10 Reasons To Start a Blog Today

Starting Line

Every blogger starts from the same line. Those who don’t quit get rewarded.

In my last post, I talked about ways to grow your blog, but after I hit publish, I realized I left out those who don’t have a blog yet.

When I started blogging, I didn’t know the great benefits that would come out of it. I just knew I wanted to have a blog that mattered.

Today’s post, I’ll cover some of the rewards you can get from blogging. Some I’ve experienced already and others I’ve seen happen.

You might be interested in blogging, but need that last push to get started. You might see bloggers having fun and you want to experience it.

If you were on the fence about blogging, I hope I’ll have you convinced afterwards.

1. You will meet a variety of great people. 

Since I’ve started this blog, I’ve gotten to know some awesome people online. Not only do I love what they write and what they’re doing, but I love getting to know them.

When I went to Las Vegas to get married, a blogger I’ve gotten to know, Steve Roy from Ending the Grind was out there at the same time. We set up a time to meet and we literally just walked around the Wynn/Encore casino and talked.

Just last week in Taipei, I met Matthew Hooper, who I met through Twitter one day when I first started and got to know him throughout the year. We just happen to be back visiting Taipei at the same time. Matt, a Canadian, actually lived in Taipei for eight years and met his wife here. Plus he worked with Eleanor at a language school many years ago. Small world!!

I know I’ll meet more in person in the near future.

I’ve read stories of people who’ve attended Blog World or World Domination Summit and finally met long time blogging friends, and made new ones.

You know what I’ve found too? Bloggers are some of the nicest people out there.

If you want to know how to reach out to bloggers, read Adrienne Smith’s post about how to do it.

2. Blogging is a great creative outlet

A blog is like a blank canvas. It’s up to your imagination how you want it to look. It could look like a Jackson Pollack if you wanted it to (not recommended).

When customizing my Standard Theme, I spent countless hours on it. I probably could have spent more if I didn’t stop myself. I enjoyed every creative minute of it.

Writing is obviously a great creative outlet. You take a bunch of ideas and make it into something that evokes an emotion in readers.

People have different ways to unleash their creativity, and right now blogging is my favorite way.

3. It can lead to publishing a book

It does seem like some bloggers would love to publish a book. With a blog, if you’ve built up a huge audience you, that could help in your book proposal. Even if you don’t go the traditional route, you could self publish on the Kindle, which many are doing today.

Pamela Slim has a book called Escape From Cubicle Nation: From Corporate Prisoner to Thriving Entrepreneur (great book)which started out as a blog by the same name. She didn’t start the blog with the intention of writing a book, but later was approached to write a book on her expertise.

Another blog to book is 1000 Awesome Things, by Neil Patel.

Neil started posting awesome things every weekday, got a book deal, and it turned into a New York Times #1 bestseller.

There is a blog called Stuff White People Like by Christian Lander. He says it’s about “a scientific approach to highlight and explain stuff white people like. They are pretty predictable.”

He got a book deal after three months (wow) and it turned into a New York Times bestseller, aptly called Stuff White People Like and now Whiter Shades of Pale.

Jenny Blake, another blog to book blogger (say that five times fast), wrote a guest post on the pros and cons of it. Great for those interested in publishing.

If you’re looking to publish your first book this year, Chris Guillibeau has a guide to teaches you how to write, sell, and publish your book (aff link).

4. It can make you money

A blogger can earn pennies or six figures a month. If you become an authority in your area, you could offer coaching, consulting, sell products, promote products, or have advertising.

Many blogs don’t make that much money, but you can make something from it. It might not be much, but it’s not bad writing on a topic you’re passionate about.

Any topic could eventually lead to earning income. Overheard in New York posts overheard comments and conversations from anonymous New Yorkers. The site earned an estimated $8,100 each month (figure from 2007) and a book was published.

Perez Hitlon started blogging about celebrities and now attracts four million unique visits each day. Ad revenue for the site is estimated at $111,000 a month!

I could keep naming blogs in different areas that make money.

I just want to say that just having a blog doesn’t mean you’ll make money. However, the potential is out there.

5. You can make a difference

The first thing that comes to mind is using your blog as a way to raise money for a charity.

Tim Ferris does it often on his blog.

Last year after the Japan earthquake and tsunami, I saw tweets about a fundraiser organized by Lavonne Ellis. A donation gave you a bunch of products donated by bloggers to help your blog and business grow. Plus you were entered in a drawing for some premium products and services.

