Have you ever considered starting a blog?
I can already see you shaking your head. You probably think that blogging is for writers, politicians, political pundits, or egotistical people with nothing better to do.
True. But here are fourteen reasons why you, too, might want to give it a try.
- You can use it as a networking tool. No matter what your business or occupation, it never hurts to give out a little free information. Call it a form of tithing if you will. Remember, what goes around comes around. Example: Kerry M. Kerstettar’s Tax Guru.
- Blog for your family. Write your memoir or simply jot down memories and upload photos of family history, the stuff that will be lost when you’re gone. Write messages to your children, your grandchildren or your great-great-great grandchildren, so they can treasure them far into the future. Example: The Marcoccia Family Blog, Peas and Love For Us.
- Blog about your hobby or passion. Share your inspiration with like minds. Examples: Felicia Ragsdale’s Scrapping is My Life, Jane Marie’s Thyme for Herbs, and Angela Fehr Watercolor.
- Communicate with your fans or future fans: Example: Enter the Between (Yes, that’s me).
- Highlight an industry. Fewer than 2 percent of Americans farm for a living today and only 17% now live in rural areas. It takes people like John Bunting to keep the dialog between urban and rural America alive. John Bunting’s Dairy Journal; A Broad Discussion of Dairy Covering A Wide Range Of Issues.
- Write about travel or a vacation: Example: The Steijn Girls on Cruise. This one’s written in Dutch, but you’ll get the picture.
- Share what’s on your mind or in your heart. Example: Lee Lopez.
- Keep in touch with friends. One way to start is to join Facebook or My Space and post your comments there, and if that works out, start your own blog. Examples: The White Family Blog, the Adams Family Blog, and June Cleaver Nirvana.
- Use it as an extension of your resume/portfolio. Examples: Resume Edge and Quintessential Careers.
- Blog your way into a job or A BOOK. Pamela Redmond Satran created a blog called How Not To Act Old and two months later sold it as a book that went on to become a New York Times Bestseller. Torina White made her blog into a book at Blog 2 Print.
- Create a family friendly blog. Example: TQ Family Adventures Travel Blog, where a mother writes about ways to inspire family travel one adventure at a time.
- Provide inspiration for others. Example: The Optimist’s Blog.
- Raise awareness. Nipun Mehta helped start Service Space, an experiment in the joy of giving.
- Help others adapt to disabilities. After her legs were amputated, Amy Purdy started a nonprofit organization to help other youth and young adults with permanent physical disabilities enjoy extreme sports. You can find their blog at Adaptive Action Sports.
Remember, you don’t have to go public with your blog right away (or at all). You can save your posts as drafts to publish later, share them only with friends, or keep them to yourself (Blogger and Word Press have privacy settings for this).
Just be careful not to overdo it. Blogs can be addictive and take you away from living a full life with family and friends. If you limit yourself to certain times of the day or days of the week, you may just have found yourself a fascinating new hobby.