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22 Reasons for You to Blog

I have been blogging for over a year now. Oh yeah, and guess what?

This post is the 100th post on Gloson Blog! So I thought I better make it grand.

I’d like to share 22 reasons for you to blog here (or 22 benefits of blogging). Pretty cool for the 100th post, huh?

By the way, one of the most common reason people stop blogging is because they don’t have a reason to do it. They don’t have a source of motivation. So, here is the list of reasons for you to blog. 😉

You Should Blog Because... (Picture by Gloson/me)

Blogging will improve your…

1. Writing skills Photo by athena.

One thing blogging has improved a lot in my life is my writing skills.

I have noticed that my writing skills started to improve rapidly during the first few months I started blogging. And soon, I realized that my writing was becoming more professional.

My writing skills improves because when I blog, I write. Writing is the best way to improve your writing skills, right? Obviously. And when I write, I need information and I go to read other blogs too. And reading is another essential for improving your writing skills.

2. Communication skills

When you blog, you get feedbacks. And when it comes to feeding back the feedbacks, you have to communicate. And when you learn to communicate, you improve your communication skills and learn to communicate better.

3. Tech skills

When I was 8, I started creating websites using simple HTML and created www.wholebrainlearning.net. I haven’t updated it since two years ago.

Photo by Laughing Squid Now, I know basic PHP, CSS, and coding, and more HTML. It is because I have had to tweak my blog design to make it more unique, and also add more features to my blog’s theme.

Do you know that my other website, Poetry Talents, is using the same theme as Gloson Blog (this blog)? It’s only a matter of modification.

4. Thinking skills and creativity

Blogging can give your mind some good exercise. A good blog post takes effort to write, right? Right. And you can get creative with your blog posts too.

Photo by monkeyc.net

Blogging gives you the opportunity to…

5. Make mistakes and learn from it (experience)Photo by Sybren A. Stüvel

You will make some mistakes as you blog, and that’s cool 8) , because if you make mistakes, you will learn and will not repeat the same mistakes in life.

And even cooler 8) 8) 8) , you can turn your mistakes into killer blog posts 😉 . Mwahahaha…

6. Make friends

Blogging is a great place to meet people and make friends with them. As you meet and interact other bloggers, you make friends with them and help each other. But be careful who you make friends with!

7. Make money

I also got the chance to put Google Adsense to my blog and make a little money through it. Photo by Jeff Belmonte Although I don’t focus on making money, some other bloggers do.

They make money though Google Adsense, advertising, affiliates, and even writing blog posts for other people. Some of them even make a living out of blogging! However, you need to use the right tactics and strategies.

8. Help others

By writing useful articles, you help other people solve their problems or discover something. Helping people gives you happiness. At the same time, you make friends.

9. Inspire people and make a difference

Blog posts also sometimes inspire people to do better. You could write an inspirational, motivational, or a thought-provoking blog post. When people see that I started blogging at 10, they might get inspired to start a blog too. Hee hee…

10. Build name/brand

If you write a lot of good articles and help a lot of people, you build your name/brand on the web. Blogging might even make you famous one day.

Photo by stacya11. Listen and learn from feedbacks

You can find out your readers’ thoughts and suggestions about your stories or ideas by looking in the comments section. Sometimes, there might even be quality comments like constructive criticism, that teaches us to become better.

You can also post question posts too. I’ve made a post asking why my readers unsubscribe from blogs and received some interesting replies.

12. Experiment and research

Blogging gives you to opportunity to experiment and research. For example you could see which type blog post is more popular and why that is so.

13. Learn about what life really is

Sometimes, blogging gives you a perspective of life. For example, sometimes you get hate comments and there are people who will become jealous of you. Well, that is what real life is like too. In fact, I think most of the things in blogging apply to real life. Blogging also teaches you how to deal with that situation.

14. Become a leader

When you write useful articles and get lots of blog readers/followers, you are being a leader. With that, you can accomplish more and help others grow.

15. Create something new and valuable

By blogging, you can create something new, original, and valuable and share it in your blog with your friends.

Blogging is a place to…

16. ExplorePhoto by Kapungo and learn

As you blog, you will learn more things. Usually people blog about a certain topic that they are passionate about. Blogging will expand your knowledge about that topic very much. Since I’ve started blogging, my knowledge about technology and blogging increased a lot.

