April 21, 2015

6 Reasons to Start a Blog

As I continue my Blogaversary Celebration Week, I’m going to cover 6 reasons why I think you should absolutely start a blog. Obviously, I’ve been doing blogging this long for a reason. Well, for a lot of reasons. Here are 6 of them.

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6. You could* make a career out of it. I mean, hey, somebody’s got to be the next Pioneer Woman or the next Food Babe, why not you? (I take that back, NOBODY needs to be the next Food Babe. Food Babe didn’t need to be Food Babe.) But seriously. Granted, most of us are just sharing casserole recipes and cute baby/puppy pictures, but there’s always room on the internet for more brilliant, talented, creative, hard-working bloggers. You might as well be one of them! More realistically, if you want to make writing a paying gig, having a place with a body of work ready to reference in a query email is always a good thing.

5. You can broaden your horizons. Start exploring the blog universe and it’s amazing what you can find. Mommy blogs, crafty blogs, science blogs, once I found a blog wholly dedicated to nail polish. This woman posted multiple times a day as she changed her mani literally 3-5 times a day. Yes, she had a condition that she eventually sought therapy for, but it was great for polish reviews. It was how I discovered SV. This woman sort of changed my life. I hope she’s okay now.

4. New ways to challenge yourself. If writing isn’t your “thing,” then yeah, any kind of regular writing discipline will be a new world. Even when you feel particularly “inspired,” the task of taking those words and honing them to the best versions of themselves is character refining. For writer-types, there’s always the rotating 30-day challenge, the blog hops, the pinterest prompts, and the general theme of your blog to keep you cranking out words.

3. A place for your creative energy. When I start to feel restless or repressed, it’s usually because I haven’t blogged in a while. Blogging is how I let off creative steam, especially right now when my scrapbooking stuff never got unpacked in this house. Even just telling a story is a creative endeavor.

2. It’s a great way to record memories. As everyone warned me, the first few months of Baby G’s life are a blur. Thankfully, I wrote down a lot of the little day-to-day stories and put them here, on the blog. I flipped through them the other day. I’m so glad I wrote down things like her giving her first real smile to SoldierMan and when she first started giggling at the puppies. I love my traditional scrapbooks, but having this record to look back to is also a great treasure.

1. You meet awesome people. Need I say more? The blogger friends I have made the last 6 years are awesome people. We exchange Christmas cards, I got invaluable encouragement during deployment from them, I even had BBs send Baby G gifts when she was born! You people really are the best!

Why do YOU blog?

9 comments:

  1. Love this - all of these are such good reasons!

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  2. Amen! Thank you for sharing this!!

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  3. I love all of these, but my reason for blogging was to get through my hubby's first deployment. We have such an awesome community of mil-spouses and also just having those sweet memories to look back on. I have taken HUGE breaks but I love being able to come back and jump right back into things :)

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  4. Yes! Having a blog during deployment was SO helpful, both for the community support and for the memories.

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