I just read they raised $5,385 plus got a matching grant to double the amount! It’s really cool that a bunch of bloggers did that.

It doesn’t just have to be amount money. You can bring attention about issues in your community, nation, or the world. You can make a difference in many ways through your blog.

6. It can give you a voice

A blog lets you be heard. The blog is your platform. You can share whatever you want with your readers. You can share your opinion. You can teach. You can inspire. You can inform.

The important thing is it’s coming from you. You have a voice.

7. You can help people

If you’ve gone through a particular life experience, you can start a blog on that topic to help others going through the same thing.

It could be anything from helping guys pick up girls to surviving depression to growing a garden. The possibilities are endless what you could write that would help people.

8. It could lead to some unexpected opportunities

I remember when I ran a sports blog for two years, I got a surprising e-mail from Sprint to test out their new phone for six months for free. I got unlimited calling, could watch NFL games on it, unlimited ringtones and game downloads. All I had to do was blog about it once and give them feedback. Of course I said yes!

I’ve read bloggers get invited on trips by companies wanting exposure for their products. Some bloggers receive products to review and get to keep.

You could land a movie role. Pat Flynn, through a podcast on his blog, got asked to be a social media consultant on a film. As part of the deal, he asked to be an extra in the movie. They said yes.

Kimberly Snyder spent years learning about better eating for health and beauty. She started a blog on that topic and got picked up by the press. Celebrities found out and hired her. Now she is a highly sought after nutritionist for many of the entertainment industry’s top celebrities and author of the best-selling book, The Beauty Detox Solution.

9. You can be an authority

If you do things right and long enough, you could be an authority in your niche.

You could become an expert on any topic that you can possibly think of. The great thing is you don’t even need to be an expert when you begin blogging. You become one over time.

10. You’ll improve your writing

In order to be a better writer, you should write more.

I hated English class my senior year in high school. I barely read the novels and didn’t like writing essasy. So I never thought I was a good writer.

As I got older, I found an itch to write. However, I didn’t have much confidence in my writing. I didn’t think I sucked, but I knew I wasn’t that great.

Having a blog and writing on a consistent basis gets you to write more. I’ve written so much in the past year and lots of it not worthy of publishing. That’s okay because it still allows me to work on being a better writer.

Learn to Start a Blog the Right Way in 2012

If you’re looking to start a blog this year, a course I’d recommend for any beginning blogger is How to Start a Blog that Matters (affiliate link) by Corbett Barr.

The program is a 90-day step-by-step action plan you can follow to create a blog that matters. It includes 13 weekly lessons, 4 special bonuses and over 8 hours of instructional video.

You could learn by reading all the free information online. However, Corbett has three successful blogs and the course saves you hours and hours by only teaching you the topics that matter.

There’s also a great guarantee for the course. If you go through the course and don’t get the results you want, he’ll personally coach you one-on-one for free. Great offer since he doesn’t do coaching anymore.

Learn more about the course and sign up today.

Sound like fun?

If you’re thinking about starting, or just recently started, I hope I’ve shown some great rewards from blogging. It takes a lot of time, commitment, and hard work if you really want to get massive benefits from it. The ones I mentioned above have spent years to get to where they are.

However they have one thing in common, they were all beginners just like you.

So if they can do it, you can too.

Blogging has been a life changer for me and I’d still blog even if I won the lottery. I’m having that much fun.

I want the same for you. So don’t wait any longer. Get started.

 

For current bloggers, what are your favorite things about blogging?

Do you have another reason someone should start blogging?

 

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  • http://psabaj@comcast.net Paul

    I’m close to starting my blog and have the outline ready. Looking forward to the comments for the post. Corbett’s course looks like a bargin. By the way are you planning to go to any events this year? It looks like Blog World West is going to be in October and a date should be out soon.

    • http://getbusylivingblog.com Benny

      Hey Paul!

      Congrats on starting your blog soon. Corbett’s course could really help a beginner like yourself get started correctly. You have to put in the work, but if you follow what he says and ask questions when you’re stuck, you’ll be better off than most new bloggers. Here is the link to his course again http://getbusylivingblog.com/blogthatmatters. It’s my aff link if you choose to sign up through there.

      I certainly hope to go to some events this year. Blog World West sounded better than Blog World East last year so I would go to that if I had to choose. Have you been before or plan on going this year?

