15 Reasons I Think You Should Blog

reasons-to-blog“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.” —William Wordsworth

Over the course of my life, I’ve embraced a number of different hobbies: baseball cards, video games, tennis, art, just to name a few. But none of them have changed my life or brought me as much satisfaction as blogging. In almost too many ways to count, it has changed me and the way I live my life.

In fact, so much so, it has become a hobby I regularly recommend to others. I started blogging as a personal tool to journal the changes we were making as we began minimizing our possessions. But somewhere along the line, it became less about me writing the story and more about the story changing me.

And while there are many articles written about why you should blog to grow your business or become an expert or make a whole bunch of money—the best recommendations are still found in the personal realization that blogging changes you, the writer.

15 Thoughts on How Blogging Impacts Life

1. You’ll become a better writer. At its core, writing is communication. It is about recording thoughts on paper and compelling others to agree with them. To that end, writing (just like every other form of communication that has ever existed) improves with practice. Blogging will not force you to become a better writer, it’ll just happen as you do it. And becoming a better writer holds important benefits for the rest of your life—whether you are creating a book, a presentation, a résumé, or an anniversary card for your spouse.

2. You’ll become a better thinker. Because the process of writing includes recording thoughts on paper, the blogging process encourages you to stop and think deeper. You will delve deeper into the matters of your life and the worldview that shapes them. Unfortunately, at this point, many will choose not to blog (or write at all) based on the faulty reasoning that they “have nothing to say.” But to that line of thinking I always respond the same way, maybe you just haven’t discovered yet what you have to say.

3. You’ll live a more intentional life. Once you start writing about your life and the thoughts that shape it, you’ll begin thinking more intentionally about who you are, who you are becoming, and whether you like what you see or not. And that just may be reason enough to get started.

4. You’ll develop an eye for meaningful things. By necessity, blogging requires a filter. It’s simply not possible to write about every event, every thought, and every happening in your life. Instead, blogging is a never-ending process of choosing to articulate the most meaningful events and the most important thoughts. This process of choice helps you develop an eye for meaningful things. And remember that sometimes the most meaningful things appear in the most mundane—but you’ll see what I mean once you get started.

5. It’ll lead to healthier life habits. Blogging requires time, devotion, commitment, and discipline. And just to be clear, those are all good things to embrace – they will help you get the most out of your days and life. Since beginning to blog, I have become an early riser, a runner, and can now properly identify my favorite drink at Starbuck’s (Caramel Macchiato). And even if those three habits don’t personally appeal to you, blogging will provide opportunity for new life habits to emerge in yours.

6. You’ll meet new people. Whether it be through comments, e-mails, or social media, you may be surprised at how quickly you meet people on-line. And by meet people, I mean legitimately form relationships that seek to serve one another. The blogging community is friendly, encouraging, and genuinely cheering for you to succeed—the only thing missing is you.

7. You’ll make some money. You don’t need to make money to enjoy blogging. In fact, sometimes making money from your blog can actually start to distract you from the joy that you found in the first place. That being said, whether you make $20/year or $20,000/year, it’s still pretty nice to have a hobby that actually pays you back.

8. You’ll inspire others. Blogging not only changes your life, it also changes the life of the reader. And because blogs are free for the audience and open to the public, on many levels, it is an act of giving. It is a selfless act of service to invest your time, energy, and worldview into a piece of writing and then offer it free to anybody who wants to read it. Others will find inspiration in your writing… and that’s a wonderful feeling.

9. You’ll become more well-rounded in your mindset. After all, blogging is an exercise in give-and-take. One of the greatest differences between blogging and traditional publishing is the opportunity for readers to offer input. As the blog’s writer, you introduce a topic that you feel is significant and meaningful. You take time to lay out a subject in the minds of your readers and offer your thoughts on the topic. Then, the readers get to respond. And often times, their responses in the comment section challenge us to take a new, fresh look at the very topic we thought was so important in the first place.

10. It’s free. Your blog can begin today without spending a single penny now (or ever). I use WordPress and highly recommend it. With an initial investment of $0, why not give it a shot? Or for just a few dollars/month, you can use your very own domain name. I use and recommend Bluehost.

