Blogging is hugely popular, especially with tools such as WordPress and Blogger at our disposal. Many people get absorbed into this way of life; to put their thoughts and feelings to the internet, for everyone to see and share. For some people, blogging becomes a primary source of income, but for the vast majority of bloggers, they may never see any true success. With this in mind, why do people blog?
Becoming An Expert In Your Field
I could give you the usual reasons:
- Blogging is fun
- You can earn money writing a blog
- You get cool things given to you
The truth is, none of these things are truly strong enough reasons. Sure, blogging is fun, but so is playing a video game for 24-hours straight, right? When it comes to earning money, I’ve previously discussed becoming a professional writer, which is the avenue you’d need to take. I’ll come back to you when I’ve really started to earn as a writer. Some people give things to bloggers, so their products are written about; this is true and does exist, somewhat.
However when I write, I do so because it’s an area of interest to me. I may write about anime, or video games; perhaps cosplay and literature. Whatever I write about, I make sure it’s something I already have some prior knowledge about – and over the years, people in both real life and online have been coming to me for advice on specific areas. I’ve been asked for more cosplay advice than I ever thought when I started making costumes.
If you’d like to be recognised within your field, a blog is a great start. Perhaps you’re a programmer looking to educate the next generation of programmers? A blog is a fantastic way to share your knowledge with people who are looking for your content. Trust me, over the years, I’ve seen some really odd search results, so I don’t doubt someone has taken an active interest in what you’re doing.
For Your Social Life
When I started this website, I wanted it to be a conduit to get people to my events. Now-a-days, the two entities are somewhat separate, but are still a great way to share information. Some folk who come to our events are also avid readers, but others just come to our events. As such, I thought the website would drive people to my social events; I didn’t expect to make so many friends away from GeekOut thanks to blogging.
If Kim, Pete, Phil and Kevin read this, hey guys, this is about you. It’s through blogging that I’ve met a colourful cast of people who I speak to regularly. Blogging changed my social life, for the better. Without running this website, Kim may never have found a video of me playing Secret of the Magic Crystal, much to my dismay (Although Sidero was the best horse). This would have meant I’d never have met her, which meant I’d have never met the rest.
Blogging can change your life; it can also be a lot of work. To come up with regular content is hard. To come up with regular content that people want to read is even harder. I want you to right now think of 5 articles you have in your mind right now. I usually have to have such a range of thoughts; what can I write today? What is going to interest the readers? Have my readers tastes changed somewhat?
Recently, I’ve seen a lot more focus around writing and so I’ve been writing more about writing. I’ve seen the trend be cosplay, seen it be video game development – It changes and that’s great. Our audience is diverse; but what if you’re more specific? What if you only want to write about one thing? Think about how your audience is responding to your articles and sometimes it’s worth just throwing something out there.
I love blogging; I’d not still be here if I didn’t. If you’re thinking about starting a blog, why not just make a free blog and see if you enjoy writing on it? Don’t advertise it heavily if you’re unsure; just write and see if you enjoy it. You never know, this may be your true calling and your way into whatever industry excites you. If you’re a blogger and just want to say hi so others can see your blog, drop us a comment below, or on Facebook and Twitter.