Several Reasons to Start a Blog

The Purpose of Blogging and Why You Might Want to Start a Blog

Blogging is becoming more and more popular every day. It's easy to recognize that blogs are popular but if you're wanting to start your own blog, it can be difficult to grasp why you should.

Take a look at this list to help you make your decision about blogging. The great thing is that you can probably identify with more than one of these reasons.

Tip: See What You Need to Know Before You Start Blogging for some tips about blogging.

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Express Your Thoughts and Opinions

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You can use a blog to talk politics, history, religion, science, or literally anything else that you want to share.

You have something to say, and blogs provide a place to say it and be heard.

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Market or Promote Something

Blogging is a great way to help market or promote yourself or your business, product, or service.

This means you can sell something online through your blog or you can use it merely for informative purposes - point people to your blog URL to give them more info about what you're offering.

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Help People

Many blogs are written to help people who may be going through similar situations that the blogger has experienced. Many parenting, health-related, and tech support blogs are written for this purpose.

This type of blog can be used to not only describe something that may help others but also to let the visitors comment and talk with each other, much like a forum.

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Establish Yourself as an Expert

Blogs are wonderful tools to help bloggers establish themselves as experts in a field or topic.

For example, if you're trying to get a job in a specific field or hoping to publish a book on a specific topic, blogging can help legitimize your expertise and expand your online presence and platform.

Show your blog to potential customers or employers as a sort of portfolio that showcases your knowledge in the subject.

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Connect With People Like You

Blogging brings like-minded people together. Starting a blog can help you find those people and share your opinions and thoughts.

It's always a wonderful feeling to have an obscure thought or idea and then have another random person online share that same experience or mindset. 

Don't be afraid to show the world who you are through your blog. You might just gather an amazing audience.

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Make a Difference

Many blogs are issue-based, which means the blogger is trying to provide information to sway people's thinking in a certain direction.

Many political blogs and social issues blogs are written by bloggers who are trying to make a difference in their own ways.

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Stay Active or Knowledgeable in a Field or Topic

Since successful blogging is partially dependent on posting frequency and providing updated, fresh information, it's a perfect way to help a blogger stay abreast of the events in a specific field or topic.

This can be done without even publicly pushing the blog content, so you could just use blogging in this way as a self-help continium to keep your mind sharp.

However, keeping the content online for others to see can help you because you might run into a visitor who can correct you or help you build your content in one way or another.

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Stay Connected with Friends and Family

The world has shrunk since the internet has become more accessible. Blogs provide a simple way for family and friends to stay connected from different parts of the world by sharing stories, photos, videos and more.

Build a blog and give the link to the people that matter. You can even password protect your whole blog or specific pages, so that only particular people can see what you write.

Something else you can do to stay connected with family and friends through a blog is give them access to write on the blog too!

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Make Money

There are many bloggers who bring in big bucks. With patience and practice, you can make money through advertising and other income-generating activities on your blog.

However, it's important to note that most bloggers don't make a lot of money blogging (or even close to nothing), but the potential does exist to generate revenue from your blog with hard work and commitment.

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Have Fun and Be Creative

Many people start a blog simply for fun. Perhaps a blogger is a fan of a particular actor or loves knitting and wants to share that passion through a blog.

One of the most important keys to successful blogging is having a passion about your blog's topic so that you can write prolifically about it.

Some of the best and most interesting blogs started out as blogs that were written just for fun and to give the blogger a creative outlet.