One of my favourite things and biggest achievements in life is my blog. I’m so proud of how far it’s come and I’m pretty happy that I made the decision over six years ago to hop on Blogger and start it up. It’s brought nothing but good things and my friends often tell me that they want to start one up but don’t know how to and feel embarrassed. So this post is a bit of a push if you’ve been thinking about starting a blog but need that kick up the arse to actually do it! Cue seven reasons why you should start a blog.
It’s great to have a hobby
I feel like life can get quite boring if you don’t have different things to do to keep you entertained. Well, it does in my case anyway as I’m one of those people who constantly has to be doing something. We all had hobbies when we were little like swimming or Brownies but as we get older they sort of disappear so why not take up blogging as a new hobby? It gives you something to do when you’re bored other than endlessly scroll through dog videos on Facebook or look on Right Move for houses they can’t afford (does anyone else do that?).
It can open so many doors
Blogging can lead you into so much you never thought about before. From working with brands you’ve been buying from for years to job offers to the craziest experiences and opportunities. Why wouldn’t you want to give it a go? There are bloggers out there whose lives have completely changed around just because they made the decision to start a blog up however many years ago. Buuuuuut you’ll never know what doors will open unless you dedicate some time and effort to blogging.
You can learn new skills
Before blogging, I had no clue how to use Photoshop, code HTML, edit photos in Lightroom or even construct an engaging and well thought out piece of writing that wasn’t based around An Inspector Calls. I didn’t know how to implement a marketing and social media strategy or interact with new people at professional events. Fuck it, I probably didn’t know what a hashtag was either! You will learn valuable lessons and transferable skills through blogging at the same time as building a brand.
You can meet amazing people
The wonderful thing about blogging is how supportive the community is. Hand on heart, I can say that I get more support from my blogging pals than my real life friends! There are some truly amazing gals and guys out there on the internet and so many of them I wish I could meet in real life but yanno, logistics and all that! Even though the majority of us have never conversed face to face, I think I speak on behalf of a lot of bloggers when I say that we’ve all met some pretty cool people who are always there for a chat and there to lend a helping hand which is so very valuable and appreciated in this industry!
It can give you a purpose and help with anxiety
Blogging has worked absolute wonders for myself and hundreds of other people when it comes to controlling and coping with anxiety and depression. It’s incredible what taking some time out of your day to sit down and write can do for your mental health and it’s 100% become one of my coping mechanisms over the last few years. Whether you want people to read your blog or not, sometimes just getting whatever it is you need to say out of your system can make you feel 10 times better. You can also really help other people too, whether that’s through sharing your experiences, talking about how you deal with panic attacks or just being around for people to have a chat to.
Even if you don’t want to talk about mental health or have nothing to say at all, blogging still gives you a purpose and the ability to help people in one way or another. Whether that’s stopping people from wasting their money on crap beauty products, teaching them how to style the latest trends or sharing your top tips when travelling to a particular city, it gives you a chance to help others. Also, it’s so rewarding and meaningful when a DM pops up from someone saying that you’ve really helped them!
It looks great on your CV
One of the reasons I got my job almost three years ago is because of my blog. It shows creativity, commitment and entrepreneurship amongst many other skills and employers lap that shit right up. Whether you want to start a blog about luxury fashion or knitting or cars or whatever, you’ll find that it helps prove your passion for that certain subject. Even if you’re not looking for a career in marketing, PR, advertising or anything like that, having a blog just adds another dimension to you and your CV.
You can get creative and have fun
At the end of the day, blogging is a bit of fun and you can really let loose with it if you fancy. It gives you a chance to have complete creative freedom and step outside your comfort zone. You can knock yourself out on Photoshop with your branding and media kit, go crazy on Instagram with your editing and boomerangs and just do whatever the fuck you want really!
I really can’t see a single downside to starting a blog. Yeah people might take the Mick at first but who cares? There are so many more reasons why you should start a blog than reasons you shouldn’t. Thanks to The Rawrdrobe, I’ve got my whole life documented for the last six years – what I wore, what makeup I used, where I went on holiday, my likes and dislikes, my journey with anxiety… It’s all there!
If you’re deciding to take the plunge then I’ve got a few posts which might help you out or at least give you a realistic idea about what blogging is about!
- Handy tips for new bloggers
- Blogging expectations vs reality
- Things I wish I knew when I started my blog
- Blogger struggles we all experience
Why did you start blogging?