I see so many blog posts or YouTube videos floating around that are focused on ‘how to make money blogging’, or ‘how I earn £5000 a month blogging’. So today I thought I’d share 5 amazing benefits of blogging that don’t involve money.
I completely understand why bloggers would want their blogs to be successful; Jess and I are exactly the same and we always get so excited if our stats are doing well. However, there are also so many other aspects to blogging that we’ve come to love and appreciate. So we hope you enjoy this post, and maybe it’ll inspire you to start your own blog if you haven’t already.
Benefit #1: A Creative Outlet for the Topics you’re Passionate About
Jess and I had wanted to start this blog (and attempted to several times) since about April 2019. There were a few reasons we didn’t start earlier, which were mainly; we were nervous to try something so different; a lack of understanding of how to get started; and feeling like we just didn’t have the time to commit to it. Well! After going into lockdown in March 2020, we figured this was probably the best possible time to get going.
One of the first benefits of blogging I came across was that I never realised how much I would appreciate having a creative outlet to talk about the topics I love. It acts as a perfect distraction from every day life. In order to create better content, it also encourages me to research further into these topics. For example; looking into travel itineraries and budget travel tips; or the scientific-evidence around particular self-care habits; and so on. Doing all of this has allowed me to find so many other bloggers and YouTubers too!
Benefit #2: Develop your Skills (and add them to your CV)
I’m definitely no tech expert by any means. However, my confidence in using various tools and programmes has grown so much since starting the blog. For example, I had never heard of a widget, and I didn’t have the foggiest when it came to SEO.
But during the past few months I’ve managed to build two websites (our current one, and our former Wix-hosted one). Plus I’ve learnt how to market our site on various social media platforms. A lot of people may think the marketing side of blogging is pretty easy, but it can actually be quite time-consuming if you want consistently good results. That’s something I didn’t really consider beforehand: how to balance my time between now being back at work, but also maintaining the blog/social media accounts. Something I’m certainly still working on!
Leading on from this, blogging can also be a great addition to your CV/resume. It showcases your ability to be organised, and commit to something long-term and on a regular basis. Along with this, it demonstrates your creativity, eye-for-detail, and the fact that you’ve worked on your writing skills and marketing skills during the process.
Benefit #3: Meeting New People
The blogging community is a fantastic network of individuals, each with their own unique styles and personalities. This has been my favourite aspect of blogging so far. I’ve been lucky enough to meet a tonne of new people with similar interests to me, and the online community is so supportive and engaging, possibly even more-so than the people I know in real life. One main reason for this is because they actually understand all the struggles that bloggers experience, particularly new bloggers, because they’ve been through it themselves. That’s probably why it’s one of my favourite benefits of blogging in general.
If I’ve ever asked a question on a groupchat, Twitter, or Facebook group then I’ve always been given a helpful answer or been directed to a post that will give me the information I need. Another awesome thing about the blogging community is that they love when other bloggers succeed or reach particular milestones/goals. There’s no school-like jealousy or pettiness involved. They’re just genuinely happy for you.
Benefit #4: Learn from Others, and Share what you Know in Return
Millions of experts in their specific fields around the world are offering readers free insight into what they do and what they know. These days you can find blogs centred around pretty much every topic in existence. I’d seriously suggest you make the most of them. Use it as a chance to expand your knowledge on a whole load of subject areas. Personally, I’ve learnt about so many new destinations I’d love to travel to and explore; how to improve my blogging and our website; new recipes I can’t wait to try; and people’s experiences and reviews of a variety of products, from beauty products to WordPress plug-ins.
Simultaneously, you can also share your own knowledge and experiences with the community, and allow them to learn something valuable from you in return. One of the most rewarding parts of blogging is when people tell us they’ve enjoyed reading our posts, or that we’ve taught them something useful.
Benefit #5: Confidence!
This time last year we maybe (MAYBE) would’ve had the confidence to start the blog, but I definitely don’t think we would’ve been confident enough to tell people about it. Although going back to point number 3, the blogging community has definitely helped us to build confidence in both the blog and ourselves.
Going back to work after lockdown, I felt okay about telling my colleagues how I’d spent the past 3 months. I think people tend to expect their friends and family to find it cringey or strange. But in reality, our family and friends have been really supportive about it. Most of them just see it as a really interesting and creative hobby.
The more we learn, the more confident we feel and excited we get for the future; so I’m super excited to see where this takes us next!
There are so many benefits of blogging out there, so I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about some of the non-monetary benefits we’ve experienced since starting our blog.
Looking for something to keep you busy, check out our recent post on what to do when you’re bored: https://www.emgoingplaces.com/2020/07/what-to-do-when-youre-bored-at-home/
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