Why should you start a blog? The better question might be… why shouldn’t you? A blog is easy to setup, doesn’t cost a lot, and the potential is unlimited. But if that doesn’t convince you, here are 36 more reasons why you should start one.
It’s human nature to try and get other people interested in the things that we are interested in. And, since blogging has been so good to me, I can’t help but feel it is my duty to try and get everyone I know and everyone who reads my blog to start their own blog as well.
I mean, why not? You only live once, right?
And, it’s not like if you start a blog and it turns out to be something that isn’t for you, that you will have lost a significant amount of money or time in the process.
If it’s not for you… you can just walk away!
But I believe that some of the best bloggers in the world are still out there roaming around somewhere, completely unaware of the fact that they could be working from home (or while traveling), making more money than they are in their current jobs, and having freedom like they’ve never experienced before.
Maybe you’re not that person. But then again… maybe you are. The point is that you’ll never know unless you give it a shot.
In any case, if that pep talk didn’t get you fired up and ready to start a blog (which you can do by following my step-by-step guide to starting your own blog), then maybe these 36 reasons why you should start a blog will…
1. Starting a blog is incredibly easy to do.
Starting a blog is so simple to do that you can have your own blog up and running with just a few clicks. All you need to do is go to BlueHost.com, choose a hosting plan, pick your domain, and use their one-click installation feature to install WordPress.
Once you have WordPress installed and you can access it, you will literally have your own blog!
Of course, you could go with a free blog as well through a service like Blogger or Tumblr—however, if you have any plans to try and earn some money from your blog, you’re best off buying your own domain and setting up your own hosting. Fortunately, it costs less than $5 per month if you pay for a year up front, and only $12 if you want to pay month-to-month (you can cancel anytime.
But, the bottom line is that the process of starting a blog is incredibly easy… For a full guide on how to get your blog up and running, check out our guide How to Start A Blog.
2. You can literally earn 6-figures (and beyond) a year blogging.
What if I told you that it was possible to earn six-figures a year through a blog? I know it’s possible, because I’ve done it.
Of course, making money blogging isn’t as simple as starting a blog, publishing some posts, and watching the money roll in. There’s a lot that goes into making your brand new blog a high-earning income machine.
It took me 6 months to go from knowing nothing about blogging to earning enough money to quit my part-time job. If you follow the advice on this website, I have no doubt that you could accomplish that feat even quicker.
Ultimately, though, if you want to earn a living as a blogger, it can be done. And, I’m just one of many who have been able to build a profitable six-figure blog… and, there are definitely people making a lot more than me, too. (Like this guy… and this lady… and this guy, too.)
3. Starting a blog doesn’t require technical skills.
As I mentioned above, starting your own blog is quick and easy. And, best of all, it doesn’t take much technical know-how to do. In fact, if you follow our step-by-step guide to setting up your blog, you should have no problems at all!
So, regardless of your technical knowledge of computers and websites, you do not need to know how to code or design a website in order to start a blog (and one that looks good, too!).
If you do have trouble, though, just send me an email and I will personally walk you through setting up your blog.
4. You can start your first blog post in the next 10 minutes.
Did I say that starting a blog was easy? It is! It’s so easy that within the next 10-minutes you can have your very own blog up and running. With BlueHost’s one-click WordPress install, all you need is your domain name & hosting and BlueHost will help you do the rest.
Once WordPress is installed on your website, you can literally start blogging right away. Yes… within the next 10 minutes you can be sitting at your computer/laptop writing your very first blog post.
5. You can blog from anywhere!
My favorite part of running my websites is the fact that I can work from anywhere. Whether you want to blog from your home, from the local coffee shop, on a weekend getaway, or while on vacation, you can literally post to your blog from anywhere.
In fact there are a ton of bloggers who blog exclusively while traveling. Nomadic Matt, Expert Vagabond, and The Blonde Abroad all run their blogs on the go. Of course, their blogs are centered around their traveling, but other bloggers, myself included, can still maintain out blogs while on vacation, or away from the home.
And, really, the fact that you can blog from anywhere is one of the best perks about running a successful blog.
