There are countless reasons why you would want to start a blog. To some people, they enjoy the freedom of the page and feel empowered when they write out their thoughts and feelings and publish them for the world to see. Others may use their blogs to showcase their skills and use it as a portfolio. And whether it’s a blog about food, fashion, travel, nature, etc., the one thing that is universal between them all is that blogging is the perfect platform to practice your writing abilities.
Writing is a dying art form. You can scour the Internet and find millions and millions of misspellings, comma splices, and run-on sentences. The trouble is that most people don’t even know that they’re wrong. Maybe they never learned how to write properly when they were in school, or maybe writing was never a passion for them. Whatever the reason is, the world can use more good male and female writers to put an end to all the fakes and pretenders out there claiming to be one.
It’s useful for more than just stories
Many people underestimate and don’t appreciate a person’s ability to write and most people don’t often care much for practicing and perfecting their own writing skills. But what they don’t know is those good writing abilities are one of the most useful skill sets that one can have in their arsenal, especially in the workforce. Being able to accurately articulate yourself comes in handy when applying for jobs, as having good spelling, writing, and grammar skills could be the reason why you get and keep the job over someone else.
No one wants to read a poorly-written blog
If you don’t care to improve your skills for the workplace, you can definitely help improve your abilities to increase the quality of your blog. Truth be told, most people will not come back to read your blog if the writing is drab, redundant, and poorly written. No matter what your niche of blogging is, if you want people to keep coming back (and a paycheck, if you make it big enough to earn money through your blog), you must improve your writing and storytelling abilities.
I’ve seen plenty of good blogs start off strong and build a solid following but then quickly hit rock bottom when their lack of writing skills show its ugly face. Poor spelling and grammar can take you pretty far (just check out any famous person’s twitter), but you will quickly lose your credibility once people see your lack of prowess on the page.
Benefits of having a blog
Blogs provide one with a sense of liberation. It is a platform that can be used in numerous ways, if utilized properly, it can be a very rewarding and fruitful media. The unforeseen benefit to this ongoing narrative is that it is an excellent practice for finding your voice and practicing your writing skills. No one hits it out of the park their first time at bat, so the same thing can be expected when one first starts their blog. The first blog post won’t be the best nor will it be the worst, but it will be a starting point. You will be able to look back in a couple of years and re-read your first blog post and (hopefully—because by then your writing will have improved) find all of the silly errors you made. So long as you can recognize the mistakes you’ll be all right.
Find your site
Doing a quick Google search will help you find a website to host your blog on. Some sites like Tumblr offer users a basic platform to host their blogs, whereas other sites like WordPress offer users a paid option, which gives them a lot more control over the appearance and functioning of the blog. But before you go and invest in a blog, make sure to compare the costs and benefits that come with each site; it’s your hard-earned money, after all.
Get to it
Once you’ve got your blog-situation sorted out, the next and last step is to start writing. That’s it. Writing’s a process and requires patience and a lot of effort. You know the old saying about Rome not being built in a day. Well, writing’s a lot like that, so quit reading this article and get to it.