In this article I will talk about 16 reasons to start your own travel blog or any other type of blog. I hope that it will encourage you to stop thinking about starting one and take action.
It’s not as hard as you think
Starting a blog is pretty easy and straight forward. If you have something that you are interested in and passionate about that’s all you need to start a blog. As far the technical stuff in starting a blog, you can read my series on the steps it takes to start a blog.
The slightly difficult part of starting a blog is just that starting one. Having the drive and the tiny technical knowledge that it takes to get one started is just all you need. But nowadays the technical knowledge is not even needed. It takes about 20 minutes to set up a WordPress blog. Other platforms are not that different. And if ever you need help setting up your blog,
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Make your mark
It’s very rewarding knowing that you have your own space on the world wide web were you can express yourself and have the freedom to do so. You can keep your blog private and away from search engines or you can have it open and accessible by everyone.
You will get to build something from scratch and see it through. And from there, the possibilities are endless.
It improves you as a person
Blogging is good for you. You become more creative when you blog. You help people and we all know that when we help people it also helps us. You will also become a better writer, speaker and communicator in general. Your debating skills and technical skills will get a boost as well.
It’s your own personal space
It’s your own little space that no one can take away from you. We all like to be noticed and given attention; blogging does that and a whole lot more.
It helps and inspires other people
You blog will inspire and make people want to take action. No matter what niche you cover, you will develop a following that has an interest in that niche as well.
It opens doors for great opportunities
The opportunities that come with blogging are immense and rewarding. You can go from a small time blogger who only has a small audience to a big shot. Some of the success stories online are incredible. And if you are into attracting advertisers then you will be able to make money with it as well.
You connect with others
When you blog you attract other like minded people that you connect with. Some of them become life long friends that you end up sharing other great experiences with.
You can make money with your blog
Oh here we go with the money thing again. But serisouly, you can make good money with your blog. Many have done it; I have done it and continue to do it with my other blogs. The possibilities are endless.
I know guys that have created, nurtured and sold off blogs for 20k or more. It can be done, but it takes hard work, determination and a lot of professional approach. But since you are blogging about your hobbies, that shouldn’t be a problem. You can do it too. Hard times come and finances fall short but having a blog that earns a little extra each month can be that little extra you need to get over those hard times.
Makes the world a better place
Your blog can become invaluable to a lot of people. I know a few blogs that are and I can’t stop reading them. I wake up in the morning, I get on them, get a great read and then start my day. You could be the owner of such a blog.
You can start a blog about a cause or a hobby that brings many people together. And when people are coming together, it instantly makes the world a better place.
It’s fun and challenging at the same time
Who doesn’t love a good challenge? I know I do. It can be challenging to own a blog. But from every challenge that you face and overcome, you become a better person. But even if you fail, you learn something from that failure so in the end, it’s a win win situation.
My first blog didn’t do so well but it paved the way for my more successful blogs that I now manage. And those blogs lead to work for other bloggers whose blogs I have designed.
You will learn a lot
There is always something to learn. It’s never a boring day in the world of blogging. You can always learn from another blogger with more success. You learn from yourself and you learn from those with whom you interact with. There is no shortage of interaction in the world of blogging whether via comments, messages or people you meet on the road. It never ends and you never stop learning and growing.
You will learn to be a technical person, a people person and an overall Mr/Miss awesome. Bloggers are some of the most cool people I have met on my travels. They always have very interesting and intricate take on things. Be one of these people.
You will archive your life
It’s like having an online diary that everyone reads but it’s for you. You will look back years from now and you will have all your adventures and memories archived somewhere for you or your friends and family to see.
It’s very nice to be able to have that. Blogging can do that for you. Years from now moments you might have forgotten about can be remembered just by a picture that you posted on your blog.
It will help you find your voice
You will have a place to scream, share stories and much more. Blogging gives you the freedom to work from anywhere. You could sit at a beach in Thailand and write a blog post. With the freedom to do and be anywhere, you get the freedom of mind and creativity. When these are combined, you get to express yourself more profoundly.
You love to travel
I get to travel very often. I have done several countries each year and nothing beats traveling. It is the best thing in the world.
“No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.” – Lin Yutang
And archiving your travels is one of the best things you can do. If you are traveling often and don’t keep a blog, you are missing out on a lot. The human brain is not that reliable and having a back up brain in the form of pictures, videos and other media posted on a blog is a fantastic way to archive your adventures.
It’s a way to stay in touch
When you blog you invite others to share your experiences with you. You invite people into a journey with you and you are in the driver sit. You move and they follow; you are the master of your domain, literally.
You stay in touch not just with others but with yourself and your goals. There are some places that I go where it’s impossible to keep up with family and friends via other methods even in this day and age. But when I blog once in a while, they know what I am up to.
It’s absolute freedom
Yes it is and it is a freedom worth having.