3 Good Reasons Why You Should Start a Blog Today

3 Good Reasons Why You Should Start a Blog Today

Other than one obvious reason, like to become rich quick {insert sarcasm}, here are a few reasons why I began blogging and continue to do so today.

1. Build Friendships and Communities

One of the first things I noticed when I started blogging, over 8 years ago, was the relationships and/or friendships I began making. These people whom I never met in real-time became my very close friends. I confide in them. Vent to them. Cry to them. They are there when I need someone most.

A lot of them have become not only my blogging posse but real-time friends who I’ve spoken with on the phone held video chat sessions with, and do plan on meeting in person someday.

The relationships that are built by commenting and sharing on someone’s blog are ones that can last a lifetime. These friendships become your support group, a tech group, and a brainstorming group of people whom you trust.

If you lack friends in real-life or are disabled and cannot get out of your home, this is a way for you to make friends and not feel so alone in life.

2.  It Can Be Therapeutic

Face it, the world is definitely a bit crazy. Regardless of what is going on within the Government, the Media, and Politics, there may also be something that is happening in your personal life. Things you can’t discuss with family members or friends.

A few years back, I had marital problems. I was devastated and fell into a depression. Thankfully, I’m a pretty open person and decided not only to write an e-book about it (and yes, it was a huge non-success), but I blogged about it. I gained support from my blogging friends. I also felt better sharing my experience because I was letting out my feelings. Unknown to me, there were others who were going through or had gone through similar marital issues.

It became therapeutic for me. I wrote about my feelings, how I got passed it, and how I learned to trust again.

When I had my first mammogram scare, I blogged about it. I shared my worse fears with my friends and readers. From that, I received so much support and encouragement. It actually helped me through a vulnerable time in my life.

When I blogged about my first experience with being diagnosed with skin cancer. My blogging friends came to my rescue and offered words of inspiration, love, and support.

I made it through some pretty tough times through blogging with the aid my blogging community.

3.  It’s Free

Regardless what anyone tells you, Blogging can be Free. There are platforms like Blogger.com and WordPress.com that allow you to blog for free*. Mind you, there are some restrictions and you can upgrade by paying. But you can start absolutely Free!

Even if you don’t know where to begin, there are people like me who have written tutorials on how to start. A lot of these articles on using WordPress.org (not to be confused with WordPress.com), but because I like WordPress.com (free) so much, I even wrote a tutorial on How To Create Your First WordPress.com Blog.

Pinit 3 Good Reasons Why You Should Start a Blog Today

But don’t fret! Even if you don’t understand my easy how to get started, I can still assist you!

Still Not Sure Why You Should Start A Blog?

There are a bazillion other reasons why I think you should start a blog, but don’t take it from me. Google a subject and just see how many blogs pop up in your search!

Mind you, blogging can be tedious and time-consuming. If you want to know more about what to expect, check out my You Want To Create a Blog, Now What? post. It’s a great article on the Why Do I Do It and Where Do I Do It.

Blogging Isn’t For Everyone

If you start a blog and decide it’s not for you, what have you lost? Using a Free platform, the only thing you’ve lost is the time you put into it. However, is it really lost? I don’t think so. I believe you had an experience, you tried it, and found out it wasn’t what you thought. But don’t give up so easily.

It takes a lot to have a blog. You’ll have to:

  • create your content
  • create your images
  • promote your content
  • build a community of friends
  • comment on other blogs
  • share other bloggers content
  • tend to backend blog maintenance
  • pay for a web host, if you choose self-hosted

Despite what may look like a tedious list, it really can be a lot of fun!

So, Are You Ready to Join Me and So Many Others?

Contact Us to find out more about starting your own blog and how you can get started.

If you’re already blogging or have previously blogged, care to share your experience with us?

18 thoughts on “3 Good Reasons Why You Should Start a Blog Today

  1. Hello Bren hope you are doing great
    You, shared a great piece of information here. being a bloggers feel like a own boss and living like a star It truly is remarkable! If it wasn’t for blogging, i don’t think there would a proper mind satisfying job for me as As! the money that the blogs can generate. The more it become craze to write down a blog.
    regaards
    Darleen

    1. Hi Darleen!

      Thank you for your kind words. I’m happy to hear that blogging has been a great experience for you. I hope it continues to bring you happiness.