    • http://njmart.in Martin

      Paul go for it because its great

  • http://eclerstudios.net Pawel Bialecki

    My favorite thing in blogging? It raises download rate of my apps ;) But for seriously, it connects me to similar people like me. I don’t have many real friends with same intrest like mine and I can share my thoughts via Internet with people which enjoy the same and want to do the same. Win-win ;)

    • http://getbusylivingblog.com Benny

      Hey Pawel!

      Getting more downloads for your apps is definitely a bonus! I agree that blogging connects you with like-minded people. I don’t have many real friends who I could sit down with and talk blogging, personal development, online entrepreneurship, or app development. Plus it’d be harder to meet people from around the world, like Poland, if it wasn’t for blogging.

  • http://adriennesmith.net Adrienne

    Great post Benny and follow up of course. I guess we just assume everyone already has a blog since they are here reading yours.

    Oh and thanks for that mention again Benny, I really appreciate that. I have a feeling that between you and I, they can get this thing started in no time at all. If they need help learning how to set a blog up they can always access my free training site where I walk them through how to do everything.

    Really very jam packed post Benny, great tips. Heck, even I learned a few things here and I love that when that happens.

    Have a great week Benny and here is yet another “epic” post of yours. You are collecting quite a bit of those now.

    ~Adrienne

    • http://getbusylivingblog.com Benny

      I thought so too Adrienne, but I bet there are many people like me before I had a blog. I would read other blogs and learning before I even started. I did that for so long. Wish I knew how much fun it was so I would have taken it more seriously earlier on!

      I definitely think of your posts when I talk about blogging. You have so much great info! I’m sure I’ll be linking to many more of yours in future posts.

  • http://4stephenpeters.com/ Stephen

    I like your list! Most probably start a blog to make money. Then find out there are many great people to be meet along the way. The idea of making a difference has been churning over in me head and has a lot of appeal. thank you for sharing

    • http://getbusylivingblog.com Benny

      Thanks so much Stephen! I definitely think people see probloggers and think it’s so easy to make money from a blog. It’s easy to make a little, but harder to make it a full time income. I think if bloggers get a majority of those benefits I listed, then money will be no problem. Thanks for you reading and your comment!

  • http://www.emptyfist.com/ Andrew Olson

    Hey Benny, having just started a blog (and done it in the past as well) this list is spot on. It’s amazing how much value YOU can get out of your own blog. I’ve noticed every one of the ten you mentioned. Another one I’ve found is: Blogging can help you grow. When you start writing about a topic, you quickly learn a lot more that topic. Being a teacher really can be one of the best ways to learn.

    • http://getbusylivingblog.com Benny

      Welcome back Andrew! Again congrats on the new blog. Looking great. When I first started blogging, I didn’t realize the majority of these benefits. It’s been nice to look back so far and see what rewards I’ve gotten out of blogging. I’ve definitely have a learned more like you said from writing and reading more about my area of interests.

      It’s been fun and look forward to seeing what the next 12 months will bring! Congrats again on the new blog.

  • http://.www.dollysdaughter.wordpress.com Colleen Kelly

    Wow Benny I so love this post. I honestly do!. I started blogging about 3 motnhs ago and I leanrn new things everyday. I Have from you, Ruth Zive, Adrienne Smith, Dan Gheesling and Alex Mangini. I have been learning so much. I like how all of you blog. your manner and the way to speak to your readers.
    I think my favorite thing has been meeting you all, and the feeling I get like maybe I can actually help someone with what I have accomplished and been through. I lost 120 lbs 2 years ago and feel that I was so blessed to have Trainers, friends, and a gym that was like a second home to me and that I now am so driven to be fit and healthy I want to give back all that I was given. To help others!. Because I know that drowning feeling of being overweight. To help another would be amazing.
    I feel I have a voice as well now. which for quiet Colleen is cool! Thanks for a great post ! ;)

    • http://getbusylivingblog.com Benny

      Thanks so much Colleen! Blogging can definitely be a life changer. No doubt about it. Your experience can definitely be an inspiration for those in your situation before. That’s really amazing to lose that much weight and to not give up. I’m sure your message will spread and you’ll be able to help others in need! There’s someone definitely out there waiting for you to help them out. Thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.bestwaytoloseweighthq.net Cathy

    Very inspirational post. I just can’t seem to stop blogging about weight loss. I don’t think I’ll ever become famous or have book publishers beating down my door, but I have lost weight. lol

    • http://getbusylivingblog.com Benny

      Hey Cathy,

      At least you know what you enjoy writing about. You might not have a book but you can still inspire and help others if that’s what you’re looking to do. Congrats on losing the weight!