11. You’ll become more comfortable being known. Blogging introduces yourself to the world. It causes you to articulate the life you live and the worldview behind the decisions that you make. Whether you have 1 reader or 10,000, the blogging process opens up your life to those on the outside. It is a good exercise in human-existence to be known by others. Over time, you’ll reveal more and more of yourself to the outside world… and you’ll be excited to find a world that relates to you and enjoys hearing your story.

12. It’ll serve as a personal journal. Blogging serves many of the same roles as a personal journey. It trains us to be observant and gives weight to the personal growth that we are experiencing. It trains our minds to track life and articulate the changes we are experiencing. Your blog becomes a digital record of your life that is saved “in the cloud.” As a result, it can never be lost, stolen, or destroyed in a fire.

13. You’ll become more confident. Blogging will help you discover more confidence in your life. You will quickly realize that you do live an important life with a unique view and have something to offer others.

14. You’ll find a platform to recommend. We all love to recommend something we have found enjoyable or beneficial—whether it be a nice restaurant, a good book, or a new outlook on life. The fullness of joy is not experienced until we have shared that joy with others. A blog provides an opportunity to do that very thing. It provides a platform to share the joy we have experienced and recommend good things we have discovered to others.

15. It’s quite a rush with every positive comment. There’s a certain little rush that accompanies the immediate positive feedback that you receive every time a reader posts a comment, shares your writing on Facebook, or tweets it out to their Twitter followers. While walking the fine line between finding encouragement in that feedback and obsessing over it may take some time to get used to, it’s far better to find that line than to never seek it out in the first place.

Remember, you don’t need to blog as a means to get rich or as a means to gather a huge following. You don’t even need to blog as a means to change the Internet… the change that a blog will cause in your life is reason enough.

Thank you for making this one of the most popular posts on the Internet today about the benefits of blogging. In response, I have written a helpful guide to getting started, “A Simple, Helpful Guide to Start Your Own Blog.” If you are interested in starting blogging for the first time, you will find the information to be both practical and inspirational.

Note: I am a Bluehost affiliate which means the company offers me a commission every time someone signs up via one of my links. But this does not influence my recommendation. I have used Bluehost from the very beginning and continue to do so today.

Joshua Becker

About Joshua Becker

Writer. Inspiring others to live more by owning less.
Bestselling author of Simplify & Clutterfree with Kids.

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  1. says

    Blogging is not just hobby. For many people, it’s the way of life. It’s a platform where they can speak whatever they want. It is their companion when are alone. Sometimes we just can’t hold our emotions and need to tell it to someone and bloggers do that they tell their emotions, their feelings and their lifestyle. I do agree that everyone should have a blog no matter what they do, they should write what they think and expand their thinking ability.

    • Laura says

      Thanks for that, have been wanting to blog and letting me thoughts of why not to creep in..this has given me the kick to just go for it, for all the right reasons x

    • says

      Howdy joshua!

      Am really impressed; you motivated me more, more and more. I wish; am actually on the right track.

      Blogging is a hobby and also a business too: I respect bloggers like poets sir. I need all you to succeed with my forthcoming blog, http://blogfulpath.com .

      Do have a nice week.

  2. says

    Really I am highly impressed to learn about Blogging online by reading your blog! I pray to almighty that you can grow up more and more and share your knowledge among us. By the way do you have anything special on your blog about oDesk Tests? looking forward to your reply

    • says

      Yeah, blogging defines our lives. I love it, I cherishes it, am happy whenever am blogging.

      It has taken most part of me, its me. Am happy now.

      I opened this blog after reading this post, wish to see you all there. Your visist is highly welcome at my new blog.

      I made this first post about blog traffic, do visit and drop your comment via http://blogfulpath.com/twitter-traffic

      Thanks, Joshua.

  3. says

    You really make it seem so easy with your presentation however I find this topic to be actually something which I believe
    I might never understand. It seems too complicated and very large for me.
    I am looking ahead on your next put up, I will attempt to get the hang of it!

  4. Bill Wadkins says

    Thank you for posting this and your “A Simple, Helpful Guide to Start Your Own Blog.” I am definitely not a techy nor do I even have a clue how to blog, I don’t even Facebook or tweet. However, I’ve always wanted to be a writer and every benefit you’ve mentioned here I’ve thought about at some point in time of my life. I’ve been putting off starting a blog because I just figured being over 40 and not a good writer coupled with no idea of how to get started was an indication that I should just forget about it. Now, thanks to you, I’m inspired.
    Thank you.

