I’ve come to realize that there are a million and one reasons to start a blog in 2017 (and that’s just the tip of the iceberg). To start, it’s cheap, fun and the possibilities are infinite.
My wife and I were apprehensive about starting a blog for the longest time because we didn’t see how it could be rewarding for us or how much time we could dedicate to it.
Now, we can confidently say that we’ve found so much satisfaction in our short time blogging that we’d be hard pressed to find a reason for anyone NOT to start a blog. We just wish we could find a way to peel back the curtain and show people how much fun we’re having and how much fun they could have too!
Starting a blog is a no brainer, and if you have a bad association with the word “blog”, then don’t think of it as a blog, think of it as a spot to jot down some creative notes….you never know where those notes might take you one day! And if you are apprehensive because “putting yourself out there” seems scary, we got your back, read this…
So with that being said, check out some of our top reasons for starting a blog in 2017.
1. Blogging kicks you out of your comfort zone
When we started this blog. My wife and I had been writing for weeks non stop so we could have lots of content and articles for the site. When we were finally ready to launch, I had a slight panic. I thought to myself, people that I know are going to read this. And I was suddenly uncomfortable with putting myself out there on the site. I mean, we made a point of being extremely transparent on the blog, and we’d never published anything before on a public forum like this. So it was hard for me to let go after all that work. But my wife assured me that the whole reason we started the blog WAS FOR PEOPLE TO READ IT!
With all of that, I still laid down in bed that night staring at the ceiling, having second thoughts about putting details of our personal life on the internet. But as time went on (as in, a few days later), writing and posting articles and pictures became easier and easier. Until I no longer found myself having fear of putting myself out there. And it’s given me the courage to be more transparent and open in other areas of my life as well.
(If you want more details on getting your special message out to the masses, check out my highly recommended read The Millionaire Messenger by Brendon Burchard.)
2. It enhances your writing skills
A large amount of books that sit atop the New York Times bestseller list are not actually written by “writers” in the traditional sense. They are real estate agents, business people, sports players, mom’s and dad’s, amongst many other professions and titles…
The fact that they have written a book by definition makes them a writer, but if you asked any of these people what their professions are, I guarantee most of them wouldn’t say “writer” as their first answer. I’m not saying that you have to be on the New York Times best seller list to be relevant or successful (or maybe you want to be on the NYT Best seller list, in that case, go for it!), but what I’m saying is, as cheesy as it sounds, I believe that there is a writer in all of us.
Just like a flabby muscle can turn into a rock hard vasular piece of meat with consistent workouts, our writing muscles can be made stronger as well. For me, it’s easier to get my message across through writing because I can map out what I want to say, brainstorm, and cut out any fluff as I put together my articles.
Who knows, maybe you’ll end up enjoying writing after you try it out for a bit. And there is no shortage of people out there that want to hear what you have to say! (trust me)
3. Blogging can be done anywhere
Everyone has their preference of where they want to live. Some like the big city, while others like anything but the big city. A huge determining factor about where people live has to do with how far it is from where they work. According to Inc.com, researchers at the University of Waterloo found that the longer it takes to get to work, the lower a person’s satisfaction with life is likely to be.
But these days, a 60-90 minute commute is normal, with some people even travelling further to get to work. Where people live in proximity to grocery stores, gas stations, hospitals, schools, etc. are also large deciding factors when they purchase their home.
The beauty of blogging is, it’s a hobby or business that can be done from anywhere and everywhere. It can be done from your couch, a library, coffee shop, on vacation, or anywhere else your heart desires. You can share your message with the masses while wearing your Garfield pyjamas and eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches if you want!
4. You’ve got nothing to lose, and everything to gain
Michelle Schroeder-Gardner from Making Sense of Cents talks on her site about the fact that she didn’t even know that money could be made from a blog when she started hers in 2011. She’d just used it as a place to share her personal finance journey.
Now, in 2017 she regularly nets over 100k a month from her blog. She exploded her income through her blog while speaking about her personal finance journey and other related topics. And she never would have gotten to where she is today had it not been for her courage to start speaking about the intimate financial details of her life.