  • http://www.MatthewHooper.com Matt Hooper

    Hi Benny,

    I have to agree that you can meet some really interesting people through blogging. I’m not just saying that because of the mention either. ;-)

    Being able to build authority is also great. Especially for people looking to build a business around what they do online.

    - Matt

    • http://getbusylivingblog.com Benny

      Thanks Matt! Being authority is a great one. With authority comes the money. :)

  • http://www.freelancewritingblog.com Ruth – The Freelance Writing Blog

    Great post Benny. Except if you follow the link to my own post, you’ll see that I object to the notion that you can earn six figures (a month GAAAAA) directly from your blog. I think that a blog is a tool that you can use to promote your business. But rarely is a blog a business in and of itself.

    Just my 2 cents.

    • http://getbusylivingblog.com Benny

      Hi Ruth,

      Well making six figures directly from your blog is rare, but in the example I gave Perez Hilton is a blogger. Sure he doesn’t blog about what we blog about, but his business is blogging about celebrities. His income comes from advertisements on his blog. His blog is his business. Gizmodo.com is a blog. Sure it’s got a ton of staff members now and is part of a larger company, but it’s still a blog. I couldn’t find revenue figures but it’s gotta be big.

      But I agree that your normal blog alone isn’t going to make money. It’s a way to promote your business and gain customers.

      Thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.gaurano.com Jonathan Gaurano

    Benny.

    I have a blog for all the reasons above. However, I’m going to be honest and say that Money isn’t on my mind at the moment. The biggest point that strikes a chord with me is: 7. You can help people & 9. You can be an authority.

    And, this means that like you said in your last blog, I need to create true fans. Or, as I call them – followers. Followers who care, followers you give you a chance, followers you will share your material.

    I really want 7 & 9 to happen. And, you’ve been so helpful in this progress where you’ve done a lot to motivate me to getting close to 7 & 9. I hope I can make you proud.

    I have no idea how I got on this tangent. But, it relates.

    • http://getbusylivingblog.com Benny

      Hey Jonathan,

      I’m glad to be able to help out when I can. I think if you focus on everything else first, then the money will come naturally, if that’s what you choose to do down the road. If you can be an authority and help people, they will pay for your help.

      But I understand it’s not the most important thing now, which is great. Too often new bloggers start a blog and think about the $$$ and not making real connections.

  • http://www.yakezie.com Financial Samurai

    I enjoy reading my comments and learning surprising new perspectives. That’s my favorite thing. Each post averages around 40-50 comments, so there’s always something to learn.

    S

    • http://getbusylivingblog.com Benny

      Great point. I enjoy reading the comments as well. I usually learn so much from them and get to know people a little more. You’ve got smart readers so I’m sure they leave great stuff.

      Happy Chinese New Year to you Sam!

  • http://armandpolanski.wordpress.com Armand Polanski Cruz

    Nice Post Benny! It’s been a long time since I posted here. I’ve been busy with building my twitter followers.

    Anyway, I’m a social person. That’s the reason why I love Facebook and Twitter. I could spend hours in front of the computer without eating and even going to the bathroom.

    Blogging did not only helped me meet helpful people but it helped me understand how I should live life. It became my outlet and my reflection. This is the reason why I push other people to blog.

    • http://getbusylivingblog.com Benny

      Yes it’s been awhile. Great to see you here Armand. Glad to hear blogging has benefitted you in great ways! Keep up the blogging in 2012. Hope more great things come from it for you.

  • http://Www.Forthelma.wordpress.com Forthelma

    Great work!!

    This gives me motivation to keep going, indecenty started a blog last yr to encourage and motivate the youth, Now I am a motivational speaker, soon to be author and about to begin my non-profit organization!

    • http://getbusylivingblog.com Benny

      Thanks for reading! Sounds like you’re doing some great things. Keep it up!

  • http://www.daisyamongroses.com Claire Johnson, M.D.

    Thanks so much for your post. I started my blog, Daisy Among Roses, a few months ago to launch before my upcoming book. It has affected others in ways I never imagined. I feel like it’s a way that I can give back. I love your blog and will be following you now, too!

    Claire Johnson, M.D.

    • http://getbusylivingblog.com Benny

      Congrats on the upcoming book! I hope you enjoy your blog journey as much as I have so far. It’s gotta be a great feeling to give back. Thanks Claire for reading and your comment here!

