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.

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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    • Y.Y says

      I was searching for blogs, what is a blog?.. there are many different kind of blogs but what has caught my attention was your blog.. I agree with you that it actually helps a person to think deeper, i feel by writing and expressing your feelings you as a person gets to know who you actually are, because you’re actually connecting with yourself.. Many of us are just to scared to share what we are thinking inside not because we have awesome ideas but we are afraid for other people to know or how they will feel if we share it..I feel its just your inner thoughts that you keep thinking and thinking overtime.. Like now as i am writing this.. I have few thoughts running through my mind if i should jus stop writing or delete what ever i have wrote but i think i wont delete because i want to get to know myself, my thoughts.. I may not be a good writer like you but i just want to tell you that your blog actually inspired me and just want to say Thank You

  1. says

    Interesting! i am just jumping on the band wagon myself. I must say for a beginner it can be a bit overwhelming especially when all you see is already established blogs. I have been thinking about blogging for almost a year and whilst i am not an expert at writing am making a blog anyway like you said it makes you a better writer and that is my goal. Thanks for the insight gives me motivation while i think about what am actually going to be blogging about.

    • Elle R. says

      I’m glad I found this post. I have been on the fence and near to deciding about whether or not to blog for quite some time. Of the many posts I’ve read on the subject, yours is the most inspiring. Thank you.

  2. says

    I totally agree with all 15 reasons. Blogging gets you very focused, plus it is nice to share your experience especially in a valuable niche that others will appreciate.

  3. Tasha says

    This post was just the PUSH I needed to get started blogging. Now to decide which topic I want to blog about. Thank you for this inspiring post.

  4. says

    Thank you for your inspirational article. I have just create my own blog and starting to blog few weeks ago. I must say, it is a fun experience because I can be honest to myself and express my experience. Thank you again.

  5. says

    I found this article many months ago and used it for inspiration to start my own blog. I now have it book marked and refer to it regularly. It really nails it. Thank you Joshua.

  6. says

    Hello Joshua!

    Blogging has being one of the best decision I’ve ever made, and just like a post I’ve read, A blog will tend to be your secret friend that stays even when the rest people are gone.

    It builds your writing skills, mindset, social life and above all enrich once pocket. which to me, is more gain than loose.

    Thank you for this post

    Uche Francis

  7. says

    I’ve been wondering if blogging is worth it. I think your points are absolutely spot on. Too many people ‘sell’ blogging as a path to fame or riches when it should be opening a conversation.

  8. says

    Hey! This is a wonderful post…it made me decide to start an experiment with blogging. For me, #12 is the big draw but excited to see what unexpected benefits it brings. Thanks!!

  9. Tammy says

    Thank you for your blog post. I have been thinking about starting a blog for several years. I have been on a personal growth journey for the past 6 1/2 years. I began writing at that time and have journaled my way to this point. I have written hundreds of essays and I read voraciously. I have healed in many ways, and my marriage is better than ever after 27 years. I want to reach out to share my experience and my hope with others. I am also taking a photography class and want to possibly use my own photos on my blog. I think this is the year to begin. Thank you for your inspiration!

  10. says

    Thank you for this post. I just started my blog up just to vent, and to keep me busy. Having just been diagnosed with congestive heart failure, it also gives me a chance to tell day by day what it’s like for people who’ve never experienced it.

  11. says

    One of the best articles i ever seen in my google search. thank you so much Joshua for this awesome inspirational post. I start blogging since 2012 and now i find again my “eye of the tiger”.

  12. says

    Wonderful article … I enjoyed reading this list of reasons to blog. I personally found most these items have been personally experienced – even in my light blogging experience. I am loving it more and more over time. Love the design of your site as well.

  13. Hai says

    Thank you for this inspirational acticle. I am working in life insurance and I want to start a knowledge sharing blog about this sector as the public awareness about insurance in my country is quite low. But in my thinking, my knowledge is still limited (I have worked for only 03 years), therefore I just wonder should I start blogging or not. Any opinions will be welcomed and appreciated. Thanks all!

  14. says

    Blogging is one of the best things I’ve done for myself. It’s therapeutic, with loads of personal and professional benefits. All your points are spot on Josh!

  15. Raneem Abubars says

    This blog post gave me a lot of inspiration! I just created my own blog recently, mainly to improve in my writing and because I just felt like I needed a place to write my thoughts down. I hope this will eventually become a hobby that I will love to do and one that will sort of give me a better insight and perspective on life. Thank you so much, I’m honestly super motivated to continue this journey!

  16. Paris says

    I love this! I am ssooo inspired! This is actually a blessing and an answered prayer! Thank you sssooo much for sharing this!!! :) God bless you!

  17. bj says

    That’s cute and all but…I’d rather get paid. Money is better than any of those reasons. Getting comfortable with being known? How about getting comfortable with having zero privacy. The choice is yours but…i don’t see the appeal

  18. mattie says

    wow!!! so much good info. I am scared stiff of this whole process ,but I like all the rest of you are wanting to start a blog (not really @ my own request ,but that of others ,who feel I have something to say ) which I think is pretty funny ,but ok :)so thank you so much for all of he positive feed back and information to get me started. keep your fingers crossed for me. yikes :/

  19. says

    Hi Joshua, This is an inspiring article. Thank you. It is affirmation of every reason I chose to join the world of blogging. My blog specifically is within the realm of personal fitness. I would appreciate any advise you might have regarding how to drive traffic to my site and additionally join other bloggers who are like-minded about this topic and how to feed off of each other. I have spent a few hours pouring over the minimalist articles, your work is indicative of what you share. Once again, thank you! ~Robert Rael

  20. says

    Thanks for sharing, great post. I agree, I’ve noticed similar impacts in my life when I begin to write my blog. I’ve even noticed growth as I reflect on my past blogs. I notice a significant change in my ideas, beliefs, experiences and so much more. It’s truly a blessing.

  21. says

    Personally for me, blogging helps me to share with my family what I think about, my preferences, my activities; like a sort of introduction before I talk about it again in our Skype call. :) Since I live far away from my family, at least I keep on changing blog posts with my dad. And sometimes, he gives advice indirectly to me via blog too.

    By the way, I agree with all of your points. Blogging also help me to improve my social skills to say something in a proper way.

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