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.

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

About Joshua Becker

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

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Comments

    • Paloma says

      So I have been thinking for a while “I want to write a blog”. But I never got around it because I thought “well who would want to read the stuff I write”. I swear this blog was a sign! I am going to read that article you recommended and I am gather courage to start. By the way I love the way you write. I hope I can write like that some day.

  1. says

    What an inspiring article! Thank you for reminding of all the reasons I really wanted to start to my blog. I plan on bookmarking this article and looking back at it often.

    • denise says

      Thank you, you inspired me to start. I have been thinking about it a lot and your article gave me a little more of a push to get started.

  2. Trevor says

    You are lacking a share button my friend. Wanted to share this with a friend but I can’t, I’m sad.

  3. gail says

    Nice stuff. I love the minimalist theme. Inspires me to start my blog, which I have been planning since 5 years ago. :)

  4. Felicia Garcia says

    I have been wanting to start a blog for over 2 years too! I just never got around to it. Everytime I start to look up how, I get stuck and its so confusing! But this article does offer some great reasons why I should blog.

    Josh do you know if http://www.trafficrescue.com/step-1-getting-started-blogging/ is a good way to help me make a website?

    I am planning on making a blog for Mexican food and maybe even expand to youtube with my grandmas recipes.

  5. Casie Lynn says

    I began to type a comment and realized that I was blogging. You weren’t kidding about inspiration.

    Thank you, oh thank you! I can’t tell you just how happy you’ve made me.

  6. mieosa says

    I have started blogging recently but gave up in 10 days. I found it rather frustrating to put my thoughts into words.. especially meaningful words.. to the point I decided to delete all my posts. Since then there was a constant lingering guilt and disappointed at myself. Having just read this article, I have a feeling of giving myself a second shot at blogging and perhaps writing a daily journal too. Stumbling upon this blog for the first time and I truly thank you for all the inspirational and motivating articles.

  7. Vannesa Dawn says

    Truly you have inspired anyone who reads your article. Thanks for making me appreciate the wonders of blogging. I know it’s difficult to write especially when English is not your second language but I don’t consider that as a hindrance. As long as I am able to share my thoughts and inspire others, I find that fulfilling enough! More powers! :) -Vannesa Dawn (Philippines)

  8. says

    Great article! I am considering on starting to blog but honestly have no idea where to start or what to even blog about. I am a Graphic Designer and just recently graduated. I have many interests and I want to be able to share my experiences my thoughts, and my interests with the world. Is it acceptable to blog about multiple topics or is it better to blog about one thing and stick to it? Any suggestions would be much appreciated.
    Thanks so much!

  9. jacqueline durham says

    i so agree with you about getting enjoyment out of sharing and basically living a finger print behind for others to enjoy I will get to blogging

  10. Sheila says

    Beautiful! Thanks for this delicious post I stumbled up on today through a fortuitous confluence of clicks as I prepare to kick off my BLOG. Enough waiting and wondering and imagining…time for DO. This is a keeper to remind me of the point of it all, on those days it’s tough to stare down a blank screen. Cheers!

  11. says

    Great points Joshua. I clipped a few of these and responded on my blog with a link back here for readers to see what you wrote.

  12. Kim says

    What a pleasant read. When I read things online, I often get the feeling that the author is trying to convince me of something or other. Your well written words of encouragement, were a welcome difference and did just that, encouraged me. Thank you.

  13. Anita says

    For a few years now friends and acquaintances have been asking me to blog. I thought they were being silly. But as the number of people asking increased, I realized there must be something to it. I have not yet begun, but I am inspired by the reasons you shared. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

  14. Matt says

    I came across your blog looking for advice on how to write an effective blog (seems like and oxymoron really). Your article was very insightful and informative. I appreciate the information that you have put out there for people to read to help them on their journey to blogging. Your own experience and advice is very helpful. I have some friends who also wanted to/started there blog which hasn’t been launched yet and we collaborated on ideas. This helps answers questions I have had and validates my reasoning for wanting to do it. I just want to thank you again for the information and I will be laying out the groundwork to start my own blog.

