity to pursue my 1:6 obsession and share what I learn with other doll lovers and crafters.
That’s why having a blog is so awesome! It’s one of those rare ventures that can benefit you both personally and financially. Your blog is your online voice. It provides a platform for you to share your ideas with like-minded people. It’s a creative outlet giving you the opportunity to showcase your work. It increases your knowledge by encouraging you to learn more about your niche. Finally, a blog gives you the freedom to be your own boss and earn an income while doing something you love.
So, here a list of 8 reasons why I believe you should start a blog today!
(Also, this post has a few teasers of some upcoming reviews. See if you can find them!)
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Reason 1: Blogging will make you a better writer.
If you like to write then you should definitely start a blog! Blogging is writing and the more you write the better your prose, presentations, even emails will become.
Do you spend time dreaming up stories? Try publishing a few on your blog! You never know when someone will fall in love with your work and offer you a gig.
Reason 2: Blogging will improve your communication skills.
Think about it, when you blog you are essentially talking with someone on the other side of your computer screen (another reason why one should practice internet safety, but we’ll talk about that in another post?).
When you’re a blogger, you learn how to communicate in an easy to understand way and to summarize your thoughts clearly.
You may not realize it but I struggle with communicating. Because I’ve had neurosurgery and now battle Adrenal Insufficiency, speaking clearly and concisely can be difficult. But, blogging has helped my communication skills because it reminds me to keep my words simple and to the point.
Reason 3: Blogging will help you become a better listener:
Blogging requires you to ask questions and be willing to learn. This means that good bloggers are good listeners. Blogging will hone your listening skills, which will go on to benefit you in everyday life.
Reason 4: You’ll inspire others through your blog.
Inspiration is powerful. Blogging gives you the chance to inspire your readers by sharing your trials and triumphs. Your words have the power to lift people up and motivate them to try new things.
Learning that your story has had a positive impact on someone’s is a wonderful feeling.
Reason 5: You’ll become more confident.
Blogging will teach you how to set and achieve goals, to stop comparing yourself to others, and to receive both positive and negative feedback.
It’s an exciting adventure taking you through various circumstances and showing you how to deal with them, which in turn will boost your confidence.
You will find that your stories are worth telling and your opinions are valuable because no one has the exact same experiences as you.
Reason 6: You can make a little money doing something you enjoy.
You don’t need to make money to have fun blogging. However, it is nice to know the hobby you enjoy can earn a few pennies. Whether it’s $15 a year or $15,000, a blog offers plenty of opportunity for turning your passions into profits.
Reason 7: You can start a blog for free.
That’s right FREE! You can launch a blog right now without ever spending a dime. Both Blogger and WordPress.com offer free hosting and are great options for someone just starting out.
Or if you’re willing to invest a little, you can self-host your blog for just a few dollars a month. Self-hosting means that you own your blog.
When you use a free hosting service, they reserve the right to terminate your site for any violation of their terms of service…even if the violation was unintentional and corrected. This is one of the reasons I switched from Blogger to a self-hosted WordPress site. Now I am in control and no longer have to fret about Google shutting down my site on a whim.
I use and recommend Siteground because they are known for having the best customer service, but there are other web hosts, such as GoDaddy and Bluehost that you can check out.
Reason 8: Blogging is fun!
When I started blogging a little over two years ago, I never thought I’d have this much fun! It’s exciting to meet others in the blogging community who share your interests and get positive feedback saying they liked your post. For the most part, the blogging community is a friendly one, which makes it an enjoyable experience.
So, I’ve given my eight reasons why I think blogging is awesome, now it’s your turn! Why did you start or want to start a blog? I look forward to reading your answers!