Get ready! We’re going to cover the top 30 reasons why you should start a blog in 2019. Don’t miss number 18! You’ll get to see one of my little reasons.
I’m a big fan of blogging but it’s not for everyone. There are also Reasons Why You Should NOT Start a Blog.
You should consider starting a blog if one or more of these reasons for starting a blog resonates with you.
What would be your top 3 reasons for starting a blog?
1. Make a Difference in the Lives of Others
For me, making a difference in the lives of others is the most important aspect of blogging. People are constantly in search of helpful solutions to their problems. To meet the needs of others is truly rewarding.
In the beginning, your goal for helping others might be to line your pockets but in the end, the true reward comes from helping others.
“You can get everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.” ~ Zig Ziglar
By using your unique talents and voice, your blog will help others like no one else can.
2. Make the World a Better Place
Your blog is your voice… It has the capability of expanding your sphere of influence… Not just locally… The whole world wide web!… Billions of people!
Crazy, right?! Crazy awesome!!!
What an awesome privilege and responsibility you can have as a blogger! You and you alone can spread a thought or information that can change the world.
Your blog can even provide a voice for a worthy cause like the Special Olympics. 😉
3. Make Money Blogging
Money, money, money! You can make money blogging. Surprised? Probably not.
Tons of bloggers brag about the money they make and it’s one of the top reasons people get into blogging. People have dollar signs in their eyes!
Making money with a blog isn’t an instant thing though. The money you make as a blogger increases over time… as your blog traffic increases.
Whether you’re looking to make a little side income to cover a few bills or a full-time income, it is possible.
Blogging is the easiest way I know to build a passive income stream. This means you can create blog content today that generates a future income stream requiring little to no effort to maintain.
Blogs can also be used to increase income for a business. Company blogs, professional blogs, and services blogs may be used to support a business by building a brand, authority, and trust. (e.g. An accountant might use a blog to gain exposure and build their client base.)
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4. Work at Home in Your Pajamas
When your blog income becomes your full-time income, you can work from home in your pajamas! No more work dress codes for you!
5. Low Barrier to Entry
It’s easy to start a blog! No previous knowledge is required and you don’t need to be a great writer to find success.
It’s also one of the least expensive business startups ever! The startup costs and maintenance fees for blogs are very low.
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6. Blogging Provides Freedom
Not only monetary freedom. You can blog any time, any place!
Can’t sleep at night? You can blog… I get a lot of work done in the middle of the night.
Want to travel? You can blog in other countries… Anyone up for Fiji?
Tired of working in the dark corner of your basement?… Yep, I’m sitting in a corner of my basement with Buddy the dog curled up in one of his beds behind me… I have one bed but Buddy has three. How is that fair? Oh well, the life of a spoiled dog.
Well anyway, if you get tired of working at home like I do. You can head out to your favorite coffee shop and blog from there.
Need to take out time for family? Want to go see your kid’s ball game or recital? If you blog for a living, you have the freedom to do so.
7. Your Blog Your Story
Your blog is yours. You can write whatever you want in whatever way you’d like.
It’s nice to have something to call your own.
8. Blogging Helps Improve Your Writing Skills
Practice makes perfect. Writing is an important communication skill that’s developed with practice and blogging has been scientifically proven to be a great tool for the improvement of writing skills.1,2
As you blog, you’ll learn to efficiently organize thoughts and content in a way that effectively relays information and influences others.
Whether you’re blogging or crafting an essay, resume, or professional email, effective communication through writing is needed in everyday life.
Consistency is the key to the development of your writing skills and the journal-like nature of blogging helps promote consistent writing habits.
9. Refine Your Unique Voice
Blogging helps you refine your unique voice not only a voice that readers find enjoyable but more… Blogging helps to deepen your ideas and opinions as you explore and perfect your thoughts.
10. Blogging Helps You Get Published
Is your goal to be a published author? Well, you’re published when you post your first blog post, but I’m thinking in physical form. There’s still something amazing about seeing your name in print.
Blogging can help you build a following of loyal readers who’d line up to read your work whether it be an article or novel.
Loyal readers have value to both traditional publishers and as self-publishers.
Your readers can help make your dream a reality!
11. You Can Get Freelance Writing Jobs
Blogging is a great way to show off your writing to companies for freelance gigs.
Many writers are making tens of thousands from freelance writing jobs they’ve acquired through blogging.
Will you be the next to take advantage of this opportunity?
12. Blogs Establish Authority
Blogs provide a platform for relaying your level of knowledge on a topic through writing thus establishing authority.
I’d recommend a niche blog. They’re fantastic for narrowing your focus and showing authority.
