Great. Disregard this post.
Get one up. Right now.
Why should you be blogging? There are a variety of reasons.
Make friends - I started my blog in 2009. Since then, I’ve established both professional and personal connections. From people stumbling across my blog in Google, to building relationships with those I interact with on Twitter, my blog has been a great platform for discussion. As often times bloggers write about the things they enjoy, you can easily find others with similar interests. Like to cook? Great! There are thousand of cooking blogs. Like to fish? Great – There are hundreds of fishing blogs. New friends are awaiting!
Improve your writing - To be able to convey your thoughts concisely and eloquently is a great skill for any professional field. Communication happens within any chosen career path – blogging can help you achieve your optimal writing. Since I’ve been blogging, I’ve felt my writing drastically improve. Additionally, the speed of my writing has dramatically increased. Looking back to my first real post – it was absolute garbage. After blogging for a few years, I feel more confident in my writing abilities.
Find Work With Your Blog - With content management systems like WordPress, you can inexpensively create a beautiful website. Not only does blogging allow your resume to shine in an interview, but it adds credibility to your own personal brand. In the past, I have been hired because employers liked my blog. Sure, my blog incorporates the occasional bit of profanity and craziness – but that’s okay, that’s me! I’ve specifically been hired because others have said things along the lines of : “We could use some of your crazy in our business!”
It’s YOURS - With a blog, you can write about whatever you choose. To be able to freely express your thoughts is liberating. Writing allows you to think critically and develop more in-depth opinions about any given subject.
Teach Others – One of the most gratifying parts of blogging is when someone chooses to comment and discuss your post. Discussion spurs great ideas and allows you to learn from opposing viewpoints. With a blog, you’re initiating the conversation. As analytic information is readily available, it’s neat to see the things people type into Google only to land upon your page. You’re providing the Internet with answers – what could be cooler than that?
Improve SEO for Your Website - Having new and relevant content on a website is important to effectively boost your search engine optimization results. For increasing traffic to a business website or building a personal presence, blogging can help bump you up in Google.
So did you take my advice and get one up? No?