“Just another WordPress site”. I remember seeing this title on the first blog site I created. Of course it might make you think, how many WordPress sites are there on the internet? (we’re one of them by the way) and is my blog going to really be “just another”?
You may be discouraged from starting a blog, simply because you may find things like the fact that there are over 600 million blogs worldwide.
But, don’t pay attention to the number!
Think more about the fact that while there may be that many blogs out on the net, no one else has YOUR voice.
And look, I’ve created over 200 blog posts and am here to tell you that there are a variety of reasons why blogging is NOT a waste of time, contrary to what you may be told elsewhere.
It’s YOUR Blog
Let me start by saying that if you create your blog, it’s your creation! And that in itself should make you proud. Whether one person reads one of our blog posts, or thousands do, what matters is that you have a space to publish your content.
We’re living in a time where you have the privilege to be able to create your own blog (whether you go the free or paid route) and write about whatever you want. Before the internet days, you had to be published on an actual print publication for your content to be read by many. Today, all it takes is typing on a keyboard and clicking on that post button, for your content to be live.
If you lack work experience on your resume or just want to be able to say that you spent your free time working on a blog, it can greatly help you. It’s something you can mention on your resume and on LinkedIn. Back when I wrote my first blog, “Words from a Warrior”, I would talk about it at interviews and share the link to the post. Sometimes I would even be asked about it and a couple of times I sent some samples of some of my best blog posts.
That would not have happened had I not had that blog.
Reading The Comments
As a blogger, it’s great to be able to receive comments that your readers leave you on a blog (if these are appropriate of course; shout out to all of our readers who leave comments! lol). There is nothing more gratifying than knowing that someone took the time to leave you a comment and best of all, read what you had to say! Do however, make sure that you respond to the comments you receive (like we do here) because why would you ignore a comment?
I would recommend, however, that you have your WordPress site settings formatted to be able to approve them prior to them being posted on the blog (that’s how we have ours here) to filter out any spam and other inappropriate comments.
The More You Post, The Higher Chances of Having a Great Blog
It’s true that there may be so many blogs out there and that there are over 10 million posts posted per day, but let me tell you something, your post can still stand out! When you have a blog, it’s important to make sure that you post as often as you can because the more posts you have, the more posts have the opportunity of appearing on search engine! This means that out of all of your posts, you may just have a post that ends up appearing on the first page of search and get so many visitors!
Don’t be discouraged by the statistic because although it might seem like someone in the world has already written about the topic you’ve chosen, you can add your own voice & creativity to it and it may even be a topic that hasn’t really been blogged about.
More Promotional Tools
Back when blogging first started in 1994, there weren’t many tools to promote your blog available. These days of course, we know that we can promote our blog across so many social media sites out there. They launch more and more features constantly which helps us bloggers be able to share our posts with people around the world and have an international following.
We really live in a world where we can now have our content being read by people in so many countries these days In addition to social media, your posts could also come from Google searches from around the world too! There are of course other promotional tools available out there and that helps us bloggers with being able to have our blogs read by even more people than ever before.
Readers Will Always Be There
Yes it’s true that we’re living in an age where there’s people that would rather watch a video than read a blog (and for them, you could do your own videos in which you talk about the items on your post!) but there are still people who prefer to read content!
And don’t think that only the people who comment actually read your content.
I’ve received actual “voice” comments (or people actually talking lol) from people that I know that have read my blogs and I’m sure there are many more out there. Don’t be discouraged if a blog doesn’t get any comments because some of the comments I’ve heard have come from posts with no comments.
There’s Value in Your Words
Don’t think that because you’re not a researcher that might discover the next groundbreaking thing, you don’t have any value to provide, because you do!
As I said earlier, if you voice your opinion through your blog posts, you may be talking about something from a point of view that hasn’t really been talked about before. It may also help someone who’s searching about your topic and has never really read something from your perspective.
Everyone has a different perspective on things and can express themselves in different ways.
You may write a blog on an existing topic but have new ideas to add to it that others haven’t really mentioned before.
Don’t be discouraged by thinking that what you’re about to say has been said already because no one has said it from YOUR point of view.
There May Be Limited Posts or None On Your Topic
While it’s true that there are so many blog posts out there, there are still so many things that just a couple of people have written about or no one has ever even written about!
For example, here on our blog’s Travel section, we’ve written posts about my hometown, Modesto, California such as things to do in Modesto and a Modesto FAQ on Google. These topics weren’t really mentioned before on a blog (that I know of) and being able to post about them is great because there’s a lot to be said about my hometown. Plus add to that, that there aren’t many bloggers in Modesto (at least that show up on Google).
You Can Become a Source
You’ve probably noticed that I add links to external sites from time to time to provide you with the source of the information. And guess what? You could be that source for bloggers and other sites!
Getting a backlink back to your blog, is not only good for SEO (Search Engine Optimization), but it also helps you obtain new readers that’ll come from all of the places that have linked to you! Of course the more posts you do, the higher the chances of more sites linking to you, but you also have to make sure that you have posts that are lengthy and that can provide value to others.
The more your blog posts are promoted throughout different places, the higher chances of others reading them, finding value, and providing a link back.
You Can Share Your Moments
If you like to take pictures and tell a story, having a blog allows you to do that! Sure you could do that in social media too, but wouldn’t you rather have control of how the platform where you tell your story looks like?
When you post all those amazing pictures you took during your last vacation on social media, they get all of the credit search-engine wise (especially if it’s on a Facebook Page) but if you do on you blog, you get it all! And wouldn’t you rather have people who are searching on Google Images, find your blog rather than a Facebook Page?
If you haven’t started a blog yet and were thinking about it, go create it. If you already have a blog and haven’t really posted as much, continue to do so.
I said it already but I’ll repeat it, “Blogging is NOT a waste of time!“
Bloggers, do you have additional reasons that you’d like to add to the list? Please feel free to leave a comment below and let’s continue to motivate all bloggers to continue posting! 🙂