  • http://titus2coaching.wordpress.com Dyrene Bell

    This is a great post for anyone that doesn’t have a blog. You really give this a lot of good information. And, for those of us that blog already, this is a great reminder as to WHY we do. One never knows what having a blog will bring you.
    Thanks for your effort here.

  • http://zachhinkle.blogspot.com/ Zach

    Hey Benny,

    Thanks a lot for all of these tips. I’m new to the blogging world and am always looking for ways to improve my own blog. I’m just about to take a look at the links you provided including the instructions by Corbett Barr.

    After reading your post, I think the direction I need to take is determining a focus on what my blog is about exactly. I’ve mostly provided links on helpful advice for the recent college graduate – info on money management, my favorite indie music, giving back to the community. I think creating a clearer definition and mission will help build an audience. Plus, I could put a little more of my opinion into the postings.

    Thanks again for your help!

    Zach

  • http://www.yourlife-yourchoices.com Lenia

    Hi Benny,

    To be honest I started the blog because I wanted to quit my job, get out of the rat race, follow my passions and off course earn some money. As everything else in our life, this cannot happen in one night! I am aware of that, I work hard but I get a lot of fun.
    I have already met great people all around the world. I am in a small Greek island of the Aegean Sea but I can communicate with people around the world and learn new things from the information and knowledge they share.
    That’s a big plus.

    Thank you for sharing with us!

    • http://getbusylivingblog.com Benny

      That’s why I love blogging too. I can meet someone from a tiny Greek Island off the Aegean Sea. I don’t even know exactly where it is, but I know someone from there. That’s really cool! I’ve read bloggers say they could go almost anywhere in the world and know a reader. Celeste who runs a personal development blog, recently make a cross country trip in the US. She often stayed at reader’s home. She asked on Facebook and they offered a place to stay! What a great benefit from blogging.

      Glad you’re enjoying the blogging journey! I look forward to seeing you and your blog grow this year.

      • http://www.yourlife-yourchoices.com Lenia

        Hehe, thank you Benny!
        The story of Celeste is amazing. I wish I could the same! Maybe I should put that in my goal list for 2012!
        Chios is a Greek Island at the north part of Aegean, the same level as Athens (the capital of Greece). It is very close to Turkey.
        You are welcome here :)

  • http://www.liveandlovework.com Chrysta Bairre

    Great, information packed post, Benny!

    It’s often humorous to observe the looks I get when I tell people I’m a bloger. I’m surprised how many people still don’t know what blogging is, let alone the many benefits of blogging. Now I can point them to this very detailed articled about how blogging is a worthwhile adventure; and it is an adventure!

    The best things that have happened to me since I started blogging is the friendships I’ve made and the vast improvement in my own quality of life. Writing regularly about topics that inspire me improves my mood and brings my favorite topics to life in my life.

    Have a great day!

    Chrysta

    • http://getbusylivingblog.com Benny

      Thanks for sharing Chrysta. I bet people give you weird looks when you say you’re a blogger. LOL. That’s why not many people offline know that I blog. I’d rather just save the long explaination to most. I read a blogger just say they are a writer instead of trying to explain what blogging is. :)

  • http://nochnoch.com Noch Noch | be me. be natural.

    my favourite thing about blogging is through sharing my experience, come to know that there are others out there with the same plight. it’s slightly selfish, but i think we all need to know we are not alone in our challenges. better still if our sharing can inspire a few others and help people as you sy!
    Noch Noch

    • http://getbusylivingblog.com Benny

      I completely agree. Blogging is a great way to meet people who understand our situation. If I tell most people “I don’t like my job, despite it being pretty easy, I make good money, and I don’t work much”, they’ll think I’m nuts! But on my blog or on other blogs, others completely undertand. They know just collecting a paycheck isn’t everything in life. They know life shouldn’t be spent wasting time on doing things we don’t like to do just to earn money.

      Glad to hear blogging has been a great experience for you thus far!