  5. says

    I just found your blog and am so inspired reading it! I’ve definitely found these things starting my own blog. You write very eloquently and I can see you definitely think about life meaningfully.

    Thank you!

  6. says

    I agree to everything that’s written here. :) I continued blogging because I saw it as one way of improving my creativity in all aspects. It’s also true that it can help change us in many ways. :) Plus, our blogs affect many people as well! :)


  7. Payal says

    Wow!Just Wow! This was such an excellent piece & I have been putting off the idea of blogging for such a long time, that now, after reading this piece, I am feeling compelled to blog- Because I have had a craving to do so ever since i discovered the wonderful world of blogging! Excellent piece. Really. This is life changing. Keep up the excellent work.

  8. says

    This article reminded me why I blog. I came to it because I’m reviewing how to focus my blog ‘Wild Words’. I’m asking myself which threads of my musings on ‘wildness’ do I feel most passionate about? I’m keeping on thinking…

  9. MariiMar says

    I love this post!
    It sums up exactly why i started blogging myself- for me it just allows some of my deepest thoughts to escape and breath and in someway benefit others :)

    I’m a new blogger, still getting the hang of things – https://ahoylife.wordpress.com/

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  13. says

    Joshua, I just loved this post! Came across your blog little late I know, but better late than never. Keep inspiring. Do you have any posts relating to how to motivate ourselves to continue blogging despite having no visitors to our blogs :-) I find it tough, well, at times, but convince myself that I’m getting the selfish benefits nevertheless! Two words from you would help much. Thanks for the post!

  14. says

    It’s actually true. And even though I just started blogging, the points you covered, I really do feel they are happening for me. Love the post, have a beautiful day. :)

  15. says

    Thank you for this post! This inspired me to create my own blog- and I am already seeing improvements to my own writing style.

    I am writing a personal blog observing human behavior (less boring than it sounds!)

    Anyway, thanks again!
    People, you can check out my blog on WordPress.

    Teenage Observer

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  17. ABerry says

    This isn’t the first time I’ve stumbled across your blog and it was for a completely different google search a couple of years apart too. Anyway, thanks for the article, I’m feeling pretty inspired!

  18. says

    A wonderful post! Thank you for this. I just started a blog and I’m working on finding my voice. How did you decide what you wanted to write about? Right now I’ve decided to “start before I’m ready” and write about whatever is on my mind. I figure things will work themselves out and a focus may or may not develop. What did you write about at first?

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  20. says

    Hey Joshua!
    Thank you so much for this post.
    This post was a huge reason that motivated me to start blogging as a creative outlet. Since then, I’ve already begun to receive a lot of positive feedback and feel like I’m on the right path. I love these reasons because so many of them are related to growing as human being and becoming a happier, healthier person.

    Thank you!

  21. says

    Thanks for this article. Sometimes I feel like blogging is not for me but I really love blogging. I will continue to blog. As you said abide, I hope this will improve they way I think, I write and I love people. The more we share is the more we grow. I appreciate this useful article that is very encouraging. I can’t wait to continue on blogging. Keep up the good work. I love you all.

  22. Nandan says

    Hi everyone,
    I had written a blog a couple of times long back when i wasn’t really aware how these things help and have a positive impact on their day today life, in improving themselves by learning and sharing. These thoughts and opinion have made me clear about many aspects. Thanks a lot for this informative writing and motivation. I will be restarting to write again.


  23. says

    I have started blogging about my journey to simplicity and I just googled should I keep blogging….I was feeling a little disheartened.

    And look what page popped up! Thank you for writing this.

    I agree blogging is life changing.

  24. says

    Thanks for this! Just today I was going back and forth about the blog section of my website – keep it or trash it… I generally think trash it as I’m an oversharer and don’t want things on the Internet that my girl will cringe about in the future – but heck, by then it’ll be the norm to have had a blogging Mum! :)

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    Very inspiring an motivating.
    More important it broadens your clarity and horizon..This is not only for financial goodness but also for overall development.

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