Blogging is something I’ve thought about doing for a while and I knew I wanted to start a blog that is different to every other blog out there. But the problem is, will anyone find it interesting and what’s the point?
When blogging first came around, it seemed to be an online diary, describing monotonous things we do everyday. Like, “today I woke up a bit late, watched TV, thought about tidying up last night’s mess but decided to check social media instead”. (Which is totally not what I’m doing right now…) Who wants to read that?
It is and it isn’t a diary. The beauty of blogging is that it can be about whatever you want it to be about.
What I thought of was ‘what do I like?’ and ‘what do I know?’…
I like fashion. I like the art and business behind fashion. I like making my own clothes. I like luxury pieces. More importantly, I like luxury pieces and hunting them down for the best price. And I know how to do it. So why not share that?
So, why now? Here’s why have I finally decided to start a blog and maybe why you should too:
Turn a hobby into productivity
I am fantastic at shopping. It might not be something to be proud of… but I’ve been told I’m good at it ;). So, by starting this blog, at least I can turn what is a bit of an addiction into something productive that has a purpose other than just filling out some wardrobes.
It sets a goal
Having a blog gives you a project to set your mind to. As much as I hated the pressure at university, I loved researching a topic and writing an essay. It gives you a sense of pride and achievement when you see your work come together at the end of a project and blogging has re-ignited my motivation I had back at uni.
Make friends and build a community
It was daunting when I published my first ever post. But, what I quickly found was that there were a lot of bloggers I’ve met through Twitter and Facebook conversations that are really supportive. You start building a rapport and becoming online friends with others who have similar interests to you. I’d like to mention two of these bloggers whose blogs I love: loubisandleggings.com and esejanta.co.uk
Learn new skills and put it into practice
Especially if you’re self-hosting a website, you’ll gain digital acumen that can be useful outside of blogging. You’ll also get to put this into practice with your blog. Working in social media, I have learnt a few things from my job that come in handy promoting my blog. This leads to my next point:
It looks great to employers
In an online world, everything we do online matters. Whether or not you’re actively looking for a job, a blog could open up new opportunities for you.Having an online presence is a valuable thing when it comes to your career – whatever area that may be. You can showcase your written communication skills and give an insight into your personality before you’ve even got to an interview stage.
Employers often hire someone after seeing something positive on a candidate’s social media platform because ‘the employer got a good feel for the candidate’s personality’ and their ‘profile showed that the job seeker is creative, well-rounded, or has great communication skills’. Here are some fun stats:
32% of recruiters have found material online that’s contributed to the decision to hire someone, yet 41% of companies say a lack of online information about a job candidate makes them less likely to even consider that person for an interview
Inspire and help your readers
If you have a lot experience in something, share what you know – it could help someone out
Make a bit of money
Lastly, if you do it right, then yes, you can earn some money from your blog. It may not be a lot in the beginning, but it’s nice to get a little return on your hard work.