10 Reasons You Should Start Your Own Blog

In this blog post I will point out some of the main reasons why you should start your own blog. I really hope that the list below will encourage you enough to take action.

1. Blogging is Easy

Yep. Blogging is actually really-really easy. The hardest part is setting it up but I’ve fully explained it on my homepage. If you are able to write emails, then you are also able to run a blog.

With WordPress, you don’t have to deal with any website creation or HTML that is time consuming and boring. The only thing you need to do is customize your blog with themes, add some cool plugins and write content. Once you get the grip of it, you will know exactly what to do.

Why is blogging useful

 

2. Google Loves Blogs

When your blog is ready, Google crawls your pages and it will be listed on Google search. It means you will start receiving additional visitors from the search engines. Isn’t that great? Search engines help to bring new people to your blog that can become your new friends or future business partners.

 

3. Blogging Makes You a Better Person

Having a blog will surely make you a better person. Why? Well, blogging obviously improves your writing skills as well as communication skills. You will start thinking more intentionally about who you are and who you want to become. Furthermore, when you send a job application, many employers look for employees who have blogs and write openly about their life and opinion. So it would be a definite “plus” for you.

 

4. Blogging Helps Other People

You can spread your information and knowledge through blogging. Heck, you can even help other people with specific problems. Let’s say you have blog about “mother care”. There are many women out there who are looking for help/solutions/ideas to raise up their children. Your knowledge or advice could be essential and very helpful.

The same thing goes with any other blog topic. EVERY blog helps other people in their own way. I remember when I started to get emails saying “Thanks for providing such valuable information”. It was very heart-warming and I still remember the feeling!

 

5.  You Can Make Money with Blogging

You must have been heard or seen people who are making a lot of money by just blogging. Yes, it’s possible to monetize your blog. It takes time, but once you have enough readers you will start making some small, yet passive income. When time goes by, your traffic numbers will increase as well as the income. I’m not only talking about some few hundred dollars a month, many people earn their living from blogging.

I remember when I created my first blog that had almost 300 unique visitors per day at the end of the year. I spent many hours creating blog posts and adding new fresh content. I sold it for $2800 and it was my first money ever earned on the Internet or as an entrepreneur. In fact, I’m still very proud of it and that’s the point where things started for me.

However, it’s nothing compared to this: Top 10 Famous Multi Million Dollar Bloggers

 

6. Self-promotion and New Opportunities

When you have a blog you basically have a “tool” or a “channel” to promote yourself or make you look like an expert. You’ll be amazed how many people start to respect you and I know many cases when employers actually contact blog owner directly to offer working positions or joint venture opportunity. This will open you a lot of doors that you might have not been aware or  dreamed of.

 

7. Use Blogs To Stay in Touch

Active people tend to have less time to sit on Facebook or any other social “chat-room”. Again, blog can help you to keep in touch with your friends, colleagues and relatives. They can easily read everything about your activities, ideas and success through your blog. Be wise and use this as a communication tool.

 

8. You Can Make World a Better Place

When you have a blog, you actually have a voice. This means you can spread out all the things you like or don’t like. And those things can help you to change the world.

You have probably seen some blog articles or posts that have gone viral through Twitter and/or Facebook. Once they do that, they will get a lot of attention. Here’s an example story how two young girls launched a blog post that helped to change their school conditions. For your information, they were only 9 and 13 at that time.

 

9. Blog Can Help To Grow Your Business

Does your company have a blog? If not, then you are missing a lot of it. Blogs can impart a lot of things about your company.

For example, your potential clients can read interesting stories about your company success, ideas, strategies and even new products that might turn them into regular paying customers. That’s a huge opportunity that lot a of small and big firms are not using.

Furthermore, companies who blog have 97% more inbound links (which means more traffic and visitors). – See it yourself.

 

10. Blogging Can Become Your Hobby

If you have too much free time and you are constantly browsing on the Web then you should really consider starting a blog.

You will soon get addicted to it (in a good way) and you will start learning a lot of things. So if you are bored right now then what are you waiting for? You will get a lot of good and new experiences, there is nothing to lose.

 

11. Blogging Helps to Improve Writing and Argumentation Skills (extra)

Back to the time when I was in college, my grammar, communication and argumentation skills were really poor. But these are very universal and necessary competences in everyday life and also in professional career.

