I have been blogging since 6th grade during the time when coding through DOS, Microsoft interim messenger, and Touch Typing for Beginners was still the ‘it’ thing. Platforms have already lost its prestige in cyberspace – Angelfire, Geocities, Open Diary, Xanga and the like. Blogging, during such early age, was referred to as a personal journal where Dear-Diary-I-saw-crush-today kind of topics and all the angst were relayed.
Kept through the habit of writing, regardless if my grammar was right or wrong (mostly cringe-worthy), it certainly became an outlet for anything and about everything under the sun. It opened doors to opportunities I never knew existed – wrote weekly contributions to a reputable newspaper, became a high school newspaper managing editor, had my first full-page feature in few dailies and received paychecks which I never understood why I had to be paid.
The reason why I kept on blogging and still exerted to continuously contribute is that I grew up seeing my Dad day-in and day-out in front of his typewriter writing journals and showing me his by-lines, tagging me along in a certain cafe where all the known editors in the country gather for friendly banters. The love to write grew exponentially as I received feedback from readers whom I never met from across the globe – mostly were seafarers.
Since then, I not only wanted to keep on writing. It has become part of me. I have an annual goal to at least have few contributions published and push myself to get better at it.
REASON 1: You want to develop a voice and share your thoughts
Blogging has become my outlet in so many ways. I had a fitness diary which has evolved, a career blog to document few hyperlinks I can still trace and just pour out my thoughts.
But then, just like few others, I realized I am not much a writer. I was more of this kind who tries, tries, and tries, saying no as an answer. There were times I also gave up, doubted myself and stopped altogether – this, I regret most.
Now, you want to blog and make money out of it?
It’s still doable. However, you’ve got to be consistent, purposeful, determined and always intentional to what you write and why you want to write. Every person starts somewhere, and this is your clean slate.
Blogging most definitely will sharpen your skills – it’ll make you want to learn how to design your website, take better photos, have editing skills for that video and grow a strategy on what kind of blog you’d want to progressively have.
It’s encouraging and habit-forming. Alongside, with practice and developing interest, you’ll be able to eventually find your voice and style. Blogging gave me courage to speak in an audience and widened my interest.
REASON 2: You want to have more reach and collaborate
From the running community to the career-driven industries, I have met numerous people and have developed friendships despite knowing we’ve met online first prior to the typical old-fashioned meet and greet or introduction from a networking event or parties.
And, not only locally, It was also amazing having to form a network globally sharing the same interests and goals – mostly, fitness related.
REASON 3: You’d want to achieve more and be more; Your dream job, Attract Clients.
Blogging is the new resume. No kidding.
It led me to be one of the REEBOK Brand Ambassador wherein I have kept myself healthy not just physique but also with self-discipline and met wonderful friends in the process. It also brought me to a career in organizing fun runs, triathlons and wrote in health and fitness related dailies and magazines.
It was a combination of all other jobs I was doing but Blogging has definitely made an impact – it gives you the credentials you don’t even need to say. In this world where the internet is predominant, being searchable with good content builds your name; it allows and let people see the possibilities how it is to be working with you and what you can create or produce.
With regards to my career and lifestyle blog, it has given me the opportunity to be a thought leader, public speaker, contributor to dailies and tv and so much more including the credibility on organizing workshops for clients and showcase myself.
If you’re into arts such as photography, creatives and writing – having a blog makes it easier in presenting your portfolio and style.
REASON 4: BE A VOICE, RELAY A MESSAGE
You don’t need to work in media in order for you to spread the word about certain interests and events. Blogging also has been a venue for me to promote not just my own but also helped friends towards their endeavors. It is also because of blogging where I was able to run a fundraising project for Maple Tree Foundation during my first marathon, thanks to friends who supported, it has garnered a significant amount and has helped people.
It was because of the blog where I was able to not only monetize and boosted my presence, it has also become an outlet for me to contribute and be socially responsible. I was also able to establish an expertise, and have proven that with determination and consistency -it’s doable, and even started few speaking engagements and earned from them!
Be intentional and purposeful; the more you reach out and relate to people, the more you get to extend your reach. Support friends and be a collaborator.
What is your reason for blogging?
We’ll talk about ways to monetize your blog on my next post. But for now, assess and build that platform. What voice would you want to share?