I’m going to share with you why I started blogging and the reasons why you should start blogging as well. In fact, I think we all should have a blog. Before we go on, let me just clear the air and say that blogging is more than just writing and publishing a post.
So here’s my blogging story. I lived in the Philippines my whole life. I’ve been selling candies, chocolates, paper dolls (anything legal) since I was 7, and started working when I went to college. I have always had a job until I moved to Norway.
Two weeks before I even received my residency permit (allowing me to work legally) I already started looking for a job. The first week, I was upfront that I couldn’t speak Norwegian. I know a few Norwegian words, I can greet and introduce myself, and I can count, but that’s it.
It was so funny how the managers and or owners almost always get so excited to see my qualifications and education, but as soon as they find out I couldn’t speak Norwegian, they turn me down.
So the next week, I told the managers (or the people receiving my CV) that I already speak a bit of Norwegian (Jeg snakker litt Norsk – I speak little Norwegian). And I added that I’ll be studying the norskkurs (Norwegian course) this fall. But that didn’t matter to them, all they cared about is if I can speak Norwegian.
Another two weeks went by of searching and applying to EVERY SINGLE job that announced their vacancy. I even went to several stores that didn’t announce hoping they were looking for extra help or something. But there was nothing.
WHY I STARTED BLOGGING
- To do something significant
Since there was no job available for me, I kept working online. I was already working online part-time (and occasionally) while I was still in the Philippines. And while I enjoyed some of the work and really glad I still make a decent living, it wasn’t something I was passionate about.
I wasn’t exactly doing something I love which made me bored. Even though I was working 10 hours a day, I was restless because I needed to do something where I can both express myself and use my talents and skills. I needed to do something significant.
- Inspire other people
Everyday, I would write on my journal. I usually write random ramblings, but sometimes I would write something that I think (and hope) will inspire people, but those “people” never really get to read them. And then I had an idea, of sharing to the world the things I just previously write on my journal. Hence, the official start of this blog, so I can inspire people.
- Help students kick butt at college
“If you’re not specific in who you’re helping, you’re not helping anyone.” I have heard this phrase time and time again (but probably a thousand times since I started this blog two months ago). This quote made me think about who I really want to inspire. And I didn’t have to go far for that.
When I was in college (in the Philippines), I’ve had the privilege to be one of the life coaches of Every Nation Campus. It was (and still is) always a joy for me to reach out to students, mentor them throughout their college life, and help them with anything and everything. And I want to continue doing that.
I want to help students. I want to help you, wherever you are in the world, regardless of the college or the country, I’m here to be your friend and sister. We are going to kick butt at college! College is not easy, but it’s not impossible to thrive either. My goal is that through this blog, I can help you kick butt at college (not literally, please).
WHY YOU SHOULD START BLOGging
There are over 152 MILLION blogs on the internet right now. That means that every half a second a new blog is being introduced to the world wide web. And so you wonder whether to start a blog or not. I give you 4 reasons why you should, using the acronym B-L-O-G.
Because you’re YOU.
Start blogging because you are unique. Your opinions and sentiments are different from everyone else. With every blog post you publish, once you inject your personality into it, it becomes a different post. You can always put a new spin on things that are already out there. Because none of these 152 million blogs is you. Yes, some of them will think like you, but none of them is YOU.
Your blog can be your avenue to share your story. I don’t mean share what you eat, how you sleep, the brand of shampoo you use (though you can always share those). What I mean is that you got a ton of ideas and things you wish people knew about. Writing them on your Facebook page is one thing, but writing them in a blog or website is another thing. And if you don’t tell your stories, no one else will. And if they do, they might be biased. Or innocently wrong.
Learn new things
Before I started blogging, I’ve heard about SEO, but I don’t really know how to optimize my post for search engines. And I never knew what widgets, short codes, plugins, and all that “blogging lingo” meant. Now I’m learning them one tool at a time.
When you start blogging, you instinctively start learning all these stuff and so much more. Within a short time, you’ll have amassed a ton of valuable new skills that you’ll be proud of.
Or blogging could be another new hobby for you. Just try it. Write something you’re passionate about, and share it with the world.
I won’t sugarcoat this, there will be people who will criticize you. And there will be others who will never understand what you do. Regardless, there will be people who will be inspired by the things you share with them. Write for those people. Create content that will inspire them.
You don’t have to quit your day job to blog (nor quit school). Please don’t. But maybe you’re exhausted and want to write to de-stress. Or maybe you went on a trip somewhere none of your friends went to yet, and you want to tell them all about the experience, why not blog about it.
There are so many things you can write about. The possibilities are endless. There are a ton of things in your life (from your experiences) that will inspire other people.
One important thing I’ve learned in these past couple of weeks is to make sure that every post is helping someone, or that each post is solving a problem for one person (or many people). Always remember to write something that will not only inspire somebody, but also help in one way or another.
That could be with a new knowledge you’re sharing or a life experience that will help them overcome the struggles they are having today. In my case, I am writing blog posts that will help my fellow college students kick butt at college.
Rashelle Isip from The Order Expert has this to say about blogging, “There’s much more to blogging than just writing posts! If you think blogging will be easy, think again. You have to come up with post ideas, construct editorial calendars, reply to comments, do regular site administration and updates, share items on social media, network with other professionals and bloggers, create shareable images and content, create blog marketing plans, and much more. Plus, it’s very much a solo or individual thing. You’ll be spending a lot of time working by yourself.”
Blogging is a bit harder than you think it is (or I made it sound). It takes a lot of commitment, dedication, and countless hours writing, networking, and posting (social media or blog). But regardless, it is possible. I mentioned there’s a gazillion blogs out there right now, no? If they can do it, so can we. Right?
So let’s start blogging, shall we? If you’re ready to start inspiring and helping people and learning new things by simply being you, download this guide on How to Start Blogging, which lists the easiest steps to kick off your blog. And did I mention it’s FREE?!
Come on! DO SOMETHING AWESOME! SHOW THE WORLD WHAT YOU GOT! 😉 If you decided to start blogging, let me know in the comments below and I’d be sure to check out your blog.
Are you a blogger? Why did you start blogging? Let us know the start of your blogging story in the comments below! 🙂