6. Blogging gives you an outlet for your thoughts and ideas.
Of course, starting a blog doesn’t have to be about making money. In fact, most bloggers don’t make money—nor do they want to. Rather, most people start a blog simply because they like putting their thoughts and ideas into writing and putting them out for the world to see.
If that’s the case for you and you don’t want to make money blogging, you can definitely go the free route and start a free blog on Blogger or Tumblr or any of the other hundreds of blogging platforms.
However, just be warned, if you ever want to transition from a casual/journal blog to a serious blog that you aim to make money with or advance your career/business, you’ll want to switch over to a domain that you own.
But, since starting a blog on a domain that you own is relatively cheap it does makes sense to start out that way from the get go.
7. You can start a blog for free. But you probably shouldn’t.
And, while it is a good idea to pay for your domain and hosting (that way your blog won’t be deleted on a whim and all your hard work lost), if your main objective is to just get your thoughts and ideas out, then a free blogging platform makes sense.
On the other hand, if you want to go the more serious route and start a blog that you can use to try and make some money, the costs are still relatively affordable. In fact, if you signup through BlueHost, you get a free domain when you purchase hosting and if you sign up for a year in advance, you only have to pay ~$4 per month.
So, either way you look at it, having your own blog is pretty darn affordable (if not free!)
8. Blogging can improve your writing skills.
Another great benefit that comes from blogging regularly is the fact that, the more you write, the better writer you become. While a lot of bloggers are already good writers, some bloggers—even some of the most successful bloggers—have started out as poor writers and, through their blogging, have greatly improved their writing skills.
What it all boils down to, though, is that the more you do something, the better you become at it. So, whether you’re a pretty good writer now, or you aren’t very good at writing, the good news is that regardless of where you start from, if you blog on a regular basis, your writing is bound to improve.
But I’m not the only one who believes blogging can help you improve your writing… check out Dana Johnson’s post on GenTwenty.com and read the reasons why she thinks blogging has helped her become a better writer.
9. A blog will let you share your knowledge with others.
Maybe you are really knowledgeable on a specific subject… if that’s the case, a blog can be a great way to share your expertise with others.
In fact, the premise of any profitable blog is to present helpful information to others on a specific subject.
For instance, I have a couple of consumer electronics review blogs that help consumers find the best products as well as present them with guides on how to properly use those products. I’m knowledgeable on these consumer electronics and so I use my expertise as the premise of my blog.
As a result, I have been able to help tens of thousands of people make better decisions when going out and buying those specific products.
So, if you know a lot about a particular subject, then that may be the perfect subject for you to base your blog around… especially considering that there are likely a lot of people out there who want to know what you know.
10. You can establish your expertise and gain credibility.
In addition to the point above, sharing what you know on a subject can be a great way to establish yourself as an expert on a subject. And, that will help you gain credibility.
Of course, there are many reasons why establishing yourself as an expert and gaining credibility can be beneficial, be it landing you a job, earning you new clients, or spreading the word about what it is that you do.
Ultimately, though, running your own blog and sharing what you know is one of the best ways to make a name for yourself and establish who you are as a professional.
11. Your blog can be a great addition to your resume.
Another cool benefit of having your own blog is the fact that you can add it to your resume. Of course, this only makes sense if your blog contains appropriate content and isn’t unprofessional in nature.
However, as more and more companies are turning to social media to determine what type of person they are hiring, adding your blog can be a good way for your prospective employer to get a feel for who you are and what you know.
Having a blog can also signify some attractive skills and characteristics, such as the ability to write, how organized you are, your passion, your dedication, and your willingness to commit to something, among others.
Of course, there are exceptions to this and, according to Levo.com, you need to know when it is appropriate to include your blog and when it isn’t.
12. Adding a blog to your business can be great for branding.
If you have a business, there are literally hundreds of reasons why adding a blog to your website makes sense. But, perhaps most importantly is that a blog can help you with your business’ branding.
By blogging regularly about your business, including covering topics such as your employees, the process behind your business, the events you hold, the services you offer, the products you sell, etc. can be a great way for your customers to get an idea of who you are and what your business represents.
