Today I'm going to be blogging about the many many benefits of blogging.
Blogging as a trend has been steadily rising as the years go on for quite some time now, and it's no wonder when there are so many positive things that can come from it. In the US alone, the number of blog readers from 2008-2014 has risen from 91.4 million to a huge 150.4 million, which is staggering.
Blogging, for many people, is therapeutic. The same way that a diary allows you to express your thoughts and feelings and unload them from your mind, having a blog can do the same thing. It gives writers a sense of achievement when they hit follower targets and gain views, and just knowing that someone is reading your posts gives blogging the feel-good factor. It's a great and modern way to pass the time, and it's a good way to relax or create yourself a hobby.
In addition to this, blogging helps people. In many cases, readers of blogs go looking for such things because they want to be comforted, and know that someone has the same thoughts and experiences as them, and relate to them as they would relate to their friends. People often find peace and satisfaction in their lives after reading blogs and realising that situations they are going through are just human and people know how they are feeling. Also in a literal sense, instructional blogs help people just by teaching them new things. This also helps the owner of the blog as they will feel satisfaction and happiness knowing that they have helped someone else and their writing has made a difference.
IT skills are also something that are often overlooked when it comes to blogging. Many people do not have the skills on computers that tech-savvy people take for granted, and want to learn more; particularly young children and the older generation. Blogging is a great gateway into technical knowledge because it's so easy. It lets people learn to type without too much pressure, and learn common internet jargon that they can then use, and also learn useful skills such as HTML coding.
Blogging also connects people. I myself have made many valuable friends through blogging, and I am very grateful to know them. Making friends through blogging platforms is great because if you've found each other, it probably means that you have similar interests, and have a lot in common. This is also great for people with confidence issues who find it hard to make new friends face-to-face. Blogging brings people together and forms communities who can then help each other and share ideas. For this reason, it can be good for gaining contacts for business, too.
One of the main benefits of blogging is that you can earn money from it. You can get jobs through blogging where companies will pay you to blog for them. If you have your own blog, though, you can still earn money through advertising, as companies will pay to advertise on blogs which have a high number of hits so that more people see them. Similarly, product review blogs also get lots of free products because companies will send them their products to be reviewed, which is a win-win situation.
With all these benefits, it's no wonder that blogging is so popular nowadays. I personally feel that blogging has helped me develop my writing and professional skills, and I find it very satisfying as a hobby.