15 Reasons I Think You Should 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 the act of blogging. In almost too many ways to count, it has truly changed me and the way I live my life.

In fact, so much so, that it has become a hobby I regularly recommend to my friends and encourage them to embrace. I started blogging as a personal tool to journal the changes that 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.

Consider these 15 thoughts on how blogging will impact your 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.

In response to this post, Joshua Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus have written an essay titled “How to Start a Blog Today” on their website. If you are interested in starting a blog for the first time, you will find the information to be quite useful and comprehensive.

Joshua Becker

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

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Comments

  1. Duncan Mills says

    Very nicely written. I was planning to give it a shot anyway, but you have given me a bunch of additional reasons to do so!

  2. says

    All 15 of your points ring true to why I felt compelled to recently (yesterday) take the nervous plunge into creating my own blog. I already feel a little more validated in my decision – thank you!

  3. says

    Thanks so much for your words of wisdom and inspiration! So many of your points genuinely resonated for me and made me realize it’s time I give it a shot!

  4. says

    A good blog with interesting and valuable content can provide ideas and information in communication way. Your blog is really interesting and holds sets of fantastic information. Keep up the great work.

  5. says

    Blogging is reducing lead-times in decision making during business development processes. It increases the fun and engagement while collaborating with business partners. By blogging I’m able to tell the story behind the numbers and figures, and that’s what it is all about, the story behind the story.
    Thanks Joshua! Marjan

  6. Courtney says

    Great advice. I considered a youtube channel before blogging but I love the idea of it being my own online journal and watching how I grow as a person. You have definitely helped and convinced me. Thanks :)

  7. says

    This is EXACTLY what I needed to read today. I started my blog to journal my own health and fitness journey but sometimes I question the amount of time I spend on it and whether there is any value, other than to me. Despite my doubts, I have seen benefits in my own life. It is nice to read that blogging has truly changed your life in many ways and I appreciate you sharing your experiences and observations.

  8. says

    I just wanted to say that your post really inspired me during the making of my own blog, which I made a new year’s resolution/goal for 2014.

    I wrote my first entry this evening and paid credit to your post. Thank you.

    Sam

    • my own creature says

      I don’t know how I would start a blog. Most blogs are about one topic and I know I’ll find that hard because I have all sorts in my head. I want to be able to just throw my thoughts onto a page creatively and know that it’s out there… Is there any certain way that I should start? I’m asking you because it seems you know what your talking about!

  9. says

    I started a blog after being inspired by a safari trip in South Africa 6 months ago and I’ve managed to keep it going. I’ve been feeling demotivated about it lately questioning whether all the time I put in it matters to anyone else but me. I’ve stopped alerting friends about new posts because it made me feel quite self-absorbed and narcissistic.
    However, blogging has certainly changed my life and done most of the things you mentioned. I still wonder if I should make it more focused but in the end I’ve just decided to write about what matters to me and hope that sharing all that would be enough. I would greatly appreciate any feedback if you have the inclination or the chance. Thanks for your encouraging words to keep doing something I’ve really come to love.

    • Donna says

      I enjoyed Joshua’s post very much. His warmth and sincerity drew me in, and I smiled and nodded as I read. I have been trying to figure out what kind of platform I should use to “publish” what I have been working on. Like a lot of people, I have a hard time lately financially, so I’ve been putting together a list of sites, and phone numbers, to perhaps lesser known resources and programs for people to take advantage of, that would hopefully help. Sort of like an ‘Angie’s List,’ but this would be free to use. The problem is that I can’t just list websites, and phone numbers, I need to write something about the program the link is to, and I feel so inadequate. I keep asking myself “Who am I that anyone would listen to anything I had to say?” I don’t possess the kind of confidence that allows me to believe that i would ever say anything that anyone else would listen to, and its these exact thoughts that continue to delay this project. There is another bizarre fear, which is why I am writing this in reply to what Frances wrote. She wrote in part, “…it made me feel quite self-absorbed and narcissistic.” I’m afraid of that too. I’m not afraid of appearing self absorbed, I am afraid of becoming self absorbed, because I have seen that happen. I have never done this before, so of course my first one has to be the War And Peace of comments. I’m scared to death to post this. I haven’t explained my concerns very well, but I just can’t believe I’m the only person who has them. Well I guess I could be, but if I was that unique, it really would be all about me, so I would what…win?

  10. says

    Out of all the reasons, I really find number 8 to be most fulfilling. In fact, money would be taken away as a reason for blogging, I’d still do it just because I get to inspire other people to dream bigger.

  11. says

    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,or a résumé.

  12. onneetse moleta says

    i cant think of doing anything other than writing, so with blogging, i can be who and what i am, a writer. this is great, thanks.

  13. says

    Great article. Thank you.

    Love how you hint that the reward in blogging, is blogging itself.

    The process before outcome mentality.

  14. Ailton Pereira says

    Actually are more than enough reason. Reumindo to be become a blogger you become a better person with each passing day.

    Paraben and success

  15. Sara says

    Thank you for the inspiration. I have been thinking about starting a blog, but I’m a little nervous about letting others read what I write. You put things in a different perspective- writing for the purpose of personal growth.

