13 reasons why you absolutely need to have a blog.

Okay, so this may sound dramatic, but I am in no doubt that blogging has absolutely changed my life. Not only has it allowed me to develop new skills, it's given me invaluable friendships, and it's helped me to get to where I am in my career. It enabled me to get out of a job that I hated and into an industry that I love, and it's brought me some of the best and most fun experiences and opportunities.

Like everyone, I've had a number of different hobbies in my 23 years of life, but none of them have quite brought as much positivity and satisfaction as my blog has. I started blogging 2 1/2 years ago as a kind of personal journal to document my life, my thoughts, my outfits, just anything. I never in a million years expected it to get to where it is now, and I have no plans to stop anytime soon. It may not be the biggest or best blog in the blogosphere, but it's my little blog and I love it. 

And so, here are 13 professional and personal reasons why you should most definitely have a blog.



B E C O M E  A  B E T T E R  W R I T E R 

As with anything, the more you do it, the better you become at it. And one of the core parts of blogging is of course, the words that go along with all of the pretty pictures. Writing is a skill that we'll always need, it's one of the most used forms of communication that we use every day; tweeting, Instagram captioning, emailing - it all requires a different form of writing skill in order to capture your audience. So, whether you're preparing a presentation at work or writing for yourself, blogging will naturally make you a better writer and communicator.

Y O U  H A V E  A  P L A T F O R M. 

And not just any platform, but your very own platform. Somewhere to use your voice if you so wish, for anything that you like. Talk about your interests and things that you're passionate about. Write down your thoughts and opinions or just chat about your life. Showcase your talents, your photography, and show people what makes you, you. Or don't talk about any of that. The beauty of blogging is that there are no rules - make the most of it.

Y O U  M E E T  N E W  P E O P L E.

I briefly mentioned this at the beginning of this post, and I talk about this a lot whenever anyone asks about my blog, but one of the best things about blogging is the people that you meet. The blogging community is huge, there are so many like minded people out there ready to strike up random conversations with you on Twitter, to meet you at events and become a whole new support network. Oh, and actual friends. So many of my closest friends now are from blogging, and I couldn't be more thankful for that.

B E  P A R T  O F  T H E  1%.

I read somewhere (I think it was on the Huffington Post?) that only 1% of people on the internet create content. 9% will interact with or react to it, while the other 90% of people simply consume it. It's pretty cool being part of that 1%, right? And it will most definitely make you stand out.

C R E A T E  A N  O N L I N E  D I A R Y.

Who doesn't love to look back on years gone by and reminisce on everything. The clothes you wore, the things you did, how you felt, the people you used to know, and just generally see how much your life has changed and how far you've come. I started this blog just for that, as a kind of online diary and it's one of the reasons I will always throw personal posts in here. I think it's going to be so, so great to look back on.  

S E L F - C O N F I D E N C E.

Blogging has done wonders for my self-confidence. It's made me comfortable with putting myself out there, it's made me confident enough to walk into a room full of strangers and strike up conversation. Whether you have just 1 reader, or 1 million,  blogging opens you and your life up to the outside world, and you'll become more comfortable with being 'known' by a whole community, and you'll get less nervous with every blog post or Instagram of yourself.



E X T R A  M O N E Y.

I'm just gonna stress that this should most definitely not be the only reason that you start personal blogging, or your highest priority. But, it's still a perk. However, if you're blogging for business, or you have a business plan around monetising from an online space, it's definitely possible with a lot of hard work. If you're a personal blogger, getting approached for brand collabs that pay, is one of the best feelings, and it also shows off a little bit of your entrepreneurship.

I T  F E E L S  G O O D.

And it's addictive. The number of times I refresh my stats page to see if I've had another view or another comment on my latest post is probably quite insane. But it really does actually gives you a little rush every time you get a positive comment on one your posts. It's truly lovely.

O N L I N E  W O R K  P O R T F O L I O.

Just like a blog can be a form of an online diary, it can also be like an online CV. Blogging and writing about things that are relevant to your industry or career, or the job that you want to get into, is an instant win with potential employers. It's a way of showing that you're passionate and that you're willing to spend your own time building relevant experience. And, you never know, you may just be able to teach your boss a thing or two about blogging and social media to help their own business!

