I love blogging. I first discovered blogging in 2003 when I was fourteen years old. Back then, blogging was still a novel, innovative concept. Back then, blogging was called a weblog, or an online journal. It was essentially a public, or even a private, journal that you could use to express yourself. Since then, blogging has evolved as an essential form of medium that all digital marketers must use in order to promote and establish their brand. But as someone who has witnessed the birth of blogging, and fell in love with it not because of what it can do, but for what it is at its core: an opportunity to give a public voice to the average joe. In this blog post, I want to give you 20 reasons why I love blogging.
20. I just love the word ‘blogging.’
I just love the word blogging. I love how that blogging has become a word in its own right. I can blog, I can do some blogging, I can write a blog post. It is a verb, noun, and adjective. Even though the word itself may be reminiscent of certain other words with negative implications usually not mentioned in polite society (i.e. snogging), blogging has taken the world by storm and shown that this word can be a positive force. Also, it’s just fun to say blogging.
19. It’s a journal, but better.
Even someone who lives under a rock knows that blogging is ultimately a journal. But I have always felt that it is better than a journal. Unlike a traditional pen and paper journal, blogging happens on a digital interface. Instead of writing with a pencil or pen, you can quickly type your thoughts across a screen. Gone are the days in which you had to squint to read a messy handwriting. Gone are the days in which the ink is barely legible as a result of spilled water. Thanks to this new form of digital technology, we can preserve snippets of our daily lives in a more permanent and lasting manner.
18. It’s interactive.
Unlike its ink and paper counterpart, a blog is much more interactive. While a journal traditionally will have lots of words, with a few hand drawn pictures, a blog can incorporate various types of media. In addition to the written word, bloggers are encouraged to use high quality images, videos, podcasts, e-books, PDFs, and other digital files to express themselves. For this reason, every blog is completely unique. The reader can interact with it however they choose.
17. It’s customizable.
Besides being interactive, a blog is also easy to customize. With a click of the button, or a quick installation of a plugin, a new feature can be added to the blog. Because of the myriad ways that we can customize blogs, there is not a single blog that looks like the other. Every blog is different. Every blog is fully customizable to match the needs of its user and blogger.
16. I can be a part of a community of bloggers.
Any successful blogger knows that blogging is not just an individual pursuit. Rather, a blog — and its blogger — is simply one of many in the entire blogosphere. All of these blogs — and their bloggers — are all interlinked in a community. All of these blogs are dependent upon each other for their continual growth and development.
15. It’s an avenue for growth.
When one decides to pursue the art of blogging, then they aren’t just spilling their guts, but also opening themselves up to more growth. They are paving the way to let themselves embrace all of this information that comes their way in the form of comments and research. I guarantee you that someone who has been blogging for many, many years is not the same person that they were when they first started. Little by little, blogging changes you.
14. I can learn web design.
When blogging, one crucial skill that you must know, or quickly learn, in order to be successful is web design. You don’t have to necessarily know the ins and outs of HTML or be fluent in java, but you do need to know at least some basic skills on how to make a website. You need to know what a custom domain is, how to add an image or video, and how to create a stellar graphic logo, amongst others. In short, you need to know what to do to make your blog look good. Thanks to platforms like WordPress.com, which walks you through building a blog in a matter of minutes, you don’t really need to be a guru. But you do need to at least know the basics.
13. It satisfies my need for instant gratification.
Instant gratification is when humans receive a reward for a behavior or action instantly. Many of us thrive upon instant gratification. Sometimes we just want that reward right now, instead of waiting months, even years, for that reward. Of course, there are some things in which it is better to wait in order to receive a reward (delayed gratification).
But when it comes to blogging, it can sometimes satisfy my own need for instant gratification. For one, I get to self-publish something that I wrote and put it out there for the entire world to read. For another, I get to receive validation in the form of comments and likes. No matter how many times people tell you that comments and likes don’t matter, you know they really do at least in the sense that they make you feel good.
12. I can share what I know.
I love that I can share what I know. I can talk about my own life experiences being left handed or being hapa. I can also give advice or tell a story. The opportunities are limitless in the things that I can share to the whole wide world.
11. I can learn from others.
Besides sharing what I know, I can also use blogging as a way to learn from others. I can ask for advice or feedback.
10. I can talk to myself without fear of ostracism.
I’ll be the first to admit that I do talk to myself, especially since I once wrote a blog post about it! But unfortunately, I feel as if the concept of talking to oneself is still one that many might not admit with pride or confidence. Many might be ashamed to admit that they do talk to themselves. But when you are blogging, you are talking to yourself. You are essentially writing a long monologue about something, anything.
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9. It allows me to be creative.
Blogging lets me to not just say what I want to say, but to have the freedom on how I want to say it. I can use any form of prose — or even poetry — I want. I can use a few images, or many images, to tell the story. I can use bold or multicolored fonts. There is really no limit to creativity in the blogging world.
8. I can be bold with my words.
I can choose to write in bold font. Or, I can write about topics that many might not write about due to fear of antagonism. I love that blogging is a platform in which we can all just write. Because by writing about the matters that mean the most to us can we even attempt to bring about real change.
7. I can write or not write at all.
Another thing that I really, really love about blogging is that I am not required to blog. The choice to blog everyday, three days a week, or once a month is really up to me. This freedom of the ability to choose when or how often I write is what helps renew my love of writing. After all, who enjoys writing when they feel as if they are being forced to, with a metaphorical whip hanging over them? It is much easier to find enjoyment in things when we don’t have to do them.
6. It lets me practice my writing everyday.
Nearly every writer (and English teacher) has told me that the number one thing that I can do to improve my writing skills is to write everyday. If you don’t write everyday, then how can you get better? By blogging everyday, or nearly everyday, I am able to keep practicing this craft. By writing everyday, it gives me renewed confidence in my own abilities. By writing everyday, it gives me the confidence to pursue other ambitions that hopefully will one day come to fruition.
5. It gives me my own little corner of the web.
One of my biggest dreams as a child was to have my own website. Little did I know how easy it would be to create my own website! Having my own little corner of the web is like having a virtual home in which my words, ideas, and even ideals exist to hopefully inspire other people and make some sort of impact.
4. I can be whatever I want.
On the Internet, we all have the freedom to be whatever or whoever we want. On the Internet, we have total blog anonymity. It is easy to think of a nom de plume and cultivate an entirely new persona. If you are a shy person in real life, then you can exhibit a more confident, outgoing demeaner online.
3. It is what you make it.
Another thing that I love about blogging is that it really is what you make it. If you want to blog as a way to record your life journey, but only share it with your close friends and family, then you can definitely do that. If you want to impart marketing advice and eventually grow and monetize your blog, then you can do that as well.
2. It is an example that hard work has its own rewards.
At first glance, blogging may seem like a piece of cake. To anyone who is not a blogger, it may seem like an easy writing job taking very little effort. But if you include the behind the scenes aspects to blogging, there is a lot of hard work involved. In fact, many bloggers give up on their blog within the first year of blogging simply because it is slow to grow. Blogging, like most things, is an example that hard work has its own rewards after working at it consistently and diligently. It won’t be easy, but then again, nothing worth doing ever is.
1. I can express myself.
And finally, blogging is a form of expression. It is where I can express myself about who I am. I can write about almost anything that is on my mind, and then channel it into some form of coherent piece of writing.
Do you love blogging? Why or why not?
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