And, the better your customer knows you, the more likely they are to trust you and buy from you.
13. Adding a blog to your business can also increase sales.
As mentioned above, adding a blog to your business can be a powerful way to boost your brand and build trust with your customers. Of course, a stronger brand and more trust lead to more sales in themselves.
However, that is not the only way a blog can drive more sales for your business.
Since blogs can be great ways to get links and social shares from other sites, they, therefore, can be great for generating more traffic to your business’ website. And, the more traffic you get to your website, the more buyers/leads you get and the more sales you will make.
14. A blog can be used as a phenomenal PR tool.
Another great way that a blog can help your business is as a PR tool. If you have a new announcement for your business (i.e. a new product release, a new partnership, a merger, etc.), posting about it on your blog can be a great way to drum up some publicity.
And, if your announcement is important and big enough to draw attention of some bigger media outlets, you can get yourself a ton of excellent publicity for your business.
15. Blogging can be the beginning of a writing career.
There have been numerous bloggers who, through their blogging, have gone on to write books (like Pat Flynn’s book, Let it Go) and land writing jobs for big websites. This is a pretty profound example of how powerful blogs have become in this day and age…
In the past, if you wanted to land a great writing gig you typically had to have a degree and if you wanted to write a book you had to get lucky with a publisher or know someone in the industry…
And, the reason why was that writing gigs required proof that you could write well and getting a book published was all about hoping that the publisher liked your idea for a book more than the other thousands of entries they received.
Now, though, with a blog, you can display your writing prowess to anyone, build an audience, and prove to potential media outlets and publishers that you write well, and that there is already an audience for your writing.
16. Or, blogging can help writers find more opportunities.
If you’re an existing writer, whether as a journalist, author, or freelance writer, having your own blog can be a great way to promote your work and expand your audience.
And, both of these can help you find more writing opportunities, sell more of your work, and land more freelance gigs.
17. Blogging will help you get get good at researching topics.
Often times, writing a high quality blog post is about more than just putting down what you already know. Rather, an amazing blog post will involve your expertise as well as plenty of supporting resources and information to help back your point up.
The more resources you can point to that back up the information in your blog post, the more likely your post will be able to capture the hearts and minds of your readers.
And, as such, to write a good blog post, you must be able to find relevant resources. Because of this, blogging can be a great way to improve your ability to find information and research topics.
I can personally attest to this, as when I started blogging, I had some knowledge on the subject I based my first blog around… however, after 4-5 years writing about that subject, I can safely say that through researching that topic regularly, I have become more knowledgeable on that subject, and I have learned how to find the information I need to cover that subject thoroughly.
18. Blogging is a great way to network.
A really amazing part of blogging is the networking opportunities that come from it. Bloggers are all generally knowledgeable people who have a lot to offer. And, so, befriending other bloggers that write about similar topics can be a great way to expand your audience and gain more readers.
Of course, to master networking, you must focus more on what you can give than what you can receive, because if you only look for ways that another person can help you, it won’t be long before nobody wants to aid you.
19. Blogging regularly can help you become more disciplined.
While blogging on a regular basis isn’t the best way to gain more self-discipline, the act of blogging consistently can help you become a more disciplined person. Essentially, the more regularly you do something, the more self-discipline you gain.
So, while I wouldn’t call blogging the go-to for anyone who needs more self-discipline, there are definitely aspects involved with running a blog that can help you become more disciplined.
20. Having a blog can help you unleash your creativity.
One of the best parts of blogging is the fact that you can express yourself in a creative manner. Writing a blog is not like writing academic papers for school. You don’t have to adhere to strict guidelines—although there are some best practices that are advisable to follow to keep your readers engaged—and you won’t get docked if you don’t cite your resources properly.
And, you can write about whatever you want, with whatever tone you want.
You can write fiction, humor, inspirational essays, product guides, movie reviews, etc. And, while certain topics are better for bringing in income—if that is your main goal—that doesn’t mean you can get creative with your posts.
21. Blogging is a ton of fun!
There are a lot of things that I really enjoy about blogging. Whether it’s the flexible schedule it allows me to have, or the income I earn, or the fact that I’m my own boss, or the freedom to write about what I want, there is a lot to like about blogging.