13. Blogging Builds an Audience
Blogging gives us the opportunity to provide value and benefit to others, billions of people use the Internet.
The greater the benefit. The larger your audience. People are attracted to blogs that provide value. This holds true whether your blog is a personal journal, for self-promotion, or for a business.
14. Blogs Build Trust that Yield Rapport and Opportunity
High-quality blog posts establish authority, provide value, grow your audience, and build trust.
Trust continues to build through additional interaction with like-minded or curious readers who engage with you through blog comments, email, and social media.
The rapport you build with your audience provides awesome opportunities:
- Sales of products or services
- Speaking engagements
- Freelancing opportunities
- Coaching opportunities
- And much more
15. A Blog Can Help Grow Your Business
Does your company have a blog? Blogs aren’t just for personal use. They build your brand and can be used to market or promote most anything!
Many businesses have blogs for gaining exposure, promote products, reaching new customers, supporting existing customers, and for generating income.
And by company or business, I mean corporate blogs, professional blogs, personal brand blogs, service blogs and more.
Blogs are used to create a personal connection with customers as well as influence their buying decisions.
Whether you’re selling something online or using it for informative purposes, blogs offer business great opportunities.
If your business doesn’t have a blog, you’re missing out!
Ranking Your Business in Google Search
There’s another benefit that blogs offer businesses… Search engine ranking opportunities!
Trying to get your business ranked higher in Google Search?
Google loves frequently updated, well-written content. Blogs offer you the opportunity to improve your position in search results.
Higher search rank should bring higher revenues!
16. You Need a Job
Do you need a job or want to leave the job you’re at?
Start a blog! 😀
Validate Your Expertise and Stand Out
How many people in your industry blog?
Blogging can set you apart from the competition by serving as proof of your knowledge and skills. It might be the competitive advantage you need to land your dream job!
A successful blog carries far more weight than a resume. It validates your expertise.
TIP: Don’t forget to include your blog URL on your resume and on your LinkedIn profile.
Would You Rather Blog for a Living?
I’m all about that!
Blogging for a living can be tough but working at a miserable job is far worse. Well, it is from my experience. I love blogging!
It takes time before bloggers start earning good money. Protect yourself financially. Build up your blogging income before quitting your full-time job.
17. You Want to Be a Stay at Home Mom or Dad
Got little ones you want to stay home with but still need to make a little money?
Blogs can be a great side hustle… or even a full-time job. Just remember, it does take time to get the money coming in.
18. Every Day is Bring Your Pet to Work Day
Every day is Bring Your Pet to Work Day!… Good luck with that. 😛
Buddy says, “Hi!” He’s with me every day.
19. Meet People and Form Relationships
Blogging connects you with awesome people from all over the world. Most are people you’d never meet otherwise.
Some of these connections will be from your audience and others will be fellow bloggers. It doesn’t take long before opportunities for lasting, meaningful relationships will be initiated through blog comments, emails, social media, and many others like WordPress groups and conventions.
I’ve met many wonderful people over the years and I’m blessed to have their friendships.
Connect With Like-Minded People
Your blog will bring together like-minded people who share your interests and/or opinions.
Some of your readers will reach out and later become friends, colleagues, collaborators, and others may lead to financial reward.
Support Network of Bloggers
The blogging community is great! As I mentioned in the 6 Niche Blog Myths Sabotaging Your Success, fellow bloggers are not your competition. They’re an amazing community of friendly, caring, supportive people that often help you succeed. I’d not be where I am without my fellow bloggers!
Meet People Better Than You
I don’t mean to burst your bubble… Believe it or not, there are people better than me… Even better than you.
The people we surround ourselves with have a huge influence on our lives. They influence our behavior, attitudes, beliefs, and more… even our financial status.
It’s why many parents are concerned with who their kids hang with. We’re influenced by others.
If you want to improve your life, surround yourself with people better than you. Want to be wealthier? Surround yourself with people who have more money than you. Want to be an awesome blogger? Connect with other bloggers who have already achieved your blogging goals.
Many of us are unable to make connections in our daily lives that will place us in contact with the right people of influence. Blogging gives an opportunity to meet others better than us. Opportunities that we would never have otherwise!
“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” ~ Jim Rohn
Blogging has been a positive and enjoyable experience that’s given me the opportunity to meet amazing people that I greatly admire. Many have changed my outlook on life and improved my financial status. I’m very grateful for the people I meet through blogging.
20. Stay in Touch
A blog is a great tool for staying in touch with clients, colleagues, friends, and relatives. It all depends on the type of blog you choose.
21. You Enjoy Social Media
You can turn that social media time suck into money! Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and others are all valuable for promoting blogs.
