Everyone has encountered blogs, or web-logs, at some point. And everyone has written blogs whether they realized it or not. At the core, a blog is just writing. If you’ve written a little as an email you can write a blog.
If you are reading this I assume you are interested in blogging. Well. Unless you read everything I write regardless of the content. In which case you obviously have excellent taste.
Blogging has hidden benefits. And even if no one ever reads what you write you’ll get these benefits:
- Improved Communication Skills – Nearly everyone communicates through writing. Therefore by practicing writing you can improve your written communication. If your blog is public you’ll be especially critical of your own writing. I often update my old articles with better writing. Rereading your old work you’ll realize just how terrible your writing used to be. The only solution is more practice.
- Improved Understanding and Memory – Good writing is only possible if you know your topic in depth. Research is essential. Even if you’re a veteran of your topic you’ll need to keep up to date with the latest happenings. As a result your knowledge and memory of the topic will greatly increase.
- Self-confidence Boost – Knowledge is power. The more knowledge you have about your topic the more confident you’ll be discussing it in the real world. Especially if it’s a controversial topic like climate change or veganism.
- Credentials – A personal website is a great way to advertise yourself. A personal blog lets prospective clients/customers/employers know what you’re all about. Assuming that’s what you want…
- A Clear Mind – Journaling has been shown to improve well-being. Regurgitating your thoughts onto paper (or in this case, the internet) will let your mind relax as you’ve “exported” your ideas to the cloud. Your mind no longer need to juggle as many thoughts and ideas. I know blogging and journaling are different, but if you start a personal blog to summarize your ideas it’ll have a similar effect.