      • http://nochnoch.com Noch Noch | be me. be natural.

        then i think – great minds think alike in the blogosphere! we all want to be happy and self actualized in our respective ways . i think that’s what brings us together
        Noch Noch :)

    • http://iovercamedepression.blogspot.jp/ Momoko

      I completely agree with you Noch Noch. Blogging is a great means to share your own experience, reach as many people as possible and inspire/help them!
      I took a look at your blog and you are doing a great job!!!
      Mine is a newborn little blog but I think you might be interested in it! Whenever you have time, please pass by! Cheers

  • http://www.annieandre.com Annie Andre

    Benny,
    What a detailed and well researched article on reasons to start a blog. I think you pretty much nailed everything. What surprised me was the satisfaction i get from it as a creative outlet. I’m a horrible writer but i enjoy the whole aspect of learning like you. from designing, to planning to the analytics and marketing.
    i can think of a couple more reasons to blog:

    You mentioned the book reason already but i have a friend who started a blog to support her self published book.

    Families wanting to keep other family members up to date on family stuff.

    A company blog to put updates about products and the innards of the company.
    An online journal

    • http://getbusylivingblog.com Benny

      Hey Annie! Thanks for adding to what I wrote. So many great reasons to blog right? It’s not for everyone, but with thousands of blogs created a day (I read 10,000 a day from Corbett but don’t know where he got that from), people do want to start a blog. Hope things are going well there! Sorry for torturing you with pics of food. Guess it’s a good thing I didn’t send you more pics of food from Chinese new year. :)

  • http://www.twitter.com/AaronAndrews Aaron Andrews

    Nice Benny,

    I am really looking forward to starting my blog. It’s taking a while but I’m going to get it up one of these days. I want to help and inspire people. I also want to meet people from around the country and possibly the world.. I would also like to get the opportunity to work with different bloggers around the net and maybe collaborate on a few projects..

    Another great post Benny! Thanks man.

    • http://getbusylivingblog.com Benny

      When you get your blog started, be sure to let me know. Would love to check it out. If you put in the effort into your blog, you can definitely get the benefits you mentioned. No doubt about it.

  • provoinsurance

    Not only these ten sir. there are many opportunities with a blog.

    Regards
    nickty

  • http://njmart.in Martin

    There can’t be a better time to start blogging than the tines that we live in.You can create a blog based on your life experience and you will be shocked how many people will be interested in that.

    Thanks Benny that is really a great post you have there. You gave strong reasons why everyone should start a blog.

    • http://getbusylivingblog.com Benny

      Thanks Martin. It’s a great time to blog AND it’s never too late. People might think it’s too late because there are so many blogs already. They’ll never know if they don’t try right? Thanks for reading and commenting!

  • Alexey G.

    I really agree with number 2 that blogging is a creative outlet. After blogging for quite some time, I feel that I have used my creativity in it. How do you use your creativity to the maximum level when you blog?

    Good reasons to blog more!

    -Alexey

    • http://getbusylivingblog.com Benny

      When I blog, I have to use my writing skills to write something that makes sense. I have to make sure it’s formatted correctly. I check to make sure things look good on my blog. Just like an painter has their personality in their art, I feel like my personality is in my blogging. Thanks for your comment Alexey!

  • http://www.lifedesignexperiment.com Holly Em

    I’ve just started blogging myself. The 2nd point you make is already paying off for me. Although I don’t have many followers yet, it really is gratifying to express myself and be achieving something good :-)

  • Foster Love

    All the ten are good enough reasons to drive one into starting a blog. I would love to start right away. Can we get more tips on this topic?

    Thanks.
    - Foster

  • http://www.aboutmyway.com/ Chukwuka Okwukwe Chukwuka

    Hi! Benny, this is a really thought out post. I must say that writing blog posts improves writing. I came across that when I established my blog (June 1st, 2011). At the beginning, it was really hard for me (coupled with school) but right now, I write contents easily – 4 per week – and they are better than the earlier ones.

    It also builds your skill for writing and publishing a book (if you’ve gotten your research and facts down, you can work it up in a month or 2 with good dedication). I had my book pulled out of the press (the book I told you about months back). I wanted to update it because it’s been 2 years since I wrote it. I’m in chapter 3 now. See? Easy like A-B-C because of blogging.

    Blogging also gives us ideas. Take you for an example. If you didn’t start this blog, how would you have cashed into the mobile app industry.

    About meeting awesome personalities on the internet, that’s so on point. I’d like to meet some sooner (including you). :-D

    The rest points are spot-on. You mapped them out beautifully and it will really topple over the newbies who are still sitting on the fence and indecisive of building their blog.

    Blogging takes time, yet, it’s worth the wait and effort.

    Regards man.

    • http://getbusylivingblog.com Benny

      Hey Chukwuka! Everything you added is so true. I do hope those who have read this have felt inspired to start their own blog. It does take time like you said, but worth the wait and effort if they put in the hard work. Thanks for sharing!