17. Express and share

Let’s say you are passionate about something. And blogging is a great place to express and share your passions, and be heard.

18. Keep in touch

Personal blogs are a terrific way to keep in touch with your friends or family from different parts of the world, by posting stories, videos, pictures, etc.

Blogging is

Photo by bogenfreund19. A better use of time

Instead of using your free time for playing that favorite computer game of yours, why not write a new blog post?

20. A journey

When you post articles, you are like writing a diary or a journal. After some time, when you look back at your oldest posts to your newest posts, you can understand more about yourself and learn to improve.

21. FunPhoto by kaibara87

You know, it’s fun writing articles on topics you are passionate about, helping people solve problems, and doing blogging stuff!

Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

22. Discipline

When you are blogging, you discipline yourself by finding the time to blog or sticking to a posting schedule.

It’s a good challenge to take up. It raises your self-esteem and gives you the ability to do more difficult tasks. (Yes, I’m not perfect in my blogging consistency. But I’ll try and try again to stick to posting at least once a week 😉 )

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Update (26 Aug 09) Bonus Reason:

Blogging teaches you to be patient

When I first started blogging, there were not much visitors, comments, or subscribers on my blog. But now, after a year already, I have a good number of visitors, comments, and subscribers. Blogging teaches us to be patient and tells us not to give up.

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So there you go, 22 reasons (or benefits) of blogging. If you think I have missed out some more points, please share it in your comments. I hope this post motivated or inspired you to blog! Happy blogging!

😉

By Gloson

Hello, my name is Gloson and I am an 11-year-old kid who lives in Malaysia. Here, I blog about anything interesting that I learn, including how-to's tips, and more.

Besides blogging, I am a funny poet who writes funny poetry that makes you giggle. Some of my funny poems can be found in this blog.

You can also find my cats series, a series of the funny and cute cat photos I took, here.

102 replies on “22 Reasons for You to Blog”

Blogging does indeed open up various opportunities, thoughts, skills, etc. Great post with some awesome examples!

I know I’ve made a ton of cool friends through blogging. Good luck on your own journey, yeah?
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Another great article. I can’t think off so many reason why I need to blogging. Maybe I have not gone through yet 🙂 Time will tell everything just like what you have did for the past 1 year.

I made a huge mistake when I quit writing on my blog a year ago. I had about 1,500 daily hits, I started up again after 6 months, but now after writing for another 6 months I have about half of my former following.

I got burned out and tired of insulting and negative comment. I realized a lot of it was my fault because of the subject matter I chose to write about.

I now just delete the real vicious comments. It is like you are invited to my house, if you can’t be nice you must leave.
I agree pretty much with all the points you make. Good post.

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Thank you very much for sharing your experience with us 😉 . Your experience teaches us to learn from our mistakes and not give up. I agree with your points too.

Yep, some affiliates are sure “make a living out of blogging”. With proper targeting, an affiliate ad on a blog can yield considerably better income than Adsense. There are several pitfalls though, and before anyone starts doing it, they should (as you’re pointing out) think up the right strategy, and carefully decide on the tactics to use (with the end user experience in mind).

Good post, Gloson.
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All of these are of course great reasons to blog. The one that sticks out the most for me is #1 but you really have 2 reasons mixed into #1. It improves your writing skills of course however, since you are going to be reading more blogs at the same time it increases your knowledge. that to me is one of the biggest benefits. Also #6 making friends (networking with other bloggers) is a huge benefit.
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I’d also go with number 6. Although I have never run a blog. I used to do a lot of commenting and built a number of useful contact through this.
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Well, actually, I’ve explained about learning new stuff through blogging at reason #16 and I completely agree that it is a very huge benefit. So I guess I’ve already separated the two points. Thanks for notifying me anyway 😉 .

I agree with Gerald. Exposing yourself to other people’s blogs will increase your understanding of what works and what doesn’t work. You can then take these ideas back and integrate the best of them into your efforts thereby increasing your skills and of course the quality of the content for your readership.
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Good post, Gloson 🙂
This post really inspire a lot of people, regardless children, teenager or adult 🙂 (and of course, especially me 🙂 )

Keep it up!
Thanks for sharing

That reason are all inspiring. I wanted to have all that reason especially the first one, I want to improve my writing skills, better communication making friends, and the most to earn money LOL…
Thanks for sharing those reasons.
Emo

All theses reasons are very much true.By making your personal blog you can increase your writing skills, comm. skills, tech. skills.I create my own blog and i feel it is the best way to make your personality.Really a great post.Thanks for share such an information with us.