There are even tools for bloggers like Tailwind that help you do more on social media in less time.
22. Blogging Improves Your Knowledge
Blogging is all about sharing and learning. When you start a blog, you’ll be blogging on a topic your familiar with or a topic you want to learn more about. Either way, you’ll learn about your chosen niche. We always have knowledge gaps in our chosen topics.
Blogging can improve your knowledge of a subject. Over time, you may even be recognized as an expert. This will lead to many new and rewarding opportunities.
23. Blogging Improves Your Tech Skills
Blogging is simple when you’re first starting out. WordPress does all the heavy lifting for you.
WordPress is a content management system (CSM), that allows you to easily create, edit, organize, and publish your content on the web. The WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editor in WordPress makes it simple. There are even plugins you can add to WordPress for additional features… Plugins are similar to apps on your phone.
Over time, you’re likely to learn new tech skills that’ll improve your blog and readers’ experience.
Some of these skills include:
- Basic code
- Photo editing
- Graphic design
- Social media marketing
- Digital marketing
- Email marketing
- Social networking
- Search engine optimization (SEO)
The tech skills you can learn seem endless. It’s all in what you want to take on.
Baby steps! Ease in and learn as you go.
The web skills you gain through blogging might even lead to future opportunities… teaching, freelance work, full-time work…
24. Blogging Teaches Self-Improvement and Personal Development
Blogging teaches discipline. Blogging is challenging! Consistently sitting down to write for your blog takes discipline.
Blogging teaches introspection. It takes introspection to develop well-formed thoughts and opinions.
Introspection is also needed to know which blog niche is best for you and how you’ll use your blog to best help others.
Blogging boosts confidence. Putting yourself out there can be unnerving. It takes guts to voice your opinions and interact with others through a blog.
Blogging improves your understanding of others. There will be times when people will dislike or react in negative ways to your blog posts and ideas. Your ability to be gratuitous and respond in kindness is important.
25. Blogs are Creative Outlets
Looking for a creative outlet? Blogging provides a great opportunity no matter what your interest. Writing may be one of the first creative outlets many think of, but blogs offer visual and auditory opportunities for creatives as well.
No matter what your passion, blogging can provide a way to creatively express your passion. Which leads me to my next point. Blogs make great hobbies for creatively expressing ourselves.
26. Blogging Can Be A Great Hobby
Do you have too much free time?… I’m jealous if you do… So jealous!
Looking for a hobby?
Blogging isn’t just for entrepreneurs and businesses. Blogging can be a rewarding hobby that most anyone can do.
Hobby blogging costs very little and you even have the opportunity to make money to cover your expenses.
There’s nothing to lose!
27. Blogging Can Promote Your Art or Talent
Looking to promote your art or talent? No matter what your talent, blogs can help you get out there.
Photographers, writers, musicians, singers, painters, sculptors, woodworkers… You name it. They can all benefit from the additional exposure blogging provides.
28. Blogs Provide an Outlet for Personal or Physical Problems
We all have problems. My wife has problems with the way I dance… Poor wife.
Whether your problem is one of health, finances, family, or other challenge. Blogs are great outlets that attract sympathetic readers.
Blogging can provide a network of friends who support and encourage one another.
Whatever problem you have, you’re never alone.
29. You Like Free Stuff
Opportunities will arise as your audience grows. The subject matter of your blog will dictate the offers.
I’ve been sent free products from businesses looking for product reviews.
What blog niche are you interested in? Imagine the free stuff you might be offered?… Clothes, makeup, travel, lodging, food, health products, fitness products, toys and games, maybe services of some kind?
TIP: Don’t be a sellout. Always give honest reviews and focus on products with affiliate marketing opportunities.
30. Blogging Is Fun!
I love blogging! If I didn’t have fun at it, I wouldn’t do it.
Fun is reason enough to start a blog. The other reasons I’ve mentioned are bonuses.
Should You Start a Blog in 2019?
If you one or more of the reasons above sound great, you should consider starting a blog with Bluehost. Bluehost is the best route I know. I’ve been with them for years.
Blogging isn’t for everyone though. There are some reasons not to start a blog that you might check out before taking the plunge.
Blogging has been an amazing experience for me. I hope it’ll be for you as well.
Have You Started a Blog or Plan to Start a Blog?
What are your reasons for blogging? We’d love to hear from you. Let us know in the comments below.
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2) Begoña Montero-Fleta, Carmen Pérez-Sabater. (2010). A research on blogging as a platform to enhance language skills.. ScienceDirect Volume 2, Issue 2, 2010, Pages 773-777