  • http://thefoolishtruth.com/ N. Congo

    This is a great post. I just started my blog a few weeks ago, and I have big plans for it. It’s definitely a fun hobby to get involved in, that could eventually turn into so much more.

    • http://getbusylivingblog.com Benny

      Congrats on starting your blog. Enjoy the process! Definitely read blogs about blogging to learn more about the craft as you go. Good luck!

  • http://www.usedtiresblog.com Jean

    Hi Benny, those are some really good reasons to start blogging. The first point resonates most well with me as I have met so many cool and wonderful people already. The sense of community is a strong one. The creative outlet aspect is also important. It lets one expound upon their favorite niches and make a living doing it, rather than be forced to crunch numbers for a company in a boring desk job.

    -Jean

    • http://getbusylivingblog.com Benny

      You’re absolutely right Jean! Lots of great people that you wouldn’t get to normally meet. Do you have blog?

  • http://www.robaminute.com Pinoy Leonardo

    It is definitely fun blogging. I’ve always attempted to blog with my first post but I’ve done that with 4-5 new blogs and struggled to continue. Last year I started consistently, thanks to WordPress’campaign of postaweek- it helped me in my weekly commitment. I am embarking on a new level on blogging this year. I’m happy to do this with fellow bloggers who are always around to encourage :)

    • http://getbusylivingblog.com Benny

      Hope you hit that new level of blogging year! It’s good to have bloggers who are on the same journey to encourage each other. Stay consistent!

  • Welner

    Loved this post! I would recomend a book called: ‘if you want to write’ just look it up on amazon! I wished I could have written more when I had a blog–I didn’t pick up traction with my blog so I stopped paying for it cuz my wife would nag about the yearly cost :(

    • http://getbusylivingblog.com Benny

      Thanks for the recommendation on the book. I’ll check it out. I just said to myself today I need to write more. Just like an athlete would practice for their sport as much as they could, that’s what I need to do. That’s too bad you had to stop blogging. Hope you’ll pick it back up one day! Thanks for your comment!

  • http://www.ehowportal.com Mr.Bhavesh

    Nice post.I specially liked the example of Perez Hitlon blog earning that is $111,000 a month!.I think there is no better day than today to start with blogging.
    Wonderful article!!

    • http://getbusylivingblog.com Benny

      Thanks for reading! Perez did bust his butt off to get to that point. With a celebrity blog you have to post often each day and he did it by himself for awhile. It’s not too late to start blogging for those who think it is. Thanks for your comment!

  • http://www.rubybenz.com Ruby

    a very informative blog…i love blogging too..and it is nice to always meet people from all corners of the world..i am enjoying it..keep blogging and nice meeting you here…one reason i love about blogging..i always feel that i am free!

    • http://getbusylivingblog.com Benny

      Thanks so much Ruby. Blogging can be fun and a real great way to meet people for sure. I will keep blogging and nice to meet you here too!

  • http://www.sidekickpm.com Sandy

    Hey Benny!
    Catching up on my blog reading this week and wanted to say you’re totally right on with your reasons. I love the fact that through blogging/social media you can connect with so many people from around the world and when you do eventually meet them it feels so natural. And it doesn’t have to be so far either, I’ve had the opportunity of meeting so many people here in my hometown that I would never had crossed paths with if it weren’t for our initial encounters online. Starting a blog and just getting out there can be initimidating..but so worth it once you get started. Thanks again for an awesome post as always :)

    • http://getbusylivingblog.com Benny

      Hey Sandy! That’s great you’ve got to meet people offline. Where do you live if I may ask? Blogging has so many cool benefits for sure. It’s literally changed lives. I have a blogging friend who got contacted by HGTV to film an episode of a show after they found her blog! So cool! I’ve met a couple people offline that I knew from here, but would like to meet more. I’m sure it’ll happen in the future. Hope your products are coming along!

      • http://www.sidekickpm.com Sandy

        wow that it so cool!
        I live in cold Canada..Montreal, Quebec to be exact and oui je parle francais :)

        Yes, almost almost done! Will let you know when they are ready!

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  • http://www.mathewazuwong.com Mathew

    Hey there! Just want to say that your entry has been an inspiration for me to start a new one. The previous one has been left to fallow as I get overly tied down with work. Now that I’ve the time, and after reading your inspirational post, I am ready to get my hands dirty again. With your permission, I would like to do a linkback to this post to let me friends and readers know where I got my inspirations from. Thanks, will be keeping track of more awesome articles from you!

