Blogging is really not easy. It’s hard to set it up and to create content especially if you have a zero knowledge about it in the first place – just like me. Well, I can tell you that almost everything about blogging if not all is learnable. My first encounter with blogs came when I got my first computer. I’m an avid fan of Google Search and I practically search just about anything. As I go about my searches in the internet, I notice something very common on all my searches. Majority of the links that Google gives me are all coming from blogs. You can test this for yourself. Go ahead and go to Google and type any word or phrase in the search box and hit enter. I can bet the one of the top search results is coming from a blog. In fact you can search almost anything in the internet and you can be sure that someone has blogged about it. And so I followed most of the top blogs I find interesting until a time came when I realized that I can do this. I can create my own blog. And that I’m not only a “consumer” of information from these blogs, but a “supplier” of such information as well.
Your reason or reasons for blogging may be different but in a general sense, here are some things you might consider if blogging is for your or not.
You get to learn new things
This is very challenging. If you’re not a programmer or don’t have any IT background, you will be surprised that you too can learn some basic coding stuff. You will familiarize yourself with some terms like CSS and HTML. Some bloggers can even blog without learning any single line of code because of some automated tools. I’m not saying that learning to code is necessary but you may need it if you want to have more control and customization into your site. I haven’t really done any customization on this site because the theme that I use is pretty much “ready” out of the box.
You get a piece of the pie
The internet is a vast world. Actually it’s a completely different world. Don’t you wish you are a part of it? Or to have your own place in it? Creating your website or blog is the first step to take. Mainly because you get to choose your website name or domain name. Go ahead and go to the address bar of whatever internet browser that you are using and type in www.yourname.com , replace the word yourname with your real name and hit enter. Is there any webpage that came up? If yes, then chances are if you have not purchased that domain yourself, someone else with the same name did. That means that person owns that domain name and it’s like owning part of the internet. It doesn’t mean that you should name your site or blog after your name though. You can name it anything you want as long as the domain name is still available. As for me, I didn’t name this site after my name because of some reasons which you can read on my About page. I also own several number of domains and one of those is of course my full name.
You get to express yourself
I do have a personal digital journal. It’s a software here in my laptop which I just open when I want to write something. Much of what is written there are personal stuff and password protected. Although it’s a good way of expression in a private setting, I really wanted some place where I can write stuff that are shareable. Of course I cannot share my journal to the world and that’s where blogging comes in. If you have an “old school” diary or a digital one, go ahead and go over them and see if there are some information which you can share to the world. Journals whether private or public are a helpful tool towards expressing yourself. You voice out your thoughts and opinions. Not everyone will agree with you but that’s the beauty of it all.
You get to promote yourself or your business
I have been in a tedious job hunt recently. Though I did not use this blog on my job search, I really wish I did. Instead I created a one page site in one of my domains and put my resume in there. If you are serious in your job search, you can even take this a step further. You can create a job search blog and showcase your work, talent or skills. Job hunting is really much of an online activity nowadays. And most employers are also looking online for prospected candidates. If you’re a business owner, a blog is a great way of marketing your product or service. From it, you can even create communities of your customers and to be able to relate to them readily.
You get paid for it
Yes. Blogging can be a business by itself. But certainly this should not be the priority of a first time blogger. Earning from a blog is a long shot. It takes months or even years. I have read several success stories regarding this and all I can say is that it’s possible.
There you have it. Some bits of information for you to ponder whether you should venture on blogging or not. Again, remember that all the things you should know in blogging are learnable. You just have to devote time for it. Follow along on my succeeding posts and allow me to share to you the steps that I took.
How about you?
If you’re already into blogging, what keeps you going?
If you’re just starting, what are your reasons for blogging?