Blogging has had a huge impact on my writing skills since I started. Although it’s not perfect, I feel myself a lot more confident. The more you write, the easier it becomes. Blogging is quite new but there has already been done research about blogging and enhancing writing skills.

Some interesting facts
  • There are approximately 130 million active blog readers in the US right now.
  • 90% of companies who blog daily have acquired at least one customer (probably much more) through blogging.
  • 80% of the US online consumers trust the information they get from blogs.
  • 61% of US online consumers have made a purchase based on recommendations from a blog.
  • Blogging is most popular in age group of 20 – 35 year old. It’s over 50% of the total blogging population.

Source: Yahoo

Are you ready? It’s YOUR turn.

So do you want to start a blog as well? If yes, head over to the homepage and follow my step by step guide.

– Mike Wallagher

Question and Answers

  1. Cynthia

    Thank you for this! I wish to start a personal blog and am currently writing long posts for my eventual blog. These lengthy writes of mine interest me tremendously and I wonder if short and long posts can work and coexist on a personal blog.
    I am not marketing anything and simply wish to add my voice to the blogosphere. My hesitation involves the fact that I do not wish to write only short posts. Any advice on this dilemma? Can long posts be offered in parts? I am even happy to break blogging rules but wonder how this can impact a potential readership…
    Thank you
    Cynthia

    • Mike

      Hi Cynthia,

      Writing long posts is great if you can keep the attention. I personally enjoy blogs that have long articles that are very useful and fruitful. Combining long and short posts is easy and there are a couple of ways to do that:
      1. Just write them as it goes
      2. Divide long posts into smaller parts, that are regularly published
      3. Build two sections for your blog (blog & stories separately)

      Hope it help!
      Mike

  2. Mike

    Great Nic!

    I’m glad my post helped you. Let me know if you run into troubles or just need some blogging advice in the future.

    Cheers

  3. Millie

    Hi Mike,
    I have been wishing to start a blog and thanks so much for the information.Is there a way I can get a direct email to contact you on the ideas I have?
    Thanks in advance.
    Millie.

    • Mike

      Hi Millie,

      Feel free to shoot me an email at mike @ startbloggingonline. com
      I’m more than happy to help or discuss your questions/issues about blogging.

      Looking forward,
      Mike

  4. Johnel

    Hello Mike,

    It’s been a while since I started thinking about blogging but English is not my native language and writing blog in Universal Language (English) would be on issue. What’ s your though about this? Any advice?

  5. Frederick

    I have been thinking about making a blog for months. Recently I promise someone (randomly actually) that I will make mine within the month. As I was browsing and lost I found your blog, and what a saviour it is! Beautifully written, detailed, and easy to understand. I’m going to visit this blog often!

    • Mike

      Great!

      If you need any help, get in touch. By the way, is there anything specific you want me to publish? I’m more than happy to know what visitors would like to see on my site.

      Best,
      Mike

  6. Alyson

    Hey Mike,
    Thanks so much for posting this, I’ve wanted to start a blog for a really long time but wasn’t exactly sure how to do it. With this information I plan on starting soon. I know what I want to blog about but I’m having a tough time figuring out a name. My blog will include my Paleo lifestyle, recipes, tips about eating Paleo. I want to include as well some of my fitness pics, a few of my hobbies as well as tid-bits about fashion. How do you find inspiration to create a catchy title that includes all of these things?

    Thanks!

    • Mike

      Hi Alyson,

      Choosing a name can take a while. If I’m unable to come up with a catchy name, I usually do some brainstorming with my friends/colleagues.

      Hope that helps,
      Mike

  7. Marilou Mendoza

    Hello Mike, this post is really encouraging. I have heard about blogging for so long, and never thought I was interested until now, when issues in my life seem to be leading me to taking advantage of my writing skills. Am not sure though if my blog needs to be the useful/practical type, or I can use the blog as an outlet for the thoughts in my mind. I might not also what people to know that it’s me who is doing the writing, as I foresee myself writing about very personal stuff. What do you think? Thanks!

  8. Sam

    Hey Mike,
    Your words are inspiring. I actually ended up reading your homepage first then reading this page. I really would like to start my own blog but i’m actually terrified of criticism and negative comments -__- everytime i get started on beginning one my heart jumps out of my chest and i push it away. Is there any way to prevent any comments on your posts? I’d feel more comfortable if i’m the only one writing.

