When it comes to blogging, I’m pretty old school. I’ve been into it for about ten years, and unlike many others who started at about the same time, I haven’t suffered from burnout or boredom. I may have a day here and there when I’m too busy or just not in the mood to blog, but my passion hasn’t wavered.
Blogging rocks…and here’s why it rocks for me.
10. Reading and learning
You know what I don’t get to do as often as I’d like? Take a couple of hours out to read blogs. Not just blogs in the social media niche, but funny blogs, crafty blogs, food blogs and business blogs. Blogging enables me to read a variety of perspectives and even learn a thing or two. It’s an extra kick knowing that people enjoy what I write as well. Blogging gives us a way to share a little of ourselves each day. It’s a great feeling.
9. You can earn a little money in the process
Blogging enables us to earn money, if we’re so inclined. There are dozens of ways to do this, so I won’t list them (again) here. However, it doesn’t matter if you’re a hobbyist or hardcore. You can still earn a substantial and lucrative income. It’s sort of the gravy on the proverbial potatoes, we can do what we love and share our passion and even rake in some coin doing so.
8. Showcase writing and expertise
Blogging allows us to share what we know. We get to show off our writing style and, hopefully, our readers respond. We can share our passion and teach others to enjoy and even profit from our passion, which may even become their passion. This is something that hasn’t always been possible in the non-virtual world.
7. Building community
When something we write causes a reaction, it means we did something right. We caused someone to think and to respond, there’s nothing better than that. Watching acommunity grow and interact is one of the best reasons to blog. Comments enable us to learn what people think about our blog posts, and perhaps even offer a different perspective. Plus it allows for all the commenters to meet and have a discussion as well. Win/win, really.
6 You may get a book deal out of it all
I’m not going to say this happens for everyone, but many bloggers have received a book deal as a result of having popular and well-written blogs. Who knows? It could happen to you too.
5. It can lead to many other things
Blogging can leads to other gigs. Bloggers have moved on to work as community managers, social media consultants, professional bloggers…and even the Director for the world’s largest social media conference.
4. Gives us the ability to share with others
Blogging isn’t necessarily teaching, it’s sharing. It allows us to tell stories about our past or relate a cool experience. We enjoy turning on others to blogs, books and ideas and look forward to presenting good stuff every time we log in to our dashboards.
3. I get to write every day…or not
I love to write. I don’t really do it for a living anymore, and I enjoy it more now that it’s not a job. Blogging lets me indulge in something I enjoy doing – and I can do it every day. And? If I don’t want to do it and I’m not contractually obligated? I don’t have to.
2. Its rewarding
When people write to us and tell us how much they enjoy our posts or when they retweet or share our posts on Facebook or link to us, there’s no better feeling. I can’t think of a bigger rush than watching something I wrote go viral.
1. Allows us to meet others in and outside of our niche
The number one perk of blogging? It’s the people, people! I have met so many incredible people as the result of blogging I can’t count them all. I met them online and offline at conferences, coffee or dinner meetings and tweetups.
Blogging did a lot more for me than all of the above. It encouraged me to break out of my comfort zone and do something new and different. Thanks to blogging, I walked off in a new career direction and met people I wouldn’t have gotten to know otherwise – truly good people. I could probably list about 100 ways blogging rocks, but instead I’ll leave it to you.
What are your reasons for loving blogging? Share in the comments…