6 Reasons Why Blogging is Incredibly Awesome

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The previous post dealt with some of the hidden challenges of blogging.  Now it’s time to get super positive, and discuss why blogging is incredibly awesome.  Blogging entails a great amount of work, but with that you get back a myriad of worthwhile experiences.

Blogging is Amazing

Hitting Publish

The act of hitting “Publish” is simple in itself, but the work accomplished to be in that position always tastes sweet.  Each post you publish has some background and a story.  Putting the words and pictures together to bring it home and share with the internet is extremely satisfying.  There is always a sensation of accomplishment and relief.  I usually take a walk around the room to enjoy them moment before the promotion begins.

Providing Value

Providing value to your readers should be a leading reason to create content.  It’s a huge part of what every blog should be about.  Share your experiences and knowledge.  Make it clear, and your readers will come back. Most readers are just looking for a valuable takeaway.  If every reader exits your blog with something new then you’ve done your job.  The immediate payoff of praise is usually found in your comments and tweets.

Connecting

Connecting with people from all over the world is arguably number one.  Between blogging and social media the amount of people that you can build relationships with is daunting.  Google Hangouts and Skyping (should be a word) with people from India, Australia, Japan, Philippines and countries you can barely pronounce.  Very few outside of this space have had the good fortune of this experience.  You can’t put a price on it.  Listen, nothing beats meeting someone in person.  However, technology has made this possible, and blogging is the catalyst.  Yes, they were all extremely fortunate to connect with some guy from New Jersey.  Smile.

Always Learning

You can spend 24 hours a day for the remainder of your life and not know it all. This holds true even if you’re an expert, guru, or ninja.  There isn’t much that is static.  Blogging itself is always evolving.  SEO which is a spoke in the blogging wheel seems to change almost daily.  Social Media, another spoke, continues to grow at incredible levels and each network has its own quirks and idiosyncrasies.   Putting this all together is ongoing challenge that can never be mastered.  The learning never stops.

Opportunities

As your blog grows you may land on the map.  Time and consistent solid content generation can lead to opportunity.  There are writing opportunities out there, both paid and free.  Consulting, contract work, speaking engagements, and book publishing are some of the opportunities that have found bloggers.

Money

There is so much for free on the internet that we’ve become somewhat tainted.  Even talking about generating income directly or indirectly from your blog is taboo in some circles.  Well, you can make money through your blog.  It’s not simple, but it can be done.  Now you may not make $40K or $50K per month like powerhouses Pat Flynn and John Chow, but there are plenty of ways to generate income.  Generating income includes: Adsense, selling advertising on your site, affiliates, writing gigs, E-Books, or your own products.  That just scratches the surface.

 

This list could have been closer to 50, but I didn’t want this piece to be bookmarked.  If you blog, we loved to hear why you find blogging to be so awesome.  If you found this to be of value, please share with one of the networks below.

17 comments
lynnjonesie
lynnjonesie

Steven, Tremendous post about blogging. It seems that many people blog for different reasons and that it gives each one a different kind of pleasure.  And of course, since we are all unique and individual it makes sense that blogging means different things to different people. I know for me it it is a wonderful avenue to share your passion and to present information that people have not heard of before.  Whatever reason your blog for, "Just Do It" until it is not fun anymore.  If life presents something else, well then don't be ashamed to pursue that!

All the best!

Lynn

Yourinda
Yourinda

Hi Steven,

you have given some great reasons for blogging.

I just wonder, when you said that the list could have 50 points on it, but you didn't want it to be bookmarked, what did you mean?

The sense of accomplishment when you hit 'Publish' is something I enjoy.

Providing value in a post does take more time than just writing about what happened yesterday.

Is there still the general belief out there that blogging is about that (apart from those who have learned to use it for marketing)?

 

Thank you for sharing this! 

Cheers,

Yorinda

jonesima
jonesima

Totally agree. I have to say that connecting with new great people is definitely one of the most rewarding parts of blogging. And its awesome!

WillenaRose
WillenaRose

I started my blogging journey in 2003, as a way of sharing my life with faraway family and friends. I still love blogging just because I am passionate about writing. But now I blog as a way of sharing with people a new approach to network marketing. I learn so much from the blogs of others, and I love the new friends I've made through blogging!

 

Willena

ALifeOfLight
ALifeOfLight

Blogging is awesome, absolutely positively awesome. I truly relish the wonderful friends I have made through creating a blog and overcoming my reluctance about posting on it. And now, i find it hard to imagine my life in any other way.  :-)

Gregory Bowen
Gregory Bowen

Hello Steve.....Well said!...I think you nailed it....The satisfaction I get from Blogging is un- measurable.......It motivates me to keep going.........And reading others motivates me to work harder......Nice Article!

Lydia Brown
Lydia Brown

Great article Steve. I also love blogging I get a kick out of how my writing has improved and that I have learned so much researching how to improve my blog so that others will enjoy it as much as I do.  It is my home away from home. I have met some great people via my blog and learned how much we are not only different but alike. It is like traveling around the world visiting others blogs.

marquita.herald
marquita.herald

Hey Steve, I could not agree with you more. It's funny you mentioned connecting with someone in India. Just last week a blogger in India commented on an article I wrote and asked if she could link to it on her blog. I'm not sure which was a bigger thrill - to think of someone in India reading my blog, or that she would be sharing it with her readers!

Chery Schmidt
Chery Schmidt

Hi Steven Blogging has opened all kinds of doors for me, I especially ejoy meeting and networking with new people. Great Post Thanks for sharing Chery :)

mdiekhake
mdiekhake

Couldn't agree more! Blogging is the best thing I've ever done 

GeeklessTech
GeeklessTech moderator

 @WillenaRose Thanks for sharing Willena.  Ten years of blogging seems like a lifetime. That is impressive.  Blogging has an endless list of pros...

GeeklessTech
GeeklessTech moderator

 @Lydia Brown Hi Lydia - The blog world is certainly a home away from home.  A lot of great people from all different places and cultures.  It does make the world seem smaller.  It's a great experience.

GeeklessTech
GeeklessTech moderator

 @Chery Schmidt Thanks Chery.  It definitely offers a great platform to network.  I think people just have to be patient with the process.  It isn't an immediate gratification activity...