I've been blogging for several years now.
And I've realized that blogging is so much more than any of us think it is.
Especially if you follow your passion, because what resonates with you, resonates with others.
Not only have I been able to write and become better at writing, I have also made connections, met people in real life, and been able to make a living doing what I love.
There are so many indirect benefits of having a blog that it seems almost crazy not to start one.
We all have fascinating hobbies, quirky interests, and weird passions.
There are people out there just like you, you just have to figure out where it all connects, and you do that by starting.
We all need to express ourselves, and blogging helps us do that. Your writing does not have to be perfect, and your blog does not have to be professionally designed.
You can write, make videos, or even record podcasts. It all depends on what you’re interested in, but they all help you express your thoughts and build upon them by getting feedback from others.
I’ve made plenty of genuine, authentic connections through writing, by simply taking the lessons I’ve learned in my life and writing about them.
When you share both the good and the bad, you naturally attract like-minded people. Of course, you’ll attract the trolls too, but they are easy enough to ignore.
Many think that online connections aren't as strong as the ones you make offline, but that couldn't be further from the truth. The connections are strong, but they are different.
When you write down ideas, or have to present them to someone else, you have to refine them, which leads to more ideas and a better understanding of them.
I started off writing about one topic on my blog, but it evolved over time, and as I kept writing down my ideas and getting feedback, things changed.
It’s fascinating to look back at my journey. Just the idea of being able to make your ideas real so fast is exhilarating to me.
There’s nothing like working on a project you love.
I’ve had to face many fears on my blogging journey; I was interviewed for the first time, I created and sold my first digital product, and I wrote my first guest blog post.
All of these were scary for me at the time, so I had to push through and overcome my fears in order to get them done. And when I did that, I grew, and I’ve kept stretching my boundaries ever since.
Last, but not least come the rewards. You may not want to blog for money, but you will still get small direct benefits here and there, such as getting free books, products, or merchandise that companies want you to review.
Or you might just land your dream job, or create your own online business. You never know where life will lead you.
So what’s the catch you might ask?
You have to blog consistently to see results. Most people stop before anything happens. It’s not going to be easy all the time, which is why you want to write about a topic you’re passionate about.
What about you? Have you already started blogging? What unexpected benefits have you experienced?