      B

  2. Hey Bren,
    Bloggers are stars, really. The community and friendship aspect of it is what makes it even more exciting. You connect with people worldwide and they feel like you’ve actually met in real terms. Like you mentioned in your case, the virtual relationship sometimes goes so real – phone calls and even physical meeting. That has happened to me so many times.

    As! the money that the blogs can generate. The passive income adds a bit of more excitement. Some folks that are full time bloggers today never meant to be from the very beginning. The income that came along the line drove them crazy and today, they are making it big 😉

    I’m glad I’m into the industry like you 😉

    1. Hey Enstine! Long time no see!

      I can’t agree with you more on the friendships and community. It truly is remarkable! If it wasn’t for blogging, I would have never met you and learned so much from you!

      To add in the money side of it is amazing as well. I know you’re kicking it both ways, my friend!

      Great to see you here! Hope all is been well on your end!

      B

  3. Hi Bren,

    Nothing feels good like being your own boss. The reasons you gave are profound. Blogging helps you build relationships that will set you up for the long. Yes!

    It is by way of blogging that I met you and some other amazing people like Ryan Biddulph, Lisa Sicard, Donna Merill, Janice Wald, Cori Ramos, etc.

    If I was doing this, there is no way I will come in contact with you or the others.

    Is it really therapeutic? Yes it is. I has a similar experience very recently. I lost my only sister, the only girl in other family of 7 boys/men. She is the only girl, the 3rd born.

    Emotionally I was down, but then I decided to write articles for my blog and guest posts as well. At the end of day, I felt better.

    Thanks for sharing Bren!

    1. Hey Moss!

      I’m so sorry to hear about your sister. May she rest in peace. 😦 But I’m happy that you found serenity in blogging your emotions out. It really has helped me over the years and I highly recommend it to those I know are in turmoil.

      It’s true about the friendships that you make. I met you and many you mentioned through blogging. I’ve chatted with some on the phone, Skype sessions, and other email correspondence. Some become such a part of our lives that we get worried when we don’t see them on social media. We reach out to them to see if all is alright with them.

      Blogging is a fabulous thing, even if you’re not into for the money. The relationships that are formed are ones you may hold for a lifetime. The knowledge we learn from blogging and reading others blogs is definitely something we will remember for life.

      I appreciate your comments and shares, Moss. Also, thank you for the special note you sent me. Your words touched my soul.

      Bren

  4. Great post Bren,

    There are indeed a lot of reasons why someone needs to start a blog, especially if you already own a business that can be promoted on the internet. Blogging is totally free to start, apart from the little amount you’ll pay for a domain and web host, but of course, that’s if you want to use a self-hosted domain. If not, there are also a lot of free blogging platforms you can leverage.

    However, like you rightly said, blogging is definitely not for everyone. Therefore, if you think you can’t do it, don’t even start one. This is because it is truly time-consuming.

    Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi Anil,

      Thank you for adding to the conversation. So many times people shy away because of the financial aspect. We read so much “You must go self-hosted”, but that’s honestly not true. Free platforms can be just as popular as the other. I’ve seen those and am amazed!

      I appreciate your comment. Have a great week ahead!

      B

  5. Definitely 3 excellent reasons to continuously blog Bren!

    And like you, I totally agree, it is and definitely has been an excellent tool
    for me also, to form and maintain some awesome cyber friendships
    and business and blogging relationships as well.

    All three of my main coaches and mentors, are a direct result of
    me being an active and extremely avid blogger.

    And without a doubt, the services you and others with your level
    of expertise provide are totally evergreen!

    Keep doing what you’re doing and being a mentor to so many!
    Excellent post! And thanks so much for sharing it!