    • http://getbusylivingblog.com Benny

      Hey Mathew! No problem on linking to the post. I saw on your blog you did that already. Happy to hear you’re getting back into blogging. It’s really rewarding and can bring so many benefits. Thanks for your first comment here!

  • http://northcountrytravel.blogspot.com/ Brad

    I love the reasons and have been giving the blogging thing plenty of thought lately. I have had a blog sitting there for a few years with no real direction of what to write about other than letting off steam of random things. It followed no particular direction. I have been giving a lot of thought as to how to possibly make just even a few extra bucks. I knew I had to write about something that I was passionate about. I love to travel but don’t have the money to go as far as I would like. I also want my children to experience the joys of traveling and experiencing the country so it came to me that this is the obvious thing to write about. After reading your reasons, not only do I hope to put just a few extra dollars in my wallet, I also want to educate people that the Northern Plains shouldn’t be “flyover” country. I want to be known as the person people turn to when traveling across the north. So thank you because I am excited for the summer when I know I will be traveling much more again. Figuring out what it is you should be writing about I think is hard enough all on its own so I am happy that I finally have pin pointed what it is I should do.

    • http://getbusylivingblog.com Benny

      Thanks so much Brad. I’m happy to hear you found what you’re passionate about writing. It’s so vital when it comes to blogging because if you really want to have a blog that matters, you’re going to be blogging a lot. Therefore you’ll need a lot of content. I’m glad my post helped get you back on track.

  • http:/ordersciencebooks.com/ Aman Kashyap

    Blogging is what can also be considered as the online garden where one can not only meet new people but can also befriend some!
    If the blogging goes in your way you can not only present your views in front of your followers but you can even make money and that also handsome one.Blogging gives a person a new voice which can also result in bringing the awaited changes,,you never know!
    :)

    • http://getbusylivingblog.com Benny

      Well said and so true! Thanks for your comment!

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  • https://plus.google.com/106769604131102126306/posts jessica@lukeroxas

    Fantastic! Opening the eyes of many why people are writing blogs, not just “to earn money”. I am planning to write for my small business at home and this motivated me, not that much for the #3 though. :)

    Thank you!

    • http://getbusylivingblog.com Benny

      You’re welcome! Thanks for reading and leaving a comment Jessica!

  • Brent Krizo

    Benny,

    Just came across your blog as I have been researching a bunch in prep to launch my blog and am really enjoying it! I am doing Corbett’s program and am really liking it so far. I have been scouring the web to see what is out there in the same Epic Life arena that I am focusing on and yours is the closest I have found. There is a little overlap but much of my focus will be different but I hope to make it as enjoyable as what you have built here.

    This list is a great reminder of why I was attracted to blogging. A while ago I just thought it was about making money, and that was never enough to make me push thru the learning curve and put the effort it. But I came up with a list (similar to this list) of why I wanted to blog recently and I realized that money barely even cracked the top 10 and I knew why I was ready to put the work in.

    I also really appreciated the WP Plug-In list as a beginning blogger trying to make sense of all of this stuff!

    • http://getbusylivingblog.com Benny

      Hi Brent. Thanks for coming by. Corbett will definitely help get your blog started on the right path. It’s nice to follow a framework instead of wandering around figuring out what to do.

      I’m not the only one either blogging in this niche so it’s okay if there is an overlap. People will not only be drawn to your content, but be drawn to you. There is only one you. No one can copy that.

      Let me know when your blog is live! I’d love to check it out. And feel free to ask me any questions about blogging.

  • http://www.realadambryan.com Adam Bryan

    Hey Benny,

    This post is very motivating! It’s pretty encouraging seeing how people such as Pat Flynn and Kimberly Snyder were given opportunities to do something unexpected and extraordinary, just from blogging.

    Just discovered your blog today and I am excited to see what else you have in store for this blog!

    • http://getbusylivingblog.com Benny

      Thanks so much for checking out my blog! Hope to see you around more often.

  • http://www.2startblog.com Zeeshan

    Yes we can meet variety of great people and that’s why i discover you Benny.

  • http://mysocialmediapromo.com IamRex

    Hey man, I just found out about your blog. Cool stuff in here, thank you for writing inspirational stuff. In this modern age, people sometimes forget about their spiritual needs.