Since I started with my first WordPress blog back in October 2005, I’ve been in love.
My first blog was a sports blog where I gave my funny (sometimes) opinions (all the time) on sports. I loved doing it for two years. At the time, sports blogging was still young so it was great to be a part of that. I made some money off it from advertisements. Not a whole bunch, but enough to pay for my domain and hosting every year.
(I did some searching and found my old blog in the digital archives. Wow looking at it brings back a lot of great memories.)
Even when I went through my phase of “What should I do with my life?”, I knew I wanted to have a blog of some sort. I love the ability to communicate through a blog. I love the community and meeting others writing about the same topic. I loved how it wasn’t static like a website and the newest content would always be on top.
Last year, I wrote a post last year about 10 reasons to start a blog today and I still believe all 10 are great reasons to start a blog.
Don’t start a blog thinking about money though. That’s a mistake many make, including myself. Don’t get me wrong, money can be made from your blog or because of your blog.
However, if you’re starting a blog with the sole focus of making money, you’ll lose sight of the other amazing benefits.
Starting a blog should be around a topic you enjoy. It could be an outlet for your creative writing, a collection of your travel stories, sharing your newborn baby with friends and relatives, your favorite dessert recipes or yoga for kids. Seriously the possibilities are endless.
When you start a blog, you will get so many benefits that money can’t buy.[click to tweet]
Here are just some reasons:
1) You will meet a variety of great people
Whether it be through comments, e-mails, or social media, you may be surprised at how quickly you meet people on-line. And by meet people, I mean legitimately form genuine relationships.
Bloggers are some of the nicest people out there. The blogging community is friendly, encouraging, and genuinely cheering for you to succeed. You can join that by having your own blog.
I’m not comfortable networking in a big room full of people I don’t know. So having an online presence is a much easier way for me to meet people so when we do meet face-to-face it’s like seeing an old friend.
2) You can reach unlimited people all over the world
If you’re talking to the person sitting across from you while having coffee, you can only share your message with that one person. If you’re doing a speech, you can only share your message with however many people are in the room.
If you have a blog, you can reach an unlimited amount of people all over the world. You could be sleeping or on vacation for a week, and still share your knowledge, expertise or advice with anyone who wants it.
3) It is a great creative outlet
Some people like to knit, paint, or play a musical instrument. I like everything about blogging. By having a blog I get to be creative. My blog is my online piece of real estate. It started as a blank page, and I was able to design it however I wanted. I love that.
Writing has become a great outlet for me too. I used to hate writing in high school and college, but mainly cause I was writing about essays I didn’t enjoy. Now I enjoy taking what’s in my mind, organizing it in a blog post, and sharing it here. It’s very satisfying.
4) It can lead to a book deal
Do you dream of having your book published and on shelves of major bookstores? Start a blog first.
If you can start a blog and build a huge audience, your chances of getting published increase dramatically over having no blog, no audience, and just a book idea.
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, the site grew, got a book deal, and it turned into a New York Times #1 bestseller.
In this post on Tim Ferris’ blog, a first time author wrote about how he got a seven figure book deal.
And remember that, in a very real way, publishers aren’t buying just the idea. They’re buying your “platform” (blog readers, Twitter followers, Facebook fans, etc.). Remember this term and use it.
And you can begin to get those readers, followers, and fans from your platform – a WordPress blog.
5) It changes YOU
I started blogging as a personal tool to journal the changes that I was making and sharing that. But somewhere along the line, blogging began to change me. It has allowed me to tap into parts of me that make me feel alive.
While there are many articles written about why you should blog to grow your business or become an expert or make a whole bunch of money… the best recommendations are still found in the personal realization that blogging changes you – the writer.
Setup Your Own WordPress Blog Before You Sleep Tonight
If you’re looking for an easy way to create a web presence and start sharing your ideas online, the best way to do this is to create a blog.
If you’ve wanted to start your own, but unsure how, this tutorial is for you.
In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to:
- Get a domain name and web hosting for your site
- Easily install WordPress and get all of your content up on the web. I take you every step of the way.
- Configure your settings and site so it looks more professional
- Optimize your site with plugins and widgets
- Create your first post, page, and a simple contact form
I recommend you follow along in order I present it below.
You don’t need to be technical at all. We’re not going to be tweaking any code. Trust me I barely know how. Later down the road, if you want to learn a bit, you can, but creating a blog with WordPress is very easy for non-tech people.