In case you couldn’t tell, I’m a little obsessed with blogging. It all started with writing on behalf of my employers. Over time, I fell in love and decided to create my former website to showcase my work experience and dabble in blogging. Before I knew it, I became more and more invested in the blog feature of my website and found myself putting all of my free time into researching how to take things to the next level. I soon realized I needed to brand myself, and thus, Blonde Well Traveled was born.
I’ve now been blogging for a little over six months and have already learned more than I could’ve ever imagined. Multiple people have reached out to me with positive feedback, and some have even expressed their desire to begin their own blog. Needless to say, I always encourage them to! If you’re also on the fence about creating a blog, here are my top reasons why you should take the plunge.
Maybe this is just me, but there’s nothing I love more than quite literally locking myself in my room, tuning out the world and writing down my thoughts as if I’m venting or giving travel advice to a friend. It makes me a happier Jenna, and I think there’s a pretty good chance it’ll make you happier too.
You’ll constantly learn new things.
Blogging is a never-ending game of trial and error. There is always room for improvement from increasing daily traffic, strengthening SEO, learning basic coding and photoshop… The list goes on and on. There’s truly nothing more valuable than utilizing the resources available online when it comes to blogging.
It shows confidence.
Not everyone is brave enough to make their thoughts public to the world. Sure, you’ll probably feel a tad uneasy publishing your first blog, mainly because you won’t know how people will perceive it, but I can assure you there’s no reason to worry. Deciding to blog means you value your words and opinions, which is easier said than done.
You’ll grow as a self-starter.
With no deadlines to meet, productivity is completely up to you. Nobody is going to make you write a post. I’ll admit it— This can be extremely challenging. I still have moments (some longer than others) when I have to overcome the urge to put off writing a post, but I can promise you it gets easier as time goes on.
Opportunities will come your way.
This shouldn’t be your sole reason for wanting to start a blog, but it has its perks. Once you establish your brand and start posting regularly, companies will begin to take notice. I’ve already had more freelance opportunities on other platforms because of my blog, and have even been asked to review my first product (AKA free stuff!). This obviously doesn’t happen over night and takes some serious dedication, but there are tons of people who blog for a living. The harder you work, the more you will get out of it.
You’ll connect with likeminded individuals.
This may sound strange to some, but I have blogger friends that I’ve never met in person. I’m in several Facebook groups for bloggers to share posts and resources and constantly connect with bloggers and non-bloggers alike on social media. I’ve discovered some pretty amazing people who inspire me to be more creative and more ambitious with my travel plans on a daily basis.
The end result is beyond rewarding.
When I’m finished with a blog that I was really excited to write, I feel like a proud mom. Getting positive feedback from people who read your articles and use your recommendations makes all of the hard work worth it. Trust me on that!
Are you ready to start your own blog? Are you a current blogger who has something to add to this list? Connect with me in the comments and add your two cents! After all, that’s what blogging is all about– right?!