Today’s guest article comes from blogger Michael Dooley over at Mike’s Hosting Reviews.
When I was in the Peace Corps, I decided that having a blog would be a sort of public diary that I could use to keep in touch with friends and family and update them all at once about my whereabouts and the specifics of what I was doing.
This is going to sound a little corny, but what I found out is that a blog is so much more! (I warned you about the corniness!)
A blog is wonderful tool, and it serves a purpose much higher than simply permitting you to share stories with friends and family when you are away in the Peace Corps.
In fact, I advocate starting and maintaining a blog for everyone, as mundane as you think your life is.
Yea, yea, yea, you’re probably thinking…get to the point, Mike. Why should I start a blog if I’m not doing something out of the ordinary like the Peace Corps? What good will it do me? And why will people be interested in my story?
Your story is your story, and it doesn’t matter if lots of people are interested in it or not. The people who are interested in it will read it. These are the people who are willing invest the time to keep up a relationship with you. A blog is perhaps one of the most underrated tools for intellectual development out there in modern day. If done right, it is the intellectual advancement club of the 21st century.
In the 1920s, legendary authors Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and their cronies sat around together in Paris bouncing ideas off of each other (and yes, probably also enjoying some adult beverages). In the 21st century, we have the privelage of being able to network with like minded people from all over the globe, while just sitting at our desk. A blog:
1) Helps you develop better writing skills
2) Helps you expand and advance seedlings of your ideas
3) Gives you the opportunity to network with other people (virtually, and in real life)
4) Helps you become more competent with technology
5) Gives you intelligent and unique points of view to bring up in real life conversations
6) Can be a great hard source to point to on your resumé
7) Is a great tool for chronicling general self-development
8) Can inspire others
If you notice, I’ve left off this list one reason that some people start a blog: to make money. Yes, you can make money from a blog eventually, but if this is your only motivation for starting a blog, you will most likely be disappointed. Most blogs that do make a decent amount of money make nothing for 1-2 years while they crank out content.
That being said, if you have an idea for a blog where you believe you are an expert who can talk intelligently about a topic, a blog may be the perfect medium for you to carry out your plan. A few awesome blogs that I have stumbled across:
http://theredpilljournal.com/ – A young man’s self development journey.
http://unemployedkat.com/ – This typical postgrad blogs about everything from boyfriends to puppies.
http://whichguayagain.wordpress.com/ – This young, handsome man’s blog chronicles 27 months in Paraguay as a Peace Corps Vol…Oh wait that’s myyy old blog ☺.
So there you have it, 8 solid reasons why you should start a blog or website. So what are you waiting for? Start your site today and write that first post!
Until Next Time,
Your Man who was 6’2″ tall in 8th grade then didn’t grow another inch,