    1. Hi Mark! So awesome to see you here again!
      When people say to me “I want to start a blog”, but my first question is “Why?” What is prompting you to want to blog? There are varied reasons, of course, but the one I dislike most “Is to make money”. I know we all want to make money but it’s growing more difficult every day with the number of bloggers starting and businesses going online. There are so many other reasons, even more than my 3 above, as you know. The most meaningful thing I have gotten from blogging is all the relationships I’ve made with people, and I continue to do that almost daily. It really is a great resource for networking with so many all over the globe. But I don’t have to tell you that. You’re a veteran. You know these things probably better than myself. 🙂
      I appreciate you contributing to this post and you taking the time to comment. Have a blessed week!
      B

  6. Hi Bren,

    Coming over from Donna’s Blog 🙂
    Everyone should start a blog and it’s not just for the money. Blogging disciplines us. It gives us a platform for thought leadership. It helps us educate, teach, inspire, and to connect (as you mentioned).
    Individuals should blog.
    Not for profit organizations should blog.
    Companies should blog.
    Blogging doesn’t just bring in traffic, get leads, or make money; blogging lends us all a voice. That voice can make a difference.

    What say?

    1. Hello Ash! Welcome to my humble abode!
      I love what you say about blogging. I never thought about it in the aspect of “thought leadership”. But that is fabulous of you to point that out.
      I’m in total agreement about having a voice and having it being heard. I find blogging to be therapeutic in many ways and would be lost without it.
      I appreciate you coming over from Donna’s! Hope to see you again!
      B

  7. Hey Bren,
    These are all great reasons to start a blog!
    If it weren’t for my blog, I would never have met you, Dana, Lisa, Donna and other great peeps I can say are not only fellow bloggers but my friends.
    And you’re right, blogging can be therapeutic.
    How many ‘businesses’ out there can you say is free to start, right?
    I’m glad you mentioned that blogging isn’t for everyone and pointed out what it takes to start and run one. It’s always worth giving it a shot and they won’t lose anything because it was free to begin with. 🙂
    Great post B!
    Hope you’re having a great week gf!
    Cori

    1. Hi Cori,

      Thank you. I remember your first blog and how awesome I thought it was. A world of info for those wanting to work from home. I got to know you and we’ve become friends. I’m very thankful for that. There are so many great reasons to blog, as you know, so I wanted to share a few that are less shared around the web.

      I know I don’t publish often but I do still enjoy hitting that Publish button and chatting with you, my friends, readers, and clients.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing!

      B

  8. And here I am too…a virtual BFF!! Bren is my go-to-Wordpress-friend and I love her to bits, even though I have not met her in person! Everything you have said about blogging is true: it’s hard work but rewarding in unexpected ways!

    1. Hi Amanda!

      Aww you’re too kind girlfriend! 🙂 It’s amazing when I think back at how many friends I’ve made over the years just through blogging and networking online, not to mention through my business. By the way, I think I owe you an email? Oh no! I’ve been horrible! 🙂 Thanks for sharing with us gf! I appreciate you!

      B

  9. Hi Bren, I can’t believe it’s been almost 8 years I’ve known you! So glad we have met and have been able to go through our trials and tribulations on and offline over the years. Sure hope we can meet someday!
    That was something I did not expect when I started to blog back in the day on blogger. And then moving to WordPress was a bit stressful back then. I think we have both learned to roll with the changes now and not panic when something goes wrong. We know either how to fix or who to ask to get it done 🙂
    I think everyone should learn to blog in school – it would help with grammer, spelling, writing, etc.
    Hope you have a great rest of the day and weekend ahead Bren!

    1. Hey Lisa,

      I know! Isn’t it crazy how long it’s been? And to think we both started out on Blogger? Both of us have learned the hard way and supported one another. I love WordPress dearly, .org and .com (where my hobby blog is) but believe it or not, there are days I contemplate making a Blogger blog again. LOL Just for the fun of it and the learning experience! To dig into that coding when would mind blowing for me!

      Anyway, you are one of my longest online friends and I cherish you. You’ve been a huge support system for me, a dear friend, and one I promise we’ll get together and push this virtual crap out of our minds and sit face-to-face RT. (That’s real-time, not retweet Twitter Queen). 🙂

      Have a great Monday girl!

      B

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