John Zimmer – I’m glad you found blogging rewarding 😉

Emo – Yeah, but you really shouldn’t focus on making money

SeoNext – You are welcome 😉

Corey Freeman – Thank you! Good luck too on your journey! 😉

Dominique – Thanks! It certainly does!

Dennis – Thanks, Dennis! I’m glad this post has inspired you!

kelly – Awww… That’s so sweet 😉

Communicating is one of the most valued tools we have. Integrating passion into our blogging delivers great blog posts. Such as the one above 😉
.-= Sean Rasmussen´s last blog ..Mindset Mastery 135 – On The Crest Of Success =-.

Thanks for your ideas. Nice list, and a lot of those reason carry over into other parts of people’s life’s, so blogging can help a person develop great life skills. I think it teaches people how to accept criticism about their ideas, which is a valuable lesson to learn.

Good Work

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Excellent post. You inspired me to come up with my own list, even though most of them are covered in some way from your list. My list is my first post on my new blog. I used your graphic and linked back to this post as well. If you want me to remove the graphic just let me know and I’ll use something else.

Wow Gloson, you’re insanely good about replying to your commenters. Don’t think I’ve seen anyone reply to such a large number of their comments; even the really small ones that most would ignore.

Great post man, really enjoyed it.
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damn! very nice blog! if all malaysian ppl think like you! sure it will mean alot!
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Interesting points, most of which apply to me. I would also like to add that blogging is also a good outlet during transitional periods in life – such as moving between countries, moving between schools/companies, moving form the student to the corporate world, or from work to retirement. It is a good way to get tips on how to deal with the “new world”, to express your thoughts and also to gain friends while adjusting to the new circumstances. Good post!
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Blogging indeed has several advantages. When you blog, you make your mind work. You think of ideas, and how to somehow improve it. When you blog, you say what you want to say, what you want others to know. Therefore your blog must have content. When you blog you teach and learn at the same time. You communicate, you reach out. The article made me realize of how far a blog can go.

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Hi Gloson,

This is an amazing post from an 11 yr old kid -that’s you. Very sensible and informative. I also enjoyed the humor..lol…I followed this link from my friend Jan Geronimo and I’m happy I did.

In my recent post I have also introduced a new, young blogger – Ryzen who is only 9 yrs. old. She is still very new -barely with 5 short posts but if she would be able to connect with young bloggers like yourself, then she would be motivated to blog more. I hope you could visit her site and encourage her too. Cheers and all the best.
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Not only does blogging improve my writing skills but it also improves my reading and social skills. Something I had been lacking before I started blogging.

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I agree Gloson, i wanted to create a platform for what i have to say and hence my blog represents me and youth.
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Hi Hangga! Nice to see you here! It’s inspiring to see another young blogger around in the blogosphere!

Saya sudah membaca blog anda dan ia sangat bermotivasi! 😀

Thanks for a great post! I’m definitely coming back for more. It is encouraging, informative, motivating especially for someone just starting out. Helped me to understand that if you keep at it (blogging), you will become more expert at doing it, your writing will improve, your blogging knowledge will improve, your number of readers will improve – but it all takes time, effort, and discipline.

Very nice blog, Gloson. I’m REALLY very much impressed 🙂

Good job!

I really do believe that you’ll be a very successful person one day and you’ll really reach your goals and dreams 🙂

I’ll be reading more of your blog posts here.

P.S.
Do you mind if I feature this one on my site? It will really help my readers a LOT! 😀

Thanks, Gloson.
Hope you succeed more!

Jaja Masorong

Thanks Gloson 😉 Your blogs have really been a lot of help to me! Can’t wait to share it with my readers 😀

Take care always Gloson!
God Bless!
Jaja

Gloson.. thank you for taking the time to list these reasons out. Honestly I am not a big “blogger” but even a skeptic might be convinced to start blogging from the list you have created. I will make sure to reference this to others. Have a great day.

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