  15. says

    love how clear and simple this is…..it took me years to embrace minimalism but now it is in every part of of my life…..my clothes, my home, the distances i drive, the people in my life. Clutter and excess take up a lot of time and energy that can be spent on better things.
    my blog is Broward People….I finally figured out how to get people to subscribe to it and I hope you do….please leave comments on what you read……everything you say about blogging is true……it is one the most satisfying things in my life…….

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  17. Maddison says

    Thank you so much for this. As long as you are happy and content with life and the people around you, what have you got to lose? Studying nursing, it has really made me appreciate life and how you can change one’s life… Everybody’s comments/posts/thoughts and contributions all make the world a better place. I am definitely going to start blogging (more like journaling to start with) to improve myself and ultimately other people in the future.

  18. says

    I have been blogging for 39 weeks today and I am just on the brink of quitting. I guess I just had more high hopes to reach more people then I have but your post here has me thinking and perhaps rethinking.Thanks for sharing.

  19. says

    Hello I am Uruguayan and I do not speak English. This is a google translation. TOTALLY agree with you since I started my blog my life changed. Thank you for your contributions …
    Walter

  20. Subi Nagpal says

    The 15-reasons comes like an avalanche-read stuff! Smooth & overpowering – both in its flow and the content. Its a fresh breather away from some of the contemporary warning to keep off constant intrnetting-and-look up!
    Im inspired enough to revive my blog, to start with.

    Billion thanx…(Thus far I had heard of millions…) !!

  21. Grace says

    Hey guys thanks so much for writing this (: I just started writing up the draft for my blog today, which will be about various things – simple home-cooking rather than buying processed foods, vegetarian cooking, natural recipes, maybe some takes on parenting.

    I admit I did begin to think about how I could make some money or get some recognition, but your article here has brought me back down to earth :) and helped me realize that along with my personal journey, I can hopefully give to others, which is more than money can buy.

    Kia kaha (persevere) and mahi pai (good work)

  22. TeSia says

    My grandma introduced me to blogging. I’ve seen blogs before but never really thought to actually do it. I’m goin through a transition in my life and started doing research on blogging. Wasn’t really sure what to blog about. Then I started looking up reasons to blog other than for a business. I am going through a lot and feel I should inspire others and I became motivated to write again. I came across this article, and you inspired me to blog about ME! Inspiring others it’s not to late to change your life for the better. So thank you!

  23. Marc says

    Excellent post! I have often considered blogging but I keep getting stuck on a name for the blog that embodies what I would like to talk about. Any suggestions on how to go about that process? It seems to be holding my entire process back. Thanks.

  24. says

    I started blogging a year ago, but I’ve recently stopped because I felt a need for inspiration. This post inspires me to start blogging again. I am so grateful for that, thanks!

  25. Karthyayini says

    Thank you so much for this. A fortune teller told me I would write a book one day and win an award for it. I have been thinking about blogging for a few days and you have really inspired me to go ahead and do it.

  26. Anna Koss says

    I just started college and wanted to start a blog. This article has given me some courage to start. Any tips for beginners?

  27. NK Chandnani says

    Thanks for this amazing post. I am thinking to make a blog since 1 year but I couldn’t because of the studies. But from now I’ve bought a hosting, and soon I’ll launch my blog.

  28. Yani Valerio says

    I am so happy I came across your article! For a long time now, I’ve been trying to find something that would fulfill a void that I have been feeling and just did not know what exactly it was that I wanted to do. I tried modeling but that’s a difficult industry to tackle. I thought of becoming a makeup artist but never got around to taking a course. This gives me the opportunity to actually give of myself and my thoughts right from my home and I am going to do it!! Thank you for your inspiring words :)

  29. Janet says

    Thank you for writing this. I have recently thought of blogging. I’m not exactly sure where the thought came from. I just remember thinking that I had so many thoughts and ideas but who would I share it with? My husband ? I don’t want to overwhelm him with all that goes on in my brain ….& then blogging came to mind. But when would I write especially with 2 little ones?! Who has time to write….I’ve also feared letting people into the most intimate part of me…. Either way, I keep going back and forth about it. Thank you so much for the encouragement. I’ll pray about direction with this.

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