Blogging might be considered by many a trend or a phase. I’m convinced whoever said that isn’t a blogger. Ask any blogger you see and they’ll tell you it’s a passion, it’s a life. I’ll tell you the same thing. We’ll also tell you why we love it and all about the perks of blogging.
This is the one thing that sparks the blogging itch. You’ve got ideas, things to say, and you want to share those thoughts! Writing makes me so happy; it’s theraputic. Writing has a very similar effect on me as chocolate. It just soothes me to get it all out on paper (or all out on the keyboard?).
We all know by now that I’m all about goals. I crave them. I am the type of person that needs a goal in order to feel like I’m doing something. There are all sorts of blogging goals: followers, subscribers, posts per week, guest posts, places I want to be published, new things I want to figure out how to do and write about.
You might think being a blogger is very lonesome. Do you picture a blogger sitting at her desk all alone with nothing but her thoughts? It might look like that on the outside, but really, while she’s sitting there, she’s probably engaging with her readers, chatting with her blogging tribe, networking with other bloggers, commenting on other people’s blogs, and “meeting” new people. The blogging community is so supportive of one another. Since I started blogging I’ve joined about a million (okay, maybe not quite that many) blogging groups on Facebook, and I’ve been lucky enough to be part of a blogging tribe. We’re a group of a dozen bloggers all supporting each other. We started out as strangers but we’re more like a little family now.
Projects and Deadlines
Do you know what I loved about school and work so much? (How often do you hear someone say THAT?) Deadlines. Give me something to do and tell me when I need to have it finished, and I’m in heaven. I thrive on that. Most of the time I’m meeting my own deadlines and editorial calendar dates, but it still counts.
Do you know that feeling when you haven’t learned anything new in a while and your brain goes a little mushy? Bloggers don’t get that because there is always so much more to learn. It’s not just writing stuff down and hitting publish. You have to learn about SEO, how to promote your posts, the best plugins, how to make images, and so much more. Blogging is candy for the brain.
Work from Home
There are so many paid blogging opportunities, affiliate programs, freelance writing positions, and more! If you do it right, you can monetize your blog. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t blog for the money. It’s not the sole reason, but it’s definitely a huge plus. I get to do what I love and get paid for it. The best part is that I get to stay home with my kids. It’s a dream job. And with three kids a little extra money earned on the side is a bonus!
Everyone needs a project that they do just for themselves. It could be anything: crafts, exercise, cooking, writing, reading, whatever. Blogging is just for me. It’s probably the only thing I do that is all about me. I’m not doing this for the kids or for my husband, I am blogging for myself. It keeps me sane. This is how I make sure that I get “me time.”
I officially launched my blog about 7 months ago. I just wanted a side project that would keep me busy and give me something to do besides kids. I thought I was just starting a new hobby. I had no idea I was discovering a passion. I had no idea there were so many perks of blogging.