I’m not saying that you have to get into blogging for the money, but that’s a pretty inspirational story if you want to replace your income (and more) with something that gives you the freedom to work when you want, and where you want. Other than monetary gains, you also have the opportunity to gain new friends, business partners, associates, and even build a community of people who share the same interests as you do (you can even gain some lifelong friends in the process).
5. You can be as creative as you want
Once I started blogging, I found that I had to put a notepad beside my bed because I’d wake up at 2 in the morning with ideas of what to write for my next post. Trying to decipher my middle of the night scribbles the next morning was another issue.
As adults, we tend to lose our creative and imaginiative touch as we grow older, unless we tap into it more. Walt Disney said that when adults looks to the sky they simply see clouds, but when children look to the sky they see castles and other magical things.
Blogging is a great way to open up a creative outlet for yourself and build a platform to share great ideas and skills with other people. Being creative is fun, it exercises your mind and brings out your inner child again…(you know who I’m referring to, that person inside of you that is curious about what else is out there and how far you can push boundaries and obstacles out of the way…yeah, that’s who I’m talking about 😉 )
6. You can leverage your time
If you’ve written a killer blog post that you are proud of and want to share with others, you only have to write it once, and the post can live on forever. You can share it with the world and refer to it as many times as you want and it isn’t going to disappear. Similar to when an author writes a book, once you’ve finished your masterpiece, it can be viewed by millions without you having to put the work in to write it over and over again. The amount of people you can share valuable information with is infitine and it can be passed from person to person, even while you’re sleeping!
7. Anyone can do it.
Gone are the days when you had to be a professional speaker and travel to far away and distant lands to share your message. Nowadays you can share your message whether you’re a hair stylist, carpenter, sanitation worker, CEO of a fortune 500 company, baby sitter, or any other titles you can think of! My mom even said she was thinking of starting a blog the other day (I don’t think there’s enough room on the internet for my mom and I 😉 jk mom).
Social Media has changed the face of the world…in a good way. Anyone and everyone has a platform to share their message now. And it’s a good thing because there are so many undiscovered and talented people out there that can now leverage the internet to showcase their skills.
So don’t think that you can’t be a blogger because bloggers know how to express themselves better or are more creative. Those are things that will come naturally once you start your blog. If you’re worried about your delivery methods or creativity (or lack thereof), use your blog as a platform to work on these skills and make them better!
You don’t have to have a university degree (I don’t have one) to do it…and you don’t have to have a specific income level or status in a big company, you can do it no matter who you are or what your background is.
And don’t think you have to have some over the top magical skill or talent like taming lions or deciphering enigma machines from World War II…most bloggers are just everyday people with a passion for writing and sharing their message.
8.You can open yourself up to new opportunities
Do you like to help people? Of course you do! And the more people that you help, the more people will want to help you. If you’ve lived on this earth for any amount of time, you’ve picked up some sort of skill along the way, whether it be knitting, playing chess, programming, singing, raising toads….or whatever. But no matter what it is, I guarantee that there is someone out there that wants to hear about what you’ve done! So go out there and find your audience!
Since we’ve started our blog, people have reached out to us and made us privy to opportunities that we never even knew were there before! And we would’ve never known that these opportunities were there had we not started and forced ourselves out of our comfort zone. You’ll never know what opportunities await until you try something new. And if you start your blog and find that you don’t enjoy blogging, then at least you can say you gave it a shot and cross it off your bucket list! (But believe me, you’ll love it)
The biggest fear I had when starting this blog came when I had to hit the “post” button for the first time. I hovered the mouse over the button for the longest time before I committed to pressing it down. But it felt so good after I pressed it that I couldn’t wait until I could hit post again, and again and again!
All you need to do is get over that initial fear of hitting that post button and it becomes easier every time after that. And then you become addicted to it! If you don’t do it, you’ll always wonder what could have happened if you did. Don’t let that happen.
Don’t deprive yourself of the fun and creativity that you can unleash with your own blog. You’d be surprised what you might find out about yourself. And I can’t wait to read it and add it to our list of blogs we can’t stop reading!
If you’d like an idea of how to start your blog from scratch as quickly as possible, click here.