This is a guest post by Julie Petersen, founder of AskPetersen, an educational blog for students.
Do you dream about being free?
I had the same dream. I’ve always wanted to travel.
Being tied down to an office job was never my vision of a happy lifestyle. I wanted to explore and stay wild at heart, but I still needed money to support my adventures.
Do you know how I made that happen? I have one word for you: blogging.
Look; I’m not saying you should all quit your jobs and start traveling the world while blogging. It takes a lot of effort to develop and maintain a successful blog, and it also takes some luck. What I am saying, though, is that everyone should try blogging.
Even if you don’t plan to travel the world, you surely have some goals on your mind. I’ll tell you how blogging can help you achieve different goals you dream about. All you need is some writing talent and a lot of commitment.
How Blogging Leads to Personal Growth and a Better Lifestyle
1. Blogging Makes You Learn More.
We all have a goal to learn more. Our lives are not just for work, friends and family.
When we learn, we feel like we’re doing something really good with our time. Blogging supports that process.
Think about it: if you have a thought to take an online course, chances are you’ll forget about that idea by next week. If you start blogging about that goal, however, you will take that course and you’ll share the progress on it.
Let’s say you pick a niche: boxing. To start a blog on boxing, you’ll have to get informed enough about this discipline. As you keep exploring new topics, you are learning more. You’re getting information, you combine it with your own thoughts and you turn that foundation into a blog post.
In its essence, blogging is all about learning and sharing.
2. Blogging Makes You Organized.
Let’s say you want to keep your job and start blogging at the same time. You’ll have to organize your days to find time for everything in your schedule. You’ll realize that when you have a plan, you can work, spend family time and exercise, but blog as well. There’s time for everything!
If you decide to make money through blogging, you’ll need to be even more organized.
As you keep working on your site, you gain this essential skill that improves your lifestyle.
If you don’t have enough writing experience, don’t fall into despair. Start writing down your ideas, read articles and other blogs and learn some main writing principles.
Some of them are: start introduction with a hook to grab readers attention, research the problem and revise your draft thoroughly .
3. You’ll Build Your Online Authority.
That’s a big deal. Maybe you’re dreaming about a better job? Start blogging!
When you share high-quality blog posts on LinkedIn and other platforms, you’re establishing reputation of someone who’s informed, knowledgeable, and influential. That’s the kind of worker anyone would love to have in their company.
Focus on the niche you chose as profession and start blogging your way to a better job.
4. You’ll Always Be Informed.
Staying up-to-date with information from our areas of interest is not easy. When you start blogging, however, you’ll have to read a lot and pay attention to the news.
Your blog will trigger a never-ending process of discovering the most meaningful events from a particular niche, forming your own impressions and sharing them with the audience.
In other words, you’re becoming an informed person and you can be the center of any conversation.
5. It’s a Testimony of Personal Progress.
The blog serves as a personal diary. When you go back through the posts, you see yourself in different stages of personal development.
At the beginning, you thought you knew a lot. With time, you grew wiser and more confident.
The best part? The journey never ends.
Your blog is a digital record of how you used to think and how your attitude towards life has changed throughout the years. In some time you can even turn the blog into a book and share you life experience with even more people.
6. You’ll Inspire Other People.
Maybe you’re dreaming about inspiring other people? Blogging is the best way to do that!
Since everyone can access the blog for free, you’ll be giving inspiration to anyone who needs it.
It’s an act of selfless giving, which helps you achieve the goal of making contributions to this world.
People Are Already Doing It. Just Follow the Lead!
To give you an example of the way blogging can lead you to accomplishment, I’ll share a list of my favorite blogs:
All of these are different, but special in their own way. The bloggers have something in common, though: they are all crazy committed to these projects and they perceive them as more than just blogs.
These sites are part of their lives. They help them learn, but they are also achieving the vision of helping other people with the things they know. Plus, they are making money.
You can do the same thing. Are you ready?
Full-time freelance writer. Lifestyle designer.
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