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 journal. 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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Comments

  1. says

    Great inspiring info… No. 10 was my favorite! Im excited about impacting life through EyroniQ.com altho my blog is a shared experience … I’m interviewing the world with itty bitty money lol.. And yet I have no plans of giving up because of No. 8, 9, 3, 5, 6, 15, etc.. :)

  2. says

    Hi Joshua, I am new to blog society, your point of view help me to understand this new chapter of my life.

    Hope we will meet at some time or place in the journey of BLOG (Thought & Imagination expressed by words).

    C U….

  3. says

    Hi,
    First, I’d like to say that I am grateful for you guys. I ran accross your content on Ted Talk via youtube. This is exactly how I love to live my life. I am working at making it even more simple. My question is. Did you start your blog on wordpress? Or BlueHost ?

    What is the better place for really reaching people. My passion is Raw Vegan Foods and writing to Inspire others. I do this everyday with my Instagram and face book. I have been wanting to create a blog for a long lone, and tonight is the night when I take the steps to make it a reality.

    I sincerely thank you from the bottom of my heart, for being who you are.

    with love & good energy,
    michelle hill

    https://www.facebook.com/michellesherihill

    facebook.com/rawsunra

    rawsunra.com

    @rawsunra

    I am also president of a charitable organization

    BelieveInYourselfFoundation.org

  4. says

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  5. JB says

    Well, I am curious, but slightly afraid of the potential for too much info out there…identity theft, psycho stalkers, etc.

    Your responses?

  6. says

    Thank you for reminding me why I’ve been shelling out what I worry is useless info to the public for the past 7 years. I love how most of the reasons point to the writer as well; we write for ourselves as much as we write for others. Very thoughtful and a welcomed boost of confidence to keep blogging!

  7. Vicki says

    I am just researching starting a blog. I have created some crochet patterns that I am setting up to sell and read that a blog would help advertise them with useful content. This article has certainly given me a lot of food for thought.

  8. says

    Great post. Love your 15 reasons… not all are my reasons, but thought provoking just the same. My blog journey started as a photo-a-day challenge to find that something special, something to be grateful for each day. It has evolved over nearly 3 years to so much more than that. The friendships that have developed, the sense of belonging and community over that time has been a wonderful bonus. I love it.

  9. says

    Wow, your article has truly gone viral, and deservedly so! Thank you for putting so eloquently on paper your love of blogging and how much you gained from it. Great point about gaining insight.

    Shared it on twitter!

  10. says

    I’m new to blogging. My blog is a fresh, budding project. Initially, I planned to travel blog but I find myself increasingly tempted to write about other things too. My tastes and interests are so eclectic and I feel strange force to incorporate them into my blogging content. At the moment I fear to expose myself too much….I wonder if it is a permanent or transient state.

    Your tips are very motivating! Motivation – that’s what I need most at the moment.

  11. Mel Reyes says

    This is so on point that the writer in me screamed to be let out. Thank you for inspiring me to start blogging. Good morning. :)

    Pinned.

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