Why YOU Should Start a Blog

I started my blog over the summer as a productive break from my macroeconomics and calculus classes that I was taking at the time. Little did I know that I would begin to average hundreds of views per day and have girls reaching out to me asking for advice on handling high school and college. I never imagined that the post I wrote that I wish I had as a senior in high school would garner thousands of repins and bring me so many page views. I didn’t understand the power behind my e-mail to a fellow blogger saying “Hi, my name is Megan. I’m new to the blogging community and would love to get to know you!” would bring me an amazing blogging friend. And ultimately, I didn’t understand the community that is the blogging world.

Today I wanted to share with you why YOU should start a blog. Whether it’s an idea that you’ve been tossing around for a while or something you’ve never considered, I have yet to regret my choice to join the blogging community.

Why YOU Should Start a Blog

A productive break.

Personally if I get on Netflix or YouTube when I need a break from doing homework and studying there is little to no chance that “beak” will come to an end. For me personally, if I have work to get done and know that I will need breaks so I can make it through everything I need to, I schedule in productive breaks. This might mean doing a load of laundry, dishes, working out, or working on stuff for this site. I can crank out posts and edited photos on the days where completing a blog post is my productive break. Plus, I love that at the end of the day I can check off my homework, studying, and a completed blog post.

Allows you to brand yourself.

I’m a marketing major so the fact that this outlet allows me to develop a brand for myself is huge to me. I’ve always heard that the hardest thing to brand is yourself and that couldn’t be more true. It’s difficult to decide which parts about yourself that you want to share, what parts about yourself you want to emphasize, and what you want to have make up the core of your brand. I’m a college student, I’m very involved on campus, I’m a Christian, I danced for fourteen years, I was a part of a sorority, I am very girly and slightly preppy, I love to bake, and the list goes on. It’s ultimately up to me which parts of myself I want to share and have as a part of my branding online. And I love that.

Improves time management and planning.

When I got to college one of the first things I asked was how I could become one of the college girls that had her day planned and a to-do list ready to go. While your days don’t always go as planned, it is still nice to have an outline. If I just have school stuff to do, I’m not going to get as much done. I’ll spend my time doing who knows what (read: watch YouTube videos) until I finally decide it’s getting late and that I need to get my work done. With being involved on campus and having a blog to tend to, I know that I need to get stuff done as soon as I can so that I can get done everything that I need to. As a college student, my posts don’t come without a bit of planning. I don’t want to publish a post about finals in January when finals were in December and I definitely don’t want a post to go up about move-in in October when most college move-ins happen in mid-August and early September. Hands down, I can say that my time management and planning skills have improved drastically since I started blogging and I’m thrilled.

Allows you to meet new people.

If you know me personally, you know that I love to meet new people. I went to a very small high school (my graduating class had 19 people) and I feel that because of that I appreciate meeting new people even more. I love how the blogging community, in particular the college blogging community, has brought me friends from all over the country and even from around the world. It’s allowed me to connect with girls in high school, college, and even a handful of post-grads. Never in my wildest dreams would I have readers that would specifically type my URL into a search engine just to see if I had updated. It blows my mind honestly.

You can receive products/earn money.

Even if you are a new blogger or still over see a small blog, you have the ability to receive products and sometimes earn a little bit of money for doing so. While I’m hoping to go a little more into how newer bloggers can join blogging networks in another post (it’s in my drafts right now, promise!), it is possible no matter how big your blog is. My shock came when I received an e-mail from a PR firm asking me if I was interested in pairing up with two brands to talk about healthy foods for college students. I looked into the company and realized that I already had one of the brands in my fridge and the other was a brand my local grocery store didn’t carry, but would totally be something I would eat. I was thrilled that my small blog had the potential to work with companies. And your blog can too!

Improves your writing and photography skills.

The main reason that I started a blog was because it allowed me to combine my loves of photography and writing. While I like to pride myself on my writing skills, I’ve realized that there are definitely areas that I can improve on and this blog has played a major role in improving that. My personal photography style was definitely what was most challenged by the whole thing, as taking styled pictured of school supplies, my planner, and laptop was never something I had done before. While I still have some major room for improvement my styled shots, I have seen some major progress that I’m proud of.

Have you ever considered starting a blog? If so, what is holding you back from doing so? If you currently have a blog, what finally pushed you to start one? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

  • Hi Sam! Thank you so much for your sweet comment! It honestly made my day! I’m so glad that you liked the post! I’m going to have to check your blog out, I’m excited to see it. Blogging is time and work, but so worth it in the end if you love what you are doing and have a reason behind doing it other than to earn a profit. 🙂

  • Sam

    Hi Megan! Thank you so much for this article and your honest and personal tips. I am new to the business, created my own little blog samloving.wordpress.com and still have to learn a lot. Yet your article already gave me a positive insight towards the time and work I invest in blogging and potential future prospects. I specifically appreciate how you shed light on blogging from different aspects 🙂 Hope to staying in touch 🙂 Adorable blog you created!! Much love

  • Hi Kaitlin! Thank you so much for your sweet comment! I’ll definitely be stopping by to check out your blog. Welcome to the community! The biggest piece of advice that I got was to not compare your blog’s traffic to that of someone that has been in the blogging community for a while. It takes time to build up traffic and comparing yourself will only bring you down. What I learned is to start commenting on blogs that are within your community (I’m a college and lifestyle blogger, so I comment on college and lifestyle blogs), regularly update Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with not only your blog posts but other stuff to, and to start pinning your posts along with other posts on Pinterest. That is how I got started and what is continuing to help my blog grow today. It’s kind of crazy watching your social media along with your blog grow. Thanks again for stopping by!

  • Kaitlin Vesper

    Hi Megan, I just started a blog and i’m just really starting to learn about the blogging community. I’ve enjoyed reading your posts and I’d love to get any advice or tips you have for getting more readers and traffic to my blog. What were some tools or tips you got when you first started out..? Love your blog….can’t wait to keep reading your posts. mylifeaftercoffee.wordpress.com Thanks, Kaitlin