Not to mention, there are some really fun challenges that come with building a successful blog. The first is to create content that people love and the second is to figure out ways to get more people to read that content.
Of course, it’s a little bit more complicated than that, but I’ve found that getting traffic to my blogs and having my visitors take action (i.e. signing up for my email lists, clicking on affiliate links to products they are interested in, commenting, sharing the post, etc.) is just as fun—if not more so—than creating content.
It’s like a game… First you put your content out there, then you see how many people you can get to read your content, and then, finally, you see how many of those readers will take a positive action.
And, if you don’t like your results, you simply tweak one of the three steps above (produce better content, get more people to read your content, or try different conversion techniques).
In any case, for me, blogging is a ton of fun. I realize that everyone has a different definition of fun, but if you can relate to what I’m saying then blogging might just be for you.
22. Blogging regularly can boost confidence.
Just as blogging regularly can help you become a more disciplined person, it can also help you boost your confidence. I’m telling you, there is nothing like hitting the publish button on a finished piece of content.
And, perhaps even better than hitting the publish button, is seeing a new sale come in—one that generates you some real money!
The amazing part is that the more content you publish, and the more money you make blogging, the more confident you become in your ability—not just as a blogger—but in yourself as an individual.
I mean, coming into starting a blog, most people are slightly skeptical of the idea of making money… but when you actually do it and you realize that not only is it possible, but it is a reality, you wonder what other things you were skeptical of trying, that you really could accomplish as well.
23. Blogging can help you be more organized.
This is another one that’s not exclusive to bloggers, but rather a result that comes from writing regularly. What I’ve found through writing on a regular basis is that the more I write the better I get at it (as I have mentioned above.)
When I first started writing, I would use an outline to keep my posts/articles/papers organized so that they would flow better. After awhile, I started to notice that I didn’t need to rely on an outline as much as I did before (although it still helps for bigger and more in-depth guides and posts).
What was happening was the process of outlining a post had been engrained in my head and whenever I went to think of a new post, I could organize it more easily in my mind without having to actually write the outline out.
And, as a result I have noticed that when performing other tasks (like organizing/decorating my office, washing my car, handling finances, marketing and promoting my website, etc.) I have a more organized process of handling them, because I can clearly think out the necessary steps in each task ahead of time.
24. You can inspire others through a blog.
If you are really committed to your blog and you have a message to deliver to your audience, you can really inspire others. Whether you are blogging about an important cause—like environmental issues, or education—or you are posting product reviews, there is a chance to inspire your audience.
In fact, if you aren’t inspiring your audience, you are much less likely to build a successful blog.
Ultimately, while there are many ways to get people onto your blog to read your content, people only come back at the extend to which you have inspired them. The good news is, though, that if you truly believe in what you are blogging about and you can convey your passion for the subject at hand, you will undoubtedly inspire your followers.
And, while making money and gaining recognition are two awesome rewards that can come from blogging, knowing that you helped someone in some way with the message you delivered to them through your blog is 100 times more rewarding.
25. Blogging can help you overcome the fear of public scrutiny.
I’ve already mentioned how blogging can be a confidence booster and, really, this is just an extension of that. However, a lot of people are afraid to reveal their thoughts to the world and, as such, keep them locked away, regardless of how amazing or important they might be.
A blog, like a journal, can be a way to express those thoughts. However, unlike a journal, a blog will be published for all of the world to see. And, since most blogs don’t pickup traffic right away, it can help you ease into the idea of having other people read what you have written.
The more you blog, though, the more that fear of putting yourself out there goes away.
26. Nothing feels better publishing a new blog post.
You’ve spent four days writing and polishing your latest post. You’ve spent a few more days before that doing keyword research, finding resources, and determining the angle of your post.
Still yet, you’ve designed some eye-catching images, you’ve come up with some witty—but SEO-friendly—headlines, and you’ve created a custom design and layout for the post that looks just great…
Now, there is only one thing left to do: hit the publish button.
