Should I Start a Blog? 11 BIG Reasons Why You Should!

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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.

Should I start a blog?

It depends, why make a blog in the first place?

Do you want to make money, have a blog for your business, or are you doing it just for the pleasure of writing or journaling for yourself?

We have 11 points to cover below, but I specialize in helping people who are trying to go down the money-making or business route in learning why you should start a blog, and how to do it the right way.

If that's you then I can help you out via email if you get stuck (no, I won't ask you for money! 🙂 ).

Here's what you will need to do:

  1. Sign up for my free blogging course here at the button on the top right of the site. This will walk you through setting up your blog step-by-step.
  2. Read the instructions on how to start a blog. You don't have to get set up right now (unless you want to), or I'll help you learn how to get started via email if you hit the button about the blogging course at the top of this page, but please be aware I will not be showing you how to start a free WordPress blog as there is no real profit to be made there.
  3. Because I have found them to be very reliable (not to mention cheap with this link!) this is the hosting company we will be using.

Here are 11 things to consider before you start a blog.

1.  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 income. I'm not only talking about a few hundred dollars a month, but many people also earn their living from blogging.

I remember when I built my first blog that had almost 300 unique visitors per day at the end of the year. I spent many hours crafting 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

2. Blogging is Easy

Yep. Blogging is actually really really easy. The hardest part (and it isn't really that hard) is setting it up, but I've fully explained it on my homepage which you can read here. 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.

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3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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 blogged 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!

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 owners directly to offer working positions or joint venture opportunities. This will open you a lot of doors that you might have not been aware of 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, a 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 about 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's 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 a professional career.

Blogging has had a huge impact on my writing skills since I started. Although it's not perfect, I feel a lot more confident. The more you write, the easier it becomes. Blogging is quite new but there has already been a ton of research done on 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 the age group of 20 – 35-year-old. It's over 50% of the total blogging population.

Source: Yahoo

Are you ready? Now It's YOUR turn.

So do you want to start a blog as well? If yes, head over to my homepage and learn how to create a blog on your own

– Karen Evans

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43 thoughts on “Should I Start a Blog? 11 BIG Reasons Why You Should!”

  1. Hi Cynthia,

    Writing long posts is great if you can keep the attention. 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 this helps.

  2. Hi Karen,

    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.

    1. Hi Millie,

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

  3. Hello Karen,

    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?

  4. 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,
    Karen

  5. 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,
    Karen

  6. Hello Karen, 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.

    I’m 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!

  7. Hey Karen,
    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.

    1. 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,
      Karen

  8. 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

  9.  Hi Karen!
     
    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
     

    1. Hi Jessica,

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

      Hope that helps,
      Karen

  10. Hi Karen,
    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

  11. Hi Karen,

    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.

  12. 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

    1. Hi Kasia,

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

      Hope that helps,
      Karen

  13. 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.

    1. Hi Marwan,

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

      Hope that helps,
      Karen

  14. 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: On WordPress blog you can have an auto-approve or manual approve option. In both ways, you should receive a notification on your email that the comment has been placed. You can remove comments too, if needed.

    Let me know if that helps.

  15. Karen,

    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

  16. Hi Karen,

    I always wanted to start blogging or basically expressing my thoughts, skills etc.. on line but didn’t know how to start. Even thou I have been working in Information Technology field for over 15 years. I don’t want to start a blog about technology but about everything, for example my travels, maybe some tech tips or just life in general. what are your thoughts on that? thanks in advance.

    Slav

    1. Hey Slav,

      I can’t see anyreason why you shouldn’t be able to do that. Your blog can be about whatever you want. It doesn’t have to be connected strictly with one topic. I know many people who blog about everything – that’s not an issue. Don’t worry 🙂

  17. Hi Karen,
    I’m very interested in creating my own blog. You’ve made it look so easy.
    Is it possible to set up & manage my blog from my iPhone 6+ ?
    Cheers, Pamela.

    1. Hey Pamela,

      While iPhone 6+ is huge, I don’t think it’s really comfortable for writing blog posts 😀
      It’s definitely doable, but it’ll take time.

  18. Hi Karen,
    I just read your post and its exactly what I needed! Thank you for the motivation. I was thinking of starting a blog for a while now but I kept doubting myself. This totally motivated me to just jump in and do it 🙂

  19. Hi Karen-
    I landed on your blog while doing some research on how to start my own blog. My ultimate aim is to monetise it (duh!), but I also want my blog to be a pathway to showcase my writing skills (modesty is over-rated no?) 🙂
    Your post is really helpful, and you do make a lot of valid points. I especially liked #6 – I hadn’t thought of my future blog in quite that way, so thanks! I really enjoyed this post.

  20. This is nice post for blogging and great idea you shared here about why blogs needs. I got good idea by reading this articles, Thanks a lot for sharing with us.

    Regards
    Sagar Nandwani

  21. Could I create a blog as a way to sell my collection of books to raise money for an operation by listing them all on the blog?

  22. Have you ever considered writing an ebook or guest authoring on other blogs?

    I have a blog based on the same ideas you discuss and would love to have you share some stories/information.
    I know my readers would value your work. If you’re even remotely
    interested, feel free to shoot me an email.

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