5 Reasons to Start a Blog Today

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I know that many of you reading this already have your own blog, but there are also many of you out there who have probably been toying with the idea of starting a blog, but just haven’t done it yet. It can seem overwhelming to get started, and you may be hesitant to dive into a new hobby.

I can tell you from personal experience that having your own blog can be both fun and rewarding. If you’re on the fence about it, and haven’t been sure if and when you should take the leap, here are 5 reasons to start a blog today:

Accountability

A blog helps you stay accountable, especially when it comes to your financial and other personal goals. It provides an easy way to track your progress over weeks, months, and even years. If you start a blog today, this time next year, you’ll find yourself reading back over old posts and seeing just how far you have come! So when you want to achieve certain goals, like paying down debt, earning more from side hustles, or just improving your finances on the whole, blogging makes it easy to hold yourself publicly accountable.

Focus

If you have a specific goal or an interest that you’re trying to stay focused on, a blog is an excellent tool for helping you do that. I’m sure many debt bloggers will tell you that by writing about their journey and sharing it online, it has helped them to stay on track. I know that for me personally, I spend a lot of time thinking about our finances anyway, and this blog has helped me to stay focused on my freelance writing goals so that I can meet my financial goals.

Improvement

A blog is an excellent place to hone and improve your writing skills. If you have ambitions of becoming a freelance blogger or writer, even just as a side hustle, your own personal blog is the perfect place to improve your writing. Over time, you’ll get a better feel for how a good blog post should flow. If you choose to self-host your website and install WordPress, which I highly recommend, you’ll also get a taste for the more technical side of things. That can be a big plus when seeking freelance jobs.


Networking

No matter what you choose to blog about, chances are that there is already an extremely active community of like-minded people online. When you start a blog and begin sharing your thoughts and ideas with the world, you can’t expect people to just find you. You have to start networking by connecting with others. Commenting on other blogs and contributing to forums are much easier to do when you’re a blogger. Networking is an excellent way to find new clients, more opportunities, and form lasting relationships with other people.

Taking Control

Start a blog that’s self-hosted and take control of your future. That may sound dramatic, but blogging is an activity that has changed people’s lives. Just thinking about the personal finance community, I can think of several fellow bloggers who have taken the leap to self-employment in recent months. Without a blog, I doubt that many of them would have had the motivation or the courage to take that leap.

I can’t say that I would have had the courage to pursue freelance writing if I hadn’t already been blogging for a few years. My only regret is that I didn’t start sooner! If you’re ready to change directions and start achieving your goals, blogging is a great tool to help you get started.

*I included my Bluehost affiliate link. I use Bluehost for my blog, and I highly recommend them!

About Lauren

Lauren May is a freelance writer and travel lover living on a budget.

19 thoughts on “5 Reasons to Start a Blog Today

  1. I absolutely agree about accountability. I knew starting a blog and putting it out there was the only way I would actually implement all the cool ideas I had of how I could remake my habits to improve my life. My blog’s still a baby (just a week old!), but I feel like even the planning process jump-started my life.

  2. All excellent points – and why I have decided to FINALLY get into the blogging game. The networking, learning, and development opportunities that come from blogging are all too great to pass up. Besides, who doesn’t want to say that they have a side gig as a blogger?

    Great posts and I look forward to reading more!

  3. My blog is only a couple of months old but it has already been a great motivator for me. It is encouraging me to be better with my money and push myself (and my husband) to pay off our debt. I have also begun to learn some simple HTML and social networking.

  4. Thank you very much Lauren. I already have a blog but I didn’t use it as a resume ever. I think my clients could have a perfect knowledge about my writing skills. The reasons you wrote, that were interesting and informative. I think anyone can understand now why they should start blogging.

  5. And you’ve only listed the softer skills related to blogging! There’s all sorts of improved writing, learning about SEO, graphic design and on and on!
    I’m amazed that I’m still doing this, years later. I think the $$ helps, haha, even when it isn’t much, as most hobbies cost a lot, this one at least brings in some revenue.

  6. I agree with Will. Although sometimes it’s frustrating if you are in a rush, it is interesting and challenging to learn more about the blogging software (WordPress) and html code. I like troubleshooting, I guess, though it’s not for everyone!

  7. I’m pretty new at blogging, but in this short time I have been blogging I feel much better about my life. It’s not like I didn’t have a purpose or goals before, but now I feel more accountable for those goals and I’m working harder to achieve them.

  8. These are great reasons Lauren!! I would also add that a blog is an awesome resume if you are ever trying to get into freelance writing. I have had a number of people reach out to me to ask if I could write for them, and I just send them links to some of my blog posts and they are as good as writing a resume. I also love blogging for networking and making friends. It has been one of the surprises for me since I started blogging.

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