How is it that people still don’t know this?
It surprises me still when I encounter someone who doesn’t get just how powerful blogging can be. I run into writers who think a blog is just for personal memoir. Or a platform to spew shameless self-promotion. Sure, some people use blogging that way. But that doesn’t make it right.
Blogging is a tool. A very powerful tool for writers.
Here are a few reasons why I started mine.
The 7 Top Reasons Why I Started Blogging
#1 To Share The Powerful Writing Tools I Find
Writing is tough. We need tools in our arsenal. When I find an effective writing tool, I like to share it with readers so they can power through writing challenges too. Because I’m weird, and I research that stuff for fun. So why not write posts about it and share the wealth?
#2 To Share Paths Through Writers Block
Every time I find a way through writers block, I share how I did it. That way readers can push through it too. Everyone experiences different writing challenges. Who knows which method will help you? So I share what works for me.
#3 To Inspire Other Writers
I publish writing prompts and writing encouragement to counter some of those more discouraging days we inevitably experience as writers. It’s easier to stay on the write track when we keep the big picture in mind. Sometimes that means reminders of why we’re doing this.
#4 To Catalogue My Writing Journey To Publication
I’d like to look back in the future, when I’ve accomplished my writing dreams, and reflect on the steps I took to get here. And what better way for others to find the safest path toward their writing dreams too than to see how someone else did it?
#5 To Motivate Myself To Write
It’s harder to ignore my writing goals, to deprioritize them, when friends and readers are waiting for the next news installment.
#6 To Write Better
My background is in English literature. That’s where I earned my writing awards. So my default writing style is the stuffy academic stuff. Logical. Annotated. Some might say antiquated.
Writing online forces me to learn a new style. One that is conversational. Emotional (I’m trying). One that appeals to more readers than just college professors and PhDs. Because an easy-to-understand writing style matters when it comes to selling your work. And I’ve always wanted to sell my work.
#7 To Meet Other Writers And (Politely) Steal Their Insights
Blogging gives me an excuse to meet other writers. To pick their brains on what works for them, how to overcome writing challenges, and find out the myriad other things that help writers become authors. This is networking at its best for writers.
4 Awesome Gifts Blogging Gave Me as a Writer That Were So Much Better Than I Dared Hope For
In my last six months as a blogger, I’ve discovered that blogging is so much more powerful than I ever hoped it could be. It isn’t just a tool for helping other writers. It isn’t just a way to motivate myself to write. Or to teach myself a new writing style.
It’s actually a gold mine.
That’s not to say I’ve gotten rich off this site. I’m barely dipping my toe into monetization. (I became an Amazon affiliate last month and started earning commissions on the books I love and recommend through them. And I made a whole $4.) So, no, I haven’t made some vast fortune or fame. Yet.
But I can see the possibilities glittering on the horizon. And it’s an electric sight. I can see my dreams coming true over there. Book deals. Company ideas. Programs that show writers that their dreams aren’t just dreams either.
Here’s what this site has given me that I never dreamed was possible.
#1 Full-Time Job Offers in the Writing Field
I won’t tell you who has contacted me with these opportunities for privacy’s sake. But I can say that I’ve had requests for interviews and flat offers for jobs arrive in my inbox. These are jobs that writers usually have to work up through the ranks for over years.
But this blog demonstrated my skills well enough that hiring managers have reached out. Skills like: writing competence, analytical skills, goal-setting, efficiency, long-term strategic thinking, marketing, and myriad qualities that help me pull off this site. This isn’t to brag. Because everyone has their skill set. And a blog is the perfect place to show them off.
#2 Freelance and Short-Term Writing Project Offers
It isn’t just full-time job offers that arrived in my inbox. I also get a number of short-term and freelance writing pitches too.
#3 Connections with Established Writers and Editors
I’ve met lots of amazing and successful writers, editors, and professionals in the writing field. All while having the social skills of Sheldon Cooper. So imagine how powerful a networking platform a blog could be for you, even if you have the most mediocre of social skills.
I’ve done this through promoting their work, interviewing them, or making other connections through the blog.
Blogging is a networking dream for introverts and socially awkward goofballs like me.
#4 My First Viable Business Idea
This is the best perk in my opinion.
Putting myself out there and starting this blog has helped me figure out what I’m good at. And it helped me discover that I want to use those skills to help other writers do the same.
Without this blog, I never would have figured out just how reachable our writing dreams really are. And because I’ve built a small readership of writers, I’m able to share that knowledge too.
That’s how this blog helped me develop and market my first business idea. The “Blog Your Way To a Writing Career” pilot program I announced in February’s wrap up post was born of my positive experiences as a blogger.
(By the way, if you’re interested in claiming a spot in that program, there are a few more spaces available. After March 16th, students will no longer get a free website as part of the package. So claim your spot now. Just mention that you want more information on the pilot program when you get in touch with me.)
How Could a Blog Help You Achieve Your Writing Dreams, Writer?
Do you blog? Are you a writer? How has blogging helped you? Or how could it help you? Share your best and worst crazy ideas in the comments.
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