I have been blogging, on and off, for over 2 years now. Blogging is something that I find truly enjoyable. It’s an addition to my schedule that I welcome. Although, it has been tough finding a true cadence of when to blog, how often to blog, what to blog about, and more. I think I have finally cracked the code that works for me! Getting into a rhythm has been a driving force behind my love for my blog growing and it’s continued success!
I found that the more research I did into what makes a blog successful and how to have a successful blog, the more I found myself struggling to write and produce blog posts that I love. I feel as if I am always trying to product content that is SEO friendly and trendy. I was trying to fit a blogging mold and write for the sake of pleasing a computer and not myself. I constantly have to remind myself why I chose to blog in the first place.
The reason I started blogging was when I started growing my Instagram account, which I have since stopped actively growing. I wanted my own website and my own place to share my thoughts. I found that Instagram captions were very limiting and quite frankly those captions are typically scrolled over and not fully comprehended by followers. I saw starting a blog as an outlet to share more thoughts in a larger format, and potentially even reach more people.
Here are 10 Reasons why I am happy that I chose to start a blog. Maybe it will inspire you to start your own blog as well!
10 Reasons Why I am Happy I Started My Own Blog
It’s a great creative outlet.
As someone who grew up loving the arts and participating in all art extra curricular activities, when I got into college and fully committed my time to focusing on my sport that I was on scholarship for, I slowly let my creative side fall out of view. I had to refocus my energy and time into being the best lacrosse player and student that I cold be that I could not spend time being creative. After being suppressing my creativity for so long, I have found so much comfort in blogging and being able to create whatever I want to and whatever I am feeling.
Limits my time doing pointless tasks.
Looking back, I always found myself scrolling through social media or binge watching tv shows on Netflix when I was bored. Now, I instantly log into my account and plan out monthly content or explore the WordPress Reader and check out some content that other bloggers are producing. It’s refreshing to limit the amount of time I spend on brainless activities. Blogging has been a driving force behind that – granted I don’t watch much TV but I really don’t watch any any more.
I have learned so much about websites.
Not only is blogging a skill that is learned, but so is building a website, creating a theme, and building out a blog template that works for your post. There is so much that goes into creating a blog post. Keyword Research has been something that I enjoy doing and is also something that I was able to carry over into my job. The amount of intricacies and moving parts that make a blog come together are more than I first thought. Mastering the skills and learning as you go have been so exciting for me, learning new skills is something that keeps me moving forward.
I have an outlet for my thoughts that I would have never had access too.
I briefly mentioned this before, but all social media channels are great ways to express yourself. Some have restrictions on the amount of content you share, who it reaches, and when it reaches certain people. The idea that my content and thoughts didn’t belong to me was a reason a started blogging. This blog is now 100% me. It is 100% my thoughts and it has been created exactly how I would want it to be. It’s truly been enjoyable to have this much control over something that belongs to me. There are no character restrictions or file size limits, only what I chose to do.
I have learned so much about topics I care about.
When I make a blog post, I research the crap out of whatever topic I am writing about. I want to make sure I am sharing what I want to share but also that it is accurate and reliable information. I’ve spent a lot of time diving into mental health, mental performance, self love, self care, and daily practices and behaviors that can help you grow as a person. It’s been incredible for me and hopefully for you as a reader as well!
Blogging is fun!
At the end of the day I enjoy writing and love sharing my thoughts on things that I typically wouldn’t be having conversations about. As a Sales Leader in Advertising Technology and a Lacrosse Coach, there are not many times where I get to take about my awesome weekend trips, or affirmations, or even my love for Jeeps. It’s been an amazing outlet to have and it really is so much fun to start typing and seeing my thoughts come to life on the screen.
I have met some amazing people.
The blogging community is one that is very accepting and friendly. Right off the bat, I met a few bloggers through WordPress who not only offered tips and feedback but have been constants throughout my blogging journey. I have their support on every post and they have my support on theirs. I feel on social channels, there is a lot of jealousy and competition between influencers and people trying to grow on the platforms. At least from my experience, the blogging community wants everyone to succeed.
It makes a little bit of money.
I never started blogging to make money or to have a massive income stream from it or to have it replace my full-time job. I know many people have those intentions, but not so much for me. I really just wanted a place to write and share my thoughts and it’s turned into a small bit of money in my pocket every month. It’s obviously motivating to know that if I continue, I can potentially make more money from this monthly! Regardless of how much money I make from the blog, any little bit is rewarding because I wasn’t anticipating any in the first place.
It gives me something to work towards.
As a former athlete, I strive for progress, growth, and improvement in everything that I do. This blog is no different. It has given me a new place to invest my time and work towards new goals. Whether it be driving viewership weekly or coming up with creative posts, this blog challenges me to think differently, create goals, and then crush them. Not only has this been a creative outlet but it is also something that has helped me grow as a person. Blogging continues to challenge me and force me to explore my thoughts in different wats and I genuinely love that.
I have my own website
Right now this is my blog, but I own teenafey.com and I can make it anything I want it to. Knowing that I have my own place that is mine is incredible. I wouldn’t have this or even know I could if I didn’t jump into blogging.
I couldn’t be happier to consider myself a blogger. Regardless of how many people view this website and how many likes or comments I get on posts, I will continue to write and share my thoughts because I really enjoy doing so.