Hitting the publish button is like an artist displaying their painting at an exhibit for the first time. Or, it’s like a singer dropping their new single on iTunes. Or, a restaurant owner serving their new dish for the first time.
When you hit the publish button, you’re essentially releasing a piece of art to the public. It’s an exhilarating experience.
On the one hand, you feel accomplished and proud of what you have created and you are excited to put it out in front of the world. On the other hand, though, you are nervous as to what others will think about your latest post.
Some may love it and some may dislike it (it is, after all, going onto the internet), but if you have poured your heart and soul into the post, you will have accomplished something significant regardless.
27. Your blog will preserve your spirit.
The other day I was sitting there thinking about my son’s future and I realized that in 50 years, he will be able to pull up one of my social media profiles or find one of my blogs (he’ll probably have to look on archive.org, though, if the domain has expired…) and be able to access a piece of me that can never die.
What an amazing concept!
Everything you write and publish on your blog has the potential to be seen by someone hundreds of years from now. Maybe it’s an ancestor doing a genealogy project, or someone wanting to see what life was like back in the 2000’s…
In any case, your blog can serve as a way for you to stand the test of time. With a blog, all of your thoughts, ideas, and beliefs can be immortalized!
28. Everyone is doing it!
In my opinion, life is best when you go against the grain and don’t succumb to peer pressure just because “everyone else is doing it.” But, in regards to blogging, I can’t resist…
Some estimates show that there is a new blog created on the internet every half a second. That’s over 170,000 new blogs created every single day.
That is a lot of people blogging!
The good news is that most of those bloggers will never pan out or stick to it, so you really don’t have to worry about competition.
But, that doesn’t change the fact that blogging is interesting enough to where a large percentage of people are willing to give it a try. And, if it can appeal to those people, maybe it can appeal to you, too…
29. You can build a community of like-minded people w/a blog.
One of the coolest aspects of building a successful blog is the fact that every blog has the potential to turn into a full-fledged community of like-minded individuals.
The reasoning is simple…
People gather in places where other people with similar interests are.
So, if you are posting great content on a specific subject and people are commenting on your posts, any interested new visitor to your site will see there is a conversation taking place (a conversation in which they are interested in) and, as a result, they will contribute as well.
If this continues on for long enough, you will soon have a dedicated following and you may have to start considering adding forums for your audience to continue the conversation in between posts.
Ultimately, if you reach a point to where your blog has a huge following and, as a result, works more like a community than some regular old blog, your blog will have transcended the blogosphere and turned into something considerably more.
30. Some bloggers get free stuff (I’m one of them!)
Other than this blog, my other blogs are mostly review websites for certain consumer electronics products. And, because I have built those blogs up to a good size, I often get to review the latest products for free.
And, I’m not just talking $20-$30 items…
I’ve received items that retail for over $2,000 so that I can do a review on them. Some of the products I have to send back, and some of the products I get to keep.
It does take a bit of work to get to the point to where you can get free products to review (although, I will admit that I don’t actively look for opportunities as much as some other bloggers do), but if you can reach that point, you can definitely get some free stuff to try out—all because you have a popular blog!
31. Your blog can help you promote a worthy cause.
Maybe you have no inclination to make a living as a blogger. Maybe you just want to blog about something that you really care about… and maybe that something is a really important cause.
If that’s the case, then starting a blog to bring awareness to and drum up support for your cause is an amazing idea.
In fact, outside of donating large sums of money, there may be no better way to bring attention to an important cause than by blogging about it regularly. Sure, it will take some time to grow an audience, but if your cause truly is worthy, it is worth it, right?
32. Blogging can bring your website more traffic.
In some cases, a blog works better as a supporting element of an existing business. For instance, if you have a website where you sell software or a physical product online, obviously your main goal is to get people to your products.
However, a blog can be a great way to drive traffic to your product pages.
The problem with online stores that sell products, is that, typically, a product listing page isn’t going to have the kind of content that is likely to rank well in Google. Google wants really in-depth content, not a product listing page that just lists product details and specifications.
One way for online stores to get around this is to start a blog where they write about their products and related subjects. In turn, if the content is good, is promoted well, and links to your products, there’s a good chance that you can drive a lot of traffic to the important pages on your website.
