I’m really loving my ‘listicle’-type posts recently! This is the first time I’ve tried out such a ‘click-baity’ title though…
Anyway, on with the post…
It used to be that blogging was a slightly geeky hobby, but it is now becoming more mainstream and a great opportunity to develop or showcase your skills.
Here are five ways blogging makes you better.
1) You can blog about anything
An avid reader of scientific journals? Blog about it.
Learning a language? Blog about it.
Enjoy watching movies? Blog about it.
A self-taught expert in any field? Blog about it.
Okay, so in school/ university you studied A, your current job is in B, but there’s nothing to stop you blogging about C, D and E or even Z. Blogging can provide you with a way to explore a hobby, interest or skill, logging your journey or collecting useful resources. For example, writing about new learning can help it to ‘stick’ whilst also providing a sense of accountability to keep you going.
My multilingual flashcards started when I was looking for a similar resource and couldn’t find it – so I decided to make them myself! They also serve as a way to make me more accountable for actually doing some language learning!
2) Improve your writing, editing and proof-reading skills
The only way to get better at writing is to do it.
Even if your plan is to write a novel or you don’t have any plans to write a book, writing skills are used every day in your work and personal life so improving them is always beneficial.
You will become quicker at stringing sentences together, improve your vocabulary and grammar and practise rereading, editing and checking several times before clicking ‘publish’. We’re only human so the odd mistake may still slip through, but you will get better at spotting errors with practise. (I, of course, always spot the typo just after the post or tweet has gone live…)
3) Develop photography skills ( and perhaps image editing and manipulation)
Honestly, I am still pretty terrible at this, but I have learned SO MUCH since starting blogging. I have picked up tips from looking at wonderful photos by other people, read up about light levels and image manipulation and started to explore using complicated software to improve my photos and images more in the future. We are a very visual species so having photography or image editing skills is always a bonus and could come in handy in both a personal and professional capacity! (I even heard one blogger saying that she ended up doing some semi-professional shots for her work because she had so many bookstagram props!)
4) Become part of community and read more widely
I mean this in more than one sense. On one hand, I have met so many generous and interesting bloggers since joining the community that I honestly feel as if I have found my ‘niche’ in this wide and wonderful world!
Yet blogging has also expanded my horizons. I have picked up books that I might otherwise have never heard of, found new favourites and learned about myself as a reader more in the time that I’ve been blogging than at any other point in my life.
I enjoy reading other blogs and have learned so much from self-taught experts and enthusiasts. I will also never defeat my to-be-read pile thanks to the bookworms/ bookdragons of Twitter who are always telling me about upcoming titles!
5) Develop social media and marketing skills
It used to be that a paper CV was the main piece of information recruiters used to make decisions about you. Now social media is a big part of that picture. You don’t want the only information about you online to be photos from university socials or the myspace you made when you were 14 -instead, having a curated online presence can allow you to highlight your skills and assets.
Even if you’re not particularly active online, having taken the time to create profiles on social media sites shows that you have an understanding of social media, which is increasingly a form of advertising and revenue. Not having an account at all could run the risk of you looking irrelevant.
Blogging can help you develop skills in a wide variety of areas, allows you to explore hobbies, become part of a community and even become more employable.
What are you waiting for?
Get blogging today!
Why did you start blogging?
How has your blog evolved and grown since you first started?
What is your favourite thing about blogging?
Let me know in the comments!
Thanks for reading!