Today is International Bloggers Day and I wish all my fellow bloggers many more years of blogging and penning down their thoughts!
This post is a tribute to the blogging industry and my blogger friends. It is a two-part write-up series: the first looks at the start of the blogging journey and the second one has some thumb rules that a blogger can follow.
Though blogging has become popular in recent times as a way to connect with people around the world, it is not a new concept. In fact, the first online journals can be dated back to the late 90s.
More people have turned to blogging for various reasons like showcasing their writing skills, monetizing their writing, venting out their thoughts, seeking support anonymously, or connecting with like-minded people.
I started my blogging journey in 2018 as an outlet for my feelings. I had lost my pet dog, Scotty, the previous year and after 9 months I was still grappling with his loss. So on his birthday, I decided to pen down my journey of loss and how much he meant to me, as a form of tribute to him. You can read my very first blog here. This blog was well received and many people connected with this loss. Then in 2020, I formalized my blog with a separate domain name and turned my passion for writing into a business. Even today, my blogs are mostly about topics that touch my heart and are personal. These are very different from what I write for my clients and are not focused specifically on SEO rules (though this may happen naturally). For this reason, I don’t have a specific blog niche, though I write mostly about my favorite topics – Pets & Books. I also share my take on Human Relationships from personal experiences and observing people around me. Also, not having a niche helps me showcase my ability as a Content Creator for writing and researching different topics.
If you have been on the fence about starting a blog or are looking for some more details to understand blogging, read on.
What Is A Blog
Simply put, it is an online journal or diary that gives your opinion on a particular topic. A Blog is a kind of website where you post your thoughts in a series of posts. Since it is on the internet, the reach is vast allowing you to connect with people across the world, who are interested in the same topic that you are writing about. It also allows for engagement with your readers through comments.
Why You Should Start A Blog And Not Put It Off
1. No Technical Knowledge Needed
Gone are the days when you needed to have the technical knowledge to build a website/blog page. With pre-built platforms like WordPress & Wix which offer detailed step-by-step tutorials, it has never been easier to create your own website / blog page.
2. No Money Needed To Start
You can choose to opt for free website hosting from WordPress or Wix, like the one I started off initially. This works well if you just want to try your hand at blogging and don’t know if you will be consistent or not. You can invest only when you want a website only with a specific chosen name. In this case, you have to purchase that name (called a domain) and a hosting service to put it on the internet.
3. No Specific Skill Set Required
Practically anyone can start a blog. All you need is the love for writing consistently. You don’t have to be a professional writer or an expert in the language. In fact, you could be a working profession and be a blogger on the side. Blogging is fairly easy and various tools are available online to help you fine-tune your writing. Also, now blogs are published in many languages apart from English.
4. Showcase Yourself & Your Talent
If you are a company or a business, starting a blog helps you showcase your products and services. It is also a platform to connect with your clients and engage with people.
If you are an independent blogger or freelancer, it helps showcase your writing skills and also establish yourself as an expert in your chosen area. It helps you express your opinion and get your name out there.
5. Monetize Your Writing
You can also influence others through your writing. Companies have started realizing this and like to tie up with bloggers to subtlety promote their products. This means you can earn a commission on purchases made through links in your blogs. Blogging also can act as a stepping stone for greater opportunities in writing for periodicals or companies.
Of course, there are many more reasons to start blogging if you have ever considered it but had doubts about starting. As someone who has been there, I can tell you that you will surely enjoy the journey once you kick-start. It is indeed very rewarding.
If you liked reading this post, stay tuned for the next part where I talk about Who Can Start A Blog, What Can You Blog About & will also share some Tips On How To Write Great Blogs.
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