To further explain this, consider that you are a web designer who wants to get more traffic to your “pricing” page. Obviously, just listing prices isn’t really a page that will generate a whole lot of organic traffic or social media shares.
However, if you also have a blog where you write about website design tips, SEO, link building, etc. you can gain a higher ranking in Google and more social shares, both of which can lead to your site getting more traffic.
33. Blogging gives you a chance to talk to your audience.
As I’ve mentioned above, a blog can turn into a full-on community if the content is consistently good and it is marketed well. This can be good on many different levels…
If you are trying to make money with your blog and you are selling something or promoting something, the comment section of your blog posts can be a great place to answer any questions about the product/service you are selling that were left unanswered in your content.
Or, if you are blogging to raise awareness for a cause that is near and dear to you, the comment section can also be a place to give more information to others who want to support your cause.
Not only is answering your audience’s questions a great way to help inform them, it’s also great branding as well, because new visitors will see that they can get their questions answered as well.
34. Blogging can help you become more of an expert.
While I only ever start a blog on a subject that I am at least somewhat familiar on, I have found that, after blogging about a subject for an extended period, I know so much more about that subject than I ever did when I started.
The reasoning behind this is simple: the more you write about a subject, the more you are forced to read about that subject (looking for resources, finding sub topics to write about, etc.), the more you learn about that subject.
So, if you are knowledgeable on a particular subject, but you want to learn more about it, you should definitely consider starting a blog around that subject.
35. A blog can help you get into the school of your choice.
A lot of times the deciding factor between two students who performed similarly (academically speaking) is their personality. Colleges use a lot of different criteria to determine a person’s personality, such as the college entry essay and the extracurricular activities you participated in when you were in high school.
Perhaps another great way to display who you are, what you’re interested in, what areas you are proficient in, and what causes you care about, is to start your own blog and write about things that are important to you.
And, according to this Quora thread, it looks like I’m not the only one who believes having a blog—one that doesn’t have questionable content—and listing it on your college application is a good idea.
Furthermore, blogging can indirectly help you get accepted into the college of your choice thanks to a lot of the reasons listed in this article. In fact, Sarah Wu, a beauty blogger gives a lot of credit to the skills she developed as a blogger to her acceptance into college.
In the article linked to, Sarah Wu explains how blogging helped her learn a lot about herself, networking, and some technical skills, all of which helped improve her college application.
In any case, whether you’re looking to give a college a glimpse into who you are, or you are looking to pickup some extra skills and traits that will make you more attractive to colleges, a blog can certainly help you out!
36. Blogging can bring you new job opportunities.
From speaking engagements, to consulting work, to freelance writing gigs (which has already been discussed), to book deals, to a long list of other gigs, jobs, and opportunities, blogging has some serious potential to land you some extra work.
For instance, my wife loves to watch the cooking channel. And, even though I would rather change the game or a movie or anything else, whenever Pioneer Woman comes on, I just have to see what Ree Drummond is making. She makes these big-hearty-manly-ranch-style meals and on more than one occasion I have told my wife “Sweetie… we have to make that tonight,” because it looks so darn delicious.
But the cool thing is that Ree started out as a food blogger. And, after building a huge following over the course of 4-5 years, she landed her own show on the Food Network and is now a staple in the cooking world.
Now, I won’t sugar coat this and pretend like once you start your blog the job opportunities will start rolling in.
In fact, the reality is that it takes a long time of producing quality content consistently to build a large following. And, even then, only a few of the most popular and successful bloggers can land big gigs through their online success.
However, it is possible. And, for some bloggers, the work they have landed them thanks to their success, has helped earn them millions of dollars.
On the flip side, even moderately popular blogs can help land the blogger writing jobs, book deals, and consulting work.
And, just like you, those bloggers started out with a blank website and an idea. The possibilities are endless.
There’s no better time than now to start your blog.
Hey look, blogging isn’t for everyone. But the truth is that there is so much potential behind building a successful blog that it would be silly to not at least give it a go…
Because, ultimately, you will never really know for sure unless you try.