Blogging can be a really fun hobby to have and there are many benefits to starting one and sticking to it for a few years. Whether you start a blog just for fun, are wanting to use it to build a stronger online community, or are prepared to have a stronger online presence for your work, a blog is the best way to achive all of the above.
A blog can help you:
Become An Expert
We all have something that excites us, whether it's rescue animals, fashion, graphics, art, writing or sports. Blogging is a way you can take those impalpable hobbies and turn them into areas of expertise. When you put your thoughts onto a site, you will gain more knowledge and experience in that field and you will be able to show it off in a tangible way. This can be focused on in a field you're not currently working in (as a hobby) or if you're really passionate about your current industry, a blog can help you reach the next level.
Grow Your Online Presence
A blog is an excellent way to perfect your online portfolio far beyond Facebook status updates and photos of your lunches. Considering that most employers say they google potential hires, you want your online presence to positively stand out. You control the story on your blog, meaning you have the chance to show employers who you are and what you care about in addition to what is being written on your application and short bio. Not to mention, having a blog that you regularly update proves that you're hard working and self-motivated.
It may seem like everyone has a blog, and there's a good reason for it. A blog is a way to add more challenge and growth to your life while you're going to work or school if you don't feel challenged enough in your daily grind. It forces you to think outside of the box and it's an excellent way to spend your time if you don't know what else to do.
Learn New Things
Not only will you learn so much more about the industry you're interested in, you will also learn new soft skills: how to effectively communicate online, how to properly promote yourself, how to code or develope web design, or how to improve your writing. While it's up to you how deeply you dive into each, the opportunity is there and ready for the taking.
You Have a Chance to Make A Difference
Online voices are so powerful and in the age of self-publishing, there is a new way for your voice to be heard. If you're interested in making a difference in animal cruelty, woman's rights, whatever it may be, you can make a difference by blogging--even if it's just building awareness.
Writing a blog makes you more exposed to possible life experiences in both the virtual world and the real world. Through comments, social media, personal research, and connecting with people from around the world, you are building relationships with people who share your same passion. It gets you in touch with people you may never have met otherwise.
Document Your Life
If all you want to do is have a place to write, share your thoughts and photographs about your family, friends or life, a blog is a good tool for hosting your life.
You don't need thousands of followers to have a blog. If you are authentic to yourself and are doing it because it's something you enjoy, you will find success in it. Success in the sense that you are doing something beneficial for you.
Coming to you from the intern's desk,
FIDM Student, Mariya Dondonyan
Follow Mariya on her personal blog, The Gracious Lady.