  16. Mandy says

    Thanks for the blog post. I have been feeling like the beginning of a blog in my life was to share what I have learned in life with others. Thank you for confirming. Now I can take the steps without fear!

  17. says

    I started writing content for Yahoo Contributor Network this year and realized that I wasn’t a shabby writer. The only downside was that Yahoo really doesn’t pay much, or keep giving consistent assignments.

    Starting The Sodbuster helped change that. Your post is really reassuring and affirming. My blog is a reflection at times, and an article generator at others, but no matter how I look at it, I’m growing as a person through my writing.

    Cheers to Blogging!

  18. Kelly Campbell says

    Thank you so much for posting this Joshua. I’ve been meaning to start a blog for awhile now, and your 15 reasons really hit home for me.

  19. Philip Bellew says

    Very inspiring, guys. I’ve recently taken a year off work, following a difficult period in my life, and I’m considering setting up a blog, in order to articulate my experiences, good and not so good. In other words, I want to connect with other people and establish an interface between myself and the broader human community. Advice?

  20. Julie-Ann Waite says

    Your article was most helpful. I lost my 19 year old daughter unexpectedly this past August. I have just returned to work full-time. My daughter was an amazing young woman and I knew that when she was alive and it has become even more evident since her passing. I have felt sinche she passed that there is something that will come out as a result of her passing, for me, for her friends, for all the people that knew and loved her. It turns out there were many. As I have been struggling over the last several months just trying to “live” knowing that she won’t be a part of that anymore I have been scrambling to try and find a sense of “relief” and I don’t mean typical relief but more along the lines of restablishing my purpose – my purpose for myself. It is a daunting place to be. I’m afraid of not mattering. Yet I matter to so many people and I mattered to my daughter. I journal, I read self-help books, see a psychologist, study Enneagram. Loads of things that help me be very cognitive of my own thoughts and what the loss of my child “means”. My life is forever changed – but what does that look like, what does that mean? I have such a deep pain and I am quite frankly inconsolable. I am good at expressing myself, especially in the written word. So today I googled “How to start a blog” because just this week it was reccomended to me. My first thought was who would be interested in reading this? (right away thinking about the perception of others) After reading this article I now recognize that what really matters is my perception and that if I do this, it just might help me and I just might get to a place of being consolable. Thank-you.

  21. Heather says

    I’ve been considering blogging for a while, and after reading this, feel ready to get started! Thanks for the information and encouragement!

  22. Patrick says

    Thankyou for your words of wisdom. I have been avoiding the call to write for some time now but can no longer shy away.

  23. says

    Thank you so very much for this truly meaningful article on a subject I’ve been waffling over for the last two weeks. I started a blog two years ago, but it wasn’t quite the “voice” I wanted to be sharing with the world. Now, I feel it’s time to start again and these 15 reasons have given me the encouragement and well, REASONS, to get started! Thanks again.

    Cheers,
    Joette

  24. Kimberly says

    I have often told myself I should blog, I often have great blogging material run through my head. I have 2 fears that keep me from starting. First, I already give myself the gift of me time in other ways and blogging would be another selfish time muncher. Secondly, I’m afraid that certain people close to me would come across my blog and take something the wrong way and have their feelings hurt. Anyone else have these fears?

    • Marilyn says

      Yes, that’s my greatest fear. I even have this fear on Facebook so I tend to just share things from others without giving an honest opinion :-).

  25. Nadya says

    Thank you for this article! This comes at a perfect time. I’ve been playing with the idea of starting a lifestyle blog. Your article provides me with a guideline to make it happen. I’m excited, nervous and anxious. Grammar nazis out there, be nice! ;)

  26. says

    Thanks you so much for your encouraging words. Blogging really helps you a lot. It helps you hone your skills and improve your knowledge.

  27. Bev says

    Thank you for this post. I have been “diddling” around with the thought of doing my own blog and am struggling with taking that step. Mostly due to fear and my perfectionism. Your reasons FOR blogging have really helped solidify that I WANT to take this step. I know that sometimes the hardest part of any process is to just START. Thanks for the encouragement.

  28. says

    I was thinking of starting a blog and after reading your “15 reasons”, I did it that day! It’s only been a couple of weeks and I’ve already experienced most of the “15 reasons”. Amazing. I am especially enjoying #3. I had already thought a lot about who I am and who I am becoming, but my blog writing has accelerated this in a great way. Thanks for the article!!

  29. Claudia Potosme says

    I love your reasons why one should start blogging. ~ inspired me to restart the blog I started when I went abroad (because I feel like that is when most people do so). Thanks for this wonderful post, my main goal is to become a better writer, and I just love sharing what I love to others as well

  30. says

    I started making my blog on WordPress because I wanted some place to share topics that make me smile that nobody I knew wanted to hear about.

  31. Bill G says

    Very interesting and inspiring. But – something’s missing. Not sure I can articulate it, but as I read, I searched for meaning or a way or a reason to blog about two or three topics of interest to me.

    The writer had his specific reasons for blogging in mind and wrote to those – without naming them. My topics did not fit the recipe exactly. Is that too vague?

  32. says

    I really enjoyed this article, Joshua. You should write an article about What people should blog about.

    For example, there is a notion that if you are a designer, you should only blog about design related topics, nothing personal.

    I would like to hear your take on that.

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