Blogs are dumb. That’s what I used to think. I tried starting one twice in the past, but both times, blogging quickly became a chore. This time it will be different, and I can tell you why. If you’ve been thinking about starting a blog, let me tell you about why blogging is awesome.
You are unique. You are the culmination of your specific background and experiences, which makes you different from everybody else. You can see things from an angle, that others often miss. The places your mind wanders, when nobody is around, some people never get to see.
You are passionate about something. What do you spend a lot of your time doing? What do you spend a lot of time thinking about? Could it be: food, partying, sports, sex, music, marketing, finance, or movies? The combination of things you’re passionate about is pretty unique to you.
A blog is a great way to write down random crazy ideas that you might forget about the next day. Have you ever invented something before, that you don’t have the resources or passion to pursue? Have you ever come up with a crazy marketing idea for your favorite company, assuming they would never listen to you? These are ideas that you may or may not share with your friends. What a waste it is that some of the cool ideas you have never made it out of your head.
Who cares if anybody reads your blog? You should be writing a blog you want to write. There’s no better way to enjoy writing than to write about something you want to write about. In addition, putting your writing out there will make you want to become a better writer. If you’re not a good writer, you could ask your friends and family to read your blog and give you tips. Just start writing.
Of course, don’t write about things you don’t want to share with anybody.
Many great things can come from simply writing down cool ideas or thoughts you have. You might inspire somebody. You might find someone whose shares your passion. Your predictions may come true; and you’ll have something to point to and say, “ha, I told you this would/should happen.” You could gain credibility in an industry you’ve been wanting to work for.
Once you start writing anything and everything, you’ll start getting an idea of what you really love to write about vs things you like, but don’t want to write about. If your friends read your blog, you’ll probably notice you’re getting positive feedback about certain types of posts.
Writing a blog let’s you better yourself while bettering those around you. It becomes a well-written, recorded, personal resume that showcases what differentiates you from the rest of the world.
Your idea could save the world some day.
Photo from Flickr. Thank you Maria Reyes-McDavis!