I’ve been asked several times since the beginning of my blog why I bother. What are the benefits of doing so and why isn’t it just a waste of time? While the unspeakable riches, fame and women are certainly good reasons, I have to say that the most important reasons for blogging are personal and mostly intellectual, although I do quite enjoy it when the ladies throw their undergarments at me everywhere I go.
So why should you have your own little piece of internet real estate for all the world to read? Watch your toes, folks. I’m about to drop some knowledge.
1. Blogging helps you set (and keep) goals. I’ve found that since I’ve started this, I’ve been a bit more organized. I make it a point to make one post a day and in doing so, I have to find at least one interesting thing to talk about each day. I haven’t missed a day yet since starting on November 6th of 2006.
2. Blogging keeps you sharp and informed. If you publish a site that updates daily like this one (or at least on a regular basis), you’ll need stuff to talk about. One of the main reasons some blogs stop updating is because they run out of things to talk about. Of course, you could simply stop updating or you could see this as motivation to learn more. I read two newspapers (The Vancouver Sun and The Globe and Mail) now every day and scour online news sites regularly. Not only do I have more topics to discuss but I’m expanding my personal knowledge as well. It’s a nice side effect. People who are more informed are more interesting. True story.
3. Blogging is a great way to meet new people. Although I already knew John, Carl and Leo, nearly everyone else in the blogging community is a new face to me. It’s a great way to network and have fun with folks that you otherwise would’ve probably never met. You’d be surprised how many interesting folks you’ll meet if you get yourself into the blogging community.
4. Blogging gets your voice heard. It’s possibly the easiest (and cheapest) way to get your say in on whatever you want. Not all of us are going to have newspaper columns or TV shows but the world is changing and the blogosphere is becoming a very powerful media entity. Blogs are quickly becoming more and more influential in many different aspects of the world. Your blog is more important than you think. Heck, even if you don’t talk about anything particularly earth shaking, everyone deserves to have their story heard. There’s a blog and an audience for just about everything.
5. Blogging can earn you some extra income. Or even primary income! While I’m not quite up to the earning level of some higher profile bloggers, this site has more than paid for itself and has easily been enough to fund my Dot Com Pho bill every Saturday at the very least. However, if you focus on making money with your blog, you probably won’t make much since no one wants to read blogs that are just there to make the blogger a couple extra bucks. They’re just not interesting to read. However, if you have a good blog that gives your personal take on stuff people care about, you’ll probably see a good return on your invested time.
Of course, I’m sure there are more benefits to having a blog but hey, this site is still growing and I’ve only been at it for a few months. If I stumble on anything else, I’ll be sure to let you know.