    • Mike

      Hi Sam,

      You can moderate comments if you want. But I don’t think anyone would post bad comments, I have received more than 2000 blog comments in the past 12 months and none of them have been “bad”. Don’t overthink and start a blog, you’ll see that no-one will start to criticism you.

      Cheers,
      Mike

  9. Mora

    Wow! Thank you so much for this!
    I’ve been playing with the idea of starting a blog for a while now, and I feel like this just sealed the deal.
    I actually had to do one for a class last semester, and although I hated it at the beginning, I found it really interesting and fun! As you pointed out, it really does help the writing and argumentation skills.
    So far I have been writing things down so I can process down my own ideas and experiences. I guess that the next step is to put it out there in the blogosphere!

    Thank again!
    Mora

  10. amna

    Your blog was super helpful mike! :) I’ve been planning for months to start a blog but I still haven’t found my niche. I like to talk about everything and anything but I fear making a fool out of myself by writing about random daily thoughts on a public forum. Is this fear of looking stupid legit, or am I taking it too seriously? Any advice would be great. :)

    Amna

  11. Jessica

     Hi Mike!
     
    Thank you for your blog post about the reasons to start a blog. You have definitely encouraged me to start blogging. I do have a question for you. I would like to have multiple categories on my blog page. If I decided to add another category later on, will that be possible? Or do I have to add them when I start?
     
    Thanks,
    Jessica
     

    • Mike

      Hi Jessica,

      With WordPress you are able to create multiple categories and add/remove them whenever you want.

      Hope that helps,
      Mike

  12. Kareem

    Hi Mike,
    Great stuff.. I am actually thinking about making a blog about me, my hobbies, and how I am getting better at my passion (photography and 3D graphic design).

    Quick question though: If I start a free blog now and decide that I want more from it, how can I change it to become a more professional paid one so I can make money through it and to have full control?

    Do I have to completely close the free one and create a new one?
    Thanks again,
    Kareem

  13. chikeluba dominic

    Thanks for the words of encouragement. Now i have geared up to setup my first blog. Hope you will review it after i have finish setting it up?

  14. Mike K

    Hi Mike,

    I was planning to start a blog. Your website is very informative. I have various topics in mind. Not sure which specific topic/area I should focus on. Can I blog about 5 or 6 different topics on my blog even though they are unrelated. Your advice is much appreciated.

    • Mike

      Hi Mike,

      You can do that. Just make sure you create separate categories for different plugins (it’s pretty easy to do that).
      Hope that helps,
      Mike

  15. Kasia

    Hey, thanks for the info, I am thinking of starting a blog. I have a question about grammar and spelling – English is not my primary language but I would like to use it instead to reach to larger population. I was wondering if there is a way of having a spell check in my WordPress blog?

    Thanks

    • Mike

      Hi Kasia,

      WordPress has already “spell checker” built inside it. So when you write something wrong, it turns into red :)

      Hope that helps,
      Mike

  16. Marwan

    Hi, I’m trying to write a blog about mystery fiction. Is it okay to quote from other websites (Wikipedia for example) and should I refer to them?
    That’s all, thank you.

    • Mike

      Hi Marwan,

      It’s OK to quote from other sites, but make sure you refer back to them (with a link).

      Hope that helps,
      Mike

  17. Deanne

    Hi Mike,
    Thank you for this. I haven’t yet made my way through the process, but have been thinking about the blog idea for quite awhile. Is it important to readers to have my full or real name on the blog? How about for potential employers?

    Also, is there security with regards to the comments? That is, can they be removed at the discretion of the blogger? And do the comments go to the site, not to one’s personal email?
    Thanks!
    Deanne

    • Mike

      Hi Deanne,

      About the full name: It’s totally up to you. For blogging you can also use a fictional “pen name”. Or just your first name.
      About the comments: Comments can have an auto-approve option or manual approve. In both ways, you should receive a notification on your email that a comment has been placed. You can remove comments to, if needed.

      Let me know if that helps :)
      Mike

  18. shashank

    Mike,

    I am a Technical Writer by profession. I have always wanted to start my own blog to share ideas and connect with people. At least a dozen friends of mine recommended me to have a look at your website. I found it extremely simple, understandable and motivating. Thanks for everything. Can you share me your email address so I can ask a couple of questions?

    Regards

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