I N S P I R E.

My creativity and inspiration levels sky-rocketed when I started blogging. But as well as it doing wonders for yourself, you have the chance to inspire others through your own work and creativity. That's pretty amazing, don't you think?

L I F E  S K I L L S.

As well as writing, blogging helps you develop all sorts of skills. From time management, to photography and editing, to social media, having to know your finances and showing you can commit to a project. Being a blogger means you have to master a multitude of professions all in one go. Oh, and you'll probably be able to reel off the menu of your fave coffee shop from spending so much time in there, too. 

B E  A  B E T T E R  T H I N K E R.

I've always been a thinker, too much of a thinker, if you ask my friends. But I've always been a thinker. Blogging requires you to the think, to think about what you're going to write, about how to get your thoughts onto paper and just generally about everything that you have to say. And I can guarantee that you have more to say than you think. 

I T 'S  F R E E.

And finally, one of the best things about blogging is that it's completely free. I wrote a post here about how you don't have to spend a penny in order to create and maintain a blog. Blogging is free, it's fun, and it brings all of the benefits (and more) that I've just mentioned.

Soph

26 comments

  1. Wow, I didn't know only 1% create on the internet because it can seem like there are so many of us. That definitely makes me feel special to be a blogger. Although I don't make a lot from it yet I do enjoy the occasional perks. Have a good day :)

    www.wildfirecharm.com

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    1. This is one of my fave ever statistics! Thanks lovey, hope you had a great day too x

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  2. LOVED it hun! Always so inspiring!

    xx Lisa | lisaautumn.com

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  3. I started blogging three months ago and I can't even remember what my life was like prior to that. You're right- it feels so good whenever I get a positive comment. It's like an imaginary pat on the back.

    www.underaytedray.co.uk

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    1. It's crazy how much your life completely changes, isnt it? I'm glad that it sounds like you're enjoying your blogging journey so far! x

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  4. I totally agree with every single reason! Starting my blog was one of the best things I've done in my life xxx
    http://fallingforablog.blogspot.com.es/2017/07/total-black-for-summer.html

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    1. Thanks Ana! I'm so glad that you're enjoying blogging too! x

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  5. I just wanted to say that I really like your blog and your style, keep it up! :)

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  6. YES to all of these! Blogging is just amazing isn't it?! The amount of confidence I've regained from writing on my blog is INSANE, but I wouldn't change the world for it xxx

    Jasmine || http://www.blogsallbeautyy.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. It really is one of the best decisions I've ever made! This makes me so happy to hear! x

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  7. I love the reasons you've given :) Being able to write what you like and express opinions etc is fab and I also really enjoy being able to look back at the things I've done and places I've been. I definitely find it to be so addictive! x

    Jenny | LuxeStyle

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    1. Thanks Jenny. Haha yep, once you start it's like there's no going back! xx

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  8. Love this! Some of the reasons you've written are the reasons I love blogging! It's definitely something we should take pride in!

    http://www.lucymary.co.uk/

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  9. When I started my blog I never even thought about it being an online CV or making me stand out in interviews so I love that you're pointing things like this out!

    http://www.sarahthismorning.com/

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    1. Thank you, Sarah! Our blog's are definitely helpful in more ways than one haha! x

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  10. Great post! So happy I decided to blog

    www.themollyellis.com

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  11. SO TRUE. My blog is legit the perfect outlet for everything xxxx

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    1. And your blog is one of my fave's! <3 xx

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  12. I've started up my blog again after taking a wee mental health break and I was feeling a bit disheartened starting from scratch again (literally everything, social media, posts, images!). This post has reminded me why I wanted to have a blog and why blogging is important to me so THANK YOU!!! It's given me some motivation to feel excited about blogging again xoxox www.thehungrygraduate.com

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    1. This genuinely makes me so happy. I can't wait to see what content you produce again! :) x

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  13. I love this post! Over the past 3 years I have gained so much from having my blog, I've been given so many amazing opportunities and made so many amazing friends! It's now become a part of me and can't imagine my life without a blog in it!

    Danielle Levy | Liverpool Lifestyle Blog

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  14. I love these reasons. I didn't